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Thermal Transport in Strongly Correlated Rare-Earth Intermetallic Compounds


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Heike Pfau
    Pages 1-4
  3. Heike Pfau
    Pages 43-63
  4. Heike Pfau
    Pages 65-92
  5. Heike Pfau
    Pages 113-115
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 117-118

About this book


This thesis explores thermal transport in selected rare-earth-based intermetallic compounds to answer questions of great current interest. It also sheds light on the interplay of Kondo physics and Fermi surface changes. 

By performing thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity measurements at temperatures as low as 25mK, the author demonstrates that the Wiedemann–Franz law, a cornerstone of metal physics, is violated at precisely the magnetic-field-induced quantum critical point of the heavy-fermion metal YbRh2Si2. This first-ever observation of a violation has dramatic consequences, as it implies a breakdown of the quasiparticle picture. 

Utilizing an innovative technique to measure low-temperature thermal transport isothermally as a function of the magnetic field, the thesis interprets specific, partly newly discovered, high-field transitions in CeRu2Si2 and YbRh2Si2 as Lifshitz transitions related to a change in the Fermi surface.
Lastly, by applying this new technique to thermal conductivity measurements of the skutterudite superconductor LaPt4Ge12, the thesis proves that the system is a conventional superconductor with a single energy gap. Thus, it refutes the widespread speculations about unconventional Cooper pairing in this material. 


Heavy Fermions Kondo Effect Quantum Criticality Superconductivity in Skutterudites Lifshitz Transitions Low-temperature Thermal Transport Wiedemann-Franz Law YbRh2Si2 CeRu2Si2 LaPt4Ge12 Kondo Lattices in Magnetic Field

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Max-Planck Inst.for Chem PhysDresdenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Thermal Transport in Strongly Correlated Rare-Earth Intermetallic Compounds
  • Authors Heike Pfau
  • Series Title Springer Theses
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Theses
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-39542-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81910-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-39543-2
  • Series ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series E-ISSN 2190-5061
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 118
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 32 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Strongly Correlated Systems, Superconductivity
    Metallic Materials
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