Optical properties of RNi2B2C (R = Y, Lu, Ho, Er) intermetallic borocarbide superconductors

Mi Ock Mun, Young Jin Kim, Young Keun Yoon, Hanhee Paik, Jae Hoon Kim, Sung Ik Lee, B. K. Cho

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We have studied the optical properties of single crystals of RNi2B2C (R = Y, Lu, Er, Ho) intermetallic superconductors over a wide range of energies from 50 cm-1 to 100000 cm-1 (6 meV to 12.4 eV) at room temperature by performing normal-incidence reflectivity measurements. The optical spectral functions of the four compounds show similar properties irrespective of the type of rare-earth ion or its magnetic moment. The optical conductivity of YNi2B2C at room temperature is reasonably well described by the simple Drude model for the electronic contribution and by six Lorentzian peaks representing interband transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-408
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Korean Physical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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