Constant electrical resistivity of Zn along the melting boundary up to 5 GPa

Innocent C. Ezenwa, Richard A. Secco

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We measured the electrical resistivity of high purity Zn along the melting boundary, up to 5 GPa in a large volume press. The electrical resistivity remained constant on the melting boundary, as predicted in a thermodynamics-based model for simple metals. The effects of pressure and temperature on the electrical resistivity of the solid and liquid states are interpreted in terms of their antagonistic effects on the electronic structure of Zn. Within the error of measurements, our melting temperature data agree well with those of the previous studies. The electronic thermal conductivity was calculated from resistivity data using the Wiedemann–Franz law and shows a decrease with temperature in the solid state and an increase in the liquid state, with a large decrease on melting. Comparison of calculated electronic and measured total thermal conductivities indicates that the electronic component dominates over the phonon component in Zn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-333
Number of pages15
JournalHigh Pressure Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Electrical resistivity
  • Zn
  • high pressure–temperature
  • melting boundary
  • thermal conductivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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