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ABSTRACT: In this review, we present a comprehensive overview of superconductivity in electrondoped metal nitride halides $M$N$X$ ($M$ = Ti, Zr, Hf; $X$ = Cl, Br, I) with layered crystal structure and twodimensional electronic states. The parent compounds are band insulators with no discernible longrange ordered state. Upon doping tiny amount of electrons, superconductivity emerges with several anomalous features beyond the conventional electronphonon mechanism, which stimulate theoretical investigations. We will discuss experimental and theoretical results reported thus far and compare the electrondoped layered nitride superconductors with other superconductors.12/2014;  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We study the Seebeck effect in the $\tau$type organic conductors, $\tau$(EDO$S$,$S$DMEDTTTF)$_{2}$(AuBr$_{2}$)$_{1+y}$ and $\tau$(P$S$,$S$DMEDTTTF)$_{2}$(AuBr$_{2}$)$_{1+y}$, where EDO$S$,$S$DMEDTTTF and P$S$,$S$DMEDTTTF are abbreviated as OOSS and NNSS, respectively, both experimentally and theoretically. Theoretically in particular, we perform firstprinciples band calculation for the two materials and construct a twoorbital model, on the basis of which we calculate the Seebeck coefficient. We show that the calculated temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient $S$ is semiquantitatively consistent with the experimental observation. In both materials, the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient is maximum at a certain temperature, and this temperature is lower for NNSS than for OOSS. From a band structure viewpoint, we find that this can be traced back to the narrowness of the band gap between the upper and the lower puddingmold type bands. On the other hand, the Seebeck coefficient of NNSS in the low temperature regime steeply increases with increasing temperature, which is due to the narrowness of the upper band. These differences in thermoelectric properties demonstrate the effectiveness of controlling the band structure through molecular modification.08/2014;  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We present a theoretical understanding of the superconducting phase diagram of the electrondoped iron pnictides. We show that, besides the Fermi surface nesting, a peculiar motion of electrons, where the next nearest neighbor (diagonal) hoppings between iron sites dominate over the nearest neighbor ones, plays an important role in the enhancement of the spin fluctuation and thus superconductivity. In the highest T_{c} materials, the crossover between the Fermi surface nesting and this "prioritized diagonal motion" regime occurs smoothly with doping, while in relatively low T_{c} materials, the two regimes are separated and therefore results in a double dome T_{c} phase diagram.Physical Review Letters 07/2014; 113(2):027002. · 7.73 Impact Factor  Proceedings of the International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems (SCES2013); 06/2014
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ABSTRACT: We theoretically study the thermoelectric properties of electrondoped FeAs2 and holedoped PtSe2 from a bandstructure point of view using firstprinciples band calculations. The band structure of both materials has a peculiar band shape with a flat portion at the top (bottom) of the band, namely the puddingmoldtype band as found in Nax CoO2. The puddingmoldtype band has a quasionedimensional nature in FeAs2 and a quasitwodimensional nature in PtSe2. We study the origins of the puddingmoldtype band and find that the $ d_{z^2} $ orbital in FeAs2, and not only the p z but also the p x and the p y orbitals in PtSe2 play an important role in making the puddingmoldtype band. We calculate the Seebeck coefficients by the Boltzmann equation approach using a tightbinding model constructed from firstprinciples band calculations, finding values close to experimental observations. The present study shows the general efficiency of the puddingmoldtype band. We suggest that an efficient route towards obtaining good thermoelectric materials is to realize ideal puddingmoldtype bands by modification of lattice structures.Journal of Electronic Materials 06/2014; 43(6). · 1.64 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: By constructing $d_{x^2y^2}d_{z^2}$ twoorbital models from first principles, we have obtained a systematic correlation between the Fermi surface warping and the evaluated $T_c$ for various bilayer as well as singlelayer cuprates. This reveals that smaller mixture of the $d_{z^2}$ orbital component on the Fermi surface leads to both of larger Fermi surface warping and higher $T_c$. The theoretical correlation strikingly resembles a systematic plot for the experimentally observed $T_c$ against the Fermi surface warping due to Pavarini {\it et al.} [Phys. Rev. Lett. {\bf 87}, 047003 (2001)], and the present result unambiguously indicates that the $d_{z^2}$ mixture is a key factor that determines $T_c$ in the cuprates.03/2014; 
Article: Soft xray photoemission study of new BiS$_{2}$layered superconductor LaO$_{1x}$F$_{x}$BiS$_{2}$
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ABSTRACT: We use core level and valence band soft xray photoemission spectroscopy (SXPES) to investigate electronic structure of new BiS$_{2}$ layered superconductor LaO$_{1x}$F$_{x}$BiS$_{2}$. Core level spectra of doped samples show a new spectral feature at the lower binding energy side of the Bi 4${f}$ main peak, which may be explained by corehole screening with metallic states near the Fermi level ($E_{\rm F}$). Experimental electronic structure and its ${x}$ dependence (higher binding energy shift of the valence band as well as appearance of new states near $E_{\rm F}$ having dominant Bi 6${p}$ character) were found to be consistent with the predictions of band structure calculations in general. Noticeable deviation of the spectral shape of the states near $E_{\rm F}$ from that of calculations might give insight into the interesting physical properties. These results provide first experimental electronic structure of the new BiS$_{2}$ layered superconductors.01/2014;  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We perform first principles band calculation of electron doped ironbased superconductors adopting the virtual crystal approximation. We find that when electrons are doped by element substitution in the blocking layer, the band structure near the Fermi level is affected due to the increase of the positive charge in the layer. On the other hand, when Fe in the conducting layer is substituted by Co, the band structure is barely affected. This difference should be a key factor in understanding the phase diagram of the heavily doped electron doped systems LnFeAsO1xHx.Physics Procedia. 01/2014; 58:38–41.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Application of physical pressure on the cuprate superconductors often results in an enhancement of Tc. Motivated by this fact, we study the chemical pressure effect on the singlelayered La2CuO4 and HgBa2CuO4 starting from the twoorbital Hubbard model deduced from a firstprinciples calculation. It is shown that the chemical pressure effects induced by Lasite substitution in La2CuO4 or Hgsite substitution in HgBa2CuO4 are not expected to be effective for raising Tc.Physics Procedia. 01/2014; 58:34–37.  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Ever since the discovery of high $T_c$ iron pnictide superconductors, there has been interest in the origin of the spin fluctuation, which is likely to be the Cooper pairing glue. The presence of disconnected electron and hole Fermi surfaces having similar shapes and sizes in the lightly carrier doped systems naturally suggests that the Fermi surface nesting is its origin. However, recent experiments on \textit{Ln}FeAsO$_{1x}$H$_{x}$ (\textit{Ln}= La, Ce, Sm, Gd), where $T_c$ exceeds 50K in the largely electron doped regime with degraded nesting, have brought about a renewed interest on the spin fluctuation origin. In the present study, we show that the spin fluctuation there is enhanced by a peculiar motion of electrons due to the tetrahedral coordination of pnictogens ; the next nearest neighbor (diagonal) hoppings between iron sites dominate over the nearest neighbor ones. We argue that this "prioritized" diagonal motion of electrons plays a key role in the occurrence of the high $T_c$.Physical Review Letters 11/2013; 113(2). · 7.73 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We present an ab initio GW calculation to study dynamical effects on an organic compound (TMTSF)_{2}PF_{6}. Calculated polarized reflectivities reproduce experimental plasma edges at around 0.2 eV for E∥b^{′} and 1.0 eV for E∥a. The lowenergy plasmons come out from the lowenergy narrow bands energetically isolated from other higherenergy bands, and affect the lowenergy electronic structure via the GWtype selfenergy. Because of the quasionedimensional band structure, a distinct plasmaron state is observed along the YΓ line and a large plasmoninduced electron scattering is found in the lowenergy occupied states along the XM line.Physical Review B 09/2013; 88(12). · 3.66 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: A potential thermoelectric material CuAlO2 is theoretically studied. We first construct a model Hamiltonian of CuAlO2 based on the first principles band calculation, and calculate the Seebeck coefficient. Then, we compare the model with that of a wellknown thermoelectric material NaxCoO2, and discuss the similarities and the differences. It is found that the two materials are similar from an electronic structure viewpoint in that they have a peculiar puddingmold type band shape, which is advantageous for thermoelectric materials. There are, however, some differences, and we analyze the origin of the difference from a microscopic viewpoint. The band shape (a very flat band top but with an overall wide bandwidth) of CuAlO2 is found to be even more ideal than that of NaxCoO2, and we predict that once a significant amount of holes is doped in CuAlO2, thermoelectric properties (especially the power factor) even better than those of NaxCoO2 can be expected.Physical review. B, Condensed matter 08/2013; 88(7). · 3.77 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We investigate the thermoelectric properties of the electrondoped FeAs2 both experimentally and theoretically. Electrons are doped by partially substituting Se for As, which leads to a metallic behavior in the resistivity. A Seebeck coefficient of about −200 μV/K is reached at 300 K for 1% doping, and about −120 μV/K even at 5% doping. The origin of this large Seebeck coefficient, despite the metallic conductivity, is analyzed from a band structure point of view. The firstprinciples band calculation reveals the presence of a puddingmoldtype band just above the band gap, somewhat similar to NaxCoO2, but with a quasionedimensional nature. We calculate the Seebeck coefficient using a tightbinding model that correctly reproduces this band structure, and this gives results roughly in agreement with the experiments. Moreover, a consideration of electron correlations beyond the generalized gradient approximation by the fluctuation exchange method gives even better agreement. The origin of this peculiar band shape is also discussed. Combined with previous studies, we now have good thermoelectric materials with quasione, two, and threedimensional band structures that have partially flat portions. The present study reinforces the general efficiency of this peculiar band shape in thermoelectric materials.Physical review. B, Condensed matter 08/2013; 88(7). · 3.77 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Motivated by a recent observation of good thermoelectric properties in %a %pyrite material PtSb$_2$, we theoretically study related pyrites %materials in an attempt to %find a %better thermoelectric material. %Our aim is to seek for a material which overcomes the suppression of the Seebeck coefficient at high temperatures.% in PtSb$_2$. We find that PtAs$_2$ and PtP$_2$ are good candidates, where a larger band gap than in PtSb$_2$ combined with the overall flatness of the band top gives rise to a monotonically increasing Seebeck coefficient up to high temperatures. This expectation has been confirmed quite recently for hole doped PtAs$_2$, where a very large power factor of $\sim$ 65$\mu$W/cmK$^2$ at T=440 K is observed.08/2013; 
Article: Switching of intraorbital spin excitations in electrondoped iron pnictide superconductors
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ABSTRACT: We investigate the doping dependence of the magnetic excitations in twosuperconductingdomesystem LaFeAsO1xDx. Using inelastic neutron scattering, spin fluctuations at different wavenumbers were observed under both superconducting domes around x = 0.1 and 0.4, but vanished at x = 0.2 corresponding to the Tc valley. Theoretical calculations indicate that the characteristic doping dependence of spin fluctuations is rationally explained as a consequence of the switching of the two intraorbital nestings within Fe3dYZ, ZX and 3dX2Y2 by electron doping. The present results imply that the multiorbital nature plays an important role in the doping and / or material dependence of the Tc of the iron pnictide superconductors.Physical Review B 07/2013; 88(6). · 3.66 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Recently, a very rich phase diagram has been obtained for an ironbased superconductor Ca4Al2O6Fe2(As1−xPx)2. It has been revealed that nodeless (x∼0) and nodal (x=1) superconductivity are separated by an antiferromagnetic phase. Here we study the origin of this peculiar phase diagram using a five orbital model constructed from firstprinciples band calculation, and applying the fluctuation exchange approximation assuming spinfluctuationmediated pairing. At x=1, there are three hole Fermi surfaces, but the most inner one around the wave vector (0,0) has strong dX2−Y2 orbital character, unlike in LaFeAsO, where the most inner Fermi surface has dXZ/YZ character. Since the Fermi surfaces around (0,0), (π,0), and (π,π) all have dX2−Y2 orbital character, the repulsive pairing interaction mediated by the spin fluctuations gives rise to a frustration in momentum space, thereby degrading superconductivity despite the bond angle being close to the regular tetrahedron angle. As x decreases and the bond angle is reduced, the inner hole Fermi surface disappears, but the frustration effect still remains because the top of the band with dX2−Y2 character lies close to the Fermi level. On the other hand, the loss of the Fermi surface itself gives rise to a very good nesting of the Fermi surface because the number of electron and hole Fermi surfaces are now the same. The pairing interaction frustration and the good nesting combined favors antiferromagnetism over superconductivity. Finally for x close to 0, the band sinks far below the Fermi level, reducing the frustration effect, so that superconductivity is enhanced. There, the Fermi surface nesting is also lost to some extent, once again favoring superconductivity over antiferromagnetism. To see whether the present theoretical scenario is consistent with the actual nature of the competition between superconductivity and antiferromagnetism, we also perform hydrostatic pressure experiment for Ca4Al2O6Fe2(As1−xPx)2. In the intermediate x regime where antiferromagnetism occurs at ambient pressure, applying hydrostatic pressure smears out the antiferromagnetic transition, but superconductivity does not take place. This supports our scenario that superconductivity is suppressed by the momentum space frustration in the intermediate x regime, apart from the presence of the antiferromangnetism.Physical review. B, Condensed matter 05/2013; 87(17). · 3.77 Impact Factor 
Article: Twoorbital view on the origin of the material dependence of Tc in the singlelayer cuprates
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ABSTRACT: Using the dx2y2+dz2 two orbital model of the high Tc cuprates obtained from the firstprinciple calculation, we show that the material dependence of the Fermi surface shape can be understood by the degree of the mixture between the dx2y2$ and the dz2 orbitals. We explain, through investigating the tightbinding hopping integrals, why some cuprates have square shaped Fermi surface, while others have more rounded ones. From this viewpoint, we explain the experimentally observed correlation between the curvature of the Fermi surface and Tc.Journal of Physics Conference Series 05/2013; 400(2). 
Article: Robust spin fluctuations and $s\pm$ pairing in the heavily electron doped ironbased superconductors
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ABSTRACT: We theoretically study the spin fluctuation and superconductivity in La1111 and Sm1111 ironbased superconductors for a wide range of electron doping. When we take into account the band structure variation by electron doping, the hole Fermi surface originating from the $d_{X^2Y^2}$ orbital turns out to be robust against electron doping, and this gives rise to large spin fluctuations and consequently $s\pm$ pairing even in the heavily doped regime. The stable hole Fermi surface is larger for Sm1111 than for La1111, which can be considered as the origin of the apparent difference in the phase diagram.Journal of the Physical Society of Japan 04/2013; 82:083702. · 2.09 Impact Factor  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: To show an optimization method of element substitution for cuprate superconductors, we investigate Fermi surface shape of TlR2A2Cu3O9 with R=La, Y, and A=Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs. We adopt the generalized gradient approximation in the densityfunctional theory (DFTGGA) for the study of overdoped phases of these unknown cuprates. The electronic structures of crystals optimized by DFTGGA show systematic element dependence in a Fermi surface shape controlling parameter, r, of Cu dx2y2 bands, where nearly absent dz2 component at the Fermi level and smaller r keeping t1 suggest enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature within the spinfluctuation mechanism. For TlYRb2Cu3O9, smaller r by a reduction factor larger than 10% compared to a reference system of TlBa2Ca2Cu3O9 (TBCCO) appears in the outer CuO2 plane, but with 12 % reduction in t1. For TlR2Li2Cu3O9, (R=Y, La), smaller r by a factor larger than 1% appears keeping t1 as large as TBCCO in the inner plane. Our method may be used to predict an optimized material structure referencing known cuprate superconductors.04/2013;  [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: In order to explore why the multilayered cuprates have such high Tc's, we have examined various interlayer processes. Since the interlayer oneelectron hopping has little effects on the band structure, we turn to the interlayer pair hopping. The superconductivity in a doublelayer Hubbard model with and without the interlayer pair hopping, as studied by solving the Eliashberg equation with the fluctuation exchange approximation, reveals that the interlayer pair hopping acts to increase the pairing interaction and the selfenergy simultaneously, but that the former effect supersedes the latter and enhances the superconductivity. The interlayer pair hopping considered here is for offsite pairs, for which we discuss the effect of retaining SU(2) symmetry, along with how the the sign of the pair hopping determines the relative configuration of dwaves between the adjacent layers.Physical review. B, Condensed matter 12/2012; 88(1). · 3.77 Impact Factor
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2012–2014

Osaka University
 Department of Physics
Suika, Ōsaka, Japan


2001–2012

The University of ElectroCommunications
 • Department of Engineering Science
 • Department of Applied Physics and Chemistry
Edo, Tōkyō, Japan


2009–2011

Osaka ElectroCommunication University
Edo, Tōkyō, Japan


2007

RIKEN
Вако, Saitama, Japan


2006

Hokkaido University
 Division of Applied Physics
Sapporoshi, Hokkaido, Japan


1990–2004

The University of Tokyo
 Department of Physics
Tokyo, Tokyoto, Japan


2003

Nagoya University
 Department of Quantum Engineering
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan 
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
