Experimental Evidence for an Atomic-like Parameter Characterizing the Systematics of Superconductivity in the Transition Metals

  • R. H. Hammond
  • M. M. Collver


In a recently published paper1 we have presented experimental data on the superconducting critical temperature T c of amorphous transition metals (elements and alloys of neighboring elements) for the 4d and 5d series. We suggested that the data are consistent with the presence of a parameter first introduced by Hopfield,2 which characterizes the systematics of superconductivity in the transition metal (TM) series.‡ An unexpected result, however, is that the data indicate that this parameter η has a sharp triangular peak in the center of the d series at five d electrons per atom. This occurs for the 4d TM series at an electron-to-atom ratio e/a of 6.4. This behavior is contrary to the predictions of Bennemann and Garland,3 in which η has a smooth maximum on the right side of the TM series. In this paper we discuss other evidence, using data in the literature for the crystalline TM, indicating that η has a peak in the center of the 4d series.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. H. Hammond
    • 1
    • 3
  • M. M. Collver
    • 2
  1. 1.W. W. Hansen Laboratories of PhysicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.General Motors Research LaboratoryWarrenUSA
  3. 3.Supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Advanced Research Projects Agency through the Center for Materials Research at Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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