We have recently found, and begun the physical characterization of, a new type of intermetallic superconductor based on rare earths, the transition metals Ni, Pd and Pt, and boron and carbon. The prototype crystal structure, found for LuNi2B2C (Tc = 16.6K), consists of alternating, square LuC Ni2B2 layers. The highest Tc in the family is found for YPdBC at 23K, equivalent to the highest Tc ever observed for an intermetallic material.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering