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Thermopower Evolution in Yb(Rh1-xCox)2Si2 Upon 4f Localization

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Stockert,  U.
Physics of Quantum Materials, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Klingner,  C.
Physics of Quantum Materials, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Geibel,  C.
Christoph Geibel, Physics of Quantum Materials, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Steglich,  F.
Frank Steglich, Physics of Quantum Materials, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Stockert, U., Klingner, C., Krellner, C., Zlatic, V., Geibel, C., & Steglich, F. (2019). Thermopower Evolution in Yb(Rh1-xCox)2Si2 Upon 4f Localization. Journal of Low Temperature Physics, 196(3-4), 364-374. doi:10.1007/s10909-019-02187-6.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-780C-9
Abstract
We present thermopower measurements on Yb(Rh1-xCox)2Si2. Upon cobalt substitution, the Kondo temperature is decreasing and the single large thermopower minimum observed for YbRh2Si2 splits into two minima. Simultaneously, the absolute thermopower values are strongly reduced due to a weaker exchange coupling between the 4f and the conduction electron states with increasing x. Pure YbCo2Si2 is considered a stable trivalent system. Nevertheless, we still observe two minima in the thermopower indicative of weak residual Kondo scattering. This is in line with results from photoemission spectroscopy revealing a tiny contribution from Yb2+. The value at the high-T minimum in S(T) is found to be proportional to the Sommerfeld coefficient for the whole series. This unexpected finding is discussed in relation to recent measurements of the valence and Fermi surface evolution with temperature.