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Photoemission spectroscopy of the filled skutterudite compound YbFe$$_{4}$$Sb$$_{12}$$

Okane, Tetsuo ; Fujimori, Shinichi  ; Mamiya, Kazutoshi; Okamoto, Jun; Muramatsu, Yasuji; Fujimori, Atsushi; Nagamoto, Yasuyuki*; Koyanagi, Tsuyoshi*

The filled skutterudite compounds $$RT_{4}X_{9}$$ ($$R$$ = alkaline earth, rare earth, actinide; $$T$$ = Fe, Ru, Os; $$X$$ = pnictogen: P, As, Sb) exhibit a variety of physical properties such as superconductivity, magnetic ordering, heavy-Fermion behavior, and metal-insulator transition. Among them, YbFe$$_{4}$$Sb$$_{12}$$ shows a heavy-Fermion or intermediate-valence behavior in the magnetic, electrical transport, and thermal properties, which might be associated with a valence instability of Yb atom. In this study, the electronic structure of YbFe$$_{4}$$Sb$$_{12}$$ have been investigated by the high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy, using He discharge lamp and synchrotron radiation as an excitation sources. The bulk and surface components of the Yb$$^{2+}$$ signal is clearly divided in the spectra. The relation of the energy position between them is anomalous compared to that of the conventional mixed-valent Yb compounds.

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