Far-Infrared Absorption in a Lead-Thallium Superconducting Alloy
by D. M. Ginsberg, J. D. Leslie
Preliminary measurements have been made of the absorption of far-infrared radiation in the surface of a bulk superconducting alloy composed of lead with 10.0 atomic percent thallium at 1.4K. The results indicate that the gap edge is quite distinct, in contrast to previous results of Richards and Tinkham on other alloys. The sharpness of the gap edge is thought to be characteristic of alloys which are homogeneous and have no trapped magnetic flux. Alloying narrows the observed gap width by about the same ratio as the critical temperature, and by an amount which is much smaller than that predicted by Suhl and Matthias from a simplified model. The subsidiary absorption maximum below the gap edge, which has been seen previously in pure lead, is also present in the alloy. This lends support to other evidence that it is not due to crystalline anisotropy.