High-field metamagnetism in the antiferromagnet CeRh2 Si 2

W. Knafo, D. Aoki, D. Vignolles, B. Vignolle, Y. Klein, C. Jaudet, A. Villaume, C. Proust, J. Flouquet

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A study of the antiferromagnet CeRh2 Si2 by torque, magnetostriction, and transport in pulsed magnetic fields up to 50 T and by thermal expansion in static fields up to 13 T is presented. The magnetic field temperature phase diagram of CeRh2 Si2, where the magnetic field is applied along the easy axis c, is deduced from these measurements. The second-order phase transition temperature TN and the first-order phase transition temperature T1,2 (=36K and 26 K at zero field, respectively) decrease with increasing field. The field-induced antiferromagnetic-to-paramagnetic borderline Hc, which equals 26 T at 1.5 K, goes from first order at low temperature to second order at high temperature. The magnetic field temperature phase diagram is found to be composed of (at least) three different antiferromagnetic phases. These are separated by the first-order lines H1,2, corresponding to T1,2 at H=0, and H2,3, which equals 25.5 T at 1.5 K. A maximum of the T2 -coefficient A of the resistivity is observed at the onset of the high-field polarized regime, which is interpreted as the signature of an enhanced effective mass at the field-induced quantum instability. The magnetic field dependence of the A coefficient in CeRh2 Si2 is compared with its pressure dependence, and also with the field dependence of A in the prototypal heavy-fermion system CeRu2 Si2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094403
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Mar 3
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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