Multilayered Au-Si thin films have been deposited with the net compositions Au1-xSix, x=0.29, 0.5, and 0.8. After ion-beam mixing these films exhibited superconductivity in the 0.31.2 K range despite the nonsuperconducting character of both Au and Si. Near-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements on the Au L3 edge in these films indicate that metastable Au-Si compound formation occurs in these ion-mixed materials. Specifically, the XAS measurements indicate changes in Au 5d-orbital occupancy and changes in the local Au structural environment which are both consistent with local compound formation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics