On the nature of the dhcp to fcc transition under pressure in Pr and Pr-Th alloys
V Vijayakumar B K Godwal S K Sikka R Chidambaram
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The results of electrical resistance (R), thermoelectric power (TEP) and X-ray diffraction measurements on praseodymium (Pr) and its alloys with thorium under pressure are reported. The maximum inR vsP curve exhibited by Pr persists only in the dhcp phase of PrTh alloy. X-ray measurements confirmed that in the alloys also the maximum inR vsP curve is due to the dhcp → fcc transition. Thus the behaviour of Pr and Pr-Th alloys is different from that of La and its alloys with Ce and Th where the maximum in theR vsP curve is electronic in origin and is exhibited by the dhcp, fcc and dist fcc phases.
V Vijayakumar1 B K Godwal1 S K Sikka1 R Chidambaram1
Volume 97, 2023
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