Uranium ditelluride
IUPAC name
Other names
Uranium(IV) ditelluride; Uranium telluride
3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 235-249-6
  • InChI=1S/2Te.U
  • [Te]=[U]=[Te]
Molar mass 493.2 g/mol
Related compounds
Other anions
Uranium disulfide
Uranium diselenide
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

Uranium ditelluride is an inorganic compound with the formula UTe2. It was discovered to be an unconventional superconductor in 2018.[1]


Superconductivity in UTe2 appears to be a consequence of triplet electrons spin-pairing.[2] The material acts as a topological superconductor, stably conducting electricity without resistance even in high magnetic fields.[1] It has superconducting transition temperature at Tc= 2K.[3]

Charge density waves (CDW)[4] and pair density waves (PDW)[5][6][7] have been described in UTe2, with the latest case being the first time it has been described in a p-wave superconductor.

See also


  1. ^ a b Seokjin Bae; Hyunsoo Kim; Yun Suk Eo; Sheng Ran; I-lin Liu; Fuhrman, Wesley T.; Paglione, Johnpierre; Butch, Nicholas P.; Anlage, Steven M. (2021). "Anomalous normal fluid response in a chiral superconductor UTe2". Nature Communications. 12 (1): 2644. Bibcode:2021NatCo..12.2644B. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22906-6. PMC 8113495. PMID 33976162.
  2. ^ Sheng Ran; I-Lin Liu; Yun Suk Eo; Campbell, Daniel J.; Neves, Paul M.; Fuhrman, Wesley T.; Saha, Shanta R.; Eckberg, Christopher; Hyunsoo Kim; Graf, David; Balakirev, Fedor; Singleton, John; Paglione, Johnpierre; Butch, Nicholas P. (2019). "Extreme magnetic field-boosted superconductivity". Nature Physics. 15 (12): 1250–1254. arXiv:1905.04343. Bibcode:2019NatPh..15.1250R. doi:10.1038/s41567-019-0670-x. PMC 8201648. PMID 34131432.
  3. ^ Rosa, Priscila F. S.; Weiland, Ashley; Fender, Shannon S.; Scott, Brian L.; Ronning, Filip; Thompson, Joe D.; Bauer, Eric D.; Thomas, Sean M. (2022-05-23). "Single thermodynamic transition at 2 K in superconducting UTe2 single crystals". Communications Materials. 3 (1): 33. arXiv:2110.06200. Bibcode:2022CoMat...3...33R. doi:10.1038/s43246-022-00254-2. ISSN 2662-4443. S2CID 248970170.
  4. ^ Aishwarya, Anuva; May-Mann, Julian; Raghavan, Arjun; Nie, Laimei; Romanelli, Marisa; Ran, Sheng; Saha, Shanta R.; Paglione, Johnpierre; Butch, Nicholas P.; Fradkin, Eduardo; Madhavan, Vidya (June 2023). "Magnetic-field-sensitive charge density waves in the superconductor UTe2". Nature. 618 (7967): 928–933. arXiv:2207.09491. Bibcode:2023Natur.618..928A. doi:10.1038/s41586-023-06005-8. ISSN 1476-4687. PMID 37380690. S2CID 250698906.
  5. ^ Gu, Qiangqiang; Carroll, Joseph P.; Wang, Shuqiu; Ran, Sheng; Broyles, Christopher; Siddiquee, Hasan; Butch, Nicholas P.; Saha, Shanta R.; Paglione, Johnpierre; Davis, J. C. Séamus; Liu, Xiaolong (June 2023). "Detection of a pair density wave state in UTe2". Nature. 618 (7967): 921–927. arXiv:2209.10859. Bibcode:2023Natur.618..921G. doi:10.1038/s41586-023-05919-7. ISSN 1476-4687. PMC 10307636. PMID 37380691.
  6. ^ "Breakthrough identifies new state of topological quantum matter | Cornell Chronicle". news.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2023-08-04.
  7. ^ "Topological superconductor harbours unusual crystalline state". Physics World. 2023-08-03. Retrieved 2023-08-03.