Heat capacity of nichel sulfide and its semimetal-metal transition
Citation:J M D Coey and R Brusetti 'Heat capacity of nichel sulfide and its semimetal-metal transition' in Physical Review B, 11, (2), 1974, pp 671-677
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Heat-capacity measurements have been made from 5 to 330 K on NiS which shows a nonmetal-metal transition at 265 K, and on Ni0.95S which is metallic at all temperatures. The low-temperature data yield electronic specific-heat coefficients of 0.9 0.2 and 6.2 0.4 mJ/mole K2 and characteristic temperatures of 373 and 336 K, respectively. We deduce that NiS is a semimetal, not a semiconductor, at low temperatures. Of the entropy of transition, 5.32 J/mole K, 25% is electronic and 75% is due to the lattice. Any magnetic contribution is small compared to Rln(2S+1). The entropy of transition is proportional to the transition temperature Tt for a series of samples with 105<315 K. A strong electron-phonon interaction is indicated. Structure in the specific-heat anomaly of tiny crystals (1mg) is ascribed to the presence of domains of dimensions 100 m with slightly different stoichiometries.
Author: COEY, JOHN MICHAEL DAVID
Publisher:American Physical Society
Series/Report no:Physical Review B
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