Coexistence of superconductivity and antiferromagnetic ordering in the layered superconductor SmFePO

Yoichi Kamihara, Hidenori Hiramatsu, Masahiro Hirano, Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Shinji Kitao, Satoshi Higashitaniguchi, Yoshitaka Yoda, Makoto Seto, Hideo Hosono

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Superconductivity and magnetic transition in SmFePO were examined by electric, magnetic, F 57 e Mössbauer, and S 149 m nuclear resonant forward-scattering (NRFS) measurements. Zero resistivity and negative magnetic susceptibility were observed in an undoped SmFePO, indicating superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of ∼3 K. Tc in undoped SmFePO appears in a narrow region of lattice constants with an optimum conductivity. Furthermore, in relation to magnetic susceptibility, NRFS spectra verify that magnetic moments of Sm3+ ions order antiferromagnetically below magnetic transition ∼5 K, accompanying a discontinuous drop in electrical resistivity, whereas F 57 e Mössbauer spectra show that magnetic moments of Fe are quenched. These results indicate the coexistence of superconductivity and magnetic ordering in a crystallographic unit cell of SmFePO.

Original languageEnglish
Article number184512
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov 18
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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