Two polymorphs of a new intermetallic Ce2Rh2Ga – crystal structure and physical properties

Sergey Nesterenko, Anna Tursina, Mathieu Pasturel, Sindisiwe Xhakaza, André Strydom

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We report on the synthesis and physical properties of the new ternary intermetallic Ce2Rh2Ga. Its formation and dimorphism have been investigated by powder and single crystal X-ray diffractometry, as well as by differential thermal analyses. LT- and HT-Ce2Rh2Ga can be obtained by the chosen respective thermal treatment. The high-temperature form (HT-Ce2Rh2Ga), stable above 864(5)°C, is orthorhombic La2Ni3-type [Cmce, oS20, a = 5.851(2) Å, b = 9.6184(19) Å, c = 7.4871(17) Å, V = 421.3(2) Å3]; the low-temperature form (LT-Ce2Rh2Ga), stable below this temperature, is monoclinic Pr2Co2Al- (Ca2Ir2Si-) type [C2/c, mS20, a = 10.0903(6) Å, b = 5.6041(3) Å, c = 7.8153(4) Å, β = 104.995(3)°, V = 426.88(4) Å3]. The magnetic measurements were conducted on two different samples, namely on the LT-Ce2Rh2Ga and the other on the HT-Ce2Rh2Ga sample. The HT-Ce2Rh2Ga compound is found to exhibit a phase transition at 128.5 K. By virtue of the sharp peak anomaly in the temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility this phase transition is plausibly of antiferromagnetic origin, but occurs at a remarkably high temperature compared to what is typical for Ce binary and ternary compounds. LT-Ce2Rh2Ga has a ground state of ferromagnetic nature which sets in at a paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transition at 5.2 K.

Original languageEnglish
Article number155570
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2020


  • Cerium intermetallics
  • Crystal structure
  • Gallides
  • Magnetic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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