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Title: Structure and physical properties of RE{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} (RE=Ce, Pr, Nd) compounds

We have synthesized the compounds RE{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} (RE =Ce, Pr, Nd) by arc melting. The crystal structure obtained from single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction suggests that these compounds crystallize in the α-ThSi{sub 2} structure type. The magnetic susceptibility data of Ce{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} follows Curie–Weiss (CW) law above 25 K without any magnetic ordering down to 2 K. The effective magnetic moment (μ{sub eff}) was calculated as 2.53 μ{sub B}/Ce and negative Curie paramagnetic temperature (θ{sub p})=−2.4 K hint weak antiferromagnetic coupling among the adjacent spins. Pr{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} shows a complex magnetic behavior wherein the magnetic susceptibility at field cooled and zero field cooled modes bifurcates at 11.5 K with the latter undergoing a cusp like maxima, probably due to weak ferromagnetic interaction. The θ{sub p} and μ{sub eff} obtained are 4 K and 4.33 μ{sub B}/Pr, respectively. Nd{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} undergoes multiple magnetic transitions. Temperature dependent resistivity data reveals that three compounds are metallic in nature. - Graphical abstract: The compounds Ce{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3}, Pr{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} and Nd{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} have been synthesized by arc melting. X-ray diffraction suggests tetragonal α-ThSi{sub 2} type structure and diverse magnetic properties exhibited in the magnetic measurements. - Highlights:more » • Two new compounds Ce{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3}, Nd{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} and known Pr{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} synthesized by arc melting. • Crystal structure of the compounds derived from X-ray diffraction. • Ce{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} and Pr{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} exhibit antiferromagnetic ordering. • Nd{sub 2}AgGe{sub 3} shows multiple magnetic transition with ferrimagnetic like behavior.« less
Authors:
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  1. New Chemistry Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore 560064 (India)
  2. UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Mumbai Centre, R-5 Shed, BARC Campus, Mumbai 400085 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22486776
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 229; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ANTIFERROMAGNETISM; CERIUM; COUPLING; GERMANIUM; INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS; MAGNETIC MOMENTS; MAGNETIC SUSCEPTIBILITY; MAGNETIZATION; MELTING; MONOCRYSTALS; NEODYMIUM; PARAMAGNETISM; POWDERS; PRASEODYMIUM; SILVER; TETRAGONAL LATTICES; THORIUM; TRANSITION TEMPERATURE; X-RAY DIFFRACTION