Superconductivity of Lutetium at Very High Pressure: Implications with Respect to the Superconductivity of Lanthanum
Lutetium is the last rare earth metal. The filled 4f shell seems to be stable under all normal operations of chemistry and metallurgy. One can therefore expect that its electronic properties in the solid state will be very similar to scandium, yttrium, and lanthanum, which all originate from the same s 2 d 1 atomic ground state. This is indeed observed.
KeywordsPressure Dependence Atomic Ground State Early Transition Metal High Superconductivity Transition Metal Superconductor
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