We investigate a new route to quasi-one-dimensional spin-chain systems which originates from the charge-ordering transition out of a homogeneous mixed-valence state. We present evidence that Yb4As3 and P, Sb doped mixed crystals are well described by this mechanism. Many thermodynamic and low-temperature transport heavy-fermion-like properties can be explained by the existence of low-lying quasi-one-dimensional spin excitations in the Yb3+-chains. The observation of soliton excitations in a transverse external field gives further support to the existence of spin chains in Yb4As3. We also present recent results on spin-glass behavior at very low temperature caused by the interchain coupling and disorder. In addition, the yet unexplained magnetotransport effects are discussed.
- Low-energy excitations
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering