Superconductivity at 14 K in SmFe 0.9Co 0.1AsO

V. P.S. Awana, Arpita Vajpayee, Anand Pal, Monika Mudgel, R. S. Meena, H. Kishan

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We report superconductivity in the SmFe 0.9Co 0.1AsO system being prepared by most easy and versatile single-step solid-state reaction route. The parent compound SmFeAsO is non-superconducting but shows the spin density wave (SDW) like antiferromagnetic ordering at around 140 K. To destroy the antiferromagnetic ordering and to induce the superconductivity in the parent system, the Fe 2+ is partially substituted by Co 3+. Superconductivity appears in SmFe 0.9Co 0.1AsO system at around 14 K. The Co doping suppresses the SDW anomaly in the parent compound and induces the superconductivity. Magnetization measurements show clearly the onset of superconductivity with T c dia at 14 K. The isothermal magnetization measurements exhibit the lower critical fields (H c1) to be around 200 Oe at 2 K. The bulk superconductivity of the studied SmFe 0.9Co 0.1AsO sample is further established by open diamagnetic M(H) loops at 2 and 5 K. Normal-state (above T c) linear isothermal magnetization M(H) plots excluded the presence of any ordered magnetic impurity in the studied compound.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-626
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 10-2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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