Pressure-induced superconductivity in B i2-x S bx T e3-y S ey

Tong He, Xiaofan Yang, Tomoya Taguchi, Teppei Ueno, Kaya Kobayashi, Jun Akimitsu, Hitoshi Yamaoka, Hirofumi Ishii, Yen Fa Liao, Hiromi Ota, Hidenori Goto, Ritsuko Eguchi, Kensei Terashima, Takayoshi Yokoya, Harald O. Jeschke, Xianxin Wu, Yoshihiro Kubozono

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We systematically investigated the pressure dependence of electrical transport and the crystal structure of topological insulator, Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey, which showed no superconductivity down to 2.0 K at ambient pressure. The Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey crystal showed two structural phase transitions under pressure, from rhombohedral structure (space group No. 166, R3m, termed phase I) to monoclinic structure (space group No. 12, C2/m, termed phase II), and from phase II to another monoclinic structure (space group No. 12, C2/m, termed phase III). Superconductivity appeared when applying pressure; actually the superconductivity of all Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey samples emerged in phase I. The superconducting transition temperature, Tc, increased against pressure in a pressure range of 0-15 GPa for all Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey samples, and the maximum Tc was 5.45 K, recorded at 13.5 GPa in Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey at x=0 and y=1.0. The magnetic field (H) dependence of the R-T plot for Bi2-xSbxTe3-ySey was measured to characterize the superconducting pairing mechanism of pressure-induced superconducting phase.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094525
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 19 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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