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  1. Magnetotransport in BEDT-TTF salts

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    Nam, M

    2000-07-01

    Experimental studies of the high magnetic field properties of BEDT-TTF based organic molecular metals and the numerical simulation of the angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillation are presented. The first two chapters supply essential backgound information of my thesis. Chapter 1 reviews the physics of low-dimensional conductors under the influence of an externally applied magnetic field. Chapter 2 describes BEDT-TTF based molecular metals. In Chapter 3, the numerical simulation of angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations in {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} are described. The nesting vector of the density wave and the magnetic breakdown gap in the low-temperature, low-magnetic-field state are extracted by simulations of quasi-one-dimensional angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations. Simulations of quasi-two-dimensional angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations allow one to determine the precise shape of the quasi- two-dimensional Fermi surface. Simulations of the field-dependence of angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations suggest a model for the field induced phase transition in {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} from the low-temperature, low-magnetic-field state to the high-temperature, high-magnetic-field state. In Chapter 4, the measurement of angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations in {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} is reported. Precise information about the shape of the low temperature Fermi surface and evidence for the absence of spin-density wave states in {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} are provided. In Chapter 5, the angle and temperature dependence of the upper critical field in the layered organic superconductor {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} is presented. The in-plane upper critical field exceeds the Pauli limit and no azimuthal angle dependence of the critical field has been found. In Chapter 6, the observation of Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations in the organic superconductor {beta}''-(BEDT-TTF

  2. High magnetic field studies of BEDT-TTF organic conductors

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    Honold, M.M

    1999-07-01

    This Thesis gives a detailed account of the high magnetic field properties of {alpha}-phase BEDT-TTF charge-transfer salts, with particular focus on the salts {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} and {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}TlHg(SCN){sub 4}. The existence of the bulk quantum Hall effect and its eventual destruction in the high-field limit is shown by a variety of experimental means, including magnetoresistance, magnetisation and Hall potential oscillation studies; the latter are based on a new technique specifically developed for this purpose. Chapter 1 introduces the concept of organic conductors and emphasises their potential as prototype systems of reduced dimensionality; in Chapter 2, the necessary physics and experimental techniques for their investigation are outlined. Following model calculations which suggested the possibility of the quantum Hall effect in {alpha}-phase BEDT-TTF salts, measurements of the Hall resistivity were carried out on {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}TlHg(SCN){sub 4} (described in Chapter 3). These exhibit a series of plateaux and represent the direct observation of the quantum Hall effect in a bulk material. Chapter 4 reports the discovery of an anomalous magnetotransport mode in the interplane resistance of {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} which involves the suppression and phase inversion of the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations at low temperatures. This is interpreted as the action of a two-dimensional chiral Fermi liquid formed from the current-carrying edge states of each quantum Hall layer. Chapter 5 reports the first observation of magnetic breakdown in the high-field phase of {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}, allowing an improved description of the high-field Fermi surface topology. These results are used to develop a new model for the nested low-field Fermi surface which can explain experimental evidence previously unaccounted for. Studies of the limiting behaviour of Hall potential oscillations in Chapter 6 show

  3. Synthesis and Electrochemical Studies on BEDT-TTF Derivatives with Hydroxyl Groups

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    2000-01-01

    New electron donors with hydroxyl groups were synthesized and characterized spectroscopically.Their redox potentials were determined with cyclic voltammetry, and the comparison with BEDT-TTF [Bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene] in this aspect was made.These results indicated that the new electron donors had similar electron-donating capabilities as BEDT-TTF.

  4. New results on two synthetic conductors (TMTSF)2BrO4 and (BEDT-TTF)2I3

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    Mortensen, Kell; Jacobsen, C. S.; Bechgaard, K.;

    1985-01-01

    The authors present experimental studies of transport properties of (TMTSF)2BrO4 and (BEDT-TTF)2I3 . The behaviour of the TMTSF salt suggests transport via variable-range hopping among localized states. The BEDT-TTF-salt exhibits thermopower which indicates almost isotropic metallic behaviour in ...

  5. The angular-dependent magnetoresistance in α-(BEDT-TTF)2 KHg(SCN)4

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    Dóra, B.; Maki, K.; Korin-Hamzic, B.; Basletic, M.; Virosztek, A.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Müller, H.

    2002-12-01

    In spite of extensive experimental studies of the angular-dependent magnetoresistance (ADMR) of the low-temperature phase (LTP) of α-(BEDT-TTF)2 KHg(SCN)4 about a decade ago, the nature of LTP remains elusive. Here we present a new study of ADMR of LTP in α-(ET)2 salts assuming that LTP is unconventional charge density wave (UCDW). In the presence of magnetic field the quasi-particle spectrum in UCDW is quantized, which gives rise to striking ADMR in UCDW. The present model appears to account for many existing ADMR data of α-(BEDT-TTF)2 KHg(SCN)4 remarkably well.

  6. Chiral conductors from BEDT-TTF and related chiral donor molecules

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    Martin, L., E-mail: lee.martin@ntu.ac.u [School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 8BS (United Kingdom); Wallis, J.D. [School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 8BS (United Kingdom); Day, P. [Chemistry Department, University College London, 20 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AJ (United Kingdom); Nakatsuji, S.-I.; Yamada, J.-I.; Akutsu, H. [Graduate School of Material Science, University of Hyogo, Kamigori-cho, Ako-gun, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan)

    2010-06-01

    BEDT-TTF salts have been widely studied because of their ability to combine various physical properties in the same lattice. The series of salts containing tris(oxalato)metallate anions has been widely studied and has given rise to paramagnetism, ferromagnetism, superconductivity, semiconductivity, conductivity and proton conductivity. However, one property that has not been exploited fully in this family of materials is chirality.

  7. Spin-current injection and detection in κ-(BEDT-TTF2Cu[N(CN2]Br

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    Z. Qiu

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Spin-current injection into an organic semiconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF2Cu[N(CN2]Br film induced by the spin pumping from an yttrium iron garnet (YIG film. When magnetization dynamics in the YIG film is excited by ferromagnetic or spin-wave resonance, a voltage signal was found to appear in the κ-(BEDT-TTF2Cu[N(CN2]Br film. Magnetic-field-angle dependence measurements indicate that the voltage signal is governed by the inverse spin Hall effect in κ-(BEDT-TTF2Cu[N(CN2]Br. We found that the voltage signal in the κ-(BEDT-TTF2Cu[N(CN2]Br/YIG system is critically suppressed around 80 K, around which magnetic and/or glass transitions occur, implying that the efficiency of the spin-current injection is suppressed by fluctuations which critically enhanced near the transitions.

  8. Charge ordering and superconductivity in {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}MHg(SCN){sub 4}.

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    Dressel, M.; Drichko, N.; Salameh, B.; Thoms, J.; Schlueter, J.; Merino, J.; Materials Science Division; Univ. Stuttgart; Ioffe Physico-Technical Inst.; Max-Planck-Inst. fur Festkorperforschung

    2002-11-01

    In the optical spectra of the non-superconducting salt {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}4 a strong feature appears at frequencies of about 200 cm{sup -1} and temperatures below 200 K which indicates the opening of a pseudogap. This is in contrast to the superconducting {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}NH{sub 4}Hg(SCN){sub 4} which exhibits metallic-like optical properties down to 2 K. Based on exact diagonalisation calculations of the optical conductivity on an extended Hubbard model at quarter-filling we argue that the proximity of these salts to a charge ordering transition is responsible for the observed pseudogap. Our proposed scenario suggests that the different ground states, including superconductivity, are a consequence of the fluctuations associated with short range charge ordering which builds up close to the quantum phase transition.

  9. Thermodynamic Properties of κ-(BEDT-TTF2X Salts: Electron Correlations and Superconductivity

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    Yasuhiro Nakazawa

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Heat capacity measurements of κ-(BEDT-TTF2X (BEDT-TTF: Bis(ethylendithio tetrathiafulvalene, X: counteranions which are classified as two-dimensional (2D dimer-Mott system are reported. At first, we explain structural and electronic features originated from rigid dimerization in donor arrangement in 2D layers. The antiferromagnetic Mott insulating phase located at low-pressure region in the phase diagram shows vanishing γ electronic heat capacity coefficient in the heat capacity, which claims opening of a charge-gap in this insulating state. Then, a systematic change of the γ around the Mott boundary region is reported in relation to the glass freezing of ethylene dynamics. The thermodynamic parameters determined by ∆Cp/γTc of 10 K class superconductors, κ-(BEDT-TTF2Cu(NCS2 and κ-(BEDT-TTF2Cu[N(CN2]Br demonstrate that a rather large gap with a strong coupling character appears around the Fermi-surface. On the other hand, the low temperature heat capacity clearly shows a picture of nodal-gap structure due to an anisotropic pairing. The comparison with lower Tc compounds in the κ-type structure is also performed so as to discuss overall features of the κ-type superconductors. The heat capacity measurements of hole-doped systems containing mercury in the counteranions show an anomalous enhancement of γ, which is consistent with the T1−1 of NMR experiments etc. The results of heat capacity measurements under high pressures are also reported.

  10. Theoretical study of the zero-gap organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF2I3

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    Akito Kobayashi, Shinya Katayama and Yoshikazu Suzumura

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The quasi-two-dimensional molecular conductor α-(BEDT-TTF2I3 exhibits anomalous transport phenomena where the temperature dependence of resistivity is weak but the ratio of the Hall coefficient at 10 K to that at room temperature is of the order of 104. These puzzling phenomena were solved by predicting massless Dirac fermions, whose motions are described using the tilted Weyl equation with anisotropic velocity. α-(BEDT-TTF2I3 is a unique material among several materials with Dirac fermions, i.e. graphene, bismuth, and quantum wells such as HgTe, from the view-points of both the structure and electronic states described as follows. α-(BEDT-TTF2I3 has the layered structure with highly two-dimensional massless Dirac fermions. The anisotropic velocity and incommensurate momenta of the contact points, ±k0, originate from the inequivalency of the BEDT-TTF sites in the unit cell, where ±k0 moves in the first Brillouin zone with increasing pressure. The massless Dirac fermions exist in the presence of the charge disproportionation and are robust against the increase in pressure. The electron densities on those inequivalent BEDT-TTF sites exhibit anomalous momentum distributions, reflecting the angular dependences of the wave functions around the contact points. Those unique electronic properties affect the spatial oscillations of the electron densities in the vicinity of an impurity. A marked behavior of the Hall coefficient, where the sign of the Hall coefficient reverses sharply but continuously at low temperatures around 5 K, is investigated by treating the interband effects of the magnetic field exactly. It is shown that such behavior is possible by assuming the existence of the extremely small amount of electron doping. The enhancement of the orbital diamagnetism is also expected. The results of the present research shed light on a new aspect of Dirac fermion physics, i.e. the emergence of unique electronic properties owing to the structure

  11. Order-disorder type of charge-ordering phase transition in narrow-bandwidth compound, {alpha}'-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}IBr{sub 2}

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    Yue, Y.; Yamamoto, K.; Nakano, C.; Uruichi, M. [Institute for Molecular Science and Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Myodaiji, Okazaki, Aichi 444-8585 (Japan); Yakushi, K., E-mail: yakushi@ims.ac.j [Institute for Molecular Science and Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Myodaiji, Okazaki, Aichi 444-8585 (Japan); Inokuchi, M. [Faculty of Science and Engineering, Tokyo University of Science Yamaguchi, 1-1-1 Daigaku-dori, Onoda, Yamaguchi 756-0884 (Japan); Hiejima, T. [Department of Nanochemistry, Tokyo Polytechnic University, 1583 Iiyama, Atsugi, Kanagawa 243-0297 (Japan); Kawamoto, A. [Department of Physics, Hokkaido University, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0810 (Japan)

    2010-06-01

    The kinetic energy of {alpha}'-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}IBr{sub 2}, {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}I{sub 3}, and {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}NH{sub 4}Hg(SCN){sub 4} was estimated from the room-temperature optical conductivity measured from 50 to 30 000 cm{sup -1}. The kinetic energy of {alpha}'-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}IBr{sub 2} was significantly smaller than that of {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}I{sub 3} that shows metal-insulator phase transition. A clear hysteresis was found in the magnetic susceptibility near the phase transition at around 30 K.

  12. Magnetothermopower in unconventional charge density wave ground state of α-(BEDT-TTF){_2}KHg(SCN){_4}

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    Dóra, B.; Maki, K.; Virosztek, A.; Ványolos, A.

    2004-04-01

    We have investigated theoretically the thermoelectric power and the Nernst effect in unconventional density waves (UDW). Due to the presence of magnetic field, Landau levels are formed, and the low energy excitations change from gapless to gapped. The present results account consistently for the recent data of magnetothermopower in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 obtained by Choi et al. (Phys. Rev. B, 65, 205119 (2002)). This confirms further our identification of low temperature phase (LTP) in this salt as UCDW. Key words. density waves, α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4, thermoelectric power.

  13. Unconventional Charge-Density Wave in the Organic Conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Maki, Kazumi; Dóra, Balázs; Kartsovnik, Mark; Virosztek, Attila; Korin-Hamzić, Bojana; Basletić, Mario

    2003-06-01

    The low temperature phase (LTP) of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 salt is known for its surprising angular dependent magnetoresistance (ADMR), which has been studied intensively in the last decade. However, the nature of the LTP has not been understood until now. Here we analyze theoretically ADMR in unconventional (or nodal) charge-density wave (UCDW). In magnetic field the quasiparticle spectrum in UCDW is quantized, which gives rise to spectacular ADMR. The present model accounts for many striking features of ADMR data in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4.

  14. Probing the Mott physics in κ-(BEDT-TTF)₂X salts via thermal expansion.

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    de Souza, Mariano; Bartosch, Lorenz

    2015-02-11

    In the field of interacting electron systems the Mott metal-to-insulator (MI) transition represents one of the pivotal issues. The role played by lattice degrees of freedom for the Mott MI transition and the Mott criticality in a variety of materials are current topics under debate. In this context, molecular conductors of the κ-(BEDT-TTF)2X type constitute a class of materials for unraveling several aspects of the Mott physics. In this review, we present a synopsis of literature results with focus on recent expansivity measurements probing the Mott MI transition in this class of materials. Progress in the description of the Mott critical behavior is also addressed.

  15. Density waves in the organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4

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    Kato, Masaru

    2003-05-01

    We have investigated possible spin and charge density waves in the organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4. This system shows density wave like transition at T=8 K, and the nature of the density wave is not clarified up to now. Using a realistic tight binding model and an inhomogeneous mean-field theory, we obtained several stable density wave states. Especially, spin density wave states (SDW) are stable only for large on-site Coulomb interaction U⩾400 meV. Their spin moments are tiny and inhomogeneous even in the unit cell. Also charge density wave appears simultaneously with the SDW.

  16. Transport Phenomena in Multilayered Massless Dirac Fermion System α-(BEDT-TTF2I3

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    Naoya Tajima

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A zero-gap state with a Dirac cone type energy dispersion was discovered in an organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF2I3 under high hydrostatic pressures. This is the first two-dimensional (2D zero-gap state discovered in bulk crystals with a layered structure. In contrast to the case of graphene, the Dirac cone in this system is highly anisotropic. The present system, therefore, provides a new type of massless Dirac fermion system with anisotropic Fermi velocity. This system exhibits remarkable transport phenomena characteristic to electrons on the Dirac cone type energy structure.

  17. Theoretical aspects of charge correlations in θ-(BEDT-TTF2X

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    Kazuhiko Kuroki

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A review is given on the theoretical studies of charge correlations in θ-(BEDT-TTF2X. Various studies show that within a purely electronic model on the θ-type lattice with on-site U and nearest neighbor Vp and Vc interactions, the diagonal stripe, c-axis three-fold, and the vertical stripe charge correlations are favored in the regime VpVc, respectively. In the realistic parameter regime of Vp~Vc, there is competition between the c-axis three fold state and diagonal stripe state. Since these are different from the experimentally observed a-axis three fold and the horizontal stripe charge correlations, additional effects have to be included in order to understand the experiments. The electron–lattice coupling, which tends to distort the lattice into the θd-type, is found to favor the horizontal stripe state, suggesting that the occurrence of this stripe ordering in the actual materials may not be of purely electronic origin. On the other hand, distant electron–electron interactions have to be considered in order to understand the a-axis three fold correlation, whose wave vector is close to the nesting vector of the Fermi surface. These studies seem to suggest that the minimal model to understand the charge correlation in θ-(BEDT-TTF2X may be more complicated than expected. Future problems regarding the competition between different types of charge correlations are discussed.

  18. Magnetic Field-Temperature Phase Diagram of the Organic Conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Christ, P.; Biberacher, W.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Steep, E.; Balthes, E.; Weiss, H.; Müller, H.

    2000-04-01

    We present systematic magnetic torque studies of the ``magnetic field - temperature'' phase diagram of the layered organic conductor alpha-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 at fields nearly perpendicular and nearly parallel to the highly conducting plane. The shape of the phase diagram is compared to that predicted for a charge-density-wave system in a broad field range.

  19. Coexistence of Dirac and massive carriers in α-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}I{sub 3} under hydrostatic pressure

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    Navarin, Fabien; Tisserond, Emilie [Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, UMR 8502, CNRS-Université Paris-Sud, Orsay F-91405 (France); Auban-Senzier, Pascale, E-mail: pascale.senzier@u-psud.fr [Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, UMR 8502, CNRS-Université Paris-Sud, Orsay F-91405 (France); Mézière, Cécile; Batail, Patrick [MOLTECH-Anjou, UMR 6200, CNRS-Université d' Angers, Bat. K, Angers F-49045 (France); Pasquier, Claude; Monteverde, Miguel [Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, UMR 8502, CNRS-Université Paris-Sud, Orsay F-91405 (France)

    2015-03-01

    We present magnetotransport measurements of α-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}I{sub 3} crystals under hydrostatic pressure larger than 1.5 GPa where Dirac carriers are present. We show not only the existence of high-mobility Dirac carriers but we also prove experimentally the presence of low-mobility massive carriers, in agreement with band-structure calculations.

  20. Spin-current injection and detection in κ-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br

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    Qiu, Z., E-mail: qiuzy@imr.tohoku.ac.jp; Hou, D. [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Spin Quantum Rectification Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Uruichi, M. [Research Center of Integrative Molecular Systems (CIMoS), Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); Uchida, K. [Spin Quantum Rectification Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Yamamoto, H. M. [Research Center of Integrative Molecular Systems (CIMoS), Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki 444-8585 (Japan); RIKEN, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako 351-0198 (Japan); Saitoh, E. [WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Spin Quantum Rectification Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai 319-1195 (Japan)

    2015-05-15

    Spin-current injection into an organic semiconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br film induced by the spin pumping from an yttrium iron garnet (YIG) film. When magnetization dynamics in the YIG film is excited by ferromagnetic or spin-wave resonance, a voltage signal was found to appear in the κ-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br film. Magnetic-field-angle dependence measurements indicate that the voltage signal is governed by the inverse spin Hall effect in κ-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br. We found that the voltage signal in the κ-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br/YIG system is critically suppressed around 80 K, around which magnetic and/or glass transitions occur, implying that the efficiency of the spin-current injection is suppressed by fluctuations which critically enhanced near the transitions.

  1. Density-wave instability in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 studied by x-ray diffuse scattering and by first-principles calculations

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    Foury-Leylekian, Pascale; Pouget, Jean-Paul; Lee, Young-Joo; Nieminen, Risto M.; Ordejón, Pablo; Canadell, Enric

    2010-10-01

    α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 develops a density wave ground state below 8 K whose origin is still debated. Here we report a combined x-ray diffuse scattering and first-principles density functional theory study supporting the charge density wave (CDW) scenario. In particular, we observe a triply incommensurate anharmonic lattice modulation with intralayer wave vector components which coincide within experimental errors to the maximum of the calculated Lindhard response function. A detailed study of the structural aspects of the modulation shows that the CDW instability in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 is considerably more involved than those following a standard Peierls mechanism. We thus propose a microscopic mechanism where the CDW instability of the BEDT-TTF layer is triggered by the anion sublattice. Our mechanism also emphasizes the key role of the coupling of the BEDT-TTF and anion layers via the hydrogen bond network to set the global modulation.

  2. Anisotropic susceptibility of α-(BEDT-TTF){2}KHg(SCN){4}

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    Biberacher, W.; Christ, P.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Andres, D.; Müller, H.; Kushch, N.

    2004-04-01

    We report detailed studies of the anisotropy of the magnetic susceptibility χ by cantilever torque measurements in the temperature range from 1.3 K to 15 K and in magnetic fields up to 15 T. There is a considerable anisotropy of χ in the normal state above 10 K. The orientation of the susceptibilty tensor is slightly different from the crystalline a, b* and c axes. These results can be qualitatively explained by the orientation of the BEDT-TTF molecules in the crystal structure. In the low temperature phase an additional anisotropy develops, where the orientation is fixed to the normal of the two-dimensional layers. Key words. Organic metals susceptibility magnetic torque.

  3. Discovery of Superconductivity in κ-(BEDT-TTF)_2Cu[N(CN)_2]I

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    Lee, H. S.; Cowan, D. O.; Fainchtein, R.; Bohandy, J.; Geiser, U.; Wang, H. H.; Schlueter, J. A.; Kushch, N. D.; Flynn, J. P.; Vanzile, M. L.; Williams, J. M.

    1996-03-01

    Evidence of superconductivity with a mid-point transition temperature of 7.2K was found for the first time on crystals of κ-(BEDT-TTF)_2Cu[N(CN)_2]I. The crystals were first synthesized at Johns Hopkins University and later independently synthesized at Argonne National Laboratory. The structure of the materials has been confirmed to be of the kappa-phase moiety by STM, AFM, Raman, ESR and X-ray diffraction. Superconductivity of the samples was confirmed by dc-conductivity, modulated microwave reflectance and magnetic susceptibility with a transition onset of 7.5K. (Authors HSL, DOC and RF acknowledge support by NSF under grant No. DMR-9223481; authors affiliated with ANL acknowledge support by DOE under contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38.)

  4. Magnetothermal instability in the organic layered superconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2

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    Konoike, T.; Uchida, K.; Osada, T.; Yamaguchi, T.; Nishimura, M.; Terashima, T.; Uji, S.; Yamada, J.

    2009-02-01

    We have studied the magnetothermal instability in κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2 by means of measuring the temperature change in the sample. We report the remarkable temperature spikes due to the flux jumps and the preceding temperature oscillations in the vortex solid state. These dependences on the sweep rate are almost consistent with the conventional theory based on the Bean model. The temperature dependences of the flux jump suggest that the melting transition from the vortex solid to the liquid phase at low temperatures is not driven by thermal fluctuations, but rather by quantum ones. The small temperature fluctuations observed at very low temperatures imply the dendritic vortex distribution in this salt.

  5. Unconventional charge density wave in the organic conductor alpha-(BEDT-TTF)_2KHg(SCN)_4

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    Maki, Kazumi; Dóra, Balázs; Kartsovnik, Mark; Virosztek, Attila; Korin-Hamzic, Bojana; Basletic, Mario

    2002-01-01

    The low temperature phase (LTP) of alpha-(BEDT-TTF)_2KHg(SCN)_4 salt is known for its surprising angular dependent magnetoresistance (ADMR), which has been studied intensively in the last decade. However, the nature of the LTP has not been understood until now. Here we analyse theoretically ADMR in unconventional (or nodal) charge density wave (UCDW). In magnetic field the quasiparticle spectrum in UCDW is quantized, which gives rise to spectacular ADMR. The present model accounts for many st...

  6. Superconductivity of k-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu[N(CN) sub 2]I under pressure

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    Kushch, N D; Yagubskii, E B; Ishiguro, T

    2001-01-01

    The insulating state of k-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu[N(CN) sub 2]I salt appearing at ambient pressure at low temperatures is suppressed by hydrostatic pressure. The resistive measurement showed that in high-quality crystals the emerging metallic state reveals superconductivity. The superconducting state with the transition temperature of about 8 K is stable at pressures higher than 0.1 GPa

  7. Nonlocal magnetoresistance measurements of the organic zero-gap conductor α -(BEDT-TTF ) 2I3

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    Kamiya, Takeshi; Kawasugi, Yoshitaka; Ara, Masato; Tada, Hirokazu

    2017-02-01

    We prepared nonlocal spin valves based on single crystals of an organic multilayered zero-gap conductor α -(BEDT-TTF ) 2I3 and succeeded in evaluating the spin-diffusion length (1.1 μm) and relaxation time (3 ns) at 2.5 K under a static pressure of 1.6 GPa using a polyethylene naphthalate as a substrate. Although α -(BEDT-TTF ) 2I3 includes heavy atoms, such as iodine, it exhibited a rather long spin-relaxation time comparable to that of graphene. The spin-orbit interaction (SOI) estimated on the basis of the experimental values of the spin-relaxation time and carrier lifetime (1.2 ps) was 90 mK. The long spin-relaxation time and small SOI evaluated for α -(BEDT-TTF ) 2I3 are considered to originate from its layered structure in which spin scattering induced by surface defects is suppressed. In addition, the inversion asymmetry, which generates an extra term in the equation for the SOI, might be reduced in layered structures. These findings provide guiding principles for materials design in organic spintronics.

  8. New electronic phase transitions in α -(BEDT-TTF){2}KHg(SCN){4}

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    Kartsovnik, M. V.; Andres, D.; Biberacher, W.; Grigoriev, P. D.; Schuberth, E. A.; Müller, H.

    2004-04-01

    α -(BEDT-TTF){2}KHg(SCN){4} is considered to be in the charge-density-wave (CDW) state below 8 K. We present new magnetoresistance data suggesting that the material undergoes a series of field-induced CDW (FICDW) transitions at pressures slightly exceeding the critical pressure Pc at which the zero-field CDW state is destroyed. Further, we argue that a novel kind of FICDW transitions, entirely determined by a superposition of the strong Pauli and quantizing orbital effects of magnetic field on the CDW wavevector, arises when the field is strongly tilted towards the conducting layers. These new transitions can take place even in the case of a relatively well nested Fermi surface. Finally we report on the superconducting (SC) state and its coexistence with the CDW in the title compound under quasi-hydrostatic pressure. Below Pc the material is most likely a heterogeneous SC/CDW mixture, with the SC phase persisting down to ambient pressure. The SC onset temperature appears to drastically increase upon entering the SC/CDW coexistence region. Key words. charge-transfer salt charge-density wave high magnetic field effects super-conductivity.

  9. Polymorphism and Metallic Behavior in BEDT-TTF Radical Salts with Polycyano Anions

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    Carlos J. Gómez-García

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Up to five different crystalline radical salts have been prepared with the organic donor BEDT-TTF and three different polynitrile anions. With the polynitrile dianion tcpd2− (=C[C(CN2]32−, two closely related radical salts: α'-(ET4tcpd·THF (1 (THF = tetrahydrofurane and α'-(ET4tcpd·H2O (2 have been prepared, depending on the solvent used in the synthesis. With the mono-anion tcnoetOH− (=[(NC2CC(OCH2CH2OHC(CN2]− two polymorphs with similar physical properties but different crystal packings have been synthesized: θ-(ET2(tcnoetOH (3 and β''-(ET2(tcnoetOH (4. Finally, with the mono-anion tcnoprOH− (=[(NC2CC(OCH2CH2CH2OHC(CN2]− we have prepared a metallic radical salt: β''-(ET2(tcnoprOH(CH2Cl2CH3Cl0.5 (5. Salts 1‑4 are semiconductors with high room temperature conductivities and activation energies in the range 0.1–0.5 eV, whereas salt 5 is metallic down to 0.4 K although it does not show any superconducting transition above this temperature.

  10. Magnetocaloric Evidence for FFLO Superconductivity in κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2

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    Fortune, Nathanael; Agosta, Charles; Hannahs, Scott; Park, Ju-Hyun; Gu, Shuyao; Liang, Lucy; Schleuter, John

    We present new magnetocaloric and calorimetric measurements of the high field superconducting state in the layered structure superconductor κ - (BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2. The strongly field-orientation dependent phase transition between the low field superconducting state and high field superconducting states is first order and is nearly temperature independent, occurring at the Clogston-Chandrasakar paramagnetic limit Hp. Magnetocaloric measurements dT / dH as a function of magnetic field reveal that the system becomes strongly paramagnetic at the cross over from the low field to high field state. At lower temperatures, we are able to resolve small changes at the phase boundary due to the absorption/release of latent heat when increasing/decreasing field, indicating that the high field state is higher entropy than the low field state. These results provide strong new evidence for the formation of paramagnetic spin domains within an inhomogeneous FFLO superconducting state. They also allow us to rule out alternative explanations involving the formation of spin density waves within a homogenous superconducting state. A portion of this work was performed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which is supported by National Science Foundation Cooperative Agreement No. DMR-1157490 and the State of Florida.

  11. Superconductivity in the charge-density-wave state of the organic metal α- (BEDT-TTF)2 KHg (SCN)4

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    Andres, D.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Biberacher, W.; Neumaier, K.; Schuberth, E.; Müller, H.

    2005-11-01

    The superconducting transition in the layered organic compound α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 has been studied in the two hydrostatic pressure regimes where a charge-density wave is either present or completely suppressed. Within the charge-density-wave state the experimental results reveal a network of weakly coupled superconducting regions. This is especially seen in a strong enhancement of the measured critical field and the corresponding positive curvature of its temperature dependence. Further, it is shown that on lowering the pressure into the density-wave state traces of a superconducting phase already start to appear at a much higher temperature.

  12. Density waves in the organic metal {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}

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    Kato, Masaru

    2003-05-01

    We have investigated possible spin and charge density waves in the organic metal {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}. This system shows density wave like transition at T=8 K, and the nature of the density wave is not clarified up to now. Using a realistic tight binding model and an inhomogeneous mean-field theory, we obtained several stable density wave states. Especially, spin density wave states (SDW) are stable only for large on-site Coulomb interaction U{>=}400 meV. Their spin moments are tiny and inhomogeneous even in the unit cell. Also charge density wave appears simultaneously with the SDW.

  13. Electrically induced phase transition in α -(BEDT-TTF)2I3 : Indications for Dirac-like hot charge carriers

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    Peterseim, T.; Ivek, T.; Schweitzer, D.; Dressel, M.

    2016-06-01

    The two-dimensional organic conductor α -(BEDT-TTF)2I3 undergoes a metal-insulator transition at TCO=135 K due to electronic charge ordering. We have conducted time-resolved investigations of its electronic properties in order to explore the field- and temperature-dependent dynamics. At a certain threshold field, the system switches from a low-conducting to a high-conducting state, accompanied by a negative differential resistance. Our time-dependent infrared investigations indicate that close to TCO, the strong electric field pushes the crystal into a metallic state with optical properties similar to the one for T >TCO . Well into the insulating state, however, at T =80 K , the spectral response evidences a completely different electronically induced high-conducting state. Applying a two-state model of hot electrons explains the observations by excitation of charge carriers with a high mobility. They resemble the Dirac-like charge carriers with a linear dispersion of the electronic bands found in α -(BEDT-TTF)2I3 at high pressure. Extensive numerical simulations quantitatively reproduce our experimental findings in all details.

  14. Effect of Interband Fluctuation on Spin Susceptibility in Molecular Dirac Fermion System α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3

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    Matsuno, Genki; Kobayashi, Akito

    2017-01-01

    The nontrivial properties of interband spin fluctuations are studied by the random phase approximation in a Hubbard model describing the molecular conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3, where wave functions are based on the four sublattices named A, A', B, and C in a two-dimensional BEDT-TTF molecular plane. It is found that the ferrimagnetic polarization observed by a recent NMR measurement emerges only if there exist cross terms among intra- and inter-band irreducible susceptibility matrix elements in the presence of the on-site Coulomb interaction U. It is also found that the nontrivial sign of the interband components of the spin susceptibility, being negative only for the B sublattice, is closely related to the characteristic phase structure of wave functions in the Dirac fermion system with multisublattices. The negative value of the spin susceptibility on the B sublattice observed in the experiment is associated with this negative interband susceptibility, which comes from the excitations in the gentle-slope region of the energy dispersion connecting the Dirac points with saddle points in the first Brillouin zone.

  15. Quantum criticality in an organic spin-liquid insulator κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu2(CN)3

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    Isono, Takayuki; Terashima, Taichi; Miyagawa, Kazuya; Kanoda, Kazushi; Uji, Shinya

    2016-11-01

    A quantum spin-liquid state, an exotic state of matter, appears when strong quantum fluctuations enhanced by competing exchange interactions suppress a magnetically ordered state. Generally, when an ordered state is continuously suppressed to 0 K by an external parameter, a quantum phase transition occurs. It exhibits critical scaling behaviour, characterized only by a few basic properties such as dimensions and symmetry. Here we report the low-temperature magnetic torque measurements in an organic triangular-lattice antiferromagnet, κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu2(CN)3, where BEDT-TTF stands for bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene. It is found that the magnetic susceptibilities derived from the torque data exhibit a universal critical scaling, indicating the quantum critical point at zero magnetic field, and the critical exponents, γ=0.83(6) and νz=1.0(1). These exponents greatly constrain the theoretical models for the quantum spin liquid, and at present, there is no theory to explain the values, to the best of our knowledge.

  16. Angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations in the quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor α-(BEDT- TTF)2NH4Hg(SCN)4: Origin of the difference in ground state between α-(BEDT- TTF)2NH4Hg(SCN)4 and α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Hanasaki, N.; Kagoshima, S.; Miura, N.; Saito, G.

    2001-06-01

    We studied the difference between the ground states of α-(BEDT-TTF)2NH4Hg(SCN)4 and its isostructural compound α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 by measuring angle-dependent magnetoresistance. In the NH4 compound, we found resistance minima due to the Lebed resonances. These findings suggest the presence of the one-dimensional Fermi surface parallel to the b*c* plane. Detailed analyses of these resistance minima suggest a large warp in the planarlike Fermi surface along the c* axis. Second and higher harmonic components are necessary to describe the warping of the Fermi surface. We also analyzed the small closed-orbit effect, that is, the peak structure in the resistance for the magnetic field nearly parallel to the conducting plane. It was found that the corrugation in the Fermi surface perpendicular to the a*c* plane was also large in the NH4 compound compared to the K compound. We conclude that such large warps in the Fermi surface suppressed the nesting of the quasi-one-dimensional Fermi surface in the NH4 compound.

  17. Partial Dissolution of Charge Order Phase Observed in β-(BEDT-TTF)2PF6 Single Crystal Field Effect Transistor.

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    Sakai, Masatoshi; Moritoshi, Norifumi; Kuniyoshi, Shigekazu; Yamauchi, Hiroshi; Kudo, Kazuhiro; Masu, Hyuma

    2016-04-01

    The effect of an applied gate electric field on the charge-order phase in β-(BEDT-TTF)2PF6 single-crystal field-effect transistor structure was observed at around room temperature by technical improvement with respect to sample preparation and electrical measurements. A relatively slight but systematic increase of the electrical conductance induced by the applied gate electric field and its temperature dependence was observed at around the metal-insulator transition temperature (TMI). The temperature dependence of the modulated electrical conductance demonstrated that TMI was shifted toward the lower side by application of a gate electric field, which corresponds to partial dissolution of the charge-order phase. The thickness of the partially dissolved charge order region was estimated to be several score times larger than the charge accumulation region.

  18. Angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations and magnetic breakdown in {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}

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    Uchida, K., E-mail: uchida@issp.u-tokyo.ac.j [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, Kashiwanoha 5-1-5, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan); Konoike, T.; Osada, T. [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, Kashiwanoha 5-1-5, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan)

    2010-06-01

    We present results of stereographic measurements of interlayer magnetoresistance in the quasi-two-dimensional (Q2D) organic conductor, {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}, at around charge density wave (CDW) transition temperature T{sub c{approx}}8K. At 2 K in the CDW phase, there exists the anomalous Lebed resonance pattern, the amplitude of which is modulated by Danner-Chaikin oscillations in case of applied magnetic field close to the Q2D conducting plane. On the contrary, at 7 K just below T{sub c}, we have found that the Kajita oscillation of the cylindrical Fermi surfaces appears superposed on the anomalous Lebed resonance. A quantum model of interlayer tunneling demonstrates these behaviors qualitatively. These results suggest that magnetic breakdown plays a key role in anomalous angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations.

  19. Angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations and magnetic breakdown in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Uchida, K.; Konoike, T.; Osada, T.

    2010-06-01

    We present results of stereographic measurements of interlayer magnetoresistance in the quasi-two-dimensional (Q2D) organic conductor, α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4, at around charge density wave (CDW) transition temperature Tc˜8K. At 2 K in the CDW phase, there exists the anomalous Lebed resonance pattern, the amplitude of which is modulated by Danner-Chaikin oscillations in case of applied magnetic field close to the Q2D conducting plane. On the contrary, at 7 K just below Tc, we have found that the Kajita oscillation of the cylindrical Fermi surfaces appears superposed on the anomalous Lebed resonance. A quantum model of interlayer tunneling demonstrates these behaviors qualitatively. These results suggest that magnetic breakdown plays a key role in anomalous angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations.

  20. Magnetothermopower study of the quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Choi, E. S.; Brooks, J. S.; Qualls, J. S.

    2002-05-01

    We have used a low-frequency magneto-thermopower (MTEP) method to probe the high-magnetic-field ground-state behavior of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 along all three principal crystallographic axes at low temperatures. The thermopower tensor coefficients (Sxx,Syx, and Szz) have been measured to 30 T, beyond the anomalous low-temperature, field-induced transition at 22.5 T. We find a significant anisotropy in the MTEP signal, and also observe large quantum oscillations associated with Landau quantization. The anisotropy indicates that the ground-state properties are clearly driven by mechanisms that occur along specific directions for the in-plane electronic structure. Both transverse and longitudinal magnetothermopower show asymptotic behaviors in the field, which can be explained in terms of magnetic breakdown of compensated closed orbits.

  1. Magnetic-field-induced dimensional crossover in the organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Grigoriev, P. D.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Biberacher, W.

    2012-10-01

    The field dependence of interlayer magnetoresistance of the pressurized (to the normal state) layered organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 is investigated. The high quasi-two-dimensional anisotropy, when the interlayer hopping time is longer than the electron mean-free time and than the cyclotron period, leads to a dimensional crossover and to strong violations of the conventional three-dimensional theory of magnetoresistance. The monotonic field dependence is found to change from the conventional behavior at low magnetic fields to an anomalous one at high fields. The shape of Landau levels, determined from the damping of magnetic quantum oscillations, changes from Lorentzian to Gaussian. This indicates the change of electron dynamics in the disorder potential from the usual coherent three-dimensional regime to a new regime, which can be referred to as weakly coherent.

  2. Coordination Chemistry of 2,2'-Bipyridyl- and 2,2':6',2″-Terpyridyl-Substituted BEDT-TTFs: Formation of a Supramolecular Capsule Motif by the Iron(II) Tris Complex of 2,2'-Bipyridine-4-thiomethyl-BEDT-TTF.

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    Wang, Qiang; Martin, Lee; Blake, Alexander J; Day, Peter; Akutsu, Hiroki; Wallis, John D

    2016-09-01

    Molecules of tris(2,2'-bipyridine-4-thiomethyl-BEDT-TTF)iron(II) (BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene) assemble in pairs to form a novel supramolecular capsular structure in the solid state. Three BEDT-TTF residues from one complex lie in the three grooves between coordinated bipyridines of the other complex, and vice versa, to form a capsule with 3-fold rotational symmetry and an internal volume of ca. 160 Å(3). Further aspects of the coordination chemistry of this ligand, its 6-substituted isomer, and the 2,2':6'2″-terpyridyl-4'-thiomethyl-BEDT-TTF analogue are described.

  3. Electric-field-induced intradimer charge disproportionation in the dimer-Mott insulator β'-(BEDT-TTF ) 2IC l2

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    Hattori, Yuma; Iguchi, Satoshi; Sasaki, Takahiko; Iwai, Shinichiro; Taniguchi, Hiromi; Kishida, Hideo

    2017-02-01

    Raman scattering spectra of the dimer-Mott insulator β'-(BEDT-TTF ) 2IC l2 [BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene] under a static electric field are investigated. The application of the electric field induces two additional Raman peaks on both sides of the original peak position of the charge-sensitive Raman mode (ν2) in the spectra. At 10 kV/cm, the original peak almost disappears and only the newly emerging peaks are observed. The emergence of these peaks indicates the field-induced charge disproportionation within the dimer. The temporal change of the Raman signals with the inversion of the electric field suggests a macroscopic domain formation of the charge-disproportionate dimers. This picture is reinforced by the direct measurement of the polarization.

  4. Magnetothermopower study of the charge density wave state in a multiband organic conductor α - (BEDT - TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Krstovska, Danica

    2017-02-01

    Magnetic field dependence of the thermopower and Nernst effect of the multiband organic conductor α - (BEDT - TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 is theoretically studied at low temperatures in the charge density wave (CDW) state, to fields of 30 T and several field directions. A theoretical model of quantum interlayer tunneling for the q1D charge carriers is used to probe the thermoelectric effects in the CDW state. The contribution from the q2D carriers is calculated by using the Boltzmann transport theory. The background components of the thermopower and Nernst effect as well as the quantum oscillations that originate from the closed Fermi surface orbits are analyzed. The model implies that in the CDW state, the properties of α - (BEDT - TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 are determined mostly by the orbits on the new open Fermi sheets. This is in accord with the previously reported CDW scenario of the low temperature state of α - (BEDT - TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 with imperfect nesting of the open Fermi surface sections.

  5. Synthesis of racemic and chiral BEDT-TTF derivatives possessing hydroxy groups and their achiral and chiral charge transfer complexes

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    Sara J. Krivickas

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Chiral molecular crystals built up by chiral molecules without inversion centers have attracted much interest owing to their versatile functionalities related to optical, magnetic, and electrical properties. However, there is a difficulty in chiral crystal growth due to the lack of symmetry. Therefore, we made the molecular design to introduce intermolecular hydrogen bonds in chiral crystals. Racemic and enantiopure bis(ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF derivatives possessing hydroxymethyl groups as the source of hydrogen bonds were designed. The novel racemic trans-vic-(hydroxymethyl(methyl-BEDT-TTF 1, and racemic and enantiopure trans-vic-bis(hydroxymethyl-BEDT-TTF 2 were synthesized. Moreover, the preparations, crystal structure analyses, and electrical resistivity measurements of the novel achiral charge transfer salt θ21-[(S,S-2]3[(R,R-2]3(ClO42 and the chiral salt α’-[(R,R-2]ClO4(H2O were carried out. In the former θ21-[(S,S-2]3[(R,R-2]3(ClO42, there are two sets of three crystallographically independent donor molecules [(S,S-2]2[(R,R-2] in a unit cell, where the two sets are related by an inversion center. The latter α’-[(R,R-2]ClO4(H2O is the chiral salt with included solvent H2O, which is not isostructural with the reported chiral salt α’-[(S,S-2]ClO4 without H2O, but has a similar donor arrangement. According to the molecular design by introduction of hydroxy groups and a ClO4− anion, many intermediate-strength intermolecular hydrogen bonds (2.6–3.0 Å were observed in these crystals between electron donor molecules, anions, and included H2O solvent, which improve the crystallinity and facilitate the extraction of physical properties. Both salts are semiconductors with relatively low resistivities at room temperature and activation energies of 1.2 ohm cm with Ea = 86 meV for θ21-[(S,S-2]3[(R,R-2]3(ClO42 and 0.6 ohm cm with Ea = 140 meV for α'-[(R,R-2]2ClO4(H2O, respectively. The variety of donor arrangements

  6. Anisotropy of superconducting critical fields of {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} under pressure

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    Jakob, S.; Neumaier, K.; Biberacher, W.; Kartsovnik, M. [Walther-Meissner-Inst., Garching (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    Our previous studies of the ''magnetic field - pressure - temperature'' phase diagram of the layered organic conductor {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} have revealed an interesting interplay between a charge density wave (CDW) and a superconducting (SC) state. At a critical pressure of 2.5 kbar the CDW state is completely suppressed and a sharp transition into a SC state is observed below 100 mK. For pressures below 2.5 kbar there is a coexistence of the superconducting and CDW state, but this is likely a spatially inhomogenous state. The neighbouring of a CDW and SC state is an interesting situation and rises questions about the nature of the superconductivity. We have therefore investigated the anisotropy of the critical fields at a pressure slightly above the critical one. The experiments were performed in a dilution refrigerator down to 25 mK. Two-axes rotation of the magnetic field allowed the exact determination of the anisotropy parallel and perpendicular to the layers, but also the inplane anisotropy. (orig.)

  7. Paramagnetic Cooper pair breaking effect in α-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}

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    Kunz, Michael; Jakob, Sebastian; Biberacher, Werner; Neumaier, Karl; Kartsovnik, Mark V. [Walther-Meissner-Institut, Garching (Germany); Mueller, Harald [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble (France)

    2013-07-01

    The organic charge transfer salt α-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} is a quasi-two-dimensional metal consisting of conducting and insulating layers. At pressures above 2.5 kbar this compound features a low T{sub c} (∝0.1 K) superconducting state with an unprecedentedly high anisotropy of the upper critical field depending on whether the magnetic field is oriented parallel or perpendicular to the conducting planes. This is due to a strong suppression of the superconducting shielding currents in the direction perpendicular to the layers. For an exact parallel field orientation the shielding currents become so weak that their effect is replaced by the Pauli paramagnetic effect as the main contribution to the Cooper pair breaking. Clear manifestations of the paramagnetic pair breaking can be seen in the temperature dependence as well as in the angular dependence of the critical field near parallel orientation. At the exact parallel field orientation, the theoretical Chandrasekhar-Clogston paramagnetic limit is exceeded by a factor of 1.3, most likely due to a strong electron-phonon coupling. From the analysis of the temperature dependence of the parallel critical field the Maki parameter can be determined.

  8. Origin of the split quantum oscillation wave form in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Harrison, N.; Biskup, N.; Brooks, J. S.; Balicas, L.; Tokumoto, M.

    2001-05-01

    We report the results of a detailed study of the field orientation dependence of the de Haas-van Alphen wave form in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 over a wide range of angles and fields. By considering the field orientation dependence of the sign and phase of the fundamental α frequency, at fields both well above and below the kink transition field, it is found that the product of the effective mass with the electron g factor is approximately constant. This implies that spin splitting cannot occur within the low-magnetic-field phase until the angle between the magnetic field and the normal to the conducting planes is ~42°. This finding contrasts greatly with that recently published by Sasaki and Fukase. The results of the present study imply that the electron-electron interactions are largely field independent in this material, while a field dependence of the electron-phonon interactions is still tenable. The manner in which the amplitude of the wave form of the oscillations is damped within the low-magnetic-field phase is suggestive of a nonharmonically indexed reduction of the amplitude, thereby eliminating explanations in terms of magnetic breakdown or impurity scattering. Meanwhile, the presence of a large amplitude second harmonic within the low-magnetic-field phase that has a negative sign over a broad range of angles can be explained only by the frequency doubling effect.

  9. Disorder-induced gap in the normal density of states of the organic superconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br.

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    Diehl, Sandra; Methfessel, Torsten; Tutsch, Ulrich; Müller, Jens; Lang, Michael; Huth, Michael; Jourdan, Martin; Elmers, Hans-Joachim

    2015-07-01

    The local density of states (DOS) of the organic superconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br, measured by scanning tunneling spectroscopy on in situ cleaved surfaces, reveals a logarithmic suppression near the Fermi edge persisting above the critical temperature T(c). The experimentally observed suppression of the DOS is in excellent agreement with a soft Hubbard gap as predicted by the Anderson-Hubbard model for systems with disorder. The electronic disorder also explains the diminished coherence peaks of the quasi-particle DOS below T(c).

  10. The density wave state synchronized with the quantum oscillation in the organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4

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    Fujita, Toshiyuki; Sasaki, Takahiko; Yoneyama, Naoki; Kobayashi, Norio

    2004-04-01

    We report on the low-frequency AC higher harmonic response measurements in the density wave state of the layered organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4. The non-linear conduction in the longitudinal magnetoresistance is detected as the enhancement of the higher harmonic response. The magnitude of the non-linearity oscillates in the high magnetic field with the same frequency of the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations. The observation is suggestive of the presence of the successive field-induced transition of the density wave state synchronized with the quantum oscillation in high magnetic fields.

  11. Orbital effect of a magnetic field on the low-temperature state in the organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Andres, D.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Biberacher, W.; Weiss, H.; Balthes, E.; Müller, H.; Kushch, N.

    2001-10-01

    The effect of pressure on the B-T phase diagram of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 is studied. The measured phase lines can be well described by a recent model of a charge-density wave system with varying nesting conditions. A remarkable increase of the transition temperature with magnetic field is found in a certain pressure and field range. We associate this result with a dramatic enhancement of the orbital effect of magnetic field due to a deterioration of the nesting conditions by pressure. Furthermore, we present data which can be interpreted as a first sign of field-induced charge-density waves.

  12. Magnetic breakdown in the organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 in magnetic fields of up to 60 T

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    Honold, M. M.; Harrison, N.; Nam, M.-S.; Singleton, J.; Mielke, C. H.; Kurmoo, M.; Day, P.

    1998-09-01

    de Haas-van Alphen experiments on α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 in fields of up to 60 T reveal oscillations of the β frequency, a clear indication of magnetic breakdown at fields well above the kink transition. A study of the amplitude of the oscillations shows that the gap between the quasi-one-dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional Fermi-surface sheets is significantly smaller than predicted by band-structure calculations. We consider the implications for the spin-density-wave nesting and the quantum Hall effect.

  13. The density wave state synchronized with the quantum oscillation in the organic conductor {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}

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    Fujita, Toshiyuki; Sasaki, Takahiko; Yoneyama, Naoki; Kobayashi, Norio

    2004-04-30

    We report on the low-frequency AC higher harmonic response measurements in the density wave state of the layered organic conductor {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}. The non-linear conduction in the longitudinal magnetoresistance is detected as the enhancement of the higher harmonic response. The magnitude of the non-linearity oscillates in the high magnetic field with the same frequency of the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations. The observation is suggestive of the presence of the successive field-induced transition of the density wave state synchronized with the quantum oscillation in high magnetic fields.

  14. Gate-Induced Thermally Stimulated Current on the Ferroelectric-like Dielectric Properties of (BEDT-TTF(TCNQ Crystalline Field Effect Transistor

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    Kazuhiro Kudo

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A gate-induced thermally stimulated current (TSC on β′-(BEDT-TTF(TCNQ crystalline FET were conducted to elucidate the previously observed ferroelectric-like behaviors. TSC which is symmetric for the polarization of an applied VPG and has a peak at around 285 K was assigned as a pyroelectric current. By integrating the pyroelectric current, temperature dependence of the remnant polarization charge was obtained and the existence of the ferroelectric phase transition at 285 K was clearly demonstrated. We have tentatively concluded that the phase transition between dimer Mott insulator and charge ordered phase occurred at around the interface of organic crystal and substrate.

  15. Relationship between effective mass and superconducting critical temperature in the organic superconductor {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2}

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    Caulfield, J. [Physics Dept., Univ. of Oxford, Clarendon Lab. (United Kingdom); Lubczynski, W. [Physics Dept., Univ. of Oxford, Clarendon Lab. (United Kingdom); Lee, W. [School of Physics and Materials, Lancaster Univ. (United Kingdom); Singleton, J. [Physics Dept., Univ. of Oxford, Clarendon Lab. (United Kingdom); Pratt, F.L. [Physics Dept., Univ. of Oxford, Clarendon Lab. (United Kingdom); Hayes, W. [Physics Dept., Univ. of Oxford, Clarendon Lab. (United Kingdom); Kurmoo, M. [Royal Institution, London (United Kingdom); Day, P. [Royal Institution, London (United Kingdom)

    1995-03-15

    We report high pressure magnetotransport on the organic superconductor {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2}. The observation of Shubnikov-de Haas and magnetic breakdown oscillations has allowed the pressure dependences of the Fermi surface topology and quasiparticle effective masses to be deduced and compared with simultaneous measurements of the superconducting critical temperature T{sub c}. The data strongly suggest that the enhancement of the effective mass and the superconducting behaviour are directly connected. The results are fitted by calculations of the linearised Eliashberg equations. (orig.)

  16. LDA+DMFT investigation of the organic charge transfer salt κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Cl

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    Feldner, Helene; Jacko, Anthony; Rose, Eva; Dressel, Martin; Valenti, Roser; Jeschke, Harald O.

    2013-03-01

    We combine density functional theory with dynamical mean field theory for the study of organic molecular crystals using a new scheme to construct molecular Wannier functions. We calculate spectral and optical properties for the strongly correlated material κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Cl. The new method allows us to analyze the contributions of intradimer and interdimer contributions to the optical conductivity on the same footing. We find in agreement with experiment that strong correlations lead to a Hubbard peak in the optical conductivity.

  17. Microscopic evidence for a partially gapped density wave state in α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4 in high magnetic fields

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    Kuhns, P. L.; Brooks, J. S.; Caldwell, T.; Moulton, W. G.; Reyes, A. P.; Biskup, N.; Kini, A. M.; Schlueter, J. A.; Wang, H. H.; Geiser, U.; Williams, J. M.

    1999-02-01

    We present NMR measurements on α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4, in which the six inner carbon sites of BEDT-TTF are labeled with the 13C isotope, at low temperatures and in magnetic fields up to 28.8 T. We find, based on microscopic measurements which probe the center of the primary molecular orbital, that the density wave ground state of this system persists up to fields well above the so-called "kink field", a hysteretic transition observed in transport near 23 T below 6 K. The main implication of this result is that in the low temperature limit, the ground state of this material is not fully metallic, but still partially gapped, even to 28.8 T. We obtain a BCS-like relationship between the transition temperature and the energy gap, as derived from the spin relaxation measurements using a simple model. Further, the 13C NMR spectrum is relatively insensitive to crossing the phase boundary, a result that does not support the notion that the ground state is a conventional spin density wave ground state.

  18. Mott-Anderson Transition in Molecular Conductors: Influence of Randomness on Strongly Correlated Electrons in the κ-(BEDT-TTF2X System

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    Takahiko Sasaki

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The Mott-Anderson transition has been known as a metal-insulator (MI transition due to both strong electron-electron interaction and randomness of the electrons. For example, the MI transition in doped semiconductors and transition metal oxides has been investigated up to now as a typical example of the Mott-Anderson transition for changing electron correlations by carrier number control in concurrence with inevitable randomness. On the other hand, molecular conductors have been known as typical strongly correlated electron systems with bandwidth controlled Mott transition. In this paper, we demonstrate our recent studies on the randomness effect of the strongly correlated electrons of the BEDT-TTF molecule based organic conductors. X-ray irradiation on the crystals introduces molecular defects in the insulating anion layer, which cause random potential modulation of the correlated electrons in the conductive BEDT-TTF layer. In combination with hydrostatic pressure, we are able to control the parameters for randomness and correlations for electrons approaching the Mott-Anderson transition.

  19. Anisotropic mobility and carrier dynamics in the β-type BEDT-TTF salts as studied by inter-layer transverse magnetoresistance

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    Shigeharu Sugawara and Masafumi Tamura

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method to estimate an in-plane conduction anisotropy in a quasi-two-dimensional (q2D layered conductor by measuring the inter-layer transverse magnetoresistance is proposed. We applied this method to layered organic conductors β-(BEDT-TTF2X (BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvalene, C10H8S8; X = IBr2, I2Br by applying magnetic field rotating within the basal plane at 4.2 K. We found the anisotropic behaviour of carrier mobility μ. From this, anomalous distribution of carrier lifetime τ on the Fermi surface is derived, by the use of Fermi surface data reported for the materials. Calculations of the non-uniform susceptibility χ0(q suggest that carrier scattering is enhanced at specific k-points related to partial nesting of the Fermi surface. The present method is thus demonstrated to be an efficient experimental tool to elucidate anisotropic carrier dynamics in q2D conductors.

  20. Topological Domain Wall and Valley Hall Effect in Charge Ordered Phase of Molecular Dirac Fermion System α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3

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    Matsuno, Genki; Omori, Yukiko; Eguchi, Takaaki; Kobayashi, Akito

    2016-09-01

    The topological domain wall and valley Hall effect are theoretically investigated in the molecular conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3. By using the mean-field theory in an extended Hubbard model, it is demonstrated under a cylinder boundary condition that a domain wall emerges in the charge ordered phase, and exhibits a topological nature near the phase transition to the massless Dirac Fermion phase. The topological nature is well characterized by the Berry curvature, which has opposite signs in two charge ordered phases divided by the domain wall, and gives rise to the valley Hall conductivity with opposite signs, enabling these phases to be distinguished. It is also found that the valley Hall conductivity in the tilted Dirac cones exhibits a characteristic double-peak structure as a function of chemical potential using the semi classical formalism.

  1. New Kind of Magneto-Optical Resonance Observed in the Organic Metal α-\\(BEDT-TTF\\)2KHg\\(SCN\\)4

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    Ardavan, A.; Schrama, J. M.; Blundell, S. J.; Singleton, J.; Hayes, W.; Kurmoo, M.; Day, P.; Goy, P.

    1998-07-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a mechanism for a new kind of magnetic resonance, the Fermi-surface traversal resonance (FTR). This is caused by the periodic traversal of carriers across quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D) sections of Fermi surface (FS) in an external magnetic field. Owing to the warping of the Q1D Fermi sheets, the real space velocities of the carriers oscillate as they cross the FS, generating resonances in the high frequency conductivity of the material. The results contain information about the FS, including the direction and harmonic content of the warping components. Using a rotating resonant-cavity system, FTRs have been observed in α-\\(BEDT-TTF\\)2KHg\\(SCN\\)4.

  2. Non-Linear Conduction in the Density Wave State of Quasi-Two Dimensional Organic Conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Fujita, Toshiyuki; Sasaki, Takahiko; Yoneyama, Naoki; Kobayashi, Norio

    2004-06-01

    Current-voltage characteristics are measured in the quasi-two dimensional organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 at temperatures down to 0.5 K and in the magnetic field up to 25 T. The non-linear conduction with a threshold electric field is found in the density wave state. The features of threshold electric field obtained in the low magnetic field region are explained by the unconventional charge density wave model. In the high magnetic field region, where the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations appear, the current-voltage characteristics reveal that the density wave state synchronizes with the filling of the electron on the Landau level and continues even above a kink field 23 T.

  3. Field-induced charge-density-wave transitions in the organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 under pressure

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    Andres, D.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Biberacher, W.; Neumaier, K.; Sheikin, I.; Müller, H.; Kushch, N. D.

    2011-10-01

    Successive magnetic-field-induced charge-density-wave transitions in the layered molecular conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 are studied in a hydrostatic pressure regime in which the zero field charge-density- wave (CDW) state is completely suppressed. It is shown that the orbital effect of the magnetic field restores the density wave, while orbital quantization induces transitions between different CDW states as the field strength is varied. The latter show up as distinct anomalies in the magnetoresistance as a function of field. The interplay between the orbital and Pauli paramagnetic effects, which act, respectively, to enhance and to suppress the CDW instability, is particularly manifest in the angular dependence of the field-induced anomalies.

  4. A new kind of magnetic resonance observed in the organic molecular metal α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4

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    Ardavan, A.; Schrama, J. M.; Semeno, A.; Blundell, S. J.; Singleton, J.; Goy, P.; Kurmoo, M.; Day, P.

    1998-12-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a mechanism for a new kind of magnetic resonance, the Fermi-surface traversal resonance (FTR). This is caused by the periodic traversal of carriers across quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D) sections of Fermi surface (FS) in an external magnetic field. Owing to the warping of the Q1D Fermi sheets, the real space velocities of the carriers oscillate as they cross the FS, generating resonances in the high frequency conductivity of the material. The results contain information about the FS, including the direction and harmonic content of the warping components. Using a rotating resonant-cavity system, FTRs have been observed in α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4.

  5. Magnetic field effects on the charge-density-wave and superconducting states in pressurized {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}

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    Kartsovnik, M.V., E-mail: mark.kartsovnik@wmi.badw.de [Walther-Meissner-Institut, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 85748 Garching (Germany); Biberacher, W.; Andres, D.; Jakob, S.; Kunz, M.; Neumaier, K. [Walther-Meissner-Institut, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 85748 Garching (Germany); Mueller, H. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 38043 Grenoble (France); Kushch, N.D. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, 142432 Chernogolovka (Russian Federation)

    2012-06-01

    Coupling of a magnetic field to the orbital and spin degrees of freedom of charge carriers is well known to cause suppression of superconductivity. While the orbital pair-breaking generally dominates in conventional superconductors, the Pauli paramagnetic effect may become important in some heavy fermion compounds or strongly anisotropic materials such as high-T{sub c} or organic superconductors. The same two mechanisms are predicted to be operative also in the case of charge-density-wave (CDW) ordering. However, now they lead to opposite effects: the paramagnetic coupling weakens the CDW interaction whereas the orbital coupling enhances it in a system with an imperfectly nested Fermi surface. Here we report on the experimental evidence of both kinds of magnetic field effects on the CDW and superconducting instabilities in the layered organic metal {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} under quasihydrostatic pressure.

  6. Magnetic field effects on the charge-density-wave and superconducting states in pressurized α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Kartsovnik, M. V.; Biberacher, W.; Andres, D.; Jakob, S.; Kunz, M.; Neumaier, K.; Müller, H.; Kushch, N. D.

    2012-06-01

    Coupling of a magnetic field to the orbital and spin degrees of freedom of charge carriers is well known to cause suppression of superconductivity. While the orbital pair-breaking generally dominates in conventional superconductors, the Pauli paramagnetic effect may become important in some heavy fermion compounds or strongly anisotropic materials such as high-Tc or organic superconductors. The same two mechanisms are predicted to be operative also in the case of charge-density-wave (CDW) ordering. However, now they lead to opposite effects: the paramagnetic coupling weakens the CDW interaction whereas the orbital coupling enhances it in a system with an imperfectly nested Fermi surface. Here we report on the experimental evidence of both kinds of magnetic field effects on the CDW and superconducting instabilities in the layered organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 under quasihydrostatic pressure.

  7. Measurement of interlayer spin diffusion in the organic conductor {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]X, X=Cl, Br

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    Antal, Agnes; Feher, Titusz [Institute of Physics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and Condensed Matter Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O.Box 91, H-1521 Budapest (Hungary); Nafradi, Balint [Institute of Physics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and Condensed Matter Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O.Box 91, H-1521 Budapest (Hungary); Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Gaal, Richard; Forro, Laszlo [Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Janossy, Andras, E-mail: atj@szfki.h [Institute of Physics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and Condensed Matter Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O.Box 91, H-1521 Budapest (Hungary)

    2010-06-01

    In organic conductors the overlap integral between layers is small, in-plane momentum scattering is rapid and transport perpendicular to the layers is expected to be blocked. We present a high frequency conduction electron spin resonance (CESR) study in the layered organic metals {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]X, X=Cl, Br, which verifies that the inter-layer spin hopping is effectively blocked. The method relies on resolving the CESR lines of adjacent layers in which the orientation of the g-factor tensors differs. We find that at ambient pressure and in the metallic phase the electron spin diffusion is two dimensional in both the X=Cl and Br compounds, i.e. electrons diffuse longer than the spin lifetime within a single molecular layer without inter-layer hopping. Application of pressure at 250 K increases rapidly the inter-layer hopping rate of spins.

  8. Role of layer packing for the electronic properties of the organic superconductor (BEDT-TTF ) 2Ag (CF3)4(TCE )

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    Altmeyer, Michaela; Valentí, Roser; Jeschke, Harald O.

    2015-06-01

    The charge-transfer compound (BEDT-TTF ) 2Ag (CF3)4(TCE ) crystallizes in three polymorphs with different alternating layers: While a phase with a κ packing motif has a low superconducting transition temperature of Tc=2.6 K , two phases with higher Tc of 9.5 and 11 K are multilayered structures consisting of α' and κ layers. We investigate these three systems within density functional theory and find that the α' layer shows different degrees of charge order for the two κ -α' systems and directly influences the electronic behavior of the conducting κ layer. We discuss the origin of the distinct behavior of the three polymorphs and propose a minimal tight-binding Hamiltonian for the description of these systems based on projective molecular Wannier functions.

  9. New aspects of the high field phase diagram of α -(BEDT-TTF)2 KHg(SCN) 4 by ^13C NMR

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    Kuhns, P. L.; Brooks, J. S.; Moulton, W. G.; Reyes, A. P.; Kini, A. M.; Schlueter, J. A.; Wang, H. H.; Williams, J. M.

    1998-03-01

    α-(BEDT-TTF)2 KHg(SCN)4 is a quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor which remains metallic at low temperature, anomalies in the susceptibility and transport are observed, μSR indicates a possible SDW with anomalously small moment below 8K. We have measured the ^13C T1 in an enriched sample from 3 K to 50 K, and at fields from 10T to 23.25T, crossing the phase boundary over a wide range of fields. The line shape of the central C's is in agreement with the low field work of Miyagawa et al. and no evidence of a SDW is observed. At 10T and 15T the behavior is Korringa above 8 K with (T_1T)-1= 8.2 (ms K) -1, with a drop at 8 K and non-Korringa behavior below 8 K. At 22.24T, below the phase boundary, the same behavior is observed, but with (T_1T)^- 1= 6 (ms K)^- 1. Above the phase boundary, at 23.25T, (T_1T)-1 is still 6(ms K)-1, but rapid decrease near 8 K is reduced or absent.

  10. Spin splitting at the high-magnetic-field phase transition of the organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Sasaki, Takahiko; Fukase, Tetsuo

    1999-06-01

    Spin splitting of the de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) effect is studied in the quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 by means of the magnetic torque method. The magnetic field direction dependence of the dHvA oscillation amplitude shows that the spin-splitting zero angles change at 23 T, where the phase transition magnetic field between the low-temperature, low-magnetic-field phase [antiferromagnetic (AF) phase] and the high-magnetic-field phase (M* phase) is. This change implies the increase of the g(mc/m0) value in the AF phase, where g is the g value, mc and m0 the cyclotron effective and free electron masses, respectively. The enhancement of the electron-electron interaction may be the origin of the large g(mc/m0) value in the AF phase. This result supports a model which requires a modification of the Lifshitz-Kosevich formulation in the AF phase in order to evaluate the effective mass and Dingle temperature correctly. In addition, anomalous structures on the magnetic torque curves are observed in both the AF and the M* phases. Each structure may correspond to the subsequent phase transitions by changing the magnetic field direction.

  11. Anomalous behaviour of the in-plane electrical conductivity of the layered superconductor kappa-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu(NCS) sub 2

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    Singleton, J; Hayes, W; Schlüter, J A

    2003-01-01

    The apparent quasiparticle scattering rates in high-quality crystals of the quasi-two-dimensional superconductor kappa-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu(NCS) sub 2 are studied using the Shubnikov-de Haas effect and megahertz penetration-depth experiments. The width of the superconducting transition observed in the megahertz experiments, taken in conjunction with the field dependence of the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations, gives evidence that the broadening of the Landau levels is primarily caused by spatial inhomogeneities. This indicates a quasiparticle lifetime for the Landau states >> 3 ps. The megahertz data can also be used to derive an apparent scattering time (0.14- 0.56 ps) from the skin depth. This is much shorter than the Landau-state lifetime, in strong contrast to the expectations of Landau Fermi-liquid theory. The simplest explanation for the data is that only a fraction of the crystal contributes to the metallic conductivity, an observation which may be related to the recently observed 'glassy' transition in k...

  12. Correlation Effects on Charge Order and Zero-Gap State in the Organic Conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3

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    Tanaka, Yasuhiro; Ogata, Masao

    2016-10-01

    The effects of electron correlation in the quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3 are investigated theoretically by using an extended Hubbard model with on-site and nearest-neighbor Coulomb interactions. A variational Monte Carlo method is applied to study its ground-state properties. We show that there appears a nonmagnetic horizontal-stripe charge order in which nearest-neighbor correlation functions indicate a tendency toward a spin-singlet formation on the bonds with large transfer integrals along the charge-rich stripe. Under uniaxial pressure, a first-order transition from the nonmagnetic charge order to a zero-gap state occurs. Our results on a spin correlation length in the charge-ordered state suggest that a spin gap is almost unaffected by the uniaxial pressure in spite of the suppression of the charge disproportionation. The relevance of these contrasting behaviors in spin and charge degrees of freedom to recent experimental observations is discussed.

  13. Vibrational Spectra of β″-Type BEDT-TTF Salts: Relationship between Conducting Property, Time-Averaged Site Charge and Inter-Molecular Distance

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    Takashi Yamamoto

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The relationship between the conducting behavior and the degree of charge fluctuation in the β″-type BEDT-TTF salts is reviewed from the standpoints of vibrational spectroscopy and crystal structure. A group of β″-type ET salts demonstrates the best model compounds for achieving the above relationship because the two-dimensional structure is simple and great diversity in conducting behavior is realized under ambient pressure. After describing the requirement for the model compound, the methodology for analyzing the results of the vibrational spectra is presented. Vibrational spectroscopy provides the time-averaged molecular charge, the charge distribution in the two-dimensional layer, and the inter-molecular interactions, etc. The experimental results applied to 2/3-filled and 3/4-filled β″-type ET salts are reported. These experimental results suggest that the conducting property, the difference in the time-averaged molecular charges between the ionic and neutral-like sites, the alternation in the inter-molecular distances and the energy levels in the charge distributions are relevant to one another. The difference in the time-averaged molecular charges, ∆ρ, is a useful criterion for indicating conducting behavior. All superconductors presented in this review are characterized as small but finite ∆ρ.

  14. Pressure dependence of the metal-insulator transition in κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Hg(SCN)2Cl: optical and transport studies

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    Löhle, A.; Rose, E.; Singh, S.; Beyer, R.; Tafra, E.; Ivek, T.; Zhilyaeva, E. I.; Lyubovskaya, R. N.; Dressel, M.

    2017-02-01

    The two-dimensional organic conductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2-Hg(SCN)2Cl exhibits a pronounced metal-insulator transition at {{T}\\text{CO}}=30 K. From the splitting of the molecular vibrations, the phase transition can be unambiguously assigned to charge-ordering with 2{δρ}=0.2e . We have investigated the pressure evolution of this behavior by temperature-dependent electrical transport measurements and optical investigations applying hydrostatic pressure up to 12 kbar. The data reveal a mean-field like down-shift of {{T}\\text{CO}}≤ft( p\\right) with a critical pressure of {{p}c}=0.7+/- 0.1 kbar and a metallic state above the suppression of the charge-ordered state; no traces of superconductivity could be identified down to T  =  1.5 K. As the charge order {δρ} sets in abruptly with decreasing temperature, its size remains unaffected by pressure. However, the fraction of charge imbalanced molecules decreases until it is completely absent above 1.6 kbar.

  15. Magnetodielectric effects and spin-charge coupling in the spin-liquid candidate κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu2(CN)3

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    Poirier, Mario; Parent, Samuel; Côté, Alex; Miyagawa, Kazuya; Kanoda, Kazushi; Shimizu, Yasuhiro

    2012-04-01

    Microwave measurements of the in-plane dielectric function of the spin-liquid candidate κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu2(CN)3 revealed anomalies below 300 K that indicate that charge and spin degrees of freedom are correlated down to 1.8 K. If the first anomaly around 100 K can be explained partly by a Debye relaxation model, it signals also the approach of an inhomogeneous high-temperature quantum critical phase (QCH) extending down to 6 K, where a second anomaly is observed at the crossover to the intermediate quantum critical phase (QCM) within which a third anomaly is detected near 3-4 K. The low-temperature anomalies are not only dependent on microwave frequency and power, but they are also strongly modified in a highly anisotropic way by a magnetic field. These dielectric results confirm that a scenario of coupled spin and charge degrees of freedom is indeed valid in this material at low temperatures, as suggested by several theoretical approaches.

  16. Magnetic fluctuations above the Neel temperature in {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl, a quasi-2D Heisenberg antiferromagnet with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction

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    Antal, Agnes; Feher, Titusz; Janossy, Andras [Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Institute of Physics and Condensed Matter Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 91, 1521 Budapest (Hungary); Nafradi, Balint; Forro, Laszlo [Institute of Physics of Complex Matter, FBS, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2012-05-15

    We report on magnetic fluctuations studied by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy in the layered organic crystal {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Cl. A line broadening above the antiferromagnetic ordering temperature, T{sub N} = 23 K is attributed to two-dimensional magnetic fluctuations of a staggered magnetization induced by the interplay of the magnetic field and the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interaction. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  17. Determination of the Fermi velocity by angle-dependent periodic orbit resonance measurements in the organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Kovalev, A. E.; Hill, S.; Qualls, J. S.

    2002-10-01

    We report on detailed angle-dependent studies of the microwave (ν=50-90 GHz) interlayer magnetoelectrodynamics of a single crystal sample of the organic charge-density-wave (CDW) conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4. Recently developed instrumentation enables both magnetic-field (B) sweeps for a fixed sample orientation and angle sweeps at fixed ν/B. We observe series' of resonant absorptions, which we attribute to periodic orbit resonances (POR)-a phenomenon closely related to cyclotron resonance. The angle dependence of the POR indicates that they are associated with the low-temperature quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D) Fermi surface (FS) of the title compound; indeed, all of the resonance peaks collapse onto a single set of ν/B versus angle curves, generated using a semiclassical magnetotransport theory for a single Q1D FS. We show that Q1D POR measurements provide one of the most direct methods for determining the Fermi velocity, without any detailed assumptions concerning the band structure; our analysis yields an average value of vF=6.5×104 m/s. Quantitative analysis of the POR harmonic content indicates that the Q1D FS is strongly corrugated. This is consistent with the assumption that the low-temperature FS derives from a reconstruction of the high-temperature quasi-two-dimensional FS, caused by the CDW instability. Detailed analysis of the angle dependence of the POR yields parameters associated with the CDW superstructure, which are consistent with published results. Finally, we address the issue as to whether or not the interlayer electrodynamics are coherent in the title compound. We obtain a relaxation time from the POR linewidths, which is considerably longer than the interlayer hopping time, indicating that the transport in this direction is coherent.

  18. Infrared and Raman studies of {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}MHg(SCN){sub 4} with M=NH{sub 4} and K at low temperature: Breaking of inversion symmetry due to charge-ordering fluctuation

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    Hiejima, T., E-mail: hiejima@nano.t-kougei.ac.j [Department of Nanochemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Polytechnic University, 1583, Iiyama, Atsugi (Japan); Yamada, S. [Department of Nanochemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo Polytechnic University, 1583, Iiyama, Atsugi (Japan); Uruichi, M.; Yakushi, K. [Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Science, 38, Nichigo-naka, Myodaiji, Okazaki (Japan)

    2010-06-01

    The infrared and Raman spectra were measured on the edge plane of the single crystals of quasi-two-dimensional organic conductors {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}MHg(SCN){sub 4}(M=NH{sub 4} and K) to look for experimental evidence for the charge-ordering fluctuation. In the optical conductivity spectra for K-salt, four charge sensitive {nu}{sub 27} modes, three of which are infrared active when inversion symmetry exists, were found at around 200 K. From the simple symmetry consideration, the finding of four {nu}{sub 27} modes gives evidence for the breaking of inversion symmetry, which is probably associated to charge-ordering fluctuation. In contrast, NH{sub 4}-salt was found to keep the inversion symmetry down to 7.3 K.

  19. Stereoscopic study of the angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations across the charge-density-wave transition of the organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Kang, W.; Osada, T.; Konoike, T.; Uchida, K.

    2013-11-01

    The stereoscopic angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations (AMRO) in an organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 were measured across the temperature-pressure boundary that separates the charge-density-wave state from the metallic state. The gnomonic projections of the data clearly resolved the contributions from different parts of the Fermi surfaces. The temperature and pressure dependencies of the AMRO results revealed the progressive formation of a quasi-one-dimensional orbit in the charge-density-wave state. The AMRO measurements at ambient pressures and at low temperatures revealed the presence of two sets of quasi-one-dimensional Fermi surfaces. Additional evidence for multiple quasi-one-dimensional orbits was obtained from the data collected in conjunction with the in-plane field rotations.

  20. High-field phase transitions and Fermi surfaces in the organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4: Influence of the magnetic breakdown on evaluation of the effective mass and the scattering time

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    Sasaki, T.; Biberacher, W.; Fukase, T.

    1998-05-01

    The change of the de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) oscillation between the low-field spin-density-wave (SDW) phase and the high-field ( H⩾23 T) metallic phase of the organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4 is explained in terms of a model of the magnetic breakdown (MB) and a reconstructed Fermi surface by SDW. On the reconstructed Fermi surface, the scattering time obtained by fitting the standard Lifshitz-Kosevich formulation to the dHvA oscillations is affected by the MB giving the additional field-dependent effect. Furthermore, the evaluation of the effective mass needs to consider the additional temperature-dependent factor being due to the MB gap which may change intrinsically and/or thermally with temperature.

  1. Zero-Field Magnetism of a Two-Dimensional Antiferromagnet, κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Cl, Determined by Muon Spin Rotation and Magnetization Measurements

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    Ito, Miho; Uehara, Tomotaka; Taniguchi, Hiromi; Satoh, Kazuhiko; Ishii, Yasuyuki; Watanabe, Isao

    2015-05-01

    The zero-field magnetism of a two-dimensional noncollinear antiferromagnet, κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Cl, has been investigated by magnetization and zero-field muon spin rotation (μSR) measurements. Low-field magnetization measurements enabled us to determine the magnetic transition temperature TN as 22.80 ± 0.02 K. Distinct muon spin precession signals appeared below 21.4 K. μSR spectra below 21.4 K were well described by two types of precession components and a relaxation one. The temperature dependence of internal field converted by μSR data was in good agreement with that of macroscopic residual magnetism. These results suggest that the tiny interlayer interaction, which has been suggested to be almost 106 times less than the intralayer exchange interaction, spontaneously causes the three-dimensional long-range order.

  2. Cyclotron resonance and De Haas-Van Alphen effect in (BEDT-TTF) sub 8 Hg sub 4 Cl sub 1 sub 2 (C sub 6 H sub 5 Cl) sub 2 organic conductor

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    Voskobojnikov, I B; Samarin, N A; Cluchanko, N E; Lyubovskaya, R N; Moshchalkov, V V

    2002-01-01

    Within 0.33-1.44 K temperature range at B <= 50 T magnetic field values one measured the De Haas-Van Alphen effect for (BEDT-TTF) sub 8 Hg sub 4 Cl sub 1 sub 2 (C sub 6 H sub 5 Cl) sub 2 organic quasi-two-dimensional conductor. Analysis of quantum oscillations with regard to data on cyclotron resonance derived for 40-120 GHz frequency interval enabled to determine that a complex spectrum of quantum oscillations was formed by alpha approx 256 T and beta approx 670-610 T fundamental frequencies as well as, by combination and multiple frequencies. It is shown that nature of temperature rearrangement of oscillation spectrum may be interpreted in terms of model taking account of occurrence of magnetic phase transition at T sub c approx 0.9 K and proximity of a fundamental frequency with m* = 1.48m sub 0 efficient mass to the spin dumping condition

  3. The use of experimental data in constraining the tight-binding band parameters of quasi-two-dimensional organic molecular metals: application to α-(BEDT- TTF)2KHg(SCN)4

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    Harrison, N.; Rzepniewski, E.; Singleton, J.; Gee, P. J.; Honold, M. M.; Day, P.; Kurmoo, M.

    1999-09-01

    Whilst tight-binding bandstructure calculations are very successful in describing the Fermi-surface configuration in many quasi-two-dimensional organic molecular metals, the detailed topology of the predicted Fermi surface often differs from that measured in experiments. This is very significant when, for example, the formation of a density-wave state depends critically on details of the nesting of Fermi-surface sheets. These differences between theory and experiment probably result from the limited accuracy to which the icons/Journals/Common/pi" ALT="pi" ALIGN="TOP"/>-orbitals of the component molecules (which give rise to the transfer integrals of the tight-binding bandstructure) are known. In order to surmount this problem, we have derived a method whereby the transfer integrals within a tight-binding bandstructure model are adjusted until the detailed Fermi-surface topology is in good agreement with a wide variety of experimental data. The method is applied to the charge-transfer salt icons/Journals/Common/alpha" ALT="alpha" ALIGN="TOP"/>-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4, the Fermi surface of which has been the source of much speculation in recent years. The Fermi surface obtained differs in detail from previous bandstructure calculation findings. In particular, the quasi-one-dimensional component of the Fermi surface is more strongly warped. This implies that upon nesting of these sheets, significant parts of the quasi-one-dimensional sheets remain, leading to a complicated Fermi-surface topology within the low-temperature, low-magnetic-field phase. In contrast to previous models of this phase, the model for the reconstructed Fermi surface in this work can explain virtually all of the current experimental observations in a consistent manner.

  4. The role of magnetic ions on the magnetotransport properties of the charge-transfer salts {beta}''-BEDT-TTF{sub 4}[(H{sub 3}O)M(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}]C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N where M=Ga{sup 3+}, Cr{sup 3+} or Fe{sup 3+}

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    Coldea, A.I. E-mail: a.coldea1@physics.ox.ac.uk; Bangura, A.F.; Singleton, J.; Ardavan, A.; Akutsu-Sato, A.; Akutsu, H.; Turner, S.; Day, P

    2004-05-01

    We report high-field magnetotransport measurements on {beta}''-BEDT-TTF{sub 4}[(H{sub 3}O)M(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}]C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N, where M=Ga{sup 3+}, Cr{sup 3+} or Fe{sup 3+}. In spite of the differing M ions, these compounds have very similar Fermi surfaces. We observe four distinct Shubnikov-de Haas frequencies, corresponding to four Fermi-surface pockets; the frequencies exhibit the additive relationship expected for a compensated semimetal. The compounds show paramagnetic behaviour and no superconductivity down to 0.5 K, in contrast to other materials of the same family with different solvent molecules.

  5. Magnetic field, frequency and temperature dependence of complex conductance of ultrathin La1.65Sr0.45CuO4/La2CuO4 films and the organic superconductors κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br

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    Gasparov, V. A.; He, Xi; Dubuis, G.; Pavuna, D.; Kushch, N. D.; Yagubskii, E. B.; Schlueter, J. A.; Bozovic, I.

    2015-09-01

    We used atomic-layer molecular beam epitaxy (ALL-MBE) to synthesize bilayer films of a cuprate metal (La1.65Sr0.45CuO4, LSCO) and a cuprate insulator (La2CuO4, LCO), in which interface superconductivity occurs in a layer that is just one-half unit cell thick. We have studied the magnetic field and temperature dependence of the complex sheet conductance, σ(ω), of these films, and compared them to κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br single crystals. The magnetic field H was applied both parallel and perpendicular to the 2D conducting layers. Experiments have been carried out at frequencies between 23 kHz and 50 MHz using either two-coil mutual inductance technique, or the LC resonators with spiral or rectangular coils. The real and the imaginary parts of the mutual-inductance M(T,ω) between the coil and the sample were measured and converted to complex conductivity. For H perpendicular to the conducting layers, we observed almost identical behavior in both films and κ-Br single crystals: (i) the transition onset in the inductive response, Lk-1(T) occurs at a temperature lower by 2 K than in Reσ(T), (ii) this shift is almost constant with magnetic field up to 8 T; (iii) the vortex diffusion constant D(T) is exponential due to pinning of vortex cores. These results can be described by the extended dynamic theory of the Berezinski-Kosterlitz-Thouless (BKT) transition and dynamics of bound vortex-antivortex pairs with short separation lengths.

  6. Anisotropic thermopower of the organic metal, β-(BEDT-TTF)2I3

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    Mortensen, Kell; Williams, J.M.; Wang, H.H.

    1985-01-01

    the b′-axis. Marked anisotropy is observed in the entire temperature region studied. The temperature dependence, as represented by dS/dT, is, however, nearly isotropic. On the basis of an analysis of anisotropic thermopower we attribute the isotropic part of S to a term depending on the bond......-properties and the anisotropic part of S to the scattering mechanism. The analysis yields transfer integrals of the order of 0.12 eV along both a- and b′-axes....

  7. Argument for charge density wave sub-phases in the ground state of α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4

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    Biskup, N.; Perenboom, J. A. A. J.; Brooks, J. S.; Qualls, J. S.

    1998-07-01

    A resistive anomaly at temperature Tp in the title compound is associated with a Fermi surface reconstruction from a metallic to a (spin or charge) density wave state. At high magnetic fields a corresponding feature in the magnetoresistance above a field BK indicates the breaking of this state. We argue that TP indicates a second order phase line identical to that measured by specific heat methods and show that it decreases monotonically up to 30T. We find that Pauli (rather than orbital) effects, dominate the reduction in Tp. We further argue that BK is a first-order transition between two subphases below Tp. We compare the phase diagram with recent theoretical models for CDW and SDW ground states in high magnetic fields.

  8. Competition entre supraconductivite et magnetisme au voisinage de la transition de Mott dans le conducteur organique quasi-bidimensionnel k-(BEDT-TTF)2copper[N(CN)2]bromine

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    Fournier, David

    Les conducteurs organiques quasi-bidimensionnels kappa-ET2X presentent d'importantes similitudes avec les SCHT telles qu'une phase isolant de Mott, un regime de pseudogap et un etat supraconducteur. L'etude de leurs proprietes apparait donc complementaire. Parmi les interrogations persistantes concernant la physique de ces systemes, l'origine du (ou des) processus exotique d'appariement, responsable de la supraconductivite est le sujet suscitant l'interet le plus marque dans la communaute. L'hypothese d'un mecanisme lie a la proximite d'un etat antiferromagnetique est privilegiee. Une etape importante dans la resolution de cette problematique est l'identification de la symetrie du parametre d'ordre. D'apres de nombreux travaux sur les systemes fortement correles, la sonde ultrasonore, de par sa sensibilite aux excitations de quasiparticule a basse temperature, est consideree comme particulierement adaptee a l'etude de cette propriete. Cependant, son emploi necessite l'utilisation d'un compose metallique a basse temperature et completement supraconducteur. Le compose metallique organique kappa-ET 2Cu[N(CN)2]Br presente toutes les caracteristiques necessaires a l'etude de cette propriete. En effet, il est situe loin de la transition du premier ordre de Mott et est completement supraconducteur. De facon surprenante, ce systeme semble se coupler fortement avec le reseau ce qui augmente significativement la sensibilite de cette sonde aux proprietes du gaz electronique. Cependant, des difficultes techniques importantes, liees a la nature intrinseque de ce materiau, doivent etre surmontees pour proceder a des mesures suivant differentes polarisations. La presente etude a profondement modifie notre comprehension de ce systeme. En effet, ces mesures ont permis de constater que le kappa-ET2Cu[N(CN)2]Br est un compose qui est situe en bordure de la zone de coexistence entre la supraconductivite et le magnetisme, ce qui constitue un resultat totalement inattendu. De plus, la variation judicieuse du cycle thermique s'est averee etre equivalente a une modification de la pression chimique. Cette derniere est modifiee par l'intermediaire d'une relaxation structurale autour de 85 K appelee la transition de verre d'ethylenes. Cela nous a permis de suivre l'evolution de cette coexistence en s'approchant de la transition de premier ordre, et ainsi de statuer sur la competition entre la supraconductivite et le magnetisme ainsi que sur l'existence d'une separation de phase d'ordre macroscopique. De plus, nous avons observe une anisotropie similaire sur les mesures de vitesse ultrasonore entre le regime de pseudogap et la supraconductivite. Ce resultat tend a confirmer l'existence d'une physique commune entre le regime de pseudogap et l'etat supraconducteur. Le regime de pseudogap, encore meconnu a ce jour, est probablement relie a des fluctuations antiferromagnetiques, dont l'origine pourrait etre un emboitement de la surface de Fermi quasi-unidimensionnelle de ce compose, ou bien relie a la proximite de la physique de Mott. Enfin, l'analyse de la symetrie du parametre d'ordre supraconducteur, qui est probablement de type s+d, tend a demontrer que les processus de couplage interplan sont d'une importance cruciale. L'approche theorique de Hubbard purement 2D dans le plan conducteur semble donc insuffisante pour la recherche du mecanisme d'appariement.

  9. High-frequency magneto-conductivity studies of low-dimensional organic conductors

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    Schrama, J M

    2000-01-01

    Chapter 5 I report two studies of the angle dependence of FTRs in the high-frequency magneto-conductivity. The FTRs in kappa-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu(NCS) sub 2 and alpha-(BEDT- TTF) sub 2 KHg(SCN) sub 4 show two previously unknown corrugations in the Q1D Fermi-surface sections of the two materials. The FTRs in alpha-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 KHg(SCN) sub 4 are investigated both in the density-wave state and near its collapse into a high-temperature, high-field state. In Chapter 6 a study of the millimetre-wave properties of (TMTSF) sub 2 ClO sub 4 at low temperatures is described. Finally, in Chapter 7 I present a study of the angle dependence of the superconductor order parameter in kappa-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu(NCS) sub 2 with a new millimetre-wave technique. In this thesis I present experimental studies of the millimetre-wave magneto-conductivity of the organic charge-transfer salts kappa-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu(NCS) sub 2 , alpha-(BEDT-TTF sub 2 KHg(SCN) sub 4 and (TMTSF) sub 2 ClO sub 4. A rotating resonant cavity insert was...

  10. Unconventional Density Waves in Organic Conductors and in Superconductors

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    Maki, K.; Dóra, B.; Virosztek, A.

    Unconventional density waves (UDW) are one of the ground states in metallic crystalline solids and have been speculated already in 1968. However, more focused studies on UDWstarted only recently, perhaps after the identification of the low temperature phase in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 as unconventional charge density wave (UCDW) in 2002. More recently, the metallic phase of Bechgaard salts (TMTSF)2X with X=PF6 and ReO4 under both pressure and magnetic field appears to be unconventional spin density wave (USDW). The pseudogap regime of high T c superconductors LSCO, YBCO, Bi2212 and the one in CeCoIn5 belong to d-wave density waves (d-DW). In these identifications, the angular dependent magnetoresistance and the giant Nernst effect have played the crucial role. These are the simplest manifestations of the Landau quantization of quasiparticle energy in UDW in the presence of magnetic field (the Nersesyan effect). Also we speculate that UDW will be most likely found in α-(BEDT-TTF)2I3, α-(BEDT-TTF)2I2Br, κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2, κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(CN)2Br, γ-(BEDT)2GaCl4 and in many other organic compounds.

  11. Magnetothermopower and Nernst effect in unconventional charge density waves

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    Dóra, Balázs; Maki, Kazumi; Ványolos, András; Virosztek, Attila

    2003-12-01

    Recently we have shown that the striking angular dependent magnetoresistance in the low-temperature phase (LTP) of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 is consistently described in terms of unconventional charge density wave (UCDW). Here we investigate theoretically the thermoelectric power and the Nernst effect in unconventional density wave (UDW). The present results account consistently for the recent data of magnetothermopower in α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 obtained by Choi et al. [Phys. Rev. B 65, 205119 (2002)]. This confirms further our identification of LTP in this salt as UCDW. We propose also that the Nernst effect provides a clear signature of UDW.

  12. Electronic structure of some β-(C10H8S8)2X compounds as studied by infrared spectroscopy

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    Jacobsen, Claus Schelde; Tanner, D. B.; Williams, Jack M.;

    1987-01-01

    Polarized reflectance measurements have been made on two isostructural conducting compounds of bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene [BEDT-TTF or ET, (C10H8S8)]: β-(ET)2AuI2 and β-(ET)2I2Br. The former is superconducting at ambient pressure with Tc=5 K, whereas the latter retains normal-metal con...

  13. High-frequency magneto-conductivity studies of low-dimensional organic conductors

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    Schrama, J.M

    2000-07-01

    In this thesis I present experimental studies of the millimetre-wave magneto-conductivity of the organic charge-transfer salts {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2}, {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} and (TMTSF){sub 2}ClO{sub 4}. A rotating resonant cavity insert was developed to investigate the angle dependence of resonances in the magneto-conductivity. The technique revealed a new kind of magnetic resonance, the Fermi-surface traversal resonance (FTR), which is described by a semiclassical model. The FTRs give information about the topology of the quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D) Fermi-surface sections. The Q1D Fermi-surface sections play an important role in forming the ground states in organic conductors giving rise, for example, to nesting associated with a density-wave. Chapter 1 gives a brief historical overview of the development of organic conductors and provides basic information about crystal structures and Fermi surfaces of BEDT-TTF based systems. Chapter 2 introduces the reader to basic solid state physics used later in the thesis. In Chapter 3 I discuss the operation of the experimental techniques and apparatus, including millimetre-wave techniques. In addition, Chapter 3 contains a description of the design of the FTR rotating cavity insert which is unique of its kind. In Chapter 4 a model of oscillating real-space velocity vectors is presented. The model is used to explain the origin of the FTRs observed in the high-frequency magneto- conductivity data. In Chapter 5 I report two studies of the angle dependence of FTRs in the high-frequency magneto-conductivity. The FTRs in {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} and {alpha}-(BEDT- TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} show two previously unknown corrugations in the Q1D Fermi-surface sections of the two materials. The FTRs in {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} are investigated both in the density-wave state and near its collapse into a high-temperature, high-field state. In Chapter 6 a study of the

  14. TTF/TCNQ-based thin films and microcrystals. Growth and charge transport phenomena

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    Solovyeva, Vita

    2011-05-26

    The thesis adresses several problems related to growth and charge transport phenomena in thin films of TTF-TCNQ and (BEDT-TTF)TCNQ. The following main new problems are addressed: - The influence of thin-film specific factors, such as the substrate material and growth-induced defects, on the Peierls transition temperature in TTF-TCNQ thin films was studied; - finite-size effects in TTF-TCNQ were investigated by considering transport properties in TTF-TCNQ microcrystals. The influence of the size of the crystal on the Peierls transition temperature was studied. In this context a new method of microcontact fabrication was employed to favor the measurements; - an analysis of radiation-induced defects in TTF-TCNQ thin films and microcrystals was performed. It was demonstrated than an electron beam can induce appreciable damage to the sample such that its electronic properties are strongly modified; - a bilayer growth method was established to fabricate (BEDT-TTF)TCNQ from the gas phase. This newly developed bilayer growth method was showed to be suitable for testing (BEDT-TTF)TCNQ charge-transfer phase formation; - the structure of the formed (BEDT-TTF)TCNQ charge-transfer compounds was analyzed by using a wide range of experimental techniques. An overview and the description of the basic physical principles underlying charge-transfer compounds is given in chapter 2. Experimental techniques used for the growth and characterization of thin films and microcrystals are presented in chapter 3. Chapter 4 gives an overview of the physical properties of the studied organic materials. Chapter 5 discussed the experimental study of TTF-TCNQ thin films. he Peierls transition in TTF-TCNQ is a consequence of the quasi-one-dimensional structure of the material and depends on different factors, studied in chapters 5 and 6. In contradistinction to TTF-TTCNQ, the (BEDT-TTF)TCNQ charge-transfer compound crystallizes in several different modifications with different physical properties

  15. Aspects of unconventional density waves

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    Maki, Kazumi; Dóra, Balázs; Virosztek, Attila

    2003-12-01

    Recently many people discuss unconventional density waves (i.e. unconventional charge density waves (UCDW) and unconventional spin density waves (USDW)). Unlike in conventional density waves, the quasiparticle spectrum in these systems is gapless. Also these systems remain metallic. Indeed it appears that there are many candidates for UDW. The low temperature phase of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4, the antiferromagnetic phase in URu2Si2, the CDW in transition metal dichalcogenite NbSe2, the pseudogap phase in high Tc cuprate superconductors, the glassy phase in organic superconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br. After a brief introduction on UCDW and USDW, we shall discuss some of the above systems, where we believe we have evidence for unconventional density waves.

  16. Microwave Spectroscopy of Q1D and Q2D Organic Conductors

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    Hill, S.; Takahashi, S.

    This chapter reviews recent experimental studies of a novel open-orbit magnetic resonance phenomenon. The technique involves measurement of angledependent microwave magneto-conductivity and is, thus, closely related to the cyclotron resonance and angle-dependent magnetoresistance techniques. Data for three contrasting materials are presented: (TMTSF)2ClO4, α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 and κ-(BEDT-TTF)2I3. These studies reveal important insights into the Fermiology of these novel materials, as well as providing access to important electronic parameters such as the in-plane Fermi velocity and quasiparticle scattering rate. It is argued that all three compounds exhibit coherent three-dimensional band transport at liquid helium temperatures, and that their low-energy magnetoelectrodynamic properties appear to be well explained on the basis of a conventional semiclassical Boltzmann approach. It is also suggested that this technique could be used to probe quasiparticles in nodal superconductors.

  17. Origin of anomalous magnetic breakdown frequencies in quasi-two-dimensional organic conductors

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    Sandhu, P. S.; Kim, Ju H.; Brooks, J. S.

    1997-11-01

    We investigate the origin of anomalous magnetic breakdown frequencies in the de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) effect in quasi-two-dimensional organic conductors such as α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 and κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2. A tight-binding model based on their realistic band structure is constructed and solved numerically to compute the field dependence of the magnetization. The present model provides a natural description for the phenomenon of magnetic breakdown between coexisting closed and open Fermi surfaces and accounts for the experimentally observed frequencies that are forbidden in the semiclassical picture. We find that the appearance of these anomalous frequencies in the dHvA signal is a quantum-mechanical effect which arises from differences in field dependence of the states in the two partially occupied bands near the Fermi level.

  18. First studies in the 45 T hybrid magnet at the NHMFL-Tallahassee: the high-field phases of organic and Kondo systems

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    Brooks, J. S.; Balicas, L.; Tokumoto, M.; Terashima, T.; Echizen, Y.; Takabatake, T.

    2001-01-01

    We have performed magnetoresistance measurements on an organic conductor, α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4, and on a Kondo semiconductor, CeNiSn, at low temperatures and for fields up to 45 T in the hybrid magnet at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. We will discuss some new insight into a very controversial high-field phase of α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4 gained from measurements of the anomalous temperature dependence of the quantum oscillations in the range 25-45 T. New information will also be presented on the temperature dependence of resistivity in the high-field state of CeNiSn, where questions of metallic versus semiconducting ground states arise. To acquaint researchers who anticipate using the facility in the near future, practical details concerning use of this new high-field resource are included.

  19. Near constancy of the pressure dependence of {ital T}{sub {ital c}} across families of organic and fullerene superconductors

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    Crespi, V.H.; Cohen, M.L. [Department of Physics, University of California at Berkeley and Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)

    1996-01-01

    Pressure strongly depresses the superconducting transition temperature {ital T}{sub {ital c}} of both the doped fullerenes and the {Beta}-ET[(BEDT-TTF){sub {ital nX}}{sub {ital m}}, (BEDT-TTF)=bis(ethylenedithio)(tetrathiofulvalene)] organic superconductors. An outstanding puzzle in these materials is the weak variation {ital dT}{sub {ital c}}/{ital dP} across families of compounds with large variations in {ital T}{sub {ital c}}. This property has been used to argue against phonon-induced pairing. However, closer examination of the volume dependence of {ital T}{sub {ital c}} reveals that the weak variation of {ital dT}{sub {ital c}}/{ital dP} is consistent with moderate (but not weak) electron-phonon coupling. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  20. New Fulvalenium Salts of Cobalt Bis(dicarbollide: Crystal Structures and Electrical Conductivities

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    Lev I. Buravov

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    Full Text Available New radical cation salts (BEDT-TTF[8,8',(7-Cl2(Cl0.09-3,3'-Co(1,2-C2B9H9.91(1',2'-C2B9H10] (1, (BEDT-TTF[8,8'-Br0.75Cl1.25-3,3'-Co(1,2-C2B9H102] (2, and (BMDT-TTF4[8,8'-Br1.16(OH0.72-3,3'-Co(1,2-C2B9H10.062] (3 were synthesized, and their crystal structures and electrical conductivities were determined. All the radical cation salts are semiconductors. Compounds 1 and 2 were found to be isostructural, however their electrical conductivities strongly differ (s293 = 2 Ω−1cm−1 and 10−5 Ω−1cm−1, respectively.

  1. Optical studies of crystalline organic superconductors under extreme conditions

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    McDonald, R D

    2001-01-01

    the aim being to make an optical measurement of the pressure dependence of the charge carrier effective mass. Chapter 4 concentrates on the vibrational modes of kappa-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu(SCN) sub 2. This chapter reports the first Raman scattering experiments on an organic superconductor at high pressure. Comparison of the infrared reflectance and Raman scattering measurements are used to elucidate the role of electron-phonon coupling in this material's superconductivity. Chapter 5 reports the first non-resonant measurements of the GHz conductivity of an organic molecular superconductor. These experiments probe the unconventional metallic properties of an organic superconductor during the onset of superconductivity. This thesis reports experiments which involve the interaction of light and matter to probe the properties of crystalline organic superconductors. The organic superconductors of the BEDT-TTF family are prototypical correlated electron systems; their low-temperature ground states are dominated by man...

  2. Antiferromagnetic fluctuations in a quasi-two-dimensional organic superconductor detected by Raman spectroscopy.

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    Drichko, Natalia; Hackl, Rudi; Schlueter, John A.

    2015-10-15

    Using Raman scattering, the quasi-two-dimensional organic superconductor kappa-(BEDT-TTF)(2)Cu[N(CN)(2)]Br (T-c = 11.8 K) and the related antiferromagnet kappa-(BEDT-TTF)(2)Cu[N(CN)(2)]Cl are studied. Raman scattering provides unique spectroscopic information about magnetic degrees of freedom that has been otherwise unavailable on such organic conductors. Below T = 200 K a broad band at about 500 cm(-1) develops in both compounds. We identify this band with two-magnon excitation. The position and the temperature dependence of the spectral weight are similar in the antiferromagnet and in the metallic Fermi liquid. We conclude that antiferromagnetic correlations are similarly present in the magnetic insulator and the Fermi-liquid state of the superconductor.

  3. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Experimental evidence for Fröhlich superconductivity in high magnetic fields

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    Harrison, N.; Mielke, C. H.; Singleton, J.; Brooks, J. S.; Tokumoto, M.

    2001-05-01

    Resistivity and irreversible magnetization data taken within the high magnetic field CDWx phase of the quasi-two-dimensional organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 are shown to be consistent with a field-induced inhomogeneous superconducting phase. In-plane skin depth measurements show that the resistive transition on entering the CDWx phase is both isotropic and representative of the bulk.

  4. Experimental evidence for Froehlich superconductivity in high magnetic fields

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    Harrison, N. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, LANL, MS-E536, Los Alamos, NM (United States)]. E-mail: nharrison@lanl.gov; Mielke, C.H.; Singleton, J. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, LANL, MS-E536, Los Alamos, NM (United States); Brooks, J.S. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (United States); Tokumoto, M. [Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2001-05-14

    Resistivity and irreversible magnetization data taken within the high magnetic field CDW{sub x} phase of the quasi-two-dimensional organic metal {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} are shown to be consistent with a field-induced inhomogeneous superconducting phase. In-plane skin depth measurements show that the resistive transition on entering the CDW{sub x} phase is both isotropic and representative of the bulk. (author). Letter-to-the-editor.

  5. Field-Induced Dynamic Diamagnetism in a Charge-Density-Wave System

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    Harrison, N.; Mielke, C. H.; Christianson, A. D.; Brooks, J. S.; Tokumoto, M.

    2001-02-01

    ac susceptibility measurements of the charge-density-wave (CDW) compound α-\\(BEDT-TTF\\)2-KHg\\(SCN\\)4 at magnetic fields, μ0H>23 T, above its Pauli paramagnetic limit, reveal unambiguously that the magnetic hysteresis observed previously within this CDW phase is diamagnetic and can only be explained by induced currents. It is argued that the ensemble of experimental techniques amounts to a strong case for dissipationless conductivity within this phase.

  6. Gate-tuned Superconductor-Insulator transition in (Li,Fe)OHFeSe

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    Lei, B; Xiang, Z. J.; Lu, X. F.; Wang, N. Z.; Chang, J. R.; Shang, C.; Luo, X. G.; Wu, T.; Z. Sun; Chen, X. H.

    2015-01-01

    The antiferromagnetic(AFM) insulator-superconductor transition has been always a center of interest in the underlying physics of unconventional superconductors. The quantum phase transition between Mott insulator with AFM and superconductor can be induced by doping charge carriers in high-Tc cuprate superconductors. For the best characterized organic superconductors of k-(BEDT-TTF)2X (X=anion), a first order transition between AFM insulator and superconductor can be tuned by applied external ...

  7. Conducting Thin Film of Charge-transfer Salt Based upon Polyoxometalate and Organic Donor ET%多金属氧酸盐四硫富瓦烯衍生物荷移盐超薄导电膜

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    马慧媛; 周百斌; 彭军; 刘益春; 彭尉先

    2004-01-01

    The conducting thin film of charge-transfer salt based upon polyoxometalate [VW5O19]3- and bis (ethylenedithio)-tetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF or ET) was fabricated on the gold substrate by electrochemical approach.The sub-micronic grains uniformly covering the gold plate was evidenced by scanning electron microscope (SEM).The film of charge-transfer salt exhibits semiconducting behavior with a room-temperature conductivity 4.8×10-3S·cm-1.

  8. Magneto-optical studies of low-dimensional organic conductors

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    Hitoshi Ohta, Motoi Kimata and Yugo Oshima

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Our periodic orbit resonance (POR results on quasi-two-dimensional (q2D, highly anisotropic q2D and quasi-one-dimensional (q1D organic conductors are reviewed together with our rotational cavity magneto-optical measurement system. Higher order POR up to seventh order has been observed in the q2D system (BEDT-TTF2Br(DIA, and the experimental conditions to observe POR and the cyclotron resonance (CR are discussed. Highly anisotropic q2D Fermi surface (FS in β''-(BEDT-TTF(TCNQ, which was considered to have q1D FS previously, is proposed by our POR measurements, and the possible interpretations of other experimental results of β''-(BEDT-TTF(TCNQ are discussed assuming the highly anisotropic q2D FS. Finally, detailed q1D FS of (DMET2I3, obtained from our POR results, is discussed in connection with the typical q1D system (TMTSF2ClO4.

  9. Imperfect nesting and transport properties in unconventional density waves

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    Dóra, Balázs; Maki, Kazumi; Virosztek, Attila

    2002-10-01

    We consider the effect of imperfect nesting in quasi-one-dimensional unconventional density waves (DW's). The phase diagram is very close to those in a conventional DW's. The linear and non-linear aspects of the electric conductivity are discussed. At T=0 the frequency dependent electric conductivity develops a small dip at low frequencies. The threshold electric field depends strongly on the imperfect nesting parameter, allowing us to describe very well the measured threshold electric field in the low temperature phase of the quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor, α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4.

  10. Quantum oscillations in organic metals and superconductors

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    Clayton, N

    2000-12-01

    De Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) oscillations have been observed in the organic superconductor {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} at temperatures down to 30 mK, and the oscillations are found to suffer an additional attenuation, R{sub s}, in the mixed state. None of the theoretical models, coupled with the mean-field expression for the field-dependence of the superconducting energy gap, {delta}, offer a good fit to the data. By including the effects of thermal fluctuations in the field-dependence of {delta}, a reasonable fit to the data can be made at the lowest temperatures. However, the form of the damping does not change appreciably as the temperature is increased up to 560 mK, which is inconsistent with the thermal fluctuation model. Angle resolved dHvA measurements on {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} have allowed R{sub s} curves to be measured as a function of the orientation of the applied magnetic field. These R{sub s}({theta}) curves may be scaled onto one another by taking the components of the magnetic fields perpendicular to the layers. The scale of the fluctuations is independent of angle within experimental errors. This, and an angle-independent normal state Dingle temperature, suggests that the quasiparticle orbits are confined to the two-dimensional layers for all angles of applied magnetic field. An angle resolved dHvA study has been performed on the organic metal {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(NCS){sub 4}. At low temperatures and low fields, the Fermi surface is reconstructed in this material, and the dHvA signal is dominated by an a frequency and its second harmonic, 2{alpha}. The amplitude of the 2{alpha} frequency is shown to deviate from the predictions of the Lifshitz-Kosevich expression, but is found to be consistent with a 'frequency doubling' mechanism. In this scheme, the 2{alpha} frequency arises from a new type of quantum oscillatory phenomenon, due to the susceptibility of the quasi one-dimensional sheets, driven by

  11. Interplay between the orbital quantization and Pauli effect in a charge-density-wave organic conductor

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    Kartsovnik, Mark; Andres, Dieter; Grigoriev, Pavel; Biberacher, Werner; Müller, Harald

    2004-04-01

    The interlayer magnetoresistance of the low-dimensional organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4 under pressure shows features which are likely associated with theoretically predicted field-induced charge-density-wave (FICDW) transitions. At ambient pressure, a magnetic field strongly tilted towards the conducting layers induces a series of hysteretic anomalies. We attribute these anomalies to a novel kind of FICDW originating from a superposition of the orbital quantization of the nesting vector and Pauli effect on the charge-density wave.

  12. Magnetic field dependence of the threshold electric field in unconventional charge density waves

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    Dóra, Balázs; Virosztek, Attila; Maki, Kazumi

    2002-04-01

    Many experiments suggest that the unidentified low-temperature phase of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 is most likely unconventional charge density wave (UCDW). To further extend this identification we present our theoretical study of the threshold electric field of UCDW in a magnetic field. The magnetic field-temperature phase diagram is very similar to those in a d-wave superconductor. The optical conductivity shows clear features characteristic to both UDW and magnetic field. We find a rather strong field dependence of the threshold electric field, which shows qualitatively good agreement with the experimental data.

  13. Orbital quantization in the high-magnetic-field state of a charge-density-wave system

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    Andres, D.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Grigoriev, P. D.; Biberacher, W.; Müller, H.

    2003-11-01

    A superposition of the Pauli and orbital couplings of a high magnetic field to charge carriers in a charge-density-wave (CDW) system is proposed to give rise to transitions between subphases with quantized values of the CDW wave vector. By contrast to the purely orbital field-induced density-wave effects which require a strongly imperfect nesting of the Fermi surface, the new transitions can occur even if the Fermi surface is well nested at zero field. We suggest that such transitions are observed in the organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 under a strongly tilted magnetic field.

  14. Electric field effect on vertical magnetotransport in multilayer systems under tilted magnetic fields

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    Kobayashi, Kaya; Saito, Masaki; Ohmichi, Eiji; Osada, Toshihito

    2004-04-01

    We have investigated a new electric field effect on magnetotransport in the multilayer systems where each layer is highly anisotropic. Under tilted magnetic fields, the resonant increase of interlayer conduction occurs when open electron orbits become periodic in k-space. The interlayer electric fields tilt the open orbits on two sheetlike Fermi surfaces in the different way, causing the split of the resonance. Using an organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF) 2KHg(SCN) 4, we have successfully proved the above scenario experimentally.

  15. Electric-Field Effect on the Angle-Dependent Magnetotransport Properties of Quasi-One-Dimensional Conductors

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    Kobayashi, K.; Saito, M.; Ohmichi, E.; Osada, T.

    2006-03-01

    We report a novel electric field effect on angular dependent magnetotransport in quasi-one-dimensional layered conductors with a pair of sheetlike Fermi surfaces. Under tilted magnetic fields and additional interlayer electric fields, semiclassical electron orbits on two Fermi sheets become periodic at different magnetic field orientations. This causes double splitting of the Lebed’s commensurability resonance in interlayer transport, and the amount of splitting allows us to estimate the Fermi velocity directly. We have successfully demonstrated this effect in the organic conductor α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4.

  16. Threshold electric field in unconventional density waves

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    Dóra, Balázs; Virosztek, Attila; Maki, Kazumi

    2001-07-01

    As it is well known most charge-density waves (CDW's) and spin-density waves exhibit nonlinear transport with well-defined threshold electric field ET. Here we study theoretically the threshold electric field of unconventional density waves. We find that the threshold field increases monotonically with temperature without divergent behavior at Tc, unlike the one in conventional CDW. The present result in the three-dimensional weak pinning limit appears to describe rather well the threshold electric field observed recently in the low-temperature phase of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4.

  17. Conductivity anisotropy helps to reveal the microscopic structure of a density wave at imperfect nesting

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    Grigoriev, P. D.; Kostenko, S. S.

    2015-03-01

    Superconductivity or metallic state may coexist with density wave ordering at imperfect nesting of the Fermi surface. In addition to the macroscopic spatial phase separation, there are, at least, two possible microscopic structures of such coexistence: (i) the soliton-wall phase and (ii) the ungapped Fermi-surface pockets. We show that the conductivity anisotropy allows us to distinguish these two microscopic density-wave structures. The results obtained may help to analyze the experimental observations in layered organic metals (TMTSF)2PF6, (TMTSF)2ClO4, α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 and in other compounds.

  18. Angle-Dependent Magnetoresistance in the Weakly Incoherent Interlayer Transport Regime in a Layered Organic Conductor

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    Kartsovnik, M. V.; Andres, D.; Simonov, S. V.; Biberacher, W.; Sheikin, I.; Kushch, N. D.; Müller, H.

    2006-04-01

    We present comparative studies of the orientation effect of a strong magnetic field on the interlayer resistance of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 samples characterized by different crystal quality. We find striking differences in their behavior, which is attributed to the breakdown of the coherent charge transport across the layers in the lower quality sample. In the latter case, the nonoscillating magnetoresistance background is essentially a function of only the out-of-plane field component, in contradiction to the existing Fermi-liquid theories.

  19. Interplay between the orbital quantization and Pauli effect in a charge-density-wave organic conductor

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    Kartsovnik, Mark; Andres, Dieter; Grigoriev, Pavel; Biberacher, Werner; Mueller, Harald

    2004-04-30

    The interlayer magnetoresistance of the low-dimensional organic metal {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} under pressure shows features which are likely associated with theoretically predicted field-induced charge-density-wave (FICDW) transitions. At ambient pressure, a magnetic field strongly tilted towards the conducting layers induces a series of hysteretic anomalies. We attribute these anomalies to a novel kind of FICDW originating from a superposition of the orbital quantization of the nesting vector and Pauli effect on the charge-density wave.

  20. Conductivity anisotropy helps to reveal the microscopic structure of a density wave at imperfect nesting

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    Grigoriev, P.D., E-mail: grigorev@itp.ac.ru [L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Chernogolovka 142432 (Russian Federation); Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble (France); Kostenko, S.S. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics, 142432 Chernogolovka (Russian Federation)

    2015-03-01

    Superconductivity or metallic state may coexist with density wave ordering at imperfect nesting of the Fermi surface. In addition to the macroscopic spatial phase separation, there are, at least, two possible microscopic structures of such coexistence: (i) the soliton-wall phase and (ii) the ungapped Fermi-surface pockets. We show that the conductivity anisotropy allows us to distinguish these two microscopic density-wave structures. The results obtained may help to analyze the experimental observations in layered organic metals (TMTSF){sub 2}PF{sub 6}, (TMTSF){sub 2}ClO{sub 4}, α-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} and in other compounds.

  1. Critical state in a low-dimensional metal induced by strong magnetic fields

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    Harrison, N.; Balicas, L.; Brooks, J. S.; Tokumoto, M.

    2000-12-01

    We present the results of magnetotransport and magnetic torque measurements on the α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 charge-transfer salt within its high-magnetic-field phase, in magnetic fields extending to 33 T and temperatures as low as 27 mK. While the experimentally determined phase diagram closely resembles that predicted by theoretical models for charge-density waves in strong magnetic fields, the phase that occurs at fields above ~23 T, which is expected to be either a modulated charge-density wave phase or a charge/spin-density wave hybrid, exhibits unusual physical properties that are most atypical of a density wave ground state. Notably, the resistivity undergoes a dramatic drop below ~3 K within this phase, falling in an approximately exponential fashion at low temperatures, while the magnetic torque undergoes extensive hysteresis. This hysteresis, which occurs over a broad range of fields and gives rise to a large negative differential susceptibility ∂M/∂B on reversing the direction of sweep of the magnetic field, is strongly temperature dependent and also has several of the physical characteristics predicted by critical-state models normally used to describe the pinning of vortices in type II superconductors. Such a behavior appears therefore only to be explained consistently in terms of persistent currents within the high-magnetic-field phase of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4, although the origin of these currents remains an open question.

  2. Charge ordering in low dimensional organic conductors: Structural aspects

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    Pouget, Jean-Paul; Foury-Leylekian, Pascale [Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Universite Paris-sud, CNRS UMR 8502, Batiment 510, 91405 Orsay Cedex (France); Alemany, Pere [Departament de Quimica Fisica and Institut de Quimica Teorica i Computacional (IQTCUB), Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 627, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Canadell, Enric [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, CSIC, Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain)

    2012-05-15

    The paper points out the importance of the coupling between anions and donors in order to achieve the 4k{sub F} charge localization observed in (TMTTF){sub 2}PF{sub 6}, {delta}-(EDT-TTF-CONMe{sub 2}){sub 2}Br and (o-DMTTF){sub 2}Cl/Br salts, the 2k{sub F} charge density wave (CDW) ground state of {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} and the metal to insulator transition of {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}I{sub 3}. This coupling leads to a cooperative displacement wave of the anions accompanied by a modulation of the density of {pi} holes on the donors. We distinguish two principal anion-donor coupling mechanisms: a direct mechanism via the Hartree anion potential on donor sites and an indirect mechanism via the polarization of {sigma} bonds activated by the modification of the H bonds network. Both kinds of interaction are tuned by the relative displacement of the anions with respect to the donors. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  3. Millimetre-wave magneto-optical studies of systems with reduced dimensionality

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    Rzepniewski, E J

    2001-01-01

    branches are found, which arise from the complicated nature of the band dispersion in this metal. In Chapter 5, a resonant absorption of microwaves is observed in the superconducting state of kappa-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu(NCS) sub 2 and interpreted as a Josephson Plasma Resonance. The superconducting to normal transition is studied as a function of temperature and provides information about the temperature dependence of the upper critical field in kappa-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu(NCS) sub 2. Chapter 6 presents measurements of electron paramagnetic resonance in the quasi-two dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet Cs sub 2 CuCl sub 4. The evolution of the magnetic resonance absorption between the high temperature region (the paramagnetic regime) and temperatures below T sub N (the antiferromagnetic regime), is studied for a range of crystal orientations. At temperatures considerably higher than T sub N , the magneto-optical data show the onset of short-range spin correlations. Experimental studies of the magneto-optical r...

  4. Near-degeneracy of extended s +dx2-y2 and dx y order parameters in quasi-two-dimensional organic superconductors

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    Guterding, Daniel; Altmeyer, Michaela; Jeschke, Harald O.; Valentí, Roser

    2016-07-01

    The symmetry of the superconducting order parameter in quasi-two-dimensional bis-ethylenedithio-tetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF) organic superconductors is a subject of ongoing debate. We report ab initio density-functional-theory calculations for a number of organic superconductors containing κ -type layers. Using projective Wannier functions, we derive the parameters of a common low-energy Hamiltonian based on individual BEDT-TTF molecular orbitals. In a random-phase approximation spin-fluctuation approach, we investigate the evolution of the superconducting pairing symmetry within this model, and we point out a phase transition between extended s +dx2-y2 and dx y symmetry. We discuss the origin of the mixed order parameter and the relation between the realistic molecule description and the widely used dimer approximation. Based on our ab initio calculations, we position the investigated materials in the obtained molecule model phase diagram, and we simulate scanning tunneling spectroscopy experiments for selected cases. Our calculations show that many κ -type materials lie close to the phase-transition line between the two pairing symmetry types found in our calculation, possibly explaining the multitude of contradictory experiments in this field.

  5. Superconductivity on the density-wave background with soliton-wall structure

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    Grigoriev, P. D.

    2009-03-01

    Superconductivity (SC) may microscopically coexist with density wave (DW) when the nesting of the Fermi surface (FS) is not perfect. There are, at least, two possible microscopic structures of a DW state with quasi-particle states remaining on the Fermi level and leading to the Cooper instability: (i) the soliton-wall phase and (ii) the small ungapped FS pockets. The dispersion of such quasi-particle states strongly differs from that without DW, and so do the properties of SC on the DW background. The upper critical field H in such an SC state strongly increases as the system approaches the critical pressure, where SC first appears. H may considerably exceed its typical value without DW and has unusual upward curvature as function of temperature. The results obtained explain the experimental observations in layered organic superconductors (TMTSF)2PF6 and α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4.

  6. Magnetic field-induced charge-density-wave transitions: The role of the orbital and Pauli effects

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    Kartsovnik, M. V.; Andres, D.; Biberacher, W.; Müller, H.

    2009-03-01

    Due to a low transition temperature and, correspondingly, a small energy gap, the charge-density-wave (CDW) state of the layered organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 is very sensitive to pressure and magnetic field. The latter couples to the CDW via two competing mechanisms: Pauli paramagnetism and orbital motion of charge carriers in a magnetic field. We study the interplay between the Pauli and orbital effects under a pressure of 2.8 kbar, in the region of the field-induced CDW (FICDW) instability. We find that, in agreement with theoretical predictions, the FICDW state is enhanced when the Zeeman splitting becomes commensurate with the orbital quantization.

  7. Control of electronic properties of organic conductors by hydrostatic and uniaxial compression

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    Kagoshima, S.; Kondo, R.; Hirai, H.; Shibata, T.; Kaga, Y. [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Basic Science; Maesato, M. [Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Chemistry

    2001-01-01

    We developed the uniaxial strain method to artificially control the electronic properties of organic conductors by reducing the intermolecular distance along a desired direction without changing those along others. Using this method, we were able to cause and enhance superconductivity in two-dimensional organic conductors, {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} and its isostructural compound having NH{sub 4} instead of K. We found that these two compounds show essentially the same properties if their lattice parameters are appropriately reduced by the uniaxial strain method, although they show quite different properties under ambient and hydrostatic pressures. In the one-dimensional organic superconductor (TMTSF){sub 2}PF{sub 6}, we found a novel result that is contradictory to the current interpretation for the suppression of spin density waves under pressures. (orig.)

  8. Fermi surface traversal resonance in metals: two theories and an experiment

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    Ardavan, Arzhang; Schrama, J. M.; Blundell, S. J.; Singleton, J.; Semeno, A.; Goy, Philippe; Kurmoo, M.; Day, P.

    1999-09-01

    Fermi-surface traversal resonance (FTR) is caused by the periodic motion of carriers in a magnetic field across open sections of Fermi surface (FS). Owing to the warping of the FS, the real space velocities of the carries oscillate, generating resonances in the high frequency conductivity which may be described by a semiclassical model. A rectangular resonance cavity, oscillating at 70 GHz, which can rotate in the external magnetic field, has been used to confirm the existence of the effect in the organic metal (alpha) -(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4. The data contain a great deal of information about the FS, including the direction and anharmonicity of warping components. A quantum mechanical model is presented which predicts all of the features of FTR appearing in the semiclassical model. This confirms that FTR is a fundamental property of low- dimensional systems, existing under a very wide range of conditions.

  9. Electron Magnetic Resonance Fermi Surface Imaging. Applications to Organic Conductors and Sr2RuO4

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    Hill, S.; Kovalev, A.; Mola, M. M.; Palassis, C.; Mao, Z. Q.; Maeno, Y.; Qualls, J. S.

    We report detailed angle dependent studies of the metallic state microwave (40 to 200 GHz) magneto-conductivity of single crystal samples of the α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 organic charge density wave conductor, and the perovskite superconductor Sr2RuO4. We observe series' of resonant absorptions which we attribute to periodic orbit resonances - a phenomenon closely related to cyclotron resonance. By performing measurements on several samples, and in different electromagnetic field configurations, we are able to couple to different orbital modes (+ harmonics), which derive from deformations (warpings) of the quasi-one and quasi-two-dimensional Fermi surfaces of these compounds. These studies provide vital information concerning interlayer dispersion which, in turn, affects the Fermi surface nesting characteristics which are believed to play a crucial role in the low temperature physics of these exotic materials.

  10. Mixed density wave state in quasi-2D organic conductor

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    Katono, K., E-mail: k_katono@eng.hokudai.ac.jp [Department of Applied Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Ichimura, K. [Department of Applied Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Center of Education and Research for Topological Science and Technology, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Kawashima, Y.; Yamaya, K. [Department of Applied Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Tanda, S. [Department of Applied Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Center of Education and Research for Topological Science and Technology, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)

    2012-06-01

    The density wave phase of {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} was investigated by transport properties and magnetic susceptibility. The density wave transition was observed as a broad increase at T{sub DW}=9 K by resistance measurement. Temperature dependence of the static magnetic susceptibility {chi} shows a large Curie tail below 100 K. By subtracting the Curie component, we found that the magnetic susceptibility increases like weak ferromagnetism with decreasing temperature below 7.4 K. The gradual increase of {chi} below T{sub DW} is not expected in simple CDW or SDW, where the magnetic susceptibility decreases with decreasing temperature due to the reduction of Pauli paramagnetic component. To explain the weak ferromagnetic behavior, we consider the coexistence of CDW and SDW. We propose a model of the mixed density wave, where CDW exists with antiferromagnetically coupled canting spins.

  11. Mixed density wave state in quasi-2D organic conductor

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    Katono, K.; Ichimura, K.; Kawashima, Y.; Yamaya, K.; Tanda, S.

    2012-06-01

    The density wave phase of α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 was investigated by transport properties and magnetic susceptibility. The density wave transition was observed as a broad increase at TDW=9 K by resistance measurement. Temperature dependence of the static magnetic susceptibility χ shows a large Curie tail below 100 K. By subtracting the Curie component, we found that the magnetic susceptibility increases like weak ferromagnetism with decreasing temperature below 7.4 K. The gradual increase of χ below TDW is not expected in simple CDW or SDW, where the magnetic susceptibility decreases with decreasing temperature due to the reduction of Pauli paramagnetic component. To explain the weak ferromagnetic behavior, we consider the coexistence of CDW and SDW. We propose a model of the mixed density wave, where CDW exists with antiferromagnetically coupled canting spins.

  12. Magnetic field induced coherence-incoherence crossover in the interlayer conductivity of a layered organic metal

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    Kartsovnik, M. V.; Grigoriev, P. D.; Biberacher, W.; Kushch, N. D.

    2009-04-01

    The angle-dependent interlayer magnetoresistance of the pressurized (to the normal metallic state) layered organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 is found to change from the conventional behavior at low magnetic fields to an anomalous one at high fields. The dependence of this field-induced crossover on the sample purity and temperature reveals parallel contribution of the classical Boltzmann and incoherent channels in the interlayer conductivity. The latter channel, having a metallic temperature dependence but being insensitive to an in-plane magnetic field, may be responsible for magnetoresistance anomalies observed in a number of layered metals. We propose a possible mechanism for the incoherent channel combining interlayer tunneling via local hopping centers and intralayer diffusion.

  13. Magnetic field-induced charge-density-wave transitions: The role of the orbital and Pauli effects

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    Kartsovnik, M.V. [Walther-Meissner-Institut, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 85748 Garching (Germany)], E-mail: mark.kartsovnik@wmi.badw.de; Andres, D.; Biberacher, W. [Walther-Meissner-Institut, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 85748 Garching (Germany); Mueller, H. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, F-38043 Grenoble (France)

    2009-03-01

    Due to a low transition temperature and, correspondingly, a small energy gap, the charge-density-wave (CDW) state of the layered organic metal {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} is very sensitive to pressure and magnetic field. The latter couples to the CDW via two competing mechanisms: Pauli paramagnetism and orbital motion of charge carriers in a magnetic field. We study the interplay between the Pauli and orbital effects under a pressure of 2.8 kbar, in the region of the field-induced CDW (FICDW) instability. We find that, in agreement with theoretical predictions, the FICDW state is enhanced when the Zeeman splitting becomes commensurate with the orbital quantization.

  14. Equivalence of Electron-Vibration Interaction and Charge-Induced Force Variations: A New O(1 Approach to an Old Problem

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    Tunna Baruah

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Calculating electron-vibration (vibronic interaction constants is computationally expensive. For molecules containing N nuclei it involves solving the Schrödinger equation for Ο(3N nuclear configurations in addition to the cost of determining the vibrational modes. We show that quantum vibronic interactions are proportional to the classical atomic forces induced when the total charge of the system is varied. This enables the calculation of vibronic interaction constants from O(1 solutions of the Schrödinger equation. We demonstrate that the O(1 approach produces numerically accurate results by calculating the vibronic interaction constants for several molecules. We investigate the role of molecular vibrations in the Mott transition in κ-(BEDT-TTF2Cu[N(CN2]Br.

  15. Unconventional superconductors under a rotating magnetic field. II. Thermal transport

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    Vorontsov, A. B.; Vekhter, I.

    2007-06-01

    We present a microscopic approach to the calculations of thermal conductivity in unconventional superconductors for a wide range of temperatures and magnetic fields. Our work employs the nonequilibrium Keldysh formulation of the quasiclassical theory. We solve the transport equations using a variation of the Brandt-Pesch-Tewordt method that accounts for the quasiparticle scattering on vortices. We focus on the dependence of the thermal conductivity on the direction of the field with the respect to the nodes of the order parameter, and discuss it in the context of experiments aiming to determine the shape of the gap from such anisotropy measurements. We consider quasi-two-dimensional Fermi surfaces with vertical line nodes and use our analysis to establish the location of gap nodes in heavy-fermion CeCoIn5 and the organic superconductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2 .

  16. A Mechanism of DC-AC Conversion in the Organic Thyristor

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    Takehiko Mori

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The charge ordered organic salt θ-(BEDT-TTF2CsZn(SCN4 exhibits a giant nonlinear conduction at low temperatures. The voltage-current characteristics of this compound are similar to those of a thyristor device, after which we named it the organic thyristor. This material shows current oscillation in the presense of dc voltage, which arises from a mechanism different from conventional oscillating circuits, because the oscillation appears in a sample that does not show negative derivative resistance. We have performed a standard circuit analysis, and show that the voltage-current curve is “blurred” in the high current region, and the oscillation occurs in the blurred region. This type of oscillation has never been reported, and a possible origin for this is suggested.

  17. Drude weight in quasi-two-dimensional organic conductors close to the Mott transition: Optical studies of the bandwidth, filling and temperature dependence

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    Drichko, Natalia [Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, Polytekhnicheskaya 26, 194021 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); 1. Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 57, 70550 Stuttgart (Germany)], E-mail: drichko@pi1.physik.uni-stuttgart.de; Dumm, Michael; Faltermeier, Daniel; Dressel, Martin [1. Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 57, 70550 Stuttgart (Germany); Merino, Jaime [Dept. de Fisica Teorica de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain); Greco, Andres [Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Ingenieria y Agrimensura e Instituto de Fisica Rosario (UNR-CONICET), Rosario (Argentina)

    2007-09-01

    We explore the effects of electronic correlations in quasi-two-dimensional BEDT-TTF-based organic conductors with half, quarter and 1/5-filled bands. Close to the Mott transition but still on the metallic side, quasiparticles are observed in the 1/2-filled systems only at temperatures well below 100 K, with a considerable growth of the Drude-like contribution. In contrast, the 1/4-filled conductors show a zero-frequency conduction peak already at room temperature which increases slightly upon cooling. Basically no change with temperature is observed for the Drude contribution of the 1/5-filled compound. Optical studies allow us to investigate the formation of quasiparticles at low temperature for systems of different filling. The strongest effect is observed in 1/2-filled compounds, it becomes weaker in 1/4 filled, while in the 1/5-filled compound no change of the Dude-peak on temperature is seen.

  18. Superconductivity in Layered Organic Metals

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    Jochen Wosnitza

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In this short review, I will give an overview on the current understanding of the superconductivity in quasi-two-dimensional organic metals. Thereby, I will focus on charge-transfer salts based on bis(ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF or ET for short. In these materials, strong electronic correlations are clearly evident, resulting in unique phase diagrams. The layered crystallographic structure leads to highly anisotropic electronic as well as superconducting properties. The corresponding very high orbital critical field for in-plane magnetic-field alignment allows for the occurrence of the Fulde–Ferrell– Larkin–Ovchinnikov state as evidenced by thermodynamic measurements. The experimental picture on the nature of the superconducting state is still controversial with evidence both for unconventional as well as for BCS-like superconductivity.

  19. Synthesis, Structural Characterization of TTM-TTF Intercalated with Lamellar MnPS3

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    ZHANG Xuan; CHEN Xing-Guo; FU Yang; SU Xu; QIN Jin-Gui

    2003-01-01

    @@ Intercalation of organic species into layer inorganic solids provides a useful approach to creating ordered organ ic-inorganic nanocomposite materials with novel properties compared with the parent compounds, and hence has attracted much attention in recent years. [1] Clement and co-workers had reported that an organic electron donor TTF monocation intercalated into the MPS3 (M = Mn, Fe), and the intercalates exhibited much higher conductivity than the corresponding pure host compounds. Our group also synthesized the intercalation compound of BEDT-TTF into MnPS3, which exhibits the room temperature conductivity of 8.5 × 10-5 S/cm, 1O5 times higher than that of the pristine MnPS3 ( < 10- 10 S/cm). [2

  20. Highly Mobile Metastable State of He-4 Thin Films: A Glass Transition by Mechanical Perturbation?

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    Minoguchi, Tomoki

    2017-01-01

    Solid layers of helium on graphite surface are known to go into a highly mobile state (HMS) once the solid layer is enforced to slip on the substrate. The HMS collapses to the stable inert state with the lifetime extending over 10^4 s. In this paper, we suggest that the HMS is a structural glass by showing the similarities between the present system and an organic conductor named BEDT-TTF. The latter was recently discovered to be an electronic glass if the cooling rate is rapid enough across the freezing temperature (Wigner crystal formation temperature). We then address a novel annealing process promoted by a local condensate which should be seen for the present He-4 case as the condensation fraction grows in the liquid overlayer.

  1. Electronic structure and superconductivity of multi-layered organic charge transfer salts

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    Jeschke, Harald O.; Altmeyer, Michaela; Guterding, Daniel; Valenti, Roser [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt, 60438 Frankfurt (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    We examine the electronic properties of polymorphs of (BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Ag(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}(TCE) (1,1,2-trichloroethane) within density functional theory (DFT). While a phase with low superconducting transition temperature T{sub c}=2.6 K exhibits a κ packing motif, two high T{sub c} phases are layered structures consisting of α{sup '} and κ packed layers. We determine the electronic structures and discuss the influence of the insulating α{sup '} layer on the conducting κ layer. In the κ-α{sub 1}{sup '} dual-layered compound, we find that the stripes of high and low charge in the α{sup '} layer correspond to a stripe pattern of hopping parameters in the κ layer. Based on the different underlying Hamiltonians, we study the superconducting properties and try to explain the differences in T{sub c}.

  2. First observation of angle-dependent Stark cyclotron resonance in bulk crystals: High-electric-field interlayer magnetotransport in a layered organic conductor

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    Kumagai, A.; Konoike, T.; Uchida, K. [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan); Osada, T., E-mail: osada@issp.u-tokyo.ac.j [Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581 (Japan)

    2010-06-01

    We report a novel angle-dependent magnetotransport phenomenon in layered conductors under strong interlayer electric fields. Interlayer conduction shows the Stark cyclotron resonance (SCR) when electron orbital motion becomes periodic in k-space. The SCR amplitude oscillates depending on magnetic field orientations. The conventional angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillation (AMRO) switches to the angle-dependent SCR in high electric fields. We predict angle-dependent SCR due to electron orbital motion in layered conductors with coherent interlayer coupling. In addition, we demonstrate the expected switching from conventional AMRO to angle-dependent SCR in high electric fields using an organic conductor {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}NH{sub 4}Hg(SCN){sub 4}. This is the first observation of the SCR with orbital origin in bulk crystals.

  3. Staggered Flux State in Two-Dimensional Hubbard Models

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    Yokoyama, Hisatoshi; Tamura, Shun; Ogata, Masao

    2016-12-01

    The stability and other properties of a staggered flux (SF) state or a correlated d-density wave state are studied for the Hubbard (t-t'-U) model on extended square lattices, as a low-lying state that competes with the dx2 - y2-wave superconductivity (d-SC) and possibly causes the pseudogap phenomena in underdoped high-Tc cuprates and organic κ-BEDT-TTF salts. In calculations, a variational Monte Carlo method is used. In the trial wave function, a configuration-dependent phase factor, which is vital to treat a current-carrying state for a large U/t, is introduced in addition to ordinary correlation factors. Varying U/t, t'/t, and the doping rate (δ) systematically, we show that the SF state becomes more stable than the normal state (projected Fermi sea) for a strongly correlated (U/t ≳ 5) and underdoped (δ ≲ 0.16) area. The decrease in energy is sizable, particularly in the area where Mott physics prevails and the circular current (order parameter) is strongly suppressed. These features are consistent with those for the t-J model. The effect of the frustration t'/t plays a crucial role in preserving charge homogeneity and appropriately describing the behavior of hole- and electron-doped cuprates and κ-BEDT-TTF salts. We argue that the SF state does not coexist with d-SC and is not a "normal state" from which d-SC arises. We also show that a spin current (flux or nematic) state is never stabilized in the same regime.

  4. Organic donor-acceptor thin film systems. Towards optimized growth conditions

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    Keller, Kerstin Andrea

    2009-06-30

    In this work the preparation of organic donor-acceptor thin films was studied. A chamber for organic molecular beam deposition was designed and integrated into an existing deposition system for metallic thin films. Furthermore, the deposition system was extended by a load-lock with integrated bake-out function, a chamber for the deposition of metallic contacts via stencil mask technique and a sputtering chamber. For the sublimation of the organic compounds several effusion cells were designed. The evaporation characteristic and the temperature profile within the cells was studied. Additionally, a simulation program was developed, which calculates the evaporation characteristics of different cell types. The following processes were integrated: evaporation of particles, migration on the cell walls and collisions in the gas phase. It is also possible to consider a temperature gradient within the cell. All processes can be studied separately and their relative strength can be varied. To verify the simulation results several evaporation experiments with different cell types were employed. The thickness profile of the prepared thin films was measured position-dependently. The results are in good agreement with the simulation. Furthermore, the simulation program was extended to the field of electron beam induced deposition (EBID). The second part of this work deals with the preparation and characterization of organic thin films. The focus hereby lies on the charge transfer salt (BEDT-TTF)(TCNQ), which has three known structure variants. Thin films were prepared by different methods of co-evaporation and were studied with optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX).The formation of the monoclinic phase of (BEDT-TTF)(TCNQ) could be shown. As a last part tunnel structures were prepared as first thin film devices and measured in a He{sub 4} cryostat. (orig.)

  5. Rational design of organic superconductors through the use of the large, discrete molecular anions M(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}{sup -}(M = Cu, Ag, Au) and SO{sub 3}CF{sub 2}CH{sub 2}SF{sub 5}{sup -}

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    Schlueter, J.A.; Geiser, U.; Williams, J.M. [and others

    1996-10-01

    A new approach to synthesis of organic superconductors has recently been pioneered which involves the use of large discrete molecular anions as the charge-compensating entities in these charge transfer salts. The organic electron-donor molecule bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF or ET) has been electrocrystallized with the novel organometallic M(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}{sup -} (M=Cu, Ag, Au) anions in a variety of 1,1,2-trihaloethane solvents. Over 20 organic superconductors have been synthesized which can be described by (ET){sub 2}M(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}(1,1,2- trihaloethane). These solvated salts are shown to have highly anisotropic physical properties which can be tuned via modifications of each of their three molecular components: ET electron donor molecule, M(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}{sup -} anion, and neutral 1,1,2- trihaloethane solvent molecule. Superconductivity has also been observed in an ET salt containing the discrete SF{sub 5}CH{sub 2}CF{sub 2}SO{sub 3}{sup -} anion with onset temperature near 5.2 K.

  6. Rational design of organic superconductors through the use of the large, discrete molecular anions M(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}{sup -} (M = Cu, Ag, Au) and SO{sub 3}CF{sub 2}CH{sub 2}SF{sub 5}{sup -}

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    Schlueter, J.A. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Div. of Chemistry and Materials Science; Geiser, U. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Div. of Chemistry and Materials Science; Williams, J.M. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Div. of Chemistry and Materials Science; Dudek, J.D. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Div. of Chemistry and Materials Science; Kelly, M.E. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Div. of Chemistry and Materials Science; Flynn, J.P. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Div. of Chemistry and Materials Science; Wilson, R.R. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Div. of Chemistry and Materials Science; Zakowicz, H.I. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Div. of Chemistry and Materials Science; Sche, P.P. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Div. of Chemistry and Materials Science; Naumann, D. [Koeln Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische Chemie; Roy, T. [Koeln Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische Chemie; Nixon, P.G. [Portland State Univ., OR (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Winter, R.W. [Portland State Univ., OR (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; Gard, G.L. [Portland State Univ., OR (United States). Dept. of Chemistry

    1997-02-15

    A new approach to the synthesis of organic superconductors has recently been pioneered which involves the use of large, discrete, molecular anions as the charge-compensating entities in these charge transfer salts. The organic electron-donor molecule bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF or ET) has been electrocrystallized with the novel organometallic M(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}{sup -} (M = Cu, Ag, and Au) anions in a variety of 1,1,2-trihaloethane solvents. Over twenty organic superconductors have been synthesized which can be described by the general formula (ET){sub 2}M(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}(1,1,2-trihaloethane). These solvated salts are shown to have highly anisotropic physical properties which can be tuned via modifications of each of their three molecular components: ET electron donor molecule, M(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}{sup -} anion, and neutral 1,1,2-trihaloethane solvent molecule. Superconductivity has also been observed in an ET salt containing the discrete SF{sub 5}CH{sub 2}CF{sub 2}SO{sub 3}{sup -} anion with an onset temperature near 5.2 K. (orig.)

  7. Superconductivity on the density-wave background with soliton-wall structure

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    Grigoriev, P.D. [L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Chernogolovka 142432 (Russian Federation)], E-mail: grigorev@itp.ac.ru

    2009-03-01

    Superconductivity (SC) may microscopically coexist with density wave (DW) when the nesting of the Fermi surface (FS) is not perfect. There are, at least, two possible microscopic structures of a DW state with quasi-particle states remaining on the Fermi level and leading to the Cooper instability: (i) the soliton-wall phase and (ii) the small ungapped FS pockets. The dispersion of such quasi-particle states strongly differs from that without DW, and so do the properties of SC on the DW background. The upper critical field H{sub c2} in such an SC state strongly increases as the system approaches the critical pressure, where SC first appears. H{sub c2} may considerably exceed its typical value without DW and has unusual upward curvature as function of temperature. The results obtained explain the experimental observations in layered organic superconductors (TMTSF){sub 2}PF{sub 6} and {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4}.

  8. Mean field theory of charge-density wave state in magnetic field

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    Grigoriev, Pavel; Lyubshin, Dmitrij

    2005-03-01

    We develop a mean field theory of charge-density wave (CDW) state in magnetic field and study properties of this state below the transition temperature. We show that the CDW state with shifted wave vector in high magnetic field (CDWx phase) has a double harmonic modulation on the most part of the phase diagram. At perfect nesting the single harmonic CDW state with shifted wave vector exists only in a very narrow region near the triple point. We show that the transition from CDW0 to CDWx state below the critical temperature is accompanied by a jump of the CDW order parameter and of the CDW wave vector rather than by their continuous increase. This implies a first order transition between these CDW states and explains a strong hysteresis accompanying this transition. The similarities between CDW in high magnetic field and nonuniform LOFF superconducting phase are pointed out. Our investigation provides a theoretical description for recent experiments on organic metal α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 and other compounds. In particular, we explain the higher value of the kink transition field and provide the calculation of the phase diagram in the case of perfect nesting.

  9. Thermoelectric studies of charge density wave dynamics.

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    McDonald, Ross; Harrison, Neil; Singleton, John

    2008-03-01

    The conventional pyroelectric effect is intimately connected to the symmetry, or rather lack of center of symmetry, of the material. Although the experiments we discuss involve studies of low symmetry materials, the pyroelectric currents observed are of an entirely new origin. Systems with broken-translational-symmetry phases that incorporate orbital quantization can exhibit significant departures from thermodynamic equilibrium due to a change in magnetic induction. For charge density wave systems, this metastable state consists of a balance between the density-wave pinning force and the Lorentz force on the extended currents due to the drift of cyclotron orbits. In this way the density wave pinning potential plays a similar role to the edge potential in a two-dimensional electron gas, leading to a large Hall angle and quantization of the Hall resistance. A thermal perturbation that reduces the pinning potential returns the system towards thermal equilibrium, via a phason avalanche orthogonal to the sample surface. The observation of this new form of pyroelectric effect in the high magnetic field phase (B > 30 T) of the organic charge transfer salt α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4, thus provides a measure of the phason thermopower.

  10. Properties of superconductivity on a density wave background with small ungapped Fermi surface parts

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    Grigoriev, P. D.

    2008-06-01

    We investigate the properties and the microscopic structure of superconductivity (SC) coexisting and sharing the common conducting band with density wave (DW). Such coexistence may take place when the nesting of the Fermi surface (FS) is not perfect, and in the DW state some quasiparticle states remain on the Fermi level and lead to the Cooper instability. The dispersion of such quasiparticle states strongly differs from that without DW, and so do the properties of SC on the DW background. The upper critical field Hc2 in such a SC state increases as the system approaches the critical pressure, where the ungapped quasiparticles and superconductivity just appear, and it may considerably exceed the usual Hc2 value without DW. The spin-density wave (SDW) background strongly suppresses the singlet SC pairing, while it does not affect so much the triplet SC transition temperature. The results obtained explain the experimental observations in layered organic metals (TMTSF)2PF6 and α-(BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 , where SC appears in the DW states under pressure and shows many unusual properties.

  11. GHz measurements of correlated electron systems in high magnetic fields

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    Edwards, R S

    2002-01-01

    This Thesis presents experiments performed on the high-frequency conductivity of materials in high magnetic fields. The angle dependence of resonances measured in the millimetre-wave absorption is studied using a rotating resonant cavity system, and the frequency dependence is measured using transmission techniques and a tuneable resonant cavity. Chapter 1 introduces the materials. These include the crystalline organic metals, the layered superconductor Sr sub 2 RUO sub 4 and the quantum Ising ferromagnet LiHoF sub 4. In Chapters 2 and 3, the necessary physics and experimental techniques for their investigation are outlined. Chapters 4 to 6 present measurements of cyclotron resonance in layered materials. Chapter 4 describes several models for the origin of cyclotron resonance harmonics, and describes the first definite measurement of the harmonics of a cyclotron resonance in an organic molecular metal, namely beta sup - (BEDT-TTF) sub 2 SF sub 5 CH sub 2 CF sub 2 SO sub 3. The angle dependence of the field p...

  12. C sub 6 sub 0 fullerene and its molecular complexes under axial and shear deformation

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    Spitsina, N G; Bashkin, I V; Meletov, K P

    2002-01-01

    We have studied the pristine C sub 6 sub 0 and its molecular complexes with the organic donors bis(ethylenedithio) tetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF or ET) and tetramethyltetraselenafulvalene (TMTSF) by means of ESR and Raman spectroscopy at high pressure. The important changes in the ESR signal of C sub 6 sub 0 were observed under axial pressure combined with shear deformation. It is shown that the treatment at a anisotropic pressure of 4 GPa results in a reduction in the symmetry of the C sub 6 sub 0 molecule and the formation of radicals. Treatment of the molecular complex of (ET) sub 2 centre dot C sub 6 sub 0 at a pressure of approx 4.5 GPa and a temperature of 150 deg. C leads to the formation of C sub 6 sub 0 dimers. The Raman spectra of the molecular complex C sub 6 sub 0 centre dot TMTSF centre dot 2(CS sub 2) were measured in situ at ambient temperature and pressures up to 9.5 GPa. The pressure behaviour of the Raman peaks reveals singularity at 5.0 +- 0.5 GPa related to the softening and splitting of so...

  13. Vortex pinning and lock-in effect in a layered superconductor with large in-plane anisotropy

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    Mansky, P.A.; Danner, G.; Chaikin, P.M. [Department of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States)

    1995-09-01

    We use ac susceptibility to study the vortex pinning force anisotropy and the magnetic lock-in effect in the organic superconductor (TMTSF){sub 2}ClO{sub 4}, which is believed to have an in-plane anisotropy of {gamma}{sub {ital b}{ital a}}{similar_to}10 and a maximum out-of-plane anisotropy {gamma}{sub {ital c}{ital a}}{similar_to}100. Our measurements show only weak effects of the in-plane anisotropy. The pinning force for Josephson vortices (parallel to the conducting planes) is nearly independent of their orientation, except for a small but narrow peak (full width at half maximum {congruent}6{degree}) when the vortices are parallel to the TMTSF stacks ({ital a} axis). The pinning force initially {ital decreases} {ital as} {ital the} {ital vortices} {ital unlock} {ital from} {ital the} {ital layers}, contrary to the behavior previously observed in the organic superconductor (BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(SCN){sub 2}. The lock-in threshold field is only weakly dependent on the initial angle of the Josephson vortices in the {ital ab} plane.

  14. Spin-zero anomaly in the magnetic quantum oscillations of a two-dimensional metal

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    Wosnitza, J; Ignatchik, O; Bergk, B [Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden (HLD), Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Gvozdikov, V M [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik komplexer Systeme, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Hagel, J [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Technische Universitaet Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Meeson, P J [H H Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TL (United Kingdom); Schlueter, J A [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Davis, H; Winter, R W; Gard, G L [Department of Chemistry, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207 (United States)], E-mail: J.Wosnitza@fzd.de

    2008-08-15

    We report on an anomalous behavior of the spin-splitting zeros in the de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) signal of a quasi-two-dimensional organic superconductor. The zeros as well as the angular dependence of the amplitude of the second harmonic deviate remarkably from the standard Lifshitz-Kosevich (LK) prediction. In contrast, the angular dependence of the fundamental dHvA amplitude as well as the spin-splitting zeros of the Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) signal follow the LK theory. We can explain this behavior of the dHvA signal by small chemical-potential (CP) oscillations and find a very good agreement between theory and experiment. A detailed wave-shape analysis of the dHvA oscillations corroborates the existence of an oscillating CP. We discuss the absence of the above spin-zero effect in the SdH signal and argue that in {beta}-prime-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}SF{sub 5}CH{sub 2}CF{sub 2}SO{sub 3} it can be explained by an incoherent variable range hopping interlayer transport which is insensitive to the small CP oscillations.

  15. Spin-zero anomaly in the magnetic quantum oscillations of a two-dimensional metal.

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    Wosnitza, J.; Gvozdikov, V. M.; Hagel, J.; Meeson, P. J.; Schlueter, J. A.; Ignatchick, O.; Winter, R. W.; Gard, G. L.; Davis, H.; Bergk, B.; Materials Science Division; Technische Univ. Dresden; Max-Planck Inst. Phys. Complex Systems; Univ. Bristol; Portland State Univ.

    2008-01-01

    We report on an anomalous behavior of the spin-splitting zeros in the de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) signal of a quasi-two-dimensional organic superconductor. The zeros as well as the angular dependence of the amplitude of the second harmonic deviate remarkably from the standard Lifshitz-Kosevich (LK) prediction. In contrast, the angular dependence of the fundamental dHvA amplitude as well as the spin-splitting zeros of the Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) signal follow the LK theory. We can explain this behavior of the dHvA signal by small chemical-potential (CP) oscillations and find a very good agreement between theory and experiment. A detailed wave-shape analysis of the dHvA oscillations corroborates the existence of an oscillating CP. We discuss the absence of the above spin-zero effect in the SdH signal and argue that in {beta}{double_prime}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}SF{sub 5}CH{sub 2}CF{sub 2}SO{sub 3} it can be explained by an incoherent variable range hopping interlayer transport which is insensitive to the small CP oscillations.

  16. A chiral molecular conductor: synthesis, structure, and physical properties of [ET]3[Sb2(L-tart)2].CH3CN (ET = bis(ethylendithio)tetrathiafulvalene; L-tart = (2R,3R)-(+)-tartrate).

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    Coronado, Eugenio; Galán-Mascarós, José R; Gómez-García, Carlos J; Murcia-Martínez, Ana; Canadell, Enric

    2004-12-13

    The salt [ET](3)[Sb(2)(L-tart)(2)].CH(3)CN (1) has been obtained by electrocrystallization of the organic donor bis(ethylendithio)tetrathiafulvalene (ET or BEDT-TTF) in the presence of the chiral anionic complex [Sb(2)(L-tart)(2)](2-) (L-tart = (2R,3R)-(+)-tartrate). This salt crystallizes in the chiral space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) (a = 11.145(2) angstroms, b = 12.848(2) angstroms, c = 40.159(14) angstroms, V = 5750.4(14) angstroms(3), Z = 4) and is formed by alternating layers of the anions and of the organic radicals in a noncentrosymmetric alpha-type packing. This compound shows a room temperature electrical conductivity of approximately 1 S.cm(-1) and semiconducting behavior with an activation energy of approximately 85 meV. Analysis of the magnetic susceptibility and band structure, however, suggests that this compound should be a narrow band gap semiconductor.

  17. Conductors with small Fermi energies and small gap energies

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    Thorn, R.J.

    1993-09-01

    If the Fermi energy is of the order of meV`s, the usual treatment of the density of free electrons is not valid, but use can be made of an averaged density of states that depends weakly on temperature, so that the temperature variation of the conductivity can be expressed by the equation: {sigma} {congruent} CT{sup (1-s)} 1n{l_brace}[(exp({beta}E{sub f}) + 1)/2][exp({minus}{beta}(E{sub g} {minus} E{sub f})) + 1)]{r_brace} in which E{sub f} is the Fermi energy, E{sub g} is the top of the energy gap for thermal activation, s is the exponent of the temperature-dependent scattering. This equation serves to define a class of solids consisting of a microcomposite with a narrow conduction band for which E{sub f} of the order of ceV`s or less and a thermal activated conduction for which E{sub g} is of the order of ceV`s. It describes quantitatively the conductivity, {sigma}(T;{Delta}, for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{Delta}} and {sigma}(T;p) as the hydrostatic pressure p is varied for {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}CuN(CN){sub 2}Br.

  18. Synthesis and Electroconductive Properties of Radical Salts Derived from Tetrathiafulvalene Dimers

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    Iyoda, Masahiko; Hara, Kenji; Ogura, Eiji; Takano, Takahiro; Hasegawa, Masashi; Yoshida, Masato; Kuwatani, Yoshiyuki; Nishikawa, Hiroyuki; Kikuchi, Koichi; Ikemoto, Isao; Mori, Takehiko

    2002-11-01

    Palladium(II)- or copper(II)-catalyzed homo-coupling reaction of either trimethylstannyltetrathiafulvalene or tetrathiafulvalenylzinc chloride produces symmetrical bitetrathiafulvalenes (bi-TTFs) in good yields, whereas palladium(0)-catalyzed cross-coupling reaction of tetrathiafulvalenylzinc chloride with 4-iodotetrathiafulvalenes leads to the corresponding unsymmetrically substituted bi-TTFs in moderate-to-high yields. The X-ray analysis of bi-TTF derivatives showed planar structures, and the cyclic voltammetry suggested that bi-TTFs have good donor ability comparable to that of BEDT-TTF. The symmetrical bi-TTFs formed the corresponding CT-complexes and cation radical salts. These CT-complexes and radical salts were found to be metallic or semiconducting, reflecting the effect of stoichiometry control in the dimeric TTF system. The X-ray structures of two cation radical salts revealed a unique stacking, and the precise conducting path in BEDO-bi-TTF·ClO 4 was discussed on the basis of MO calculations.

  19. Thermoelectric studies of the non-thermal equilibrium dynamics in chiral metals

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    McDonald, R.D. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS-E536, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)], E-mail: rmcd@lanl.gov; Harrison, N.; Singleton, J. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS-E536, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States)

    2008-04-01

    The conventional pyroelectric effect is intimately connected to the symmetry, or rather lack of center of symmetry, of the material. Although the experiments we discuss involve studies of low symmetry materials, the pyroelectric currents observed are of an entirely new origin. Systems with broken-translational-symmetry phases that incorporate orbital quantization can exhibit significant departures from thermodynamic equilibrium due to a change in magnetic induction. For example, orbitally quantized field-induced spin- or charge density wave systems, in which the competition between the elastic forces of the density wave and pinning leads to a critical state analogous to the vortex phase of type II superconductors. This metastable state consists of a balance between the density-wave pinning force and the Lorentz force on the extended currents due to the drift of cyclotron orbits. This results in the establishment of a three-dimensional chiral metal that can extend deep into the bulk of the crystal. In this way the density wave pinning potential plays a similar role to the edge potential in a two-dimensional electron gas, leading to a large Hall angle and quantization of the Hall resistance. A thermal perturbation that reduces the pinning potential returns the system toward thermal equilibrium, which can only be achieved by current flow orthogonal to the surface. The observation of this new form of pyroelectric effect in the high magnetic field phase (B>30 T) of the organic charge transfer salt {alpha}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}KHg(SCN){sub 4} is conclusive proof of the existence of a three-dimensional chiral metal.

  20. Thermoelectric studies of the non-thermal equilibrium dynamics in chiral metals

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    McDonald, R. D.; Harrison, N.; Singleton, J.

    2008-04-01

    The conventional pyroelectric effect is intimately connected to the symmetry, or rather lack of center of symmetry, of the material. Although the experiments we discuss involve studies of low symmetry materials, the pyroelectric currents observed are of an entirely new origin. Systems with broken-translational-symmetry phases that incorporate orbital quantization can exhibit significant departures from thermodynamic equilibrium due to a change in magnetic induction. For example, orbitally quantized field-induced spin- or charge density wave systems, in which the competition between the elastic forces of the density wave and pinning leads to a critical state analogous to the vortex phase of type II superconductors. This metastable state consists of a balance between the density-wave pinning force and the Lorentz force on the extended currents due to the drift of cyclotron orbits. This results in the establishment of a three-dimensional chiral metal that can extend deep into the bulk of the crystal. In this way the density wave pinning potential plays a similar role to the edge potential in a two-dimensional electron gas, leading to a large Hall angle and quantization of the Hall resistance. A thermal perturbation that reduces the pinning potential returns the system toward thermal equilibrium, which can only be achieved by current flow orthogonal to the surface. The observation of this new form of pyroelectric effect in the high magnetic field phase (B>30 T) of the organic charge transfer salt α- (BEDT-TTF)2KHg(SCN)4 is conclusive proof of the existence of a three-dimensional chiral metal.

  1. Signatures of granular superconductivity and Josephson effects in macroscopic measurements: the case of new superconductors

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    S Senoussi

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available   We report systematic investigations of the magnetic superconducting properties of the new superconducting materials (NS: New high temperature superconductors (HTS, Organic superconductors (OS, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, MgB2 etc. We show that, contrary to conventional superconductors where the superconducting state can be coherent over several tenths of km, the macroscopic coherence range lc of the NS is often as short as 0.1 to 10 µm typically. As a consequence, the magnetic properties are dominated by granular-like effects as well as Josephson coupling between grains. Here, we concentrate on HTS ceramics and organic superconductors exclusively. In the first case we observe three distinct regimes: (i At very low field (H < 5 Oe to say all the grains are coupled via Josephson effect and lc can be considered as infinite. (2 At intermediate field (5 < H < 50 Oe, typically the grains are gradually decoupled by H and/or T. (iii At higher fields all the grains are decoupled and lc roughly coincides with the diameter of the metallurgical grains. The case of OS is more subtle and is connected with a kind of order-disorder transition that occurs in most of them. For instance, in this study, we exploit quenched disorder (after crossing such a transition in the -(BEDT-TTF2Cu[N(CN2]Br layered organic superconductor to get new insights on both the superconducting state (T £ 11.6 K and the glassy transition at Tg, by studying the superconducting properties as functions of annealing time and annealing temperature around the glassy transition. Our main result is that the data can be described by a percolation molecular cluster model in which the topology and the growth of the molecular clusters obey an Ising spin-glass-like model with Tg ≈ 80 K for the hydrogenated compound and Tg ≈ 55 K for the fully deuterated one.

  2. High-field studies of quantum oscillations in quasi-two-dimensional organic metals

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    Sandhu, Pravindrajit

    The organic metals derived from the molecule BEDT-TTF (or ET for short) are important as model systems for the study of low-dimensional phenomena. These materials are molecular crystals with a low Fermi energy (10--100 meV), high mobility (˜104 cm2/Vs) and highly anisotropic Fermi surfaces. We have conducted experimental studies of ( i) the Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) effect in pulsed fields up to 50 T and (ii) the de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) effect in steady fields up to 33 T on alpha - (ET)2 MHg(SCN) 4 (where M = K, Tl and NH4) and kappa - (ET)2 Cu (NCS)2. At these high fields, the wave shape as well as the temperature and field-dependence of the oscillations deviate from the behavior predicted by the standard Lifshitz-Kosevich theory. These measurements reveal the limits of the conventional theory of metals and lay the ground-work for extending the theory to low-dimensional systems. We have also performed extended Huckel tight-binding calculations to model the effects of pressure and uniaxial stress on the electronic band structure of kappa - (ET)2 KHg (SCN)4 and kappa - (ET)2 Cu (NCS)2. The calculated changes in the Fermi surface topology are in excellent agreement with the experimental values determined from SdH measurements. We also report predictions of the effects of uniaxial stress in the transverse directions and discuss the behavior of the effective mass and magnetic breakdown probability. Finally, we have investigated the origin of anomalous magnetic breakdown frequencies in the dHvA effect that are forbidden according to semi-classical theories. We construct a tight-binding model based on the realistic band-structure of the system, which is then solved numerically to compute the field-dependence of the magnetization. This model provides a natural description for the phenomenon of magnetic breakdown between co-existing closed and open Fermi surfaces and accounts for the anomalous frequencies that are observed experimentally. The occurrence of these

  3. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Foundations of Quantum Mechanics in the Light of New Technology

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    Ishioka, Sachio; Fujikawa, Kazuo

    2009-06-01

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