Influence of the Rare-earth Element on the Effects of the Structural and Magnetic Phase Transitions in CeFeAsO, PrFeAsO and NdFeAsO


We present results of transport and magnetic properties and heat capacity measurements on polycrystalline CeFeAsO, PrFeAsO and NdFeAsO. These materials undergo structural phase transitions, spin density wave-like magnetic ordering of small moments on iron and antiferromagnetic ordering of rare-earth moments. The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity, Hall coefficient and magnetoresistance are reported. The magnetic behavior of the materials have been investigated using Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetization measurements. Transport and magnetic properties are affected strongly by the structural and magnetic transitions, suggesting significant changes in the band structure and/or carrier mobilities occur, and phonon-phonon scattering is reduced upon transformation to the low-temperature structure. Results are compared with recent reports for LaFeAsO, and systematic variations in properties as the identity of Ln is changed are observed and discussed. As Ln progresses across the rare-earth series from La to Nd, an increase in the hole contributions to the Seebeck coefficient and increases in magnetoresistance and the Hall coefficient are observed in the low-temperature phase. Analysis of hyperfine fields at the iron nuclei determined from Mössbauer spectra indicates that the moment on Fe in the orthorhombic phase is nearly independent of the identity of Ln, in apparent contrast to reports of powder neutron diffraction refinements. © IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.



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