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Title: Electrical resistivity, magnetism and electronic structure of the intermetallic 3d/4f Laves phase compounds ErNi2Mnx
Authors: Balinski, K.
Kuznetsova, T. V.
Gerasimov, E. G.
Protasov, A. V.
Marchenkov, V. V.
Mushnikov, N. V.
Fijałkowski, Marcin
Ślebarski, Andrzej
Chrobak, Artur
Galakhov, V. R.
Mesilov, V. V.
Shamin, S. N.
Gaviko, V. S.
Senkovskiy, B. V.
Schneider, L.
Kuepper, K.
Keywords: resistivity; magnetism; electronic structure; intermetallic
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: AIP Advances, vol. 8 (2018), Art. No. 105225
Abstract: The non-stoichiometric intermetallic compounds RENi2Mnx (RE = rare earth) with the cubic MgCu2-type structure display a large variety of magnetic properties which is due to a complex interplay between the degrees of freedom of the 3d and 4f electrons and their interactions. We performed a comprehensive study of the electrical resistivity, magnetic properties and the electronic structure of ErNi2Mnx (x =0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.25) compounds by employing a suitable set of complementary experimental approaches. We find an increase in electrical resistance compared to ErNi2 upon Mn doping, the residual resistivity ratio decreases with increasing manganese content. The Curie temperature exhibits a sharp increase to around 50 K for Mn concentrations x 0.5, whereas the saturation magnetization decreases with growing Mn content x 0.5. Valence band X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy reveals an increasing intensity of Mn 3d states near Fermi energy in dependence of Mn concentration and Curie temperature. Resonant photoelectron spectroscopy of ErNi2Mn0.75 reveals that the photoemission decay channels dominate the valence band spectra across the Er N5 and Mn L3 X-ray absorption maxima, whereas the L3VV Auger dictates the resonant valence band spectra close to and at the Ni L3 X-ray absorption edge.
DOI: 10.1063/1.5048578
ISSN: 2158-3226
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