Electron–phonon interaction and superconductivity in the borocarbide superconductor
Taylor & Francis / European Physical Society
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We have made an ab initio investigation of electron–phonon interaction and superconductivity in the borocarbide super-conductor ScNi 2 B 2 C adopting the body-centred tetragonal LuNi 2 B 2 C-type of layered crystal structure. The calculated electronic structure and density of states suggest that the bonding is a combination of covalent, ionic and metallic in nature and that the Fermi level falls in one of the peaks in the electronic density of states. Our electron–phonon interaction calculations suggest that the mechanism for superconductivity is heavily governed by interactions of electrons with acoustic phonon modes and low-frequency optical phonon modes, which strongly modulate NiB 4 tetrahedral bond angles. By integrating the Eliashberg spectral function, the value of average electron–phonon coupling parameter is found to be 0.93 and the superconducting critical temperature is calculated to be 16.28 K, in excellent agreement with the experimentally reported value of 16.0 K.
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Vol. 97 (29), pp. 2669 - 2688