Magnetic resonance on correlated semimetals: The case of U 2Ru2Sn, CeRu4Sn6 and FeSb 2

A. A. Gippius, M. Baenitz, A. K. Rajarajan, E. M. Bruening, K. Okhotnikov, R. Walstedt, A. Strydom, J. Mydosh, F. Steglich

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A comparative magnetic resonance study on correlated semiconductors is presented. Nuclear spin-lattice relaxation measurements provide an excellent method to gain local information about the gap formation in this new class of materials. In contrast to U2Ru2Sn (Δ/kB 230 K) in CeRu 4Sn6 the gap is slightly reduced (Δ/kB 200 K) and correlations form out of a residual density of states in the gap. For FeSb2 there is revived interest after classifying this system as the second Fe containing Kondo insulator beside FeSi. Surprisingly, FeSb 2 shows a colossal Seebeck coefficient at low temperatures. Using 121,123Sb nuclei as a local probe, our NMR/NQR investigations strongly support the gap scenario. The spin-lattice relaxation rate 123(1/T1) in the entire investigated temperature range 2-200 K is perfectly fitted with rectangle DOS model with narrow impurity in-gap band. These in-gap states might originate the high thermopower observed. The obtained gap value is (Δ/kB 473 K).

Original languageEnglish
Article number042040
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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