Low-temperature electrical resistivity of praseodymium at pressures up to 120 GPa

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  • Under ambient conditions, praseodymium metal possesses a localized 4f2-electron configuration. Near 20 GPa, the lattice volume collapses by ~10% into the α-uranium crystal structure, and the electrical resistivity drops dramatically. This behavior is similar to that observed in cerium metal and has been taken as evidence for 4f delocalization, although the precise nature of such volume collapse transitions in rare-earth metals is still a matter of debate. Since cerium metal develops superconductivity in the collapsed phase, we undertook a search for superconductivity in praseodymium metal at high pressure. Using designer diamond anvils, we measured the electrical resistivity of high purity praseodymium metal to pressures above 1 Mbar and millikelvin temperatures. No evidence for superconductivity was found in any of the measurements. The lack of superconductivity may derive from magnetic pair-breaking effects related to incomplete screening/delocalization of the 4f-electron state. © 2011 American Physical Society.
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  • Hamlin JJ; Jeffries JR; Samudrala G; Vohra YK; Weir ST; Zocco DA; Maple MB
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  • 84
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  • 3