Disorder-induced bulk superconductivity in ZrTe3 single crystals via growth control

Xiyu Zhu, Bing Lv, Fengyan Wei, Yuyi Xue, Bernd Lorenz, Liangzi Deng, Yanyi Sun, Ching Wu Chu

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Layered ZrTe3 crystallizes in an unusual structure that consists of both quasi-one-dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional features, conducive to the formation of charge-density wave and superconductivity, respectively. Bulk superconductivity up to 4 K in single crystalline samples of layered ZrTe 3 has been successfully induced through high growth temperature. This procedure induces atomic disorders at both the Zr and the Te1 sites, as evident from the x-ray-diffraction study. As a result, the charge-density wave is partially suppressed without chemical doping or pressurization. The observation helps to understand the peculiar superconductivity of ZrTe3 and suggests a new path for the induction of superconductivity in complicated compounds with competitive orderings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024508
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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