We have measured the resistivity, optical conductivity, and magnetic susceptibility of LaSb2 to search for clues as to the cause of the extraordinarily large linear magnetoresistance and to explore the properties of the superconducting state. We find no evidence in the optical conductivity for the formation of a charge density wave state above 20 K despite the highly layered crystal structure. In addition, only small changes to the optical reflectivity with magnetic field are observed indicating that the MR is due to scattering rate, not charge density, variations with field. Although a superconducting ground state was previously reported below a critical temperature of 0.4 K, we observe, at ambient pressure, a fragile superconducting transition with an onset at 2.5 K. In crystalline samples, we find a high degree of variability with a minority of samples displaying a full Meissner fraction below 0.2 K and fluctuations apparent up to 2.5 K. The application of pressure stabilizes the superconducting transition and reduces the anisotropy of the superconducting phase. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.
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Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Ditusa, J., Guritanu, V., Guo, S., Young, D., Adams, P., Goodrich, R., Chan, J., & Marel, D. (2011). Optical conductivity and superconductivity in LaSb2. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 273 (1) https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/273/1/012151