Optical conductivity of Yb1-xLuxB12: Energy gap and mid-infrared peak in diluted Kondo semiconductors

Citation
H. Okamura et al., Optical conductivity of Yb1-xLuxB12: Energy gap and mid-infrared peak in diluted Kondo semiconductors, PHYS REV B, 62(20), 2000, pp. R13265-R13269
Citations number
24
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Apllied Physucs/Condensed Matter/Materiales Science
Journal title
PHYSICAL REVIEW B
ISSN journal
0163-1829 → ACNP
Volume
62
Issue
20
Year of publication
2000
Pages
R13265 - R13269
Database
ISI
SICI code
0163-1829(20001115)62:20<R13265:OCOYEG>2.0.ZU;2-I
Abstract
We have measured the optical conductivity sigma(omega) of Yb1-xLuxB12 (0 le ss than or equal tox less than or equal to1), where the system evolves from a Kondo semiconductor at x=0 to a nonmagnetic metal at x=1; For x=0, sigma (omega) exhibits a clear energy gap with an onset at similar to 20 meV and a shoulder at 38 meV. As. x increases, the gap:is rapidly filled in from th e bottom, while the shoulder remains at similar to 40 meV up to x = 1/2. Th ese results suggest that Lu substitution into YbB12 produces an in-gap band , but the characteristic energy for the gap remains unchanged in a wide ran ge of x. Spectral evolutions of a characteristic mid-infrared peak, which r esults from Yb 4f-derived states near the Fermi level, suggest a strong cou pling of Yb 4f electrons with conduction electrons.