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Title: The magnetocaloric effect and critical behaviour of the Mn0.94Ti0.06CoGe alloy
Authors: Shamba, P
Wang, JL
Debnath, JC
Kennedy, SJ
Zeng, R
Din, MFM
Hong, F
Cheng, ZX
Studer, AJ
Dou, SX
Keywords: X-ray diffraction
Phase transformations
Orthorhombic lattices
Issue Date: 6-Feb-2013
Publisher: IOP Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Shamba, P., Wang, J. L., Debnath, J.C., Kennedy, S.J., Zeng, R., Md Din, M.F., Hong, F., Cheng, Z.X., Studer, A.J., & Dou, S.X. (2013). The magnetocaloric effect and critical behaviour of the Mn0.94Ti0.06CoGe alloy. Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, 25 (5), 56001. doi:10.1088/0953-8984/25/5/056001
Abstract: Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of the Mn(0.94)Ti(0.06)CoGe alloy have been investigated using x-ray diffraction, DC magnetization and neutron diffraction measurements. Two phase transitions have been detected, at T(str) = 235 K and T(C) = 270 K. A giant magnetocaloric effect has been obtained at around Tstr associated with a structural phase transition from the low temperature orthorhombic TiNiSi-type structure to the high temperature hexagonal Ni(2)In-type structure, which is confirmed by neutron study. In the vicinity of the structural transition, at T(str), the magnetic entropy change, -Delta S(M) reached a maximum value of 14.8 J kg(-1) K(-1) under a magnetic field of 5 T, which is much higher than that previously reported for the parent compound MnCoGe. To investigate the nature of the magnetic phase transition around T(C) = 270 K from the ferromagnetic to the paramagnetic state, we performed a detailed critical exponent study. The critical components gamma, beta and delta determined using the Kouvel-Fisher method, the modified Arrott plot and the critical isotherm analysis agree well. The values deduced for the critical exponents are close to the theoretical prediction from the mean-field model, indicating that the magnetic interactions are long range. On the basis of these critical exponents, the magnetization, field and temperature data around T(C) collapse onto two curves obeying the single scaling equation M(H, epsilon) = epsilon(beta)f +/- (H/epsilon(beta+gamma)). © 2013 IOP Publishing LTD
Gov't Doc #: 4895
ISSN: 0953-8984
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