Title: Structural, Magnetic and Transport Properties of Single-Crystalline U2Pt2In.
Authors: ESTRELA P.PEREIRA Laura cristinaDE VISSER A.DE BOER F.r.ALMEIDA M.GODINHO M.REBIZANT JeanSPIRLET Jean claude
Citation: Journal of Physics Condensed Matter vol. 10 p. 9465-9475
Publication Year: 1998
JRC N°: JRC17236
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC17236
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Single-crystals of the heavy-electron compound U2Pt2In have been grown aby a modified mineralization techniuqe. The X-ray structure refinement shows that U2Pt2In single-crystals form in the Zr3Al2 structure, instead of the U3Si2 structure reported for polycrystalline material.The polymorphism of U2Pt2In is attributed to the experimental parameters, like pressure and temperature, during the sample preparation process. The single-crystal susceptibility data reveal a weak maximum for Chi c at Tmax= 7.9K, indicating the presence of short-range antiferromagnetic correlations, while Chi a has the tendency to diverge at low T (T>2K). The electrical resistivity of the single-crystals (T>0.3 K) is bestdescribed by p~Talpha with alpha~1.1(1) for I IIa and alpha~0.3(2) for I IIc. The magnetic and transport data show pronounced deviations from the standard Fermi-liquid picture, and lead to a classification of U2Pt2In as a non-Fermi liquid compound. As the origin of NFL behaviour in U2Pt2In we propose the proximity to a quantum critical point or Kondo disorder.
JRC Institute:Institute for Transuranium Elements

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