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Field-induced valence fluctuations in YbB12

Kurihara, R.; Miyake, A.; Tokunaga, M.; Ikeda, A.; Matsuda, Y. H.; Miyata, A.; Gorbunov, D.; Nomura, T.; Zherlitsyn, S.; Wosnitza, J.

We performed high-magnetic-field ultrasonic experiments on YbB12 up to 59 T to investigate the valence fluctuations in Yb ions. In zero field, the longitudinal elastic constant C11, the transverse elastic constants C44 and (C11 −C12)/2, and the bulk modulus CB show a hardening with a change of curvature at around 35 K indicating a small contribution of valence fluctuations to the elastic constants. When high magnetic fields are applied at low temperatures, CB exhibits a softening above a field-induced insulator-metal transition signaling field-induced valence fluctuations. Furthermore, at elevated temperatures, the field-induced softening of CB takes place at even lower fields and CB decreases continuously with field. Our analysis using the multipole susceptibility based on a two-band model reveals that the softening of CB originates from the enhancement of multipole-strain interaction in addition to the decrease of the insulator energy gap. This analysis indicates that field-induced valence fluctuations of Yb cause the instability of the bulk modulus CB.

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