We present the synthesis and experimental characterization of the binary intermetallic compound Pr7Ru3. The polycrystalline sample was prepared by arc melting pure Pr and Ru, followed by homogenization at 500 °C and 600 °C for 48 and 89 h, respectively. Powder x-ray diffraction confirms that Pr7Ru3 crystallizes in an orthorhombic crystal structure (Pnma, space group no. 62) with the lattice parameters: a = 7.3606(7) Å, b = 23.120(1) Å and c = 6.5959(5) Å. Magnetization, resistivity, and heat capacity measurements reveal a ferromagnetic transition in Pr7Ru3 with the Curie temperature TC ∼ 24.5 K. The bulk transition is confirmed by a large λ-shape anomaly observed in the specific heat measurement. The magnetic susceptibility above the transition obeys the modified Curie-Weiss law with a positive Curie-Weiss temperature ϴCW = 30(1) K and an effective magnetic moment of 3.39(1) μB/Pr. Resistivity data for Pr7Ru3 reveals metallic-like behavior with a clear anomaly at the transition temperature which is smeared by an applied magnetic field. We also synthesized high-quality nonmagnetic analog La7Ru3 for which superconducting transition is observed with Tc = 1.95 K, in agreement with the literature.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry