A series of ternary equiatiomic transition metal silicidesMM′Si (M=Zr, Nb, Ta;M′=Ru, Re) and Zr1/2M1/2 RuSi (M=Nb, Ta) have been synthesized and characterized. Guinier x-ray data clearly indicate that the compoundsMM′Si (M=Nb, Ta;M′=Ru, Re) crystallize with the orthorhombic TiFeSi-structure. This is contrary to one of the literature reports ascribing the hexagonal ZrRuSi structure toMReSi,M=Nb, Ta. ZrRuSi and Zr1/2M1/2RuSi (M=Nb, Ta), however, crystallize with the ZrRuSi structure. All the compounds are metallic and exhibit small and negative Seebeck coefficients. Superconductivity has been discovered inMM′Si,M=Nb, Ta;M′=Ru, Re and the transition temperatures, as measured by the low frequency a.c. susceptibility technique, range from 2·7 to 5·1 K. Zr1/2Nb1/2RuSi is not superconducting above 2·2 K. The observed properties are explained in terms of the electronic charge transfer effects and crystal structures adopted by these metal excess ternary silicides.
Volume 44, 2021
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Prof. Subi Jacob George — Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bengaluru
Chemical Sciences 2020
Prof. Surajit Dhara — School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Physical Sciences 2020
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