We have performed inelastic neutron scattering experiment on a powder sample of the ferromagnetic filled skutterudite compound NdOs4 Sb12 in order to clarify the crystal-field (CF) states of 4f electrons in this system. At lowest temperature 15 K, two inelastic peaks have been observed at energy transfers 23.0 and 30.2 meV. The intensity of these two peaks decreases with increasing temperature, as expected for excitations from the CF ground state. This observation of CF excitations evidences the localized character of 4f electrons in NdOs4 Sb12. From this result and the bulk magnetic susceptibility of NdOs4 Sb12, possible CF level schemes are discussed.
- Crystal field excitations
- Inelastic neutron scattering
- NdOs Sb
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering