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Observation of two charge ordering transitions in the valence-fluctuating EuPtP by resonant X-ray diffraction

Inami, Toshiya; Michimura, Shinji; Mitsuda, Akihiro*; Wada, Hirofumi*

Two first-order phase transitions of the valence-fluctuating compound EuPtP at $$T_1$$=246 K and $$T_2$$=200 K were examined by means of resonant X-ray diffraction at the Eu $$L_3$$ absorption edge. Although previous M$"o$ssbauer spectroscopy and preliminary X-ray diffraction experiments have suggested charge ordered states, characteristic energy spectra of the 111 and 11$$frac{2}{3}$$ reflections observed in the present experiment unambiguously indicated that twofold and threefold superstructures of Eu valence exist below $$T_2$$ and between $$T_1$$ and $$T_2$$, respectively. We also propose a mechanism to explain the charge ordering in EuPtP based on a charge-lattice coupling that alters a Coulomb repulsion.



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Category:Materials Science, Multidisciplinary



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