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Chin. Phys. B, 2021, Vol. 30(7): 076301    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/abfbcc

Inverted V-shaped evolution of superconducting temperature in SrBC under pressure

Ru-Yi Zhao(赵如意)1, Xun-Wang Yan(闫循旺)2, and Miao Gao(高淼)1,†
1 Department of Physics, School of Physical Science and Technology, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China;
2 College of Physics and Engineering, Qufu Normal University, Qufu 273165, China
Abstract  Based on density functional first-principles calculations and anisotropic Eliashberg equations, we have investigated the electronic structure, lattice dynamics, and phonon-mediated superconductivity in newly synthesized layered compound SrBC under pressure. Different from LiBC and MgB2, our calculations surprisingly reveal that SrBC is isotropic in compressibility, due to the accumulation of substantial electrons in the interstitial region. We find that the Sr phonons strongly couple with B-2pz orbital and the interstitial states, giving rise to a two-gap superconductivity in SrBC, whose transition temperature shows an inverted V-shaped dependence on pressure. The maximal transition temperature is about 22 K at 50 GPa. On both sides of 50 GPa, the transition temperature exhibits quasi-linear variation with positive and negative slopes, respectively. Such a variation of transition temperature is infrequent among phonon-mediated superconductors. The competition between enhanced electron-phonon matrix element and hardened phonons plays an essential role in governing the behavior of the critical temperature.
Keywords:  SrBC      phonon-mediated superconductivity      anisotropic Eliashberg theory      first-principles calculation      maximally localized Wannier functions  
Received:  19 March 2021      Revised:  23 April 2021      Accepted manuscript online:  27 April 2021
PACS:  63.20.D- (Phonon states and bands, normal modes, and phonon dispersion)  
  63.20.kd (Phonon-electron interactions)  
  74.20.Pq (Electronic structure calculations)  
  74.70.Dd (Ternary, quaternary, and multinary compounds)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11974194 and 11974207) and K. C. Wong Magna Fund in Ningbo University.
Corresponding Authors:  Miao Gao     E-mail:

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Ru-Yi Zhao(赵如意), Xun-Wang Yan(闫循旺), and Miao Gao(高淼) Inverted V-shaped evolution of superconducting temperature in SrBC under pressure 2021 Chin. Phys. B 30 076301

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