Investigation of Possible Superconductivity in Titanium Borides


Interest in the titanium boride system stems from a patent disclosure by Vahldiek in 1982. In that disclosure TiBx(x=1.6) crystals were subjected to pressures of 300,000 psi and found to have vanishingly low resistivities at room temperature. In this study we processed TiBx crystals by a variety of techniques and pressurized the samples up to 350,000 psi. No high temperature superconductivity was observed.

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    F. W. Vahldiek U.S. Patent # 4,349,636; Method for Increasing the Ductility and Conductivity of Refractory Crystals; 1982.

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Ahern, B.S., Bachowski, S. & Horrigan, J. Investigation of Possible Superconductivity in Titanium Borides. MRS Online Proceedings Library 169, 1113–1114 (1989).

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