Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2013

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Paul C. Canfield

Abstract

This thesis summarizes experimental work using high pressure for materials synthesis and also as a tuning parameter in the study of selected correlated electron systems at low temperatures. Details of materials growth at high pressure and high temperature are given as well as the details of the assembly and use of the high pressure modified Bridgman anvil cell (mBAC) for resistivity measurements. The mBAC was used to tune the various ground states of several correlated electron systems: the metal-to-insulator transition in V6O11, the spin density wave antiferromagnetism in V7O13 as well as members of Ba(Fe1-xRux)2As2, the superconductivity of members of Ba(Fe1-xRux)2As2, and the heavy fermion states of YbFe2Zn20.

Copyright Owner

Stella Kim

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

218 pages

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