Formation of single-phase disordered CsxFe2-ySe2 at high pressure

15 Jun 2018  ·  Svitlyk V., Pomjakushina E., Krzton-Maziopa A., Conder K., Mezouar M. ·

A single-phase high pressure (HP) modification of CsxFe2-ySe2 was synthesized at 11.8 GPa at ambient temperature. Structurally this polymorph is similar to the minor low pressure (LP) superconducting phase, namely they both crystallize in a ThCr2Si2-type structure without ordering of the Fe vacancies within the Fe-deficient FeSe4 layers... The HP CsxFe2-ySe2 polymorph is found to be less crystalline and nearly twice as soft compared to the parent major and minor phases of CsxFe2-ySe2. It can be quenched to low pressures and is stable at least on the scale of weeks. At ambient pressure the HP polymorph of CsxFe2-ySe2 is expected to exhibit different superconducting properties compared to its LP minor phase (Tc = 27 K). read more

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