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Structure and disorder in YbI

  • Author(s): Lawrence, J
  • Kwei, G
  • et al.

We present neutron diffraction results for YbIn(Formula presented), and Rietveld refinements of the structure. The ground state has the same structure (C15B) as the high temperature state, so that the first-order phase transition at (Formula presented) K is indeed isomorphic, i.e., the lattice constant changes without a change of crystal symmetry. The site disorder and the diffraction linewidths decrease systematically on going from polycrystal samples with two transitions (at 40 and 70 K) to polycrystals with a single (40 K) transition to flux-grown single crystals with a sharp transition at 40 K. We argue that in site-disordered samples, the effect of doping Yb onto the In site is to increase (Formula presented) and cause the transition to become continuous. © 1996 The American Physical Society.

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