Two new phases LaPd1-xBi2 and CePd 1-xBi2 were obtained by growing single crystals in Bi flux. They adopt the tetragonal ZrCuSi2-type structure and feature Bi-square nets and PbO-type PdBi layers with significant partial Pd occupancy. Bulk superconductivity at 2.1 K and metallic behavior above Tc are observed in LaPd1-xBi2. A small residual resistance ratio (RRR) indicates a strong scattering effect induced by the Pd vacancies, which implies an s-wave pairing symmetry in LaPd1-xBi2. The broadening of the resistivity transition was measured under different magnetic fields demonstrating a high upper critical field of 3 T. Hall effect measurements reveal dominantly electron-like charge carriers and single-band transport behavior in LaPd1-xBi2. The paramagnetic CePd1-xBi2 is nonsuperconducting but shows antiferromagnetic ordering below 6 K.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Oct 22 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics