Investigation of Planckian behavior in a high-conductivity oxide : PdCrO2
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The layered delafossite metal PdCrO2 is a natural heterostructure ofhighly conductive Pd layers Kondo coupled to localized spins in the adjacentMott insulating CrO2 layers. At high temperatures T it has a T-linearresistivity which is not seen in the isostructural but non-magnetic PdCoO2.The strength of the Kondo coupling is known, as-grown crystals are extremelyhigh purity and the Fermi surface is both very simple and experimentally known.It is therefore an ideal material platform in which to investigate 'Planckianmetal' physics. We do this by means of controlled introduction of pointdisorder, measurement of the thermal conductivity and Lorenz ratio and studyingthe sources of its high temperature entropy. The T-linear resistivity is seento be due mainly to elastic scattering and to arise from a sum of severalscattering mechanisms. Remarkably, this sum leads to a scattering rate within10% of the Planckian value of kBT/ℏ.
Zhakina , E , Daou , R , Maignan , A , McGuinness , P H , König , M , Rosner , H , Kim , S-J , Khim , S , Grasset , R , Konczykowski , M , Tulipman , E , Mendez-Valderrama , J F , Chowdhury , D , Berg , E & Mackenzie , A P 2023 , ' Investigation of Planckian behavior in a high-conductivity oxide : PdCrO 2 ' , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , vol. 120 , no. 36 . https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2307334120
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DescriptionFunding: JFMV and DC are supported by faculty startup grants at Cornell University. ET and EB were supported by the European Research Council (ERC) under grant HQMAT (Grant Agreement No. 817799), the Israel-US Binational Science Foundation (BSF), and the Minerva Foundation.
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