NMR study of trialuminide intermetallics
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We present a systematic study of the DO22-structure trialuminide intermetallic alloys using 27Al NMR spectroscopy. The quadrupole splittings, Knight shifts, and spin-lattice relaxation times on Al3Ti, Al3V, Al3Nb, and Al3Ta have been identified. Knight-shift tensors were isolated by observation of quadrupole satellite lines and fitting to the central-transition powder patterns. The results are associated with the local electronic density of states for each crystallographic site. Universally small isotropic Knight shifts and long T1’s are consistent with low Fermi-surface densities of states indicating the importance of Fermi-surface features for the phase stability of these alloys. Larger anisotropic Knight shifts occurring at aluminum site I indicate strong hybridization at this site, and the electric-field-gradient tensors confirm the strong ab plane bonding configuration. Local-moment magnetism is found in Al3V, yet electrically this material appears very similar to the other DO22 aluminides.