# Tri-critical point and suppression of the Shastry-Sutherland phase in Ce$_{2}$Pd$_{2}$Sn by Ni doping

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Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Oct 03, 2011
Submission Date
Oct 03, 2011
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.134404
Source
arXiv
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## Abstract

Structural, magnetization and heat capacity measurements were performed on Ce$_2$(Pd$_{1-x}$Ni$_x$)$_2$Sn ($0 \leq x \leq 0.25$) alloys, covering the full range of the Mo$_2$FeB$_2$ structure stability. In this system, the two transitions observed in Ce$_2$Pd$_2$Sn (at $T_N=4.8$\,K and $T_C=2.1$\,K respectively) converge into a tri-critical point at $T_{cr}\approx 3.4$\,K for $x\approx 0.3$, where the intermediate antiferromagnetic AF phase is suppressed. The $T_N(x)$ phase boundary decrease is due to an incipient Kondo screening of the Ce-4f moments and local atomic disorder in the alloy. Both mechanisms affect the formation of Ce-magnetic dimers on which the Shastry-Sutherland lattice (SSL) builds up. On the contrary, the $T_C(x)$ transition to the ferromagnetic ground state increases as a consequence of the weakening of the AF-SSL phase. Applied magnetic field also suppresses the AF phase like in the stoichiometric compound.

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