Hydrostatic pressure study of pure and doped La1-xRxAgSb2 (R=Ce,Nd) charge-density-wave compounds

TitleHydrostatic pressure study of pure and doped La1-xRxAgSb2 (R=Ce,Nd) charge-density-wave compounds
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsTorikachvili MS, Bud'ko SL, Law SA, Tillman ME, Mun ED, Canfield PC
Journal TitlePhysical Review B
Date PublishedDec
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1098-0121
Accession NumberISI:000251986500037

The intermetallic compound LaAgSb2 displays two charge-density-wave (CDW) transitions, which were detected with measurements of electrical resistivity (rho), magnetic susceptibility, and x-ray scattering; the upper transition takes place at T-1 approximate to 210 K, and it is accompanied by a large anomaly in rho(T), whereas the lower transition is marked by a much more subtle anomaly at T-2 approximate to 185 K. We studied the effect of hydrostatic pressure (P) on the formation of the upper CDW state in pure and doped La1-xRxAgSb2 (R=Ce,Nd) compounds by means of measurements of rho(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 T-1. The values of dT(1)/dP are approximate to 2-4 times higher for the Ce-doped samples as compared to pure LaAgSb2, or even La0.75Nd0.25AgSb2 with a comparable T-1 (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.

Alternate JournalPhys. Rev. B