The second-order phase transition into a hidden order phase in URu2Si2goes along with an order parameter that is still a mystery, despite 30 years of research. However, it is understood that the symmetry of the order parameter must be related to the symmetry of the low-lying local electronic f-states. Here, we present results of a spectroscopic technique, namely core-level nonresonant inelastic X-ray scattering (NIXS). This method allows for the measurement of local high-multipole excitations and is bulk-sensitive. The observed anisotropy of the scattering function unambiguously shows that the 5f ground-state wave function is composed mainly of the Λ1with majority Jz= |4) + |-4 and/or Λ2singlet states. The incomplete dichroism indicates the possibility that quantum states of other irreducible representation are mixed into the ground state.

Direct bulk-sensitive probe of 5f symmetry in URu2Si2

Sala, Marco Moretti;
2016-01-01

Abstract

The second-order phase transition into a hidden order phase in URu2Si2goes along with an order parameter that is still a mystery, despite 30 years of research. However, it is understood that the symmetry of the order parameter must be related to the symmetry of the low-lying local electronic f-states. Here, we present results of a spectroscopic technique, namely core-level nonresonant inelastic X-ray scattering (NIXS). This method allows for the measurement of local high-multipole excitations and is bulk-sensitive. The observed anisotropy of the scattering function unambiguously shows that the 5f ground-state wave function is composed mainly of the Λ1with majority Jz= |4) + |-4 and/or Λ2singlet states. The incomplete dichroism indicates the possibility that quantum states of other irreducible representation are mixed into the ground state.
Crystal-electric field; Heavy fermions; Hidden order; Strongly correlated electron systems; X-ray spectroscopy; Multidisciplinary
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