Ferromagnetic ordering in ThSi2 type CeAu0.28Ge1.72

C. Peter Sebastian, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis*

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The compound CeAu0.28Ge1.72 crystallizes in the ThSi2 structure type in the tetragonal space group I41/amd with lattice parameters a=b=4.2415(6) Å c=14.640(3) Å. CeAu0.28Ge1.72 is a polar intermetallic compound having a three-dimensional Ge/Au polyanion sub-network filled with Ce atoms. The magnetic susceptibility data show Curie-Weiss law behavior above 50 K. The compound orders ferromagnetically at ∼8 K with estimated magnetic moment of 2.48 μB/Ce. The ferromagnetic ordering is confirmed by the heat capacity data which show a rise at ∼8 K. The electronic specific heat coefficient (γ) value obtained from the paramagnetic temperature range 15-25 K is∼124(5) mJ/ mol K2. The entropy change due to the ferromagnetic transition is ∼4.2 J/mol K which is appreciably reduced compared to the value of R ln(2) expected for a crystal-field-split doublet ground state and/or Kondo exchange interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)878-882
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Ferromagnetism
  • Kondo behavior
  • ThSi type structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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