Superconductivity of osmium and ruthenium under pressure

Superconductivity of osmium and ruthenium under pressure

LETTER TO THE EDITORS Table 2 Superconductivity of Osmium and Ruthenium Under Pressure WE have pointed out previously 1-3 that there is a connection...

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Superconductivity of Osmium and Ruthenium Under Pressure

WE have pointed out previously 1-3 that there is a connection between the magnitude of the isotope effect in a superconductor and the rate of change with volume of the parameter K in the Bardeen-CooperSchrieffer expression for the transition temperature Te = 0 e x p ( - K


The experimental data are, unfortunately, sparse, and there is need for more information. We have therefore measured the pressure effect in two metals for which isotope effect data exist. 4,s For osmium no pressure











-0.0~ -





20 p .




Figure J. The change it: transition temperature as a fimction o f pressure in osmium attd ruthenium

Table 1


1.0_+ o-1 (a)

Zr Os Mo Re Cd, Hg, P b ) Sn, Zn

t + 0-1 (b)

(a) (b) (c) (d)

0-3 + 0"3 - 2.2 __.0.8 (f) 1.1 ___0.4 0"6 + 0-4 (g) 1.1 + 0"5 (h)

0.55 + 0.05 (c) 0-33 + 0"2 (d) 0.24 + 0.05 (e) 0+0"1

Reference 5 Reference 11 Reference 4 Reference 12

1-8 to 3.7

(e) (f) (g) (h)

Reference 13 Reference 14 Reference 2 Reference 15

impurity. The pressures were generated using a modification 7 of the fixed clamp technique of Chester and Jones. s They were calibrated by observing the change in Te of a superconductor of known bTe/~p enclosed with the specimen to be investigated. Araldite was used as pressure transfer medium. The sharpness of the observed transitions indicated a homogeneous pressure distribution. Superconductivity was detected by recording the effective susceptibility as a function of temperature. The observed changes in Te as a function of pressure are shown in Figure 1. The resulting values of bTe/bp and also of the derived quantity @ = b In K/b In o (where v is the volume) are shown in Table 1, together with the values of the physical constants required for its calculation. In Table 2 we have collected the experimental data at present available for the parameter ~o and for the deviation ~ from the isotope effect. ¢ is defined by the relation

To oc M - ½ o - o Te ('°K)

Osmium Ruthenium

b Te/bp (deg/atm)

x.lO 7 (cm2/kg)

0"65 ( - 0"18 + 0"06). 10-5


I "1 + 0"4



0"3 + 0"3

(0 + 0"03). 10-s

measurements exist, while for ruthenium only provisional results on a single rather impure specimen at a pressure of 2,000 atm have been reported. 6 Our present results indicate that the correlation between isotope effect and pressure effect is less simple than we have previously suggested. Measurements up to 30,000 atm were made on electron-beam-melted samples of osmium and ruthenium, both stated to contain less than 0.001 per cent CRYOGENICS" OCTOBER 1965

It will be noticed that a certain trend from positive to negative ¢# with increasing ( exists. This may be understood in the light of the treatment by Morel and Anderson 9 and by Garland 1° of the isotope effect. The interaction K is understood as made up of a phonon and a Coulomb contribution. As the Coulomb contribution increases, the deviation ( from the pure phonon isotope effect increases from zero to unity. As this happens ~ In K/b In v will change from its value corresponding to pure phonon interaction to a value dominated by the volume dependence of the Coulomb interaction. The fact that the values in Table 2 do not fall on a single curve shows that the logarithmic volume dependence of the Coulomb interaction varies from metal to metal. 283

This research was supported by a grant from the Eidgen0ssische Kommission zur F/Srderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung.

lnstitut de Physique Exdprimentale, University of Geneva, Switzerland.


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