The intermediate-valence compound SmB6 is a well-known Kondo insulator, in which the hybridization of itinerant 5d electrons with localized 4f electrons leads to a transition from metallic to insulating behavior at low temperatures. Recent studies suggest that SmB6 is a topological insulator, with topological metallic surface states emerging from a fully insulating hybridized bulk band structure. Here, we locally probe the bulk magnetic properties of pure and 0.5% Fe-doped SmB6 by muon spin rotation/relaxation methods. Below 6 K, the Fe impurity induces simultaneous changes in the bulk local magnetism and the electrical conductivity. In the low-T insulating bulk state we observe a temperature-independent dynamic relaxation rate indicative of low-lying magnetic excitations driven primarily by quantum fluctuations.
|Journal||Physical Review B|
|Publication status||Published - 06-06-2017|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics