The lattice parameters a, b and c of TmCu2, GdCu2 and YCu2 have been measured in the temperature range from 4.2 K up to 300 K using X-ray powder diffraction. The influence of the crystal field on the thermal expansion in TmCu2 in the paramagnetic region (TmCu2 orders magnetically at TN = 6.3 K) has been determined by comparing the thermal expansion of the nonmagnetic YCu2 with that of TmCu2 . The data thus obtained are compared with a theoretical model given in Gratz et. al. 1993 using a set of crystal field parameters published by Gabbiness et al. 1992. GdCu2, for which the influence of the crystal field can be neglected (Gd3+ : L = 0), has also been investigated in order to study the influence of the exchange interaction below the magnetic ordering temperature of 42K.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Materials Science Forum|
|Issue number||pt 2|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|
|Event||Proceedings of the 3rd European Powder Diffraction Conference. Part 2 (of 2) - Vienna, Austria|
Duration: 25 Sep 1993 → 28 Sep 1993