MgPd2Sb: A Mg-based Heusler-type superconductor

M. J. Winiarski, G. Kuderowicz, K. Górnicka, L. S. Litzbarski, K. Stolecka, B. Wiendlocha, R. J. Cava, T. Klimczuk

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number214501
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number21
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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