Polycrystalline samples of AxV2Al20 (A = Ce, Th, U, Np, Pu; 0.7 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) actinide intermetallics were synthesized using the arc-melting method. Crystal structure studies were performed by means of powder x-ray diffraction and the Rietveld refinement method. All studied compounds crystallize in the CeCr2Al20-type structure (space group Fd-3m, no. 227) with the actinoid and Ce atom located in the oversized icosahedral cage formed by Al atoms. Comparison of the crystallographic results with the reported data for LnV2Al20 (Ln = lanthanoids) counterparts reveals distinctly different behaviour of the lanthanoid- and actinoid-bearing compounds. This difference is suggested to be caused by fairly localized character of the 4f electrons, whereas itinerant character of the 5f electrons is likely seen for U- and Np-containing phases. Magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements did not reveal any magnetic ordering in U0.8V2Al20, Np0.8V2Al20 and Pu0.8V2Al20 down to 2.5 K. A small anomaly in low-temperature specific heat of Ce0.8V2Al20, U0.8V2Al20, and Np0.8V2Al20 is observed, likely arising from a low-energy Einstein mode.
|Kategoria:||Publikacja w czasopiśmie|
|Typ:||artykuł w czasopiśmie wyróżnionym w JCR|
JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS
strony 1113 - 1119,
|Opis bibliograficzny:||Winiarski M., Griveau J., Colineau E., Wochowski K., Wiśniewski P., Kaczorowski D., Caciuffo R., Klimczuk T.: Synthesis and properties of AxV2Al20 (A = Th, U, Np, Pu) ternary actinide aluminides// JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS. -Vol. 696, (2017), s.1113-1119|