The normal states of magnetic d and f transition metals

S. R. Julian, C. Pfleiderer, F. M. Grosche, N. D. Mathur, G. J. McMullan, A. J. Diver, I. R. Walker, G. G. Lonzarich

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The normal states of magnetic metals with vanishing Curie (Tc) or Néel (TN) temperatures are investigated by means of measurements of the temperature and pressure dependence of the resistivity in the stoichiometric d and f compounds MnSi, ZrZn2, CePd2Si2 and CeNi2Ge2. The results for the nearly ferromagnetic d metals may be described over a wide range in temperature and pressure in terms of a quantitative model of a marginal Fermi liquid based on dispersive spin-fluctuation spectra inferred from inelastic neutron scattering data. The behaviour of the antiferromagnetic f metals is also unconventional, but in a way which cannot yet be readily categorized. Near the critical pressure where TN → 0 K, CePd2Si2 displays a resistivity of the form ρ ∼ T1.2±0.1 over nearly two decades in temperature before condensing into a short-coherence-length superconducting state below 0.4 K. The isoelectronic and isostructural compound CeNi2Ge2, with a lattice cell volume slightly smaller than that of CePd2Si2, remains normal down to 20 mK and shows a resistivity of the form ρ ∼ T1.4±0.1 over a decade below several kelvin at ambient pressure. These findings for the Ce systems have not yet been described consistently in terms of an extension of the model developed for the ferromagnetic d metals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9675-9688
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number48
StatePublished - 25 Nov 1996
Externally publishedYes


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