We have studied the physical properties of a pressure-induced insulating phase in PrFe4P12 via Hall effect, 31P-NMR and magnetization measurements under quasi-hydrostatic pressure. In the Hall effect measurement, a decrease in the number of hole carriers due to the metal-insulator (M-I) transition is confirmed, indicating a band insulating state. The 31P-NMR spectrum exhibits abrupt broadening and the susceptibility is suppressed markedly owing to the M-I transition, suggesting that an antiferromagnetic ordering occurs in the insulating phase and the M-I transition is of first order. Both spectra corresponding to the metallic and insulating phases are observed simultaneously in a wide temperature range near the M-I transition. This fact reflects the sensitivity of the M-I transition to uniaxial stress, which is confirmed in the resistivity measurement under uniaxial stress.
- Antiferromagnetic ordering
- Filled skutterudite
- Pressure-induced metal-insulator transition
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)