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Strong in-plane anisotropy in the electronic structure of fixed-valence $β$-LuAlB$_4$

Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics American Physical Society (2020)

P Reiss, J Baglo, H Tan, X Chen, S Friedemann, K Kuga, FM Grosche, S Nakatsuji, M Sutherland

The origin of intrinsic quantum criticality in the heavy-fermion superconductor $\beta$-YbAlB$_4$ has been attributed to strong Yb valence fluctuations and its peculiar crystal structure. Here, we assess these contributions individually by studying the isostructural but fixed-valence compound $\beta$-LuAlB$_4$. Quantum oscillation measurements and DFT calculations reveal a Fermi surface markedly different from that of $\beta$-YbAlB$_4$, consistent with a `large' Fermi surface there. We also find an unexpected in-plane anisotropy of the electronic structure, in contrast to the isotropic Kondo hybridization in $\beta$-YbAlB$_4$.

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