We report the observation of a strongly coupled first-order charge-density wave (CDW) transition in a high-quality single crystal of the intermetallic compound Lu5Ir4Si10. The first-order nature is ascertained by a very narrow and huge cusp (360 J/mol K) in the specific heat. The susceptibility and the resistivity also show sharp jumps at the transition TCDW=83K. The periodic lattice distortion associated with the CDW is exemplified by the formation of x-ray superlattice reflections along the tetragonal c→ axis with →q ≈ (0, 0, 3/7)(T < 83K). Although our results are in accordance with a quasi-one-dimensional CDW scenario, the first-order transition suggests a strong interchain coupling. We propose Lu5Ir4Si10 as a paradigm of such strong-coupling CDW systems.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1999 Jan 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics