Thermodynamics of the CaLi2superconductor in the vicinity of structural phase transition

D. Szczesniak, R. Szczesniak

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    Eliashberg formalism is used to investigate the thermodynamic properties of the high-pressure superconducting phase of the CaLi2compound. In particular, our calculations are conducted in the vicinity of the C2/c → P21/cpressure-induced structural phase transition. We show that, in the considered case, the value of the Coulomb pseudopotential is high and equals 0.26. Moreover, we give the analysis of the thermodynamic parameters such as the superconducting transition temperature (TC), the energy gap at the Fermi level (2Δ(0)), the thermodynamic critical field (HC), and the specific heat of superconducting (CS) and normal (CN) states. We emphasize that the characteristic dimensionless ratios RΔ ≡ 2Δ(0)/kBTC, RH≡ TCCN(TC)/HC 2(0), and RC≡ ΔC(TC)/CN(TC), have values that are beyond the predictions of the BCS theory in the case of the considered material. In particular, RΔ = 3.85, RH= 0.161, and RC= 1.86. Furthermore, it is proved that the effective electron mass is high and equals 2.02me, where medenotes the bare electron mass.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number087401
    JournalChinese Physics Letters
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014


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