The study of magnon-drag effects in the thermopower of CuCr 2X4 (X = S, Se and Te)

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Abstract

The electrical resistivity ρ and thermopower S of metallic ferromagnets CuCr2X4 (X=S,Se or Te) are measured at low temperatures and in an external magnetic field of 1.5 Tesla. These properties are dominated by strong scattering effects in their ferromagnetic phase, resulting in (a) ρ(T) ∼A T2dependence with very large value of coefficient A ≈ 1 - 3×10-8 Ω-cm/K2 in resistivity and (b) a peak in the thermopower around TC/3 . Thermopower is further increased by crystalline order and by the alignment of magnetic domains in an external magnetic field as has been found for Cu1+x Cr 2Te4. We have interpreted these effects as due to strongly coherent momentum conserving electron-magnon scattering giving a large T 2 - contribution in resistivity and a large drag effect in thermopower.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032060
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume200
Issue numberSECTION 3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication

Keywords

  • Magnon drag
  • Phonon drag
  • Spinels
  • Thermopower

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