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Toward bulk infinite layer nickelate superconductivity

In a study published in Physical Review Materials Editor’s Suggestion, researchers found bulk infinite layer nickelate to be semiconducting and nonmagnetic.

Scientific Achievement

We synthesized bulk Sr-doped Nd1-xSrxNiO2 (x=0,0.1,0.2) infinite layer nickelates,  finding them to be semiconducting and nonmagnetic, thus challenging current theoretical understanding.

Significance and Impact

Synthesis of Ni1+-containing phases is challenging; our approach yields reproducible materials, offering a means to understanding differences between superconducting films and non-superconducting bulk materials.

Research Details

  • Highly crystalline Nd1-xSrxNiO3 precursors made by soft-chemistry and high-pressure O2 annealing are necessary to achieve high-quality infinite layer phases.
  • Electron transport measurements show no sign of superconductivity while neutron diffraction shows no evidence for long-range magnetic ordering.


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This research used resources of the Advanced Photon Source, a U.S. DOE Office of Science User Facility operated for the DOE Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

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