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    October 5, 2022 at 10:26 am #1097

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2110.13528
    Authors: Lots (mainly from China academy of Sciences)
    Date Published: 2022

    Summary: Recently, transition-metal-based kagome metals have aroused much research interest as a novel platform to explore exotic topological quantum phenomena. Here we report on the synthesis, structure, and physical properties of a bilayer kagome lattice compound V3Sb2. The polycrystalline V3Sb2 samples were synthesized by conventional solid-state-reaction method in a sealed quartz tube at temperatures below 850 °C. Measurements of magnetic susceptibility and resistivity revealed consistently a density-wave-like transition at Tdw ≈ 160 K with a large thermal hysteresis, even though some sample-dependent behaviors were observed presumably due to the different preparation conditions. Upon cooling through Tdw, no strong anomaly in lattice parameters and no indication of symmetry lowering were detected in powder x-ray diffraction measurements. This transition can be suppressed completely by applying hydrostatic pressures of about 1.8 GPa, around which no sign of superconductivity was observed down to 1.5 K. Specific-heat measurements revealed a relatively large Sommerfeld coefficient γ = 18.5 mJ⋅mol–1⋅K–2, confirming the metallic ground state with moderate electronic correlations. Density functional theory calculations indicate that V3Sb2 shows a non-trivial topological crystalline property. Thus, our study makes V3Sb2 a new candidate of metallic kagome compound to study the interplay between density-wave-order, nontrivial band topology, and possible superconductivity.

    Notes (Why is this paper relevant, Do you disagree with any of the arguments being made, Do you like any particular figure)

    This article is relevant to both Jiaze’s and my projects since it is a V-Sb Kagome structure that varies its physical properties base on sample preparation. I think for my project, specifically, Figure 4 is quite reminiscent of my Au2BiP2 transport data. The authors similarly don’t see any obvious structural distortion in lab X-ray equipment or heat capacity, despite the resistivity feature seen.