Thermal properties of Lu5Ir4Si10 near the charge-density-wave transition

Y. K. Kuo, C. S. Lue, F. H. Hsu, H. H. Li, H. D. Yang

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Abstract

We report the investigations of specific heat, thermal conductivity, as well as thermoelectric power on the charge-density-wave (CDW) compound Lu5Ir4Si10 as a function of temperature. All thermal measurements consistently exhibit anomalous features around the CDW transition temperature To∼80 K. Although the observations can be associated with the CDW formation, the measured anomalies are significantly large, in contrast to those in weak-coupled CDW materials. A quantitative analysis for the specific-heat data near the fluctuation region yields a critical exponent α∼2, much larger than the predicted value α=0.5 in the extended mean-field theory assuming three-dimensional fluctuations. We also obtained a ratio γ*/γ= 8.4, a factor of 6 larger than the BCS value 1.43 in the weak-coupling limit, indicating a strong coupling of this phase transition. Besides, the observed giant excess specific heat ΔCp/Cp∼26% and thermal conductivity ΔK/K∼15% at To further support this strong-coupling scenario. These large enhancements in Cp and κ are attributed to the results of substantially thermal excitation and heat carried by the soft phonons at the transition. In addition, a rapid change in the sign of thermoelectric power at To was observed, which provides a better understanding of the evolution of electronic band structure of the system below and above the CDW formation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125124
Pages (from-to)1251241-1251246
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume64
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Sep 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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