Transport properties and magnetic behaviour of Ce8Pd24Alx (0.1≤x≤2)

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

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Measurements are presented on the resistivity ρ(T), magnetoresistivity MR, dc susceptibility χ(T) and magnetization σ(μ0H), of the alloy series Ce8Pd24Alx with 0.1 ≤ x ≤ 2. Rietveld analysis of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) data indicates that Ce8Pd24Al crystallizes in the cubic structure with space group Pm3m (No. 221). The crystal structure of this compound is composed of 8 cubes of CePd3 in which the Al atoms occupy the centres of only certain octahedrons of Pd atoms. The CAILS - Pawley (cell and intensity least square) analysis of XRD data of all compositions show that the cubic structure of the parent compound CePd3 is retained. The XRD analysis indicate a linear increase in the cubic unit cell volume up to x = 1, followed by a curvature for larger Al concentrations and a tendency towards saturation on approaching x = 2. Measurements in the Al-poor alloy in the temperature range 4.2-300 K indicate an evolution from the intermediate valence state of Ce8Pd24 to Kondo behaviour with increased Al concentration. MR measurements on selected alloys are interpreted within the single-ion Bethe ansatz description and values of the Kondo temperature are calculated. χ(T) follows a Curie-Weiss behaviour with high-temperature effective moment values slightly reduced from the expected value of 2.54 μB of the free Ce3+-ion. The paramagnetic Weiss constant temperature -θp decreases rapidly with increasing Al content x, in line with the evolution from intermediate valence state to Kondo state. Low-temperature χ(T) data indicate antiferromagnetic ordering for the concentration range of 0.96 ≤ x ≤ 2. A Kondo and magnetic phase diagram for the Ce8Pd24Alx system is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-366
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2016


  • Electrical properties
  • Intermetallic compounds
  • Magnetic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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