Relaxing Kondo screened Kramers-doublets in CeRhSi3

J. Pásztorová, A Howell, M. Songvilay, P. M. Sarte, J. A. Rodriguez-Rivera, A. M. Arévalo-López, K. Schmalzl, A. Schneidewind, S. R. Dunsiger, D. K. Singh, C. Petrovic, R. Hu, C. Stock

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CeRhSi3 is a superconductor under pressure coexisting with a weakly antiferromagnetic phase characterized by a Bragg peak at ~q0=( 0.2, 0, 0.5) (N. Aso et al. J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 310, 602 (2007)). The compound is also a heavy fermion material with a large specific heat coefficient γ=110 mJ · mol−1 · K−2 and a high Kondo temperature of TK=50 K indicative that CeRhSi3 is in a strongly Kondo screened state. We apply high resolution neutron spectroscopy to investigate
the magnetic fluctuations in the normal phase, at ambient pressures, and at low temperatures. We measure a commensurate dynamic response centered around the ~Q=(0, 0, 2) position that grad-
ually evolves to H 0.2 with decreasing temperature and/or energy transfers. The response is broadened both in momentum and energy and not reminiscent of sharp spin wave excitations found in insulating magnets where the electrons are localized. We arameterize the excitation spectrum and temperature dependence using a heuristic model utilizing the random phase approximation to
couple relaxing Ce3+ ground state Kramers doublets with a Kondo-like dynamic response. With a Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) exchange interaction within the ab plane and an in-
creasing single site susceptibility, we can qualitatively reproduce the neutron spectroscopic results in CeRhSi3 and namely the trade-off between scattering at commensurate and incommensurate positions. We suggest that the antiferromagnetic phase in CeRhSi3 is driven by weakly correlated relaxing localized Kramers doublets and that CeRhSi3 at ambient pressures is on the border be- tween a Rudderman-Kittel-Yosida antiferromagnetic state and a Kondo screened phase where static magnetism is predominately absent.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2019


  • cond-mat.str-el
  • cond-mat.supr-con

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