Contiguous 3d and 4f magnetism: Strongly correlated 3d electrons in YbFe2Al10

P. Khuntia, P. Peratheepan, A. M. Strydom, Y. Utsumi, K. T. Ko, K. D. Tsuei, L. H. Tjeng, F. Steglich, M. Baenitz

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We present magnetization, specific heat, and Al27 NMR investigations on YbFe2Al10 over a wide range in temperature and magnetic field. The magnetic susceptibility at low temperatures is strongly enhanced at weak magnetic fields, accompanied by a ln(T0/T) divergence of the low-T specific heat coefficient in zero field, which indicates a ground state of correlated electrons. From our hard-x-ray photoemission spectroscopy study, the Yb valence at 50 K is evaluated to be 2.38. The system displays valence fluctuating behavior in the low to intermediate temperature range, whereas above 400 K, Yb3+ carries a full and stable moment, and Fe carries a moment of about 3.1μB. The enhanced value of the Sommerfeld-Wilson ratio and the dynamic scaling of the spin-lattice relaxation rate divided by T[(1/T1T)27] with static susceptibility suggests admixed ferromagnetic correlations. (1/T1T)27 simultaneously tracks the valence fluctuations from the 4f Yb ions in the high temperature range and field dependent antiferromagnetic correlations among partially Kondo screened Fe 3d moments at low temperature; the latter evolve out of an Yb 4f admixed conduction band.

Original languageEnglish
Article number216403
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2014

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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