Mixed valence compound Yb4As3 which shows the charge ordering of Yb3+ and Yb2+ around 300K has been considered to be a heavy fermion system with extremely low carrier concentration. So the main interest in this system is to know whether the heavy fermion behavior surely comes from such low carrier concentration. To make this situation clear, single crystals of Yb4(As1-xPx)3 were grown and their transport properties, magnetic susceptibility and specific heat were measured. With increasing concentration of phosphor the system becomes semiconductive, however, the specific heat and magnetic susceptibility are almost the same as those of pure Yb4As3. This result shows that the large α-value of Yb4As3 is not due to the mass enhancement as seen in usual heavy fermion systems but arises from another magnetic correlation.
- Low carrier concentration systems
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering