Volume 82, Number 5, June 2008
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties|
|Published online||27 May 2008|
Pressure-induced americium valence fluctuations revealed by electrical resistivity
Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, 121 16 Prague 2, Czech Republic, EU
2 European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements - Postfach 2340, D-76125 Karlsruhe, Germany, EU
3 Institute of Physics ASCR - Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague 8, Czech Republic, EU
4 Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, CEA – Centre de Valduc - F-21120 Is-sur-Tille, France, EU
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 11 April 2008
Electrical resistivity of americium-plutonium fcc alloys was studied over a series of high-pressureinduced structural phase transitions accompanied by a volume collapse. The temperature dependence of resistivity flattens progressively in the high-pressure phases pointing to the presence of random strong scatterers at the Fermi energy. A theoretical analysis shows that this development is not related to the expected simple delocalization of Am states. Instead it points to pressure-induced americium valence fluctuations (-), which provides a new microscopic basis for the understanding of transuranium materials on the verge of localization of the electronic states.
PACS: 75.30.Mb – Valence fluctuation, Kondo lattice, and heavy-fermion phenomena / 74.62.Fj – Pressure effects / 74.25.Fy – Transport properties (electric and thermal conductivity, thermoelectric effects, etc.)
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