Pressure-induced insulator-to-metal transition and superconductivity in iodanil, C6I4O2

Citation
I. Shirotani et al., Pressure-induced insulator-to-metal transition and superconductivity in iodanil, C6I4O2, PHYSICA B, 304(1-4), 2001, pp. 6-11
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Apllied Physucs/Condensed Matter/Materiales Science
Journal title
PHYSICA B
ISSN journal
0921-4526 → ACNP
Volume
304
Issue
1-4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
6 - 11
Database
ISI
SICI code
0921-4526(200109)304:1-4<6:PITASI>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
Electrical properties of iodanil (C6I4O2) have been studied at low temperat ures and at very high pressures. An insulator-to-metal transition in this c ompound is found at about 30 GPa. Further. iodanil shows superconductivity at about 2 K above 52 GPa. The magnetic field dependence of the transition temperature was measured at low temperatures under 78 GPa. The superconduct ivity of iodanil is suppressed by an applied magnetic field. This is the fi rst observation of superconductivity in simple organic molecular crystals. The electronic spectra of a thin film of iodanil were measured up to 30 GPa at room temperature. The absorption intensity in the near infrared region increases markedly with increasing pressure above 16 GPa. This optical beha vior is closely related to the insulator-metal transition at about 30 GPa. The insulator-metal transition and the superconductivity of iodanil at very high pressures are discussed. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights re served.