Superconducting transition temperature and the thickness of CoO2 planes of NaxCoO2·yH2O

Taketo Moyoshi, Yoshiaki Kobayashi, Yukio Yasui, Masatoshi Sato, Kazuhisa Kakurai

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Abstract

The superconductivity of NaxCoO2·yH2O appears in two regions of νQ divided by a narrow nonsuperconducting phase in the TcQ phase diagram, where Tc and νQ are the superconducting transition temperature and 59Co-nuclear quadrupole frequency, respectively. It suggests that the existence/nonexistence of the superconductivity depends on the local structure around Co sites or on the thickness of the CoO2 planes, through the change of the crystal field. We have carried out specific heat measurements on several samples with different νQ values distributing over both the superconducting νQ regions, and found that the electronic specific heat coefficient γ does not change significantly with νQ. It suggests that a topological change of the Fermi surface which has been proposed as a possible origin of the existence of the two superconducting regions, does not take place with the change of the local structure around Co sites or thickness of the CoO2 planes. We have also carried out neutron inelastic measurements on aligned crystals of NaxCoO2·yD2O, and found that ferromagnetic fluctuations with two-dimensional character observed in the high temperature region lose their intensities with decreasing T and becomes inappreciable below 25 K. It indicates that the hole-pockets near the K points in the reciprocal space do not exist in these crystals. Combining these results, we can exclude, in the entire region of νQ, the existence of the hole-pockets, on which arguments of the possible triplet superconductivity are based. The present results are consistent with the singlet pairing which we showed in previous papers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-659
Number of pages4
JournalSolid State Sciences
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010

Keywords

  • Fermi surface topology
  • Magnetic excitation
  • NaCoO·yHO
  • Neutron scattering
  • Specific heat

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