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Magnetic and transport properties of PrRhSi3

TitleMagnetic and transport properties of PrRhSi3
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsAnand, VK, Adroja, DT, Hillier, AD
JournalJournal of Physics-Condensed Matter
Date Published05
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0953-8984
Accession NumberWOS:000318070100025
Keywordscecoge3, phases, relaxation, spin-glass

We have investigated the magnetic and transport properties of a noncentrosymmetric compound PrRhSi3 by dc magnetic susceptibility chi(T), isothermal magnetization M(H), thermoremanent magnetization M(t), specific heat C-p(T), electrical resistivity rho(T, H) and muon spin relaxation (mu SR) measurements. At low fields chi(T) shows two anomalies near 15 and 7 K with an irreversibility between ZFC and FC data below 15 K. In contrast, no anomaly is observed in C-p(T) or rho(T) data. M(H) data at 2 K exhibit very sharp increase below 0.5 T and a weak hysteresis. M(t) exhibits very slow relaxation, typical for a spin-glass system. Even though the absence of any anomaly in C-p(T) is consistent with the spin-glass type behavior, there is no obvious origin of spin-glass behavior in this structurally well ordered compound. The crystal electric field (CEF) analysis of C-p(T) data indicates a CEF-split singlet ground state lying below a doublet at 81(1) K and a quasi-triplet at 152(2) K. The rho(T) data indicate a metallic behavior, and rho(H) exhibits a very high positive magnetoresistance, as high as similar to 300% in 9 T at 2 K. No long range magnetic order or spin-glass behavior was detected in a mu SR experiment down to 1.2 K.

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