We report the synthesis and physical properties of a full Heusler compound, MgPd2Sb, which we found to show superconductivity below Tc=2.2K. MgPd2Sb was obtained by a two-step solid-state reaction method and its purity and cubic crystal structure [Fm-3m, a=6.4523(1)Å] were confirmed by powder x-ray diffraction. Normal and superconducting states were studied by electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and heat capacity measurements. The results show that MgPd2Sb is a type-II, weak coupling superconductor (λe-p=0.53). The observed pressure dependence of Tc (ΔTc/p≈-0.23K/GPa) is one of the strongest reported for a superconducting Heusler compound. The electronic structure, phonons, and electron-phonon coupling in MgPd2Sb were theoretically investigated. The obtained results are in agreement with the experiment, confirming the electron-phonon coupling mechanism of superconductivity. We compare the superconducting parameters to those of all reported Heusler-type superconductors.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics