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      Thermoelectric power; cerium; high pressure

    • Abstract


      The electronic phase transition in cerium occurring near 7 kbar pressure at room temperature which is attributed to the 4f–5d electron promotion has been studied using thermoelectric power as a tool. The important results that have emerged out of this work are: (a) the relatively large variation in the absolute thermoelectric power ofγ-cerium (normal fcc phase) with pressure prior to the phase transition (in contrast to the rather small resistivity change with pressure in this region); (b) a sharp decrease in the thermoelectric power accompanying the iso-structuralγ-α phase transition; and (c) the continuous decrease in the thermoelectric power ofα-cerium (collapsed fcc phase) with pressure, ultimately changing sign at higher pressures. An explanation based on the “virtual bound state” model is proposed to account for these results.

    • Author Affiliations


      T G Ramesh1 A S Reshamwala1 S Ramaseshan1

      1. Materials Science Division, National Aeronautical Laboratory, Bangalore - 560017
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  • Pramana – Journal of Physics | News

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