The electrical resistivity rho and its temperature derivative d rho /dT of two TbZn monocrystals have been studied over a large temperature range encompassing the Curie temperature (Tc approximately 199.56K) and the spin reorientation temperature (Tr approximately 61.9K). Particular emphasis is put on the critical behaviour analysis. A detailed study shows that a scaling law behaviour characterised by a finite but fairly small critical exponent cannot be experimentally distinguished from a logarithmic dependence above Tc. The cross-over temperature to the mean field behaviour is also pointed out. Outside the critical region, the anomalously large d rho /dT values observed over most of the ferromagnetic range are explained using a mean field model. Finally, the critical behaviour of d rho /dT near Tr is analysed, and the resemblance to the anomaly observed in the specific heat is pointed out.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
- Metals and Alloys