We present THz range optical conductivity data of a thin film of the near quantum critical heavy-fermion compound CeFe2Ge2. Our complex conductivity measurements find a deviation from conventional Drude-like transport in a temperature range previously reported to exhibit unconventional behavior. We calculate the frequency-dependent effective mass and scattering rate using an extended Drude model analysis. We find the inelastic scattering rate can be described by a temperature-dependent power law ωn(T), where n(T) approaches ∼1.0±0.2 at 1.5 K. This is compared to the ρ∼T1.5 behavior claimed in dc resistivity data and the ρ∼T2 expected from Fermi-liquid theory. In addition to a low-temperature mass renormalization, we find an anomalous mass renormalization that persists to high temperature. We attribute this to a Hund's coupling in the Fe states in a manner similar to that recently proposed in the ferropnictides. CeFe2Ge2 appears to be a very interesting system where one may study the interplay between the usual 4f lattice Kondo effect and this Hund's enhanced Kondo effect in the 3d states.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics