Here we present synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction experiments combined with diamond anvil cell and laser heating techniques on the intermetallic rare earth compound TbPt (Pnma and Z = 4) up to 32.5 GPa and ~1800 K. The lattice parameters of TbPt exhibit continuous compression behavior up to 18.2 GPa without any evidence of phase transformation. Pressure–volume data were fitted to a third-order Birch–Murnaghan equation of state with V 0 = 175.5(2) Å3, = 110(5) GPa and = 3.8(7). TbPt exhibits anisotropic compression with β a > β b > β c and the ratio of axial compressibility is 2.50:1.26:1.00. A new monoclinic phase of TbPt assigned to the Pc or P2/c space group was observed at 32.5 GPa after laser heating at ~1800 K. This new phase is stable at high pressure and presented a quenchable property on decompression to ambient conditions. The pressure–volume relationship is well described by the second-order Birch–Murnaghan equation of state, which yields V 0 = 672(4) Å3, = 123(6) GPa, which is about ~14% more compressible than the orthorhombic TbPt. Our results provide more information on the structure and elastic property view, and thus a better understanding of the physical properties related to magnetic structure in some intermetallic rare earth alloys.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Physics Condensed Matter|
|Early online date||12 Mar 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Apr 2018|