Electron tunneling spectroscopy of superconducting A15 V-Ga alloy films

S. J. Bending, M. R. Beasley, E. L. Wolf

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The results of a tunneling study of the high-Tc, A15 superconductor V3Ga are presented. The superconducting electron-phonon interaction spectral function ±2F() is obtained for a set of samples with compositions spanning stoichiometry. These results are of particular interest since V3Ga is unusual among the high-Tc, A15 superconductors in that single-phase material can be formed on either side of stoichiometry. The results demonstrate that increased weight of ±2F() (or so-called mode softening) occurs at low energies as stoichiometry is approached either from above or below. Concomitantly log is found to show a minimum at stoichiometry. Interestingly, although Tc is a symmetric function of composition around stoichiometry, log is asymmetric. Hence, some other factor beyond mode softening is playing a significant factor in the systematics of the high Tcs exhibited by this superconductor as a function of composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-119
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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