Crystalline field effect and magnetic ordering in the heavy fermion Kondo lattice Ce6Pd12In5

M. Falkowski, A. M. Strydom

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Results of magnetic, specific heat, electric and thermal transport studies carried out on the novel hexagonal-type structure Ce6Pd 12In5 compound, with a unique site for Ce, two sites for In and four sites for Pd are reported. The compound exhibits long-range order, probably of antiferromagnetic type, below TN=1.6K in spite of a moment reducing Kondo effect acting on the magnetic Ce3+ ions. A strong influence of magnetic field on the low temperature dependencies of susceptibility, specific heat and electrical resistivity is observed. The crystal-electric field effect, CEF, plays an influential role in the ground state of this compound. The CEF parameters have been estimated. Based upon the low-temperature specific heat we observe heavy fermion behavior with the electronic specific heat coefficient that is enhanced to the value of γ=132 mJ/Ce-mol K2. In the electrical resistivity, a logarithmic character ρ4f(T)∼-lnT is observed that arises from incoherent Kondo scattering. Towards low temperature this behavior evolves into Kondo lattice formation with a coherence temperature Tcoh≃ 5.3 K, before long-range order takes place. We propose that Ce 6Pd12In5 presents a new case study for competing Kondo and magnetic ordering in a high-symmetry lattice, with CEF and magnetocrystalline anisotropy further impacting upon the cooperative magnetic behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-212
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2014


  • Antiferromagnetic order
  • Crystal electric field effect
  • Heavy fermions
  • Kondo effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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