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The electrical resistivity of monocrystalline TiSi2, TaSi2, MoSi2, and WSi2 has been measured from 4.2 to 1100 K. These disilicides are metallic, yet there is a remarkable difference in the temperature dependence of their intrinsic resistivities. TiSi2 and TaSi2 are found to exhibit a T5 dependence in the temperature range of 13〈T〈30 K and 15〈T〈28 K, respectively, while MoSi2 and WSi2 show a T3.8 dependence from 15 to 40 K. For TiSi2, along the three crystallographic directions 〈100〉, 〈010〉, and 〈001〉, the phonon contribution to the resistivity was found to be linear in temperature above 300 K. The same behavior was observed for TaSi2 along the 〈0001〉 axis, while a negative deviation from the linearity followed by a quasisaturation was observed with the current, parallel to the 〈101¯0〉 axis. The resistivity data of WSi2 and MoSi2 with the current parallel to 〈001〉 and 〈110〉 crystallographic directions showed a positive deviation from linearity. The data are fitted to several theoretical expressions at low temperatures and in the full range of temperatures. The results are discussed in light of these theories.
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