Transport and thermodynamic evidence for a marginal Fermi-liquid state in ZrZn 2

Mike Sutherland, R. P. Smith, N. Marcano, Y. Zou, S. E. Rowley, F. M. Grosche, N. Kimura, S. M. Hayden, S. Takashima, M. Nohara, H. Takagi

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Abstract

Measurements of low-temperature transport and thermodynamic properties have been used to characterize the non-Fermi-liquid state of the itinerant ferromagnet ZrZn 2. We observe a T5 /3 temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity at zero field, which becomes T2-like in an applied field of 9 T. In zero field, we also measured the thermal conductivity, and we see a novel linear-in-T dependence of the difference between the thermal and electrical resistivities. Heat-capacity measurements, also at zero field, reveal an upturn in the electronic contribution at low temperatures when the phonon term is subtracted. Taken together, we argue that these properties are consistent with a marginal Fermi-liquid state, which is predicted by a mean-field model of enhanced spin fluctuations on the border of ferromagnetism in three dimensions. We compare our data to quantitative predictions and establish this model as a compelling theoretical framework for understanding ZrZn 2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035118
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 18 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Sutherland, M., Smith, R. P., Marcano, N., Zou, Y., Rowley, S. E., Grosche, F. M., Kimura, N., Hayden, S. M., Takashima, S., Nohara, M., & Takagi, H. (2012). Transport and thermodynamic evidence for a marginal Fermi-liquid state in ZrZn 2 Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 85(3), [035118]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.85.035118