Enhancement of positive magnetoresistance following a magnetic-field-induced ferromagnetic transition in an intermetallic compound, Tb5Si3

Jammalamadaka, S. Narayana
Mohapatra, Niharika
Das, Sitikantha D
Sampathkumaran, E. V.
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We report the existence of a field-induced ferromagnetic transition in the magnetically ordered state (<69 K) of an intermetallic compound, Tb5Si3, and this transition is distinctly first-order at 1.8 K (near 60 kOe), whereas it appears to become second order near 20 K. The finding we stress is that the electrical resistivity becomes suddenly large in the high-field state after this transition and this is observed in the entire temperature range in the magnetically ordered state. Such an enhancement of 'positive' magnetoresistance (below 100 kOe) at the metamagnetic transition field is unexpected on the basis that the application of magnetic field should favor a low-resistive state due to alignment of spins.
Comment: PRB (Rapid Communication), 1st Feb., 2009 issue
Condensed Matter - Strongly Correlated Electrons, Condensed Matter - Materials Science