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Intermediate-valence quasicrystals in Yb-based alloys under pressure

Watanuki, Tetsu; Kawana, Daichi*; Machida, Akihiko; Tsai, A. P.*

A quasiperiodic intermediate-valence system is demonstrated by applying pressure to an icosahedral Cd-Mg-Yb quasicrystal as well as our previous report on a Cd-Yb quasicrystal. Yb $$L$$$$_{rm III}$$-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments demonstrate that the Yb valence increases continuously upon compression from the divalent state at ambient pressure, and reaches a valence of 2.37 at 16.3 GPa. Unlike other known quasicrystals, these Yb-based quasiperiodic intermediate-valence systems have the following two characteristics. (1) Each quasiperiodic lattice point has a charge degree of freedom, and (2) pressure can control the strength of the electron correlations.

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