Multiple Electronic Transitions and Superconductivity in Pdₓ TiSe₂
We report the synthesis and characterization of Pdx TiSe2 via magnetization, resistivity, specific heat measurements, and low-temperature electron diffraction. At very low levels of intercalation, near Pd0.01 TiSe2, the commensurate charge density wave transition in the TiSe2 parent compound near 220 K becomes substantially stronger; a distinct transition to a more resistive state is seen at about 80 K. Originally semimetallic, TiSe2 becomes an insulator at low temperatures for 0.01≤x≤0.06 in Pdx TiSe2. Increasing Pd intercalation beyond this level begins to suppress the insulating behavior until a 2 K superconductor is found in the narrow composition range of 0.11≤x≤0.12. Beyond x=0.12, a normal metallic state (down to 0.3 K) is induced.
E. Morosan et al., "Multiple Electronic Transitions and Superconductivity in Pdₓ TiSe₂," Physical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics, vol. 81, no. 9, American Physical Society (APS), Mar 2010.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.81.094524
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