Publication
Title
Discovery of a superhard iron tetraboride superconductor
Author
Abstract
Single crystals of novel orthorhombic (space group Pnnm) iron tetraboride FeB4 were synthesized at pressures above 8 GPa and high temperatures. Magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements demonstrate bulk superconductivity below 2.9 K. The putative isotope effect on the superconducting critical temperature and the analysis of specific heat data indicate that the superconductivity in FeB4 is likely phonon mediated, which is rare for Fe-based superconductors. The discovered iron tetraboride is highly incompressible and has the nanoindentation hardness of 62(5) GPa; thus, it opens a new class of highly desirable materials combining advanced mechanical properties and superconductivity.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Physical review letters. - New York, N.Y.
Publication
New York, N.Y. : 2013
ISSN
0031-9007
Volume/pages
111:15(2013), p. 1-5
Article Reference
157002
ISI
000325371500011
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
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Counting Atoms in Nanomaterials (COUNTATOMS).
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Subject
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Last edited 16.09.2017
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