Quantum critical behaviour in the (Cr97.8Si2.2) 100-yMoy alloy system

C. J. Sheppard, A. R.E. Prinsloo, P. R. Fernando, A. M. Venter, A. M. Strydom, V. K. Peterson

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The Cr-Si system offers an ideal reference alloy as a case study to follow the evolution of the well-known first-order magnetic transition in dilute Cr-Si by doping with Mo, which is iso-electronic with Cr. This alloy system, in addition, then also offers the opportunity to search for effects of quantum criticality (QC) associated with the process of driving the Néel transition temperature (TN) to zero. Previous investigations on the ternary (Cr97.8Si2.2)100-yMo y alloy system (0 y 9) indicated possible quantum critical behaviour at a critical concentration yc ≈ 3.8. The present paper extends these studies to additional concentrations in the alloy series, as well as to explore key indicators of QC, such as Hall coefficient (RH) and magnetic susceptibility (χ) measurements. Recent results indicate the possible existence of two critical points in the (Cr97.8Si 2.2)100-yMoy alloy system. The first critical point at yc1 is postulated to be related to the concentration where the first-order transition gives way to a second-order-like continuous magnetic phase transition. Behaviour normally associated with QC is observed at the second critical concentration yc2, accompanying a transition to paramagnetism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17E146
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2013

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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