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Type: Artigo
Title: Collapse Of The G D3+ Esr Fine Structure Throughout The Coherent Temperature Of The Gd-doped Kondo Semiconductor Cef E4 P12
Author: Venegas P.A.
Garcia F.A.
Garcia D.J.
Cabrera G.G.
Avila M.A.
Rettori C.
Abstract: Recent experiments on Gd3+ electron-spin resonance (ESR) in the filled skutterudite Ce1-xGdxFe4P12(x≈0.001), at temperatures where the host resistivity manifests a smooth insulator-metal crossover, provide evidence of the underlying Kondo physics associated with this system. At low temperatures (below T≈160 K), Ce1-xGdxFe4P12 behaves as a Kondo insulator with a relatively large hybridization gap, and the Gd3+ ESR spectra display a fine structure with Lorentzian line shape, typical of insulating media. In this work, based on previous experiments performed by the same group, we argue that the electronic gap may be attributed to the large hybridization present in the coherent regime of a Kondo lattice. Moreover, mean-field calculations suggest that the electron-phonon interaction is fundamental at explaining such hybridization. The resulting electronic structure is strongly temperature dependent, and at T∗≈160K the system undergoes an insulator-to-metal transition induced by the withdrawal of 4f electrons from the Fermi volume, the system becoming metallic and nonmagnetic. The Gd3+ ESR fine structure coalesces into a single Dysonian resonance, as in metals. Our simulations suggest that exchange narrowing via the usual Korringa mechanism is not enough to describe the thermal behavior of the Gd3+ ESR spectra in the entire temperature region (4.2-300 K). We propose that the temperature activated fluctuating valence of the Ce ions is the key ingredient that fully describes this unique temperature dependence of the Gd3+ ESR fine structure. © 2016 American Physical Society.
Editor: American Physical Society
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.94.235143
Date Issue: 2016
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