Pressure-Induced Electronic Transition in CeAl2

  • C. Probst
  • J. Wittig


The room-temperature resistance of CeAl2 passes through a faint maximum around 60 kBar and falls off at higher pressure. Strong anomalies were previously reported for the temperature-dependence of the resistivity under pressure up to 15 kBar by Nicolas-Francillon et al. It has been found that these anomalies gradually disappear with even higher pressures. They are entirely suppressed at pressures exceeding ≃120 kBar resulting in a R-T characteristic being very similar to that of the nonmagnetic compound LaAl2. There is a striking similarity to the R vs. T behavior of pure cerium in the β or γ phase on the one hand and in the a phase on the other hand. We conclude that CeAl2 undergoes a continuous electronic transition with pressure just as Ce above the critical point.


Phonon Contribution Pure Cerium Strong Anomaly Lave Phase Compound Shallow Maximum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Probst
    • 1
  • J. Wittig
    • 2
  1. 1.Zentralinstitut für TieftemperaturforschungBayerischen Akademie der WissenschaftenGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Institut für FestkörperforschungKernforschungsanlage JülichJülichWest-Germany

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