Superconductivity-Electron Count Relationship in Heusler Phases─the Case of LiPd2Si

Karolina Górnicka, Xin Gui, Juan R. Chamorro, Tyrel M. McQueen, Robert J. Cava, Tomasz Klimczuk, Michał J. Winiarski

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We report superconductivity in the full Heusler compound LiPd2Si (space group Fm3̅m, No. 225) at a critical temperature of Tc = 1.3 K and a normalized heat capacity jump at Tc, ΔC/γTc = 1.1. The low-temperature isothermal magnetization curves imply type-I superconductivity, as previously observed in LiPd2Ge. We show, based on density functional theory calculations and using the molecular orbital theory approach, that while LiPd2Si and LiPd2Ge share the Pd cubic cage motif that is found in most of the reported Heusler superconductors, they show distinctive features in the electronic structure. This is due to the fact that Li occupies the site which, in other compounds, is filled with an early transition metal or a rare-earth metal. Thus, while a simple valence electron count-property relationship is useful in predicting and tuning Heusler materials, inclusion of the symmetry of interacting frontier orbitals is also necessary for the best understanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1870-1879
Number of pages10
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 27 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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