Phys. Rev. B 54, 454-461 (1996)

[Issue 1 - July 1996 ]

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ac susceptibility of Rb3C60 fine powder

A. M. Neminsky, D. V. Shovkun, and O. T. Vyaselev
Institute of Solid State Physics, 142432 Chernogolovka, Moscow District, Russia
Received 18 January 1996

The temperature dependence of ac susceptibility chi (T) has been measured at different values of dc magnetic field for Rb3C60 fine powder. The diamagnetic moment of the superconducting powder arises due to both screening currents in separate grains (intragrain contribution) and screening currents in clusters formed by several grains with Josephson junctions between them (intergrain contribution). The intergrain contribution of clusters is proportional to the critical current of the Josephson junctions, jc, and decreases rapidly in a dc magnetic field H, while the intragrain contribution remains unchanged up to much higher values of H. The chi (T) measurements at different dc magnetic fields allow us to distinguish between these two contributions and to obtain precisely the temperature dependence of the London penetration depth lambda (T). We have found that the experimentally obtained lambda (T) is perfectly described by the weak coupling BCS dependence in the dirty limit.

PACS: 74.25.Ha, 74.70.Wz