Title

Effect of Pressure on Valence and Structural Properties of YbFe2Ge2 Heavy Fermion Compound-A Combined Inelastic X-ray Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, and Theoretical Investigation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-9-2015

Publication Title

Inorganic Chemistry

Volume

54

Issue

21

First page number:

10250

Last page number:

10255

Abstract

The crystal structure and the Yb valence of the YbFe2Ge2 heavy fermion compound was measured at room temperature and under high pressures using high-pressure powder X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy via both partial fluorescence yield and resonant inelastic X-ray emission techniques. The measurements are complemented by first-principles density functional theoretical calculations using the self-interaction corrected local spin density approximation investigating in particular the magnetic structure and the Yb valence. While the ThCr2Si2-type tetragonal (I4/mmm) structure is stable up to 53 GPa, the X-ray emission results show an increase of the Yb valence from v = 2.72(2) at ambient pressure to v = 2.93(3) at ∼9 GPa, where at low temperature a pressure-induced quantum critical state was reported.

Disciplines

Astrophysics and Astronomy

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