Superconducting state in bromium halide at high pressure

R. Szcześniak, T. P. Zemła, D. Szcześniak

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The thermodynamic properties of the superconducting state in bromium halide (HBr) compound have been analyzed in the framework of the Eliashberg formalism. In particular, for the range of the pressure (p) from 140 GPa to 200 GPa, it has been shown that the critical temperature increases significantly: TC(p)ϵ(28.8,55.1)K, whereas the Coulomb pseudopotential (μ∗) is equal to 0.1. Together with the increase of p, the values of the thermodynamic parameters such as: the ratio of the energy gap at the temperature of zero Kelvin to the critical temperature (≡2Δ(0)/kBTC), the ratio of the specific heat jump at the critical temperature to the electronic specific heat of the normal state (RC≡ΔC(TC)/CN(TC)), and the ratio related to the thermodynamic critical field (RHTCCN(TC)/HC2(0)) increasingly deviate from the predictions of the BCS model: (p)ϵ(3.79,4.05), RC(p)ϵ(1.94,2.27), and RH(p)ϵ(0.157,0.147). It should be noted that the increase of μ∗ visibly lowers TC and significantly reduces the difference between the results of the Eliashberg and BCS theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-116
Number of pages11
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • High pressure
  • Superconducting state
  • Thermodynamic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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