The electronic properties relevant to superconductivity are reported for bulk Ta-Hf and Ta-Zr body centered cubic alloys, in a large part to determine whether their properties are suitable for potential use in superconducting qbits. The body centered cubic unit cell sizes increase with increasing alloying. The results of magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and heat capacity characterization are reported. While elemental Ta is a type I superconductor, the alloys are type II strong coupling superconductors. Although decreasing the electron count per atom is expected to increase the density of electronic states at the Fermi level and thus the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) in these systems, we find that this is not sufficient to explain the significant increases in the superconducting Tc's observed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)