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Pressure effects on the heavy-fermion antiferromagnet CeAuSb 2

  • Author(s): Seo, S;
  • Sidorov, VA;
  • Lee, H;
  • Jang, D;
  • Fisk, Z;
  • Thompson, JD;
  • Park, T
  • et al.

The f-electron compound CeAuSb 2, which crystallizes in the ZrCuSi 2-type tetragonal structure, orders antiferromagnetically between 5 and 6.8 K, where the antiferromagnetic transition temperature T N depends on the occupancy of the Au site. Here we report the electrical resistivity and heat capacity of a high-quality crystal CeAuSb 2 with T N of 6.8 K, the highest for this compound. The magnetic transition temperature is initially suppressed with pressure, but is intercepted by a new magnetic state above 2.1 GPa. The new phase shows a dome shape with pressure and coexists with another phase at pressures higher than 4.7 GPa. The electrical resistivity shows a T2 Fermi-liquid behavior in the complex magnetic state, and the residual resistivity and the T2 resistivity coefficient increases with pressure, suggesting the possibility of a magnetic quantum critical point at a higher pressure. © 2012 American Physical Society.

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