High field magnetization, magnetoresistance and pressure effects of magnetic susceptibility, thermal expansion and electrical resistivity were examined for the intermediate valence system YbPd, which undergoes two first-order transitions at T1 = 125 K and T2 = 105 K. Analyses of high field magnetization suggest that half of the Yb atoms have magnetic moments below 100 K up to 55 T. The Yb valence state and the first-order transitions are stable up to 55 T. On the other hand, T1 and T2 decrease with increasing pressure and the first-order transitions disappear at around 4 GPa. Above the critical pressure, the experimental results suggest that the intermediate valence state persists down to the lowest temperature or a heavy fermion state is formed. We will show that most experimental results are explained reasonably by assuming the first-order transitions as a valence order transition of Yb. The magnetic ordering temperature is decreased with increasing pressure, in contrast to other Yb intermediate valence or Kondo systems. This may be correlated with the instability of the valence ordered state in this compound.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics