Influence of Octahedral Subcells on the Electrical Properties and Bonding Characteristics of Molybdenum Carbides

  • L. E. Toth
  • J. Zbasnik
  • Y. Sato
  • W. Gardner


Nowotny and coworkers(1) have demonstrated the importance of the octahedral subcell in the crystal structures of several hundred carbides and nitrides with complex crystal structures and compositions. Molybdenum is unique in that it forms more carbides than any other transition metal and that all these carbides have a common subcell. We have measured the heat capacities of αMoC1-x’, η MoC1-x’, Mo2C, and Mo2BC in the range 1–20°K, as well as the superconducting transition temperatures and superconducting critical fields of these phases and other molybdenum carbides. These measurements demonstrate the importance of the subcell in determining the electrical properties and they also clearly indicate the importance of the molybdenum-carbon interaction in the bonding of the molybdenum carbides.


Fermi Level Superconducting Transition Temperature Band Model Transition Metal Atom Molybdenum Carbide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. E. Toth
    • 1
  • J. Zbasnik
    • 1
  • Y. Sato
    • 1
  • W. Gardner
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Mineral and Metallurgical EngineeringUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Semiconductor Research and Development LaboratoriesTexas InstrumentsDallasUSA

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