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Fermi-surface evolution in Yb-substituted CeCoIn 5

Abstract

We report results of systematic de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) studies on Ce 1-xYb xCoIn 5 single crystals with varying Yb concentration. For x=0.1, the well-known Fermi surfaces and the heavy effective masses of CeCoIn 5 (x=0) have changed only slightly. We start to observe changes of the Fermi-surface topology at x=0.2 leading to a drastic reconstruction above x=0.55. At these concentrations, the effective masses are reduced considerably to values between 0.7 and 2.6 free electron masses. For both YbCoIn 5 and CeCoIn 5, the angular-resolved dHvA frequencies can be very well described by conventional density-functional theory calculations. Projection of the Bloch states onto atomic Yb-4f orbitals yields a 4f occupation of 13.7 electrons, in agreement with previous experimental results indicating an intermediate Yb valence of +2.3. © 2012 American Physical Society.

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