Albert Gapud (University of South Alabama)
Cs_4 [Pt (C N)_4](C F_3 S O_3)_2 (TCP) is the newest palatinate, quasi-one-dimensional conductors with parallel "chains" of Pt maintained by peripheral materials and with well known properties, especially in the potassium-containing material, KCP. Unlike KCP, however, we are finding properties unique to TCP. First, we discuss technical difficulties in measuring the DC resistivity of this material: Unlike with KCP, the samples of TCP were relatively small and very fragile, their contact surface had an insulating film, and the crystal had a very sensitive pressure dependence, coupled with significant thermal contraction/expansion. These issues were addressed with reasonable success, using proper handling methods, sputtered electrical contacts, and a floating sample mount, as will be discussed. The resulting temperature dependence of resistivity is radically different from KCP, showing an anomalous "peak" at around 150 K.