Monday, January 23, 2012

Strongly correlated electron systems in high magnetic fields III

Metamagnetism occurs when the magnetic susceptibility increases with increasing magnetic field. This generally does not occur in weakly interacting systems. For example, if the susceptibility is enhanced by magnetic fluctuations, these are generally decreased by a magnetic field. However, DMFT calculations show this can occur for intermediate coupling. This is discussed in detail in the following paper:

Quasiparticle properties of strongly correlated electron systems with itinerant metamagnetic behavior by J. Bauer

In a Fermi liquid picture the susceptibility can either increase due to an increase in the effective mass or increase due to the quasi-particle interaction F0a (the Landau Fermi liquid parameter which determines the Sommerfeld-Wilson ratio).

Possibly the most promising candidate material for some of this physics is CeRu2Si2. The susceptibility increasses by a factor of more than 8, whereas the specific heat coefficient gamma only increases by a factor of 1.6.

Other candidate heavy fermion materials include YbT2Zn20 (T : Co, Rh, Ir) which is the same family described in an earlier post because it has particularly interesting thermopower.

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