Electrical Behaviour of Heavy Electron Compounds

  • C. S. Sunandana


We consider in this paper certain aspects of the electrical resistivity behaviour of selected heavy electron compounds. First we classify the compounds into two broad categories:
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    Compounds exhibiting convexity followed by resistivity saturation or virtually temperature independent resistivity: Np, UPt3, UIn3, USn3 also U2Ti and U3T (T = Si, Os, Ir) (to be discussed later), UPt, UCd11:

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    Phases with a negative temperature coefficient of resistivity down to low temperatures ( ∼ 50K) leading to anomalous maxima and a precipitous drop to zero/small value at subkelvin temperatures: U2Zn17, NpBe13, CeCu6, CeAl3, CeCu2Si2, CePb3 and UBe13 — in the order of increasing sharpness of the low temperature maximum.



Uranium Cerium AuCu CeCu 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. S. Sunandana
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PhysicsUniversity of HyderabadHyderabadIndia

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