Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics

, Volume 111, Issue 4, pp 627–634 | Cite as

Nuclear 111Cd probes detect a hidden symmetry change at the γ → α transition in cerium considered isostructural for 60 years

  • A. V. Tsvyashchenko
  • A. V. Nikolaev
  • A. I. Velichkov
  • A. V. Salamatin
  • L. N. Fomicheva
  • G. K. Ryasny
  • A. A. Sorokin
  • O. I. Kochetov
  • M. Budzynski
Order, Disorder, and Phase Transition in Condensed System


We use the time-differential perturbed angular correlation technique to study nuclear electric quadupole hyperfine interactions of probe 111Cd nuclei in cerium lattice sites at room temperature under pressures up to 8 GPa. We have found that the well known γ → α phase transition in cerium is not isostructural. In α-Ce, the probe 111Cd nuclei reveal a quadrupole electron charge density component that is absent in γ-Ce. The hidden spacial structure of electronic quadrupoles in α-Ce is triple-q antiferroquadrupolar, as was suggested in [14]. We relate our findings to the current understanding of the γ → α phase transition and also report on nuclear quadrupole interactions in other high-pressure phases of cerium: α″ (C2/m space symmetry) and α′ (α-U structure).


Cerium Nuclear Quadrupole Interaction Time Differential Perturb Angular Correlation Silver Foil 111Cd Nucleus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Tsvyashchenko
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. V. Nikolaev
    • 2
    • 5
  • A. I. Velichkov
    • 3
  • A. V. Salamatin
    • 3
  • L. N. Fomicheva
    • 1
  • G. K. Ryasny
    • 2
  • A. A. Sorokin
    • 2
  • O. I. Kochetov
    • 3
  • M. Budzynski
    • 4
  1. 1.Vereshchagin Institute for High Pressure PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesTroitsk, Moscow RegionRussia
  2. 2.Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear PhysicsLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Joint Institute for Nuclear ResearchDubna, Moscow RegionRussia
  4. 4.Institute of PhysicsCurie-Sklodowska UniversityLublinPoland
  5. 5.Institute of Physical Chemistry and ElectrochemistryRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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