The transition from intermediate valence (IV) behaviour in CeNi2Si2 to magnetically ordered Kondo lattice behaviour in CeAu2Si2 is investigated through measurements of X-ray diffraction (XRD), electrical resistivity &rho(T), magnetization &sigma(µ0H) and magnetic susceptibility &chi(T) on the polycrystalline Ce(Au1-xNix)2Si2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) alloy series. Lattice parameters as derived from XRD measurements deviate from Vegard’s rule around x = 0.6 – 0.8. &rho(T) data indicate Kondo lattice behavior in the presence of a crystal field for x ≤ 0.6, the occurrence of magnetic ordering for x = 0 and fluctuating valency for x ≥ 0.8. &chi(T) data at high temperatures, follow the Curie-Weiss relation for alloys in the concentration 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6 (Kondo lattice region) and give effective magnetic moment values µeff close to that expected for the free Ce3+-ion. The low temperature &chi(T) data indicate the onset of antiferromagnetic ordering for x ≤ 0.78. For alloys in the concentration range 0.8 ≤ x ≤ 1 (IV region), &chi(T) data are described within the framework of the paramagnon model. &sigma(µ0H) measurements indicate metamagnetic behavior for alloys in the concentration range 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1.
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