The crystal structure, magnetic ordering, and electrical resistivity of TlFe1.6Se2 were studied at high pressures. Below ∼7GPa, TlFe1.6Se2 is an antiferromagnetically ordered semiconductor with a ThCr2Si2-type structure. The insulator-to-metal transformation observed at a pressure of ∼7GPa is accompanied by a loss of magnetic ordering and an isostructural phase transition. In the pressure range ∼7.5-11GPa a remarkable downturn in resistivity, which resembles a superconducting transition, is observed below 15 K. We discuss this feature as the possible onset of superconductivity originating from a phase separation in a small fraction of the sample in the vicinity of the magnetic transition.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics