We investigate the effects of carbon and boron doping on the thermal expansion of the hexagonal (P 63 mmc) intermetallic YbGaGe. X-ray powder diffraction was used to measure the lattice constants on pure and doped (C or B at nominal levels of 0.5%) samples from T∼10 K to T∼300 K. Also measured were resistivity, specific heat, and magnetic susceptibility. While the pure YbGaGe samples exhibit positive thermal volume expansion, (V300 K - V10 K). V300 K =0.94, the volume expansion in the lightly C- or B-doped samples changes slope and tends toward zero-volume expansion. Such a strong response to light doping suggests that the underlying mechanism for the reported zero-volume expansion is substitutional disorder, and not the previously proposed valence fluctuations.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Dec 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics