12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
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Spin-density-wave behaviour of the (Cr100-xAlx)95Mo5 alloy system

Presented by Mr. Blessed MUCHONO on 13 Jul 2011 from 17:00 to 19:00
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: Poster1
Track: Track A - Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science


<p>Previous studies in our laboratory on the (Cr<sub>100-x</sub>Al<sub>x</sub>)<sub>95</sub>Mo<sub>5</sub> alloy system through electrical resistivity and magnetoelastic measurements suggest that spin-density-wave (SDW) antiferromagnetism is fully suppressed down to 4 K in the concentration range 2.0 ≤ x ≤ 5.0 at.% Al. The current interest in quantum criticality in Cr and Cr alloy systems warrants further detailed investigation into this aspect. In this regard we report results of electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient and Sommerfeld electronic specific heat coefficient (obtained from specific heat measurements) for an extended alloy range 0 ≤ x ≤ 8.1 at.% Al. The Seebeck coefficient turns out to be a more sensitive parameter than electrical resistivity in obtaining magnetic phase transition temperatures for this alloy system, particularly for the commensurate (C) SDW phase region x ≥ 5.0 at.% Al. The electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient data depicts total suppression of AFM down to 2 K for 1.5 ≤ x ≤ 5.3 at.% Al. The results of Sommerfeld electronic specific heat coefficient confirms this finding, showing a sharp increase in the incommensurate (I) SDW phase up to x ≈ 1.5 at.% Al, roughly leveling off in the paramagnetic range 2.0 ≤ x ≤ 4.6 at.% Al, followed by a slow decreasing trend in the CSDW phase x ≥ 5.0 at.% Al. From the present study it appears that both points (x ≈ 1.5 at.% Al, T = 0 K) and (x ≈ 5.0 at.% Al, T = 0 K) are possible quantum critical points on the magnetic phase diagram of the (Cr<sub>100-x</sub>Al<sub>x</sub>)<sub>95</sub>Mo<sub>5</sub> alloy system. It is then rather unique to have both ISDW-P and P-CSDW quantum critical points existing in the same alloy system.

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