A quasiperiodic intermediate-valence system was prepared by applying pressure to an icosahedral Cd-Yb quasicrystal. In this system, each quasiperiodic lattice point has a charge degree of freedom. Yb LIII x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments demonstrate that the Yb valence increases continuously upon compression from a divalent state at ambient pressure and reaches 2.33 at 31.7 GPa. A comparison study to the crystalline approximant suggests that the quasiperiodically arranged Yb ions have a homogeneous intermediate valence that takes a valence fluctuation state under pressure.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2010 Jun 25|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics