New oxypnictide superconductors: PrOFe1−xCoxAs

Prakash, J. ; Singh, S. J. ; Das, D. ; Patnaik, S. ; Ganguli, A. K. (2010) New oxypnictide superconductors: PrOFe1−xCoxAs Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 183 (2). pp. 338-343. ISSN 0022-4596

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Oxypnictides of the type PrOFe1−xCoxAs (x≤0.3) were synthesized for the first time by the sealed tube method. All the compounds were found to be monophasic and crystallize in the tetragonal ZrCuSiAs type structure (space group=P4/nmm) and the lattice parameters (a and c) decrease with increase in cobalt content. Mössbauer measurements of the compounds indicate low spin Fe2+ in tetrahedral coordination. Resistivity and magnetization studies reveal superconducting transitions in compounds with 'x'=0.05, 0.10 and 0.15, with maximum transition temperature (Tc) at ~14 K in the compound with 'x'=0.1. The variation of resistivity with temperature under different magnetic field has been studied to estimate the upper critical field (Hc2) (~50.2 T for the 'x'=0.1 composition). The Seebeck and Hall coefficient (RH) suggests electron type charge carriers in these compound and the charge carrier density increases with increase in Co-doping.

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Keywords:Oxypnictide Superconductors; Mössbauer Effect; Hall Effect
ID Code:61990
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