We grew high-quality single crystals of SrCo2P2 with the ThCr2Si2-type tetragonal structure, and clarified the Fermi surface properties by carrying out de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) experiments and energy band calculations. SrCo2P2 is known to be a nearly ferromagnetic compound, where the magnetic susceptibility follows the Curie-Weiss law above 200 K, with the effective magnetic moment μeff = 1.72 μB/Co, but becomes almost constant below about 100 K. The electronic specific heat coefficient γ is thus relatively large, being γ = 40 mJ/(K2·mol). Detected dHvA branches possess the corresponding cyclotron effective masses mc∗, ranging from 0.87 to 7.2 m0 (m0: rest mass of an electron). The angular dependences of the dHvA frequencies are well explained by the results of full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) energy band calculations, revealing a multiply-connected band 25th hole Fermi surface and a compensated nearly cylindrical band 26th electron Fermi surface. It is thus concluded that the electronic state of SrCo2P2 is nearly three-dimensional rather than two-dimensional.
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