An x-ray diffraction study reveals the valence-ordering structure in an intermediate-valence magnet YbPd with a CsCl structure. The valence of the Yb ions forms an incommensurate structure, characterized by the wave vector (±0.07 ±0.07 1/2) below 130 K. At 105 K, the incommensurate structure turns into a commensurate structure, characterized by the wave vector (0 0 1/2). Based on the resonant x-ray diffraction spectra of the superlattice reflections, the valences of the Yb ions below 105 K are found to be 3+ and 2.6+. The origin of the long-wavelength modulation is discussed with the aid of an Ising model having next-nearest-neighbor interaction.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2013 Aug 19|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics