Intermediate-valence icosahedral Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal

Tetsu Watanuki, Shiro Kashimoto, Daichi Kawana, Teruo Yamazaki, Akihiko MacHida, Yukinori Tanaka, Taku J. Sato

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A quasiperiodic intermediate-valence (IV) system is realized in an icosahedral Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal. X-ray absorption spectroscopy near the Yb L 3 edge indicates that quasiperiodically arranged Yb ions assume a mean valence of 2.61, between a divalent state (4f14, J=0) and a trivalent one (4f13, J=7/2). Magnetization measurements demonstrate that the 4f holes in this quasicrystal have a localized character. The magnetic susceptibility shows a Curie-Weiss behavior above ∼100 K with an effective magnetic moment of 3.81μ B per Yb. Moreover, a crystalline approximant to this quasicrystal is an IV compound. We propose a heterogeneous IV model for the quasicrystal, whereas the crystalline approximant is most likely a homogeneous IV system. At temperatures below ∼10 K, specific heat and magnetization measurements reveal non-Fermi-liquid behavior in both the quasicrystal and its crystalline approximant without either doping, pressure, or field tuning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094201
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume86
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep 10
Externally publishedYes

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Quasicrystals
valence
Crystalline materials
Magnetization
magnetization
X ray absorption spectroscopy
Magnetic moments
Magnetic susceptibility
Specific heat
absorption spectroscopy
heat measurement
Tuning
magnetic moments
tuning
Doping (additives)
specific heat
Ions
magnetic permeability
Liquids
liquids

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Watanuki, T., Kashimoto, S., Kawana, D., Yamazaki, T., MacHida, A., Tanaka, Y., & Sato, T. J. (2012). Intermediate-valence icosahedral Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 86(9), [094201]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.86.094201

Intermediate-valence icosahedral Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal. / Watanuki, Tetsu; Kashimoto, Shiro; Kawana, Daichi; Yamazaki, Teruo; MacHida, Akihiko; Tanaka, Yukinori; Sato, Taku J.

In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Vol. 86, No. 9, 094201, 10.09.2012.

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Watanuki, T, Kashimoto, S, Kawana, D, Yamazaki, T, MacHida, A, Tanaka, Y & Sato, TJ 2012, 'Intermediate-valence icosahedral Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal', Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, vol. 86, no. 9, 094201. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.86.094201
Watanuki T, Kashimoto S, Kawana D, Yamazaki T, MacHida A, Tanaka Y et al. Intermediate-valence icosahedral Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. 2012 Sep 10;86(9). 094201. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.86.094201
Watanuki, Tetsu ; Kashimoto, Shiro ; Kawana, Daichi ; Yamazaki, Teruo ; MacHida, Akihiko ; Tanaka, Yukinori ; Sato, Taku J. / Intermediate-valence icosahedral Au-Al-Yb quasicrystal. In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. 2012 ; Vol. 86, No. 9.
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