Divalent-to-trivalent transition of Sm in SmS: Implications for the high-pressure magnetically ordered state

E. Annese, A. Barla, C. Dallera, G. Lapertot, J. P. Sanchez, G. Vankó

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Abstract

We present a resonant x-ray emission study of the pressure-induced valence transition of SmS. Spectra excited at the L3 absorption edge of Sm ions were recorded at applied pressures ranging from 1 to 18 GPa, at room temperature. Thanks to its extreme sensitivity to the electronic configuration, resonant inelastic x-ray emission is well suited to follow precisely the small valence changes in the high pressure region. The Sm valence is found to increase from 2.7 at 1 GPa to 3 at 18 GPa, and the trivalent state is reached at pc ∼13 GPa. Our results imply that the transition to the trivalent state at pc is not accompanied by any detectable change of the magnetic properties, as inferred from the nuclear forward scattering measurements, with respect to those of the intermediate valent state (p>2 GPa).

Original languageEnglish
Article number140409
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume73
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 10 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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