Influence of 5d-metal on magnetic properties of UNi1-xTxAl compounds

A. V. Andreev, M. Tomida, Y. Homma, Y. Shiokawa, V. Sechovský, N. V. Mushnikov, T. Goto

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We have studied structure and magnetic properties of UNi1-xTxAl (T = Ir, Pt) alloys. UNiAl does not form continuous solid solutions with either UPtAl or UIrAl. The solubility ranges extend only to 20% from each side in both systems. The alloys with 0.20<x <0.80 contain two isostructural phases with the ZrNiAl-type structure. In both systems, the compounds with x≥0.80 order ferromagnetically, whereas those with x≤0.20 exhibit metamagnetic behaviour characteristic for antiferromagnets like UNiAl. The initial Pt (Ir) substitutions lead to an increase (decrease) of the Neel temperature whereas the critical field for metamagnetism becomes gradually reduced in both cases. The electronic specific-heat coefficient γ is strongly reduced in UNi1-xPtxAl (from 164 to 113 mJ mol-1 K-2 for x increasing from 0 to 0.2) and enhanced in UNi1-xIrxAl (up to 198 mJ mol-1 K-2 for x = 0.2). The obtained results are discussed in the context of the effects induced by substitutions of other transition metals in UNiAl considering the evolution of the 5f-d hybridization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jun 29


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