Magnetic, electrical and thermodynamic properties of RE8Pd 24In

M. B. Tchoula Tchokonté, P. De, D. Kaczorowski, A. M. Strydom

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Investigations of magnetic, transport and thermodynamic properties of RE8Pd24In (RE=Pr, Nd, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Tm) are reported through measurements of X-ray diffraction, electrical resistivity (ρ(T)), magnetic susceptibility (χ(T)), magnetization (σ(μ0H)) and heat capacity (Cp(T)). These ternary compounds have the cubic AuCu 3-type structure. Compounds with RE=Gd and Tb order antiferromagnetically (AF) and exhibit magnetic transitions observed in their χ(T) and Cp(T). ρ(T) results for the Gd and Tb compounds indicate a minimum above the magnetic phase transition temperature TN, and an increase in ρ(T) upon further cooling as a precursor of AF order at lower temperatures. χ(T) data at high temperatures follow the CurieWeiss relation for all compounds and give effective moment values close to those expected for the free RE3+-ion. Enhanced values of the electronic contribution to the heat capacity were observed for Gd8Pd24In and Tb 8Pd24In.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2281-2284
Number of pages4
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number45-46
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • A. Magnetically ordered materials
  • D. Electronic transport
  • D. Heat capacity
  • D. Thermodynamic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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