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Title: Metallic behavior induced by potassium doping of the trigonal antiferromagnetic insulator EuMn2As2

Here, we report magnetic susceptibility χ, isothermal magnetization M, heat capacity Cp, and electrical resistivity ρ measurements on undoped EuMn2As2 and K-doped Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 and Eu0.93K0.07Mn2As2 single crystals with the trigonal CaAl2Si2-type structure as a function of temperature T and magnetic field H. EuMn2As2 has an insulating ground state with an activation energy of 52 meV and exhibits antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of the Eu+2 spins S=7/2 at TN1=15 K from Cp(T) and χ(T) data with a likely spin-reorientation transition at TN2=5.0 K. The Mn+2 3d5 spins-5/2 exhibit AFM ordering at TN=142 K from all three types of measurements. The M(H) isotherm and χ(T) data indicate that the Eu AFM structure is both noncollinear and noncoplanar. The AFM structure of the Mn spins is also unclear. A 4% substitution of K for Eu in Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 is sufficient to induce a metallic ground state. We found evidence for a difference in the AFM structure of the Eu moments in the metallic crystals from that of undoped EuMn2As2 versus both T and H. For metallic Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 and Eu0.93K0.07Mn2As2, an anomalous S-shape T dependence of ρ related to the Mn magnetism is found. Upon cooling from 200 K, ρ exhibits a strong negative curvature, reachesmore » maximum positive slope at the Mn TN≈150 K, and then continues to decrease but more slowly below TN. Finally, this suggests that dynamic short-range AFM order of the Mn spins above the Mn TN strongly suppresses the resistivity, contrary to the conventional decrease of ρ that is only observed upon cooling below TN of an antiferromagnet.« less
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Ames Lab. and Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy; Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin for Materials and Energy, Berlin (Germany)
  2. Ames Lab. and Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
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Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950; PRBMDO
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 94; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States