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Valence effect on the thermopower of Eu systems

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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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Seiro,  S.
Silvia Seiro, Physics of Quantum Materials, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Caroca-Canales,  N.
Physics of Quantum Materials, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Hassinger,  E.
Physics of Unconventional Metals and Superconductors, 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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Stockert, U., Seiro, S., Caroca-Canales, N., Hassinger, E., & Geibel, C. (2020). Valence effect on the thermopower of Eu systems. Physical Review B, 101(23): 235106, pp. 1-7. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.101.235106.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-981B-1
Abstract
We investigated the thermoelectric transport properties of EuNi2P2 and EuIr2Si2 to evaluate the relevance of Kondo interaction and valence fluctuations in these materials. While the thermal conductivities behave conventionally, the thermopower curves exhibit large values with pronounced maxima as typically observed in Ce- and Yb-based heavy-fermion materials. However, neither the positions of these maxima nor the absolute thermopower values at low temperature are in line with the heavy-fermion scenario and the moderately enhanced effective charge carrier masses. Instead, we may relate the thermopower in our materials to the temperature-dependent Eu valence by taking into account changes in the chemical potential. Our analysis confirms that valence fluctuations play an important role in EuNi2P2 and EuIr2Si2.