We report structure, electrical resistivity and thermopower of polycrystalline SmFe1-x CoxAsO samples for 0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3. The XRD data revealed full Co substitution at Fe-site with slight compression of the unit cell. Resistivity data showed that the spin-density wave observed at 130 K for x = 0 is suppressed when x = 0.05, above which superconductivity emerges due to injection of mobile electrons, supporting the substitution of Co3+ at Fe2+ site but disappears for x = 0.3. The thermopower (S) data indicate that the majority of charge carriers is electron-like and its value reaches -81 μV/K (at 300 K) for x = 0.3. Noticeable deviations from the expected linear behavior in S(T) at low temperatures and S/T against temperature curves at intermediate temperatures were observed. These observations were interpreted on the basis of nested Fermi surface and Umklapp processes.
|Publication status||Published - 12-2012|
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