Low-temperature study of the strongly correlated compound Ce 3Rh4Sn13

U. Köhler, A. P. Pikul, N. Oeschler, T. Westerkamp, A. M. Strydom, F. Steglich

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Low-temperature results of the thermodynamic and transport properties of polycrystalline Ce3Rh4Sn13 are presented. The study of the ground-state properties reveals that Kondo interactions become important below 2K, as evidenced by a large Sommerfeld coefficient and high magnetic resistivity. At 1K the specific heat exhibits a broad peak that is attributed to short-range magnetic order. Support is given by ac susceptibility measurements. The resistivity and the susceptibility around 80K are dominated by effects due to the crystal electric field splitting of the Ce3+ multiplet. Additionally, clear indications for local vibrations of Sn(2) atoms within the cage-like structure are deduced from an Einstein term in the specific heat. The crystal structure is known to form two atomic cages: one in which the Ce atoms are located; the other containing the Sn(2) atoms. Although strong correlations at low T are present in this system, the thermopower is found to be surprisingly small.

Original languageEnglish
Article number386207
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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