Effects of radiation damage on the charge density wave transitions in NbSe3

W. W. Fuller, P. M. Chaikin, N. P. Ong

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    We have measured the electrical resistivity of NbSe3 samples which have been radiation damaged with 2.5 MeV protons up to a defect concentration of 0.5%. We find that, unlike substitutional impurities, the defects do not destroy the charge density wave (CDW) transitions and the samples do not go superconducting. The defects become more effective scatterers below the CDW transitions so that the defect resistivity is temperature dependent. The defects pin the CDWs randomly so that carriers in the unnested regions can be scattered by the CDW. This leads to an enhancement of the defect resistivity. The resistivity of the highly damaged samples is still increasing with decreasing temperatures to below 1 K.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)547-551
    Number of pages5
    JournalSolid State Communications
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jul 1981

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Chemistry
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Materials Chemistry


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