Semimetallic behavior in NMR evidence

Chin Shan Lue, Joseph H. Ross

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We report the results of a (Formula presented) and (Formula presented) nuclear magnetic resonance study of (Formula presented) at temperatures between 4 and 550 K. This material has been a subject of current interest due to indications of possible heavy fermion behavior. The low-temperature NMR relaxation rate follows a Korringa law, indicating a small density of carriers at the Fermi level. At elevated temperatures, the shifts and relaxation rates go over to a thermally activated response, a semiconductorlike behavior, consistent with separate low-lying bands removed from the Fermi-level. These results are consistent with recent electronic structure calculations, and can explain both the reported activated resistivity as well as the Fermi cutoff exhibited in photoemission studies. While we observe nonstoichiometric samples of (Formula presented) to be magnetic, the (Formula presented) composition is nonmagnetic, with narrow NMR linewidths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9763-9766
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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