The 4 f crystalline electric field (CEF) of the Pr 3+ ion of PrPt2Cd20 with a cubic crystal structure has been studied by measuring its high-field magnetization up to 45 T, specific heat in a wide temperature range in magnetic fields, and electrical resistivity. Magnetization curves for the magnetic field along the  and  directions show metamagnetic-like features at approximately 1.5 and 15 T, respectively. The specific heat shows a Schottky peak centered at 2.4 K. These experimental results were explained well by the CEF scheme with the non-Kramers Γ3 doublet ground state with a small overall CEF splitting energy of about 40 K. The specific heat also shows another broad peak below 1 K with an associated entropy release of R ln 2. This peak was interpreted by a split of the Γ3 doublet ground state with an energy of Δ = 0.4 K. These results suggest that the local symmetry of the Pr site is lowered from a cubic one. The possible reasons for this symmetry lowering are discussed.
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