Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory
Journal or Book Title
Physical Review Letters
Bicritical points, at which two distinct symmetry-broken phases become simultaneously unstable, are typical for spin-flop metamagnetism. Interestingly, the heavy-fermion compound YbAgGe also possesses such a bicritical point (BCP) with a low temperature TBCP≈0.3 K at a magnetic field of μ0HBCP≈4.5 T. In its vicinity, YbAgGe exhibits anomalous behavior that we attribute to the influence of a quantum bicritical point that is close in parameter space yet can be reached by tuning TBCP further to zero. Using high-resolution measurements of the magnetocaloric effect, we demonstrate that the magnetic Grüneisen parameter ΓH indeed both changes sign and diverges as required for quantum criticality. Moreover, ΓH displays a characteristic scaling behavior but only on the low-field side H≲HBCP, indicating a pronounced asymmetry with respect to the critical field. We speculate that the small value of TBCP is related to the geometric frustration of the Kondo lattice of YbAgGe.
American Physical Society
Tokiwa, Y.; Garst, M.; Gegenwart, P.; Bud’ko, Sergey L.; and Canfield, Paul C., "Quantum Bicriticality in the Heavy-Fermion Metamagnet YbAgGe" (2013). Physics and Astronomy Publications. 607.