Elastic stiffness and ultrasonic attenuation of superconductor MgB2 at low temperatures

T. Ichitsubo, H. Ogi, S. Nishimura, T. Seto, M. Hirao, H. Inui

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Temperature dependencies of elastic constants and ultrasonic attenuation of a polycrystalline MgB2 showing high-Tc superconductivity are reported. An electromagnetic acoustic resonance method detected the specimen's resonance frequencies, from which we derived the elastic constants for nonporous MgB2 using micromechanics calculation. The bulk and shear moduli extrapolated to 0 K are determined to be 96.6 GPa and 74.2 GPa, respectively, which gives the Debye temperature ΘD=819 K and the coupling constant λ≈0.76-0.89 with McMillan formula. In the temperature behavior of ultrasonic attenuation, two anomalous peaks are observed near 30 K.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052514
Pages (from-to)525141-525144
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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