Phase diagram and transport properties of Y1-xNdxCo2 pseudo-binary alloys

A. T. Burkov, M. Takeda, A. Teruya, S. Watanabe, S. Hirakawa, Y. Hiranaka, A. Nakamura, M. Hedo, T. Nakama, K. Yagasaki, Y. Takaesu, K. Uchima, Y. Uwatoko

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The electrical resistivity ρ and the thermopower S of pseudo-binary Y1-xNdxCo2 alloys have been measured at temperatures from 2 to 300 K under pressures up to 3.5 GPa. NdCo2 is a ferromagnet with a Curie temperature T C of 98 K. In the ferromagnetic phase, it undergoes a 4f spin-reorientation transition at T R = 40 K. At this transition, the easy direction of 4f magnetization is changed from [100] at temperatures above T R to [110] below T R. The system phase diagram T C(x, P) and T R(x, P) is inferred from the temperature dependencies of the electrical resistivity and the thermopower. The Curie temperature of the alloys, TC decreases with decreasing Nd concentration x and vanishes around x c = 0.3. Above x c, the Curie temperature decreases with increasing pressure. The spinreorientation temperature weakly depends on the composition and on the pressure until it merges with T C. There is a large region of the phase diagram, partly overlapping with the ferromagnetic phase, where the cobalt 3d electron system is non-uniformly magnetized due to spatial fluctuations of the 4f-3d exchange field related to a random distribution of Nd 4f magnetic moments over the R sublattice. In this region, large static 3d magnetic fluctuations govern the electronic transport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2080-2083
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Korean Physical Society
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul


  • Electrical resistivity
  • Pressure effect
  • Thermopower


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