We measured the magnetization in high magnetic fields up to 500kOe, together with the magnetic susceptibility, ac-susceptibility and magnetoresistance for heavy fermion compounds YbT2Zn20 (T : Co, Rh, Ir). The metamagnetic behaviour or an abrupt nonlinear increase of magnetization was observed at the magnetic field Hm at temperatures lower than a characteristic temperature Tχmax below which the magnetic susceptibility becomes almost constant : Tχmax = 7.4K and Hm = 97kOe in YbIr2Zn20, T χmax = 5.3K and Hm = 64kOe in YbRh2Zn 20, and Tχmax = 0.32K and Hm = 6kOe in YbCo2Zn20. From the present data and the data in several Ce and U heavy fermion compounds, a simple relation between Tχmax and Hm was obtained : Hm(kOe) = 15Tχmax(K) .
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