Title

Phonon-Mediated High-T C Superconductivity in Hole-Doped Diamond-Like Crystalline Hydrocarbon

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Publication Title

Scientific Reports

Volume

7

Issue

1

Abstract

We here predict by ab initio calculations phonon-mediated high-Tc superconductivity in hole-doped diamond-like cubic crystalline hydrocarbon K4-CH (space group I21/3). This material possesses three key properties: (i) an all-sp3 covalent carbon framework that produces high-frequency phonon modes, (ii) a steep-rising electronic density of states near the top of the valence band, and (iii) a Fermi level that lies in the σ-band, allowing for a strong coupling with the C-C bond-stretching modes. The simultaneous presence of these properties generates remarkably high superconducting transition temperatures above 80 K at an experimentally accessible hole doping level of only a few percent. These results identify a new extraordinary electron-phonon superconductor and pave the way for further exploration of this novel superconducting covalent metal. © 2017 The Author(s).

Language

english

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