Zeitschrift für Physik B Condensed Matter

, Volume 101, Issue 3, pp 345–352

Neutron crystal-field spectroscopy of RNi211B2C (R = Ho, Er, Tm)

  • U. Gasser
  • P. Allenspach
  • F. Fauth
  • W. Henggeler
  • J. Mesot
  • A. Furrer
  • S. Rosenkranz
  • P. Vorderwisch
  • M. Buchgeister
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s002570050218

Cite this article as:
Gasser, U., Allenspach, P., Fauth, F. et al. Z. Phys. B (1997) 101: 345. doi:10.1007/s002570050218

Abstract

Inelastic neutron scattering experiments of the crystal-field (CEF) splitting of the R3+ ions (R = Ho, Er, Tm) in the superconductor RNi211B2C have been performed in the paramagnetic as well as in the magnetically ordered state in order to deduce the CEF parameters which in turn determine the thermodynamic magnetic properties of these systems. The calculated ordered magnetic moments are in agreement with magnetic neutron diffraction results, i.e. both the easy axis and the size of the zero-field moments are correctly reproduced. In addition, the entropy involved in the magnetic ordering obtained from specific heat measurements is in correspondence with the number of low-lying CEF states observed in this study. Our CEF parameter set also reproduces both the behavior and the anisotropy in M/H measured for single crystals.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Gasser
    • 1
  • P. Allenspach
    • 1
  • F. Fauth
    • 1
  • W. Henggeler
    • 1
  • J. Mesot
    • 1
  • A. Furrer
    • 1
  • S. Rosenkranz
    • 2
  • P. Vorderwisch
    • 3
  • M. Buchgeister
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory for Neutron ScatteringETH Zurich & Paul-Scherrer-InstitutVilligen PSISwitzerland
  2. 2.ISIS facilityRutherford Appleton LaboratoryDidcotUK
  3. 3.Neutron Scattering CenterHahn-Meitner-InstitutBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstofforschung Dresden e.V.DresdenGermany
  5. 5.Laboratory for Neutron ScatteringETH Zurich & PSIVilligen PSISwitzerland
  6. 6.Abt. Medizinische PhysikRadiologische Univ.-Klinik TübingenTübingenGermany