Superconductivity in the narrow-gap semiconductor CsBi4Te 6

Christos D Malliakas, Duck Young Chung, Helmut Claus, Mercouri Kanatzidis*

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Superconductivity was discovered in the narrow-gap semiconductor CsBi 4Te6. A superconducting transition around 4.4 K was observed for p-type samples in temperature-dependent resistivity and magnetic susceptibility data. Stoichiometric CsBi4Te6 is not a superconductor. A remarkably high critical field of ∼10 T was estimated from the field-dependent resistivity data. The strongly anisotropic CsBi 4Te6 system is monoclinic and the first member of a larger homologous series Cs4[Bi2n+4Te3n+6] that exhibits unconventional superconductivity, suggesting that proper doping of the homologous series may create a novel class of superconductors from semiconductors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14540-14543
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number39
StatePublished - Oct 2 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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