Electronic Transport in Itinerant Metamagnets with Strong Static Disorder
We report on electronic transport in nearly magnetic conductors with strong structural disorder. The initial motivation for this work was a large positive magnetoresistance (MR) found in magnetically ordered ground state of (Y1-xGdx)Co2 alloys. This was a surprising result since a large positive MR is not expected in a system with strong static magnetic or structural disorder. Contemporary theory of magnetotransport and common sense agree that an external magnetic field should suppress magnetic fluctuations, resulting in a negative MR. On the contrary; a positive MR suggests that an external magnetic field enhances static magnetic disorder. It was shown that unusual MR of (Y1-xGdx)Co2 alloys is related to a combination of structural disorder and metamagnetic instability of itinerant Co-3d electrons. The new mechanism of MR is common of a broad class of materials featuring a static magnetic disorder and itinerant metamagnetism. Such systems display a number of unusual properties, among them strong pressure and magnetic field dependencies of resistivity and thermopower, Non-Fermi-Liquid (NFL) behavior of resistivity and, possibly, of thermopower. We review the relevant experimental data, mostly the properties of RCo2-based alloys, and discuss the theoretical model developed for the interpretation of the experimental results. This model includes new mechanism of magnetoresistivity in structurally disordered itinerant magnetic alloys.
A.T. Burkov et al., "Electronic Transport in Itinerant Metamagnets with Strong Static Disorder", Solid State Phenomena, Vols. 168-169, pp. 521-524, 2011