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Behavior of Sm in the boron cage of Sm-doped $$R$$B$$_{6}$$ ($$R$$ =Yb, La) observed by multiple-wavelength neutron holography

Uechi, Shoichi*; Oyama, Kenji*; Fukumoto, Yohei*; Kanazawa, Yuki*; Happo, Naohisa*; Harada, Masahide; Inamura, Yasuhiro; Oikawa, Kenichi; Matsuhra, Wataru*; Iga, Fumitoshi*; Kevin, A.*; Hayashi, Koichi*

We have succeeded in visualizing the local atomic structures around Sm in $$R$$B$$_{6}$$ ($$R$$ =Yb, La), in which a rareearth atom is located in the boron cage, using the newly developed technique for local structure investigations, multiple-wavelength neutron holography in a pulsed neutron facility. From the local atomic structures, we were able to clarify the behavior of Sm in the boron cage. Doped Sm in YbB$$_6$$ fluctuates within the boron cage with a mean displacement of 0.25(4) ${AA}$, while that of Sm in LaB$$_6$$ is approximately 0.15 ${AA}$. The Sm doping causes the fluctuation of the first-nearest-neighbor B with a mean displacement of 0.28 ${AA}$, while its effect on La, Yb, and the rest of the boron atoms is negligible. These are the first observations of the local behavior of doped rare-earth atoms and B in rare-earth borides with boron cages.

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