Fermi surface of LaRu4 P12: A clue to the origin of the metal-insulator transition in PrRu4 P12

S. R. Saha, H. Sugawara, Y. Aoki, H. Sato, Y. Inada, H. Shishido, R. Settai, Y. Onuki, H. Harima

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Abstract

We report the de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) effect and magnetoresistance in the filled-skutterudite superconductor LaRu4 P12, which is a reference material of PrRu4 P12 that exhibits a metal-insulator (M-I) transition at TMI 60 K. The observed dHvA branches for the main Fermi surface (FS) are well explained by the band-structure calculation, using the full potential linearized augmented-plane-wave method with the local-density approximation, suggesting a nesting instability with q= (1,0,0) in the main multiply connected FS as expected also in PrRu4 P12. Observed cyclotron effective masses of (2.6-11.8) m0, which are roughly twice the calculated masses, indicate the large mass enhancement even in the La-skutterudites. Comparing the FS between LaRu4 P12 and PrRu4 P12, an essential role of c-f hybridization cooperating with the FS nesting in driving the M-I transition in PrRu4 P12 is clarified.

Original languageEnglish
Article number132502
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume71
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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