Hydrostatic pressure study of pure and doped La1-x Rx Ag Sb2 (R=Ce,Nd) charge-density-wave compounds

M. S. Torikachvili, S. L. Bud'ko, S. A. Law, M. E. Tillman, E. D. Mun, P. C. Canfield

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The intermetallic compound LaAg Sb2 displays two charge-density-wave (CDW) transitions, which were detected with measurements of electrical resistivity (ρ), magnetic susceptibility, and x-ray scattering; the upper transition takes place at T1 ≈210 K, and it is accompanied by a large anomaly in ρ (T), whereas the lower transition is marked by a much more subtle anomaly at T2 ≈185 K. We studied the effect of hydrostatic pressure (P) on the formation of the upper CDW state in pure and doped La1-x Rx Ag Sb2 (R=Ce,Nd) compounds by means of measurements of ρ (T) for P≤23 kbar. We found that the hydrostatic pressure, as well as the chemical pressure introduced by the partial substitution of the smaller Ce and Nd ions for La, results in the suppression of the CDW ground state-e.g., the reduction of the ordering temperature T1. The values of d T1 dP are ≈2-4 times higher for the Ce-doped samples as compared to pure LaAg Sb2, or even La0.75 Nd0.25 Ag Sb2 with a comparable T1 (P=0). This increased sensitivity to pressure may be due to increasing Ce hybridization under pressure. The magnetic-ordering temperature of the cerium-doped compounds is also reduced by pressure, and the high-pressure behavior of the Ce-doped samples is dominated by Kondo impurity scattering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number235110
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 10 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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