Seminar: Spectroscopic investigation of UFe2Si2, URu2Si2, UNi2Si2, and UPd2Si2

15 Nov2019

Speaker: Andrea Severing, University of Cologne

Time: Nov 15, 2019 :: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


BRIM 311

We have carried out hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) measurements at the U 4f core level and non-resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (NIXS) at the U O4,5 edges of UT2Si2 compounds that all form in the tetragonal ThCr2Si2 structure but exhibit different ground state properties: UFe2Si2 is a Pauli paramagnet; URu2Si2 is the famous hidden order compound of which the order parameter is still fiercely debated despite 30 years of intense experimental and theoretical studies; UPd2Si2 and UNi2Si2 are antiferromagnets with TN well above 100 K and sizeable ordered magnetic moments.

We have determined the degree of the 5f-electron localization (HAXPES) as well as the symmetry of the 5f ground state wave function (NIXS) across these very different compounds. This enabled us to identify their systematics and to place them tentatively in an effective Doniach phase diagram.

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