12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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Magnetic and strong correlation effect in CeT2Al8 (T=Fe,Co)

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

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<p>We present specific heat, electrical resistivity, susceptibility, and thermopower measurements on the two novel intermetallic compounds CeFe<sub>2</sub>Al<sub>8</sub> and CeCo<sub>2</sub>Al<sub>8</sub>. They form in an orthorhombic crystal structure of space group Pbam. In the unit cell representation Ce atom occupies only one lattice site,having Ce-Ce interatomic distance of 4.03Å. Magnetic susceptibility of CeFe<sub>2</sub>Al<sub>8</sub> in the range of 1.9K - 400K yields an effective paramagnetic moment value of 3.89μ<sub>B</sub> together with prevailing antiferromagnetic interaction through Weiss temperature Θ=-745.8K. The overall temperature dependence suggests valence instability in this compound and we model the appearance of broad peak around T=230K in the susceptibility to a T<sup>2</sup>lnT dependence attributed to an intermediate valent state. On the other hand for CeCo<sub>2</sub>Al<sub>8</sub> the local moment state is depicted through an effective moment close to the free Ce<sup>3+</sup> ion value. No long-range magnetic ordering is found in either of the two compounds down to 1.9K. The magnetic contribution of electrical resistivity on CeFe<sub>2</sub>Al<sub>8</sub> and CeCo<sub>2</sub>Al<sub>8</sub> compounds follows –lnT behavior at intermediate temperatures which is typical of incoherent Kondo interactions between conduction electrons and magnetic Ce ions. A Fermi liquid behavior in resistivity measurement is observed in CeFe<sub>2</sub>Al<sub>8</sub> compound towards the ground state,whereas clear deviations from standard Fermi liquid behavior are indicative of strong electronic correlation effects in CeCo<sub>2</sub>Al<sub>8</sub>. At 2K the electronic specific heat of this compound reaches γ =0.106J/mol-K<sup>2</sup>,and exhibits a –lnT divergence towards T→0. We explain this behavior in terms of quantum criticality that stems from low-lying magnetic ordering effects. In studies of the thermoelectric power,a maximum is reached at T=140K(S=24μV/K) and T=30K(S=23μV/K) for CeFe<sub>2</sub>Al<sub>8</sub> and CeCo<sub>2</sub>Al<sub>8</sub> compounds respectively. We propose a description for this behavior in terms of formation of fine structure in the electronic density of states near the Fermi energy(E<sub>F</sub>).

Level (Hons, MSc, PhD, other)?

PhD Physics

Consider for a student award (Yes / No)?

yes

Short Paper

yes

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Room: Asteria


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