Dilution and Non-Fermi-liquid effects in the CePtIn Kondo lattice

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Ragel, F. C.
P de V du Plessis
A M Strydom
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Journal of Physics
Measurements of electrical resistivity (ρ(T)), magnetoresistivity (MR), magnetic susceptibility (χ(T)) and heat capacity (CP(T)) are presented for the (Ce1−xLax)PtIn alloy system of which the CePtIn parent is a known dense Kondo compound that does not order magnetically down to 50 mK. χ(T) for alloys 0≤x≤0.8 exhibits Curie–Weiss behaviour. ρ(T) results indicate a transition from a dense Kondo behaviour for 0≤x≤0.2 to a single-ion Kondo region (0.3≤x≤0.8). The Kondo energy scale as given by TK values calculated from MR studies and by the temperature Tmaxρ(mag) where the magnetic contribution to ρ(T) exhibits a maximum value, is compared with theoretical models. It is shown that the experimental results not only depend on a volume effect as given by the compressible Kondo lattice model of Lavagna but in addition confirm the more complex behaviour recently presented by Burdin and Fulde for a Kondo alloy system in which the magnetic (Ce) and non-magnetic (La) atoms are distributed randomly. Non-Fermi-liquid behaviour is predicted by Burdin and Fulde at certain critical concentrations of the alloy system and experimental evidence for this is presented through χ(T), ρ(T) and CP(T) measurements.