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Magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Laves phase Fe2Ta1−xWx from first principles - the effect of 3d-5d hybridisation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3326-7786
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Abstract [en]

The magnetic properties of Fe2Ta and Fe2W in the hexagonal Laves phase are computed using density functional theory in the generalised gradient approximation, with the full potential linearised augmented plane wave method. The alloy Fe2Ta1-xWx is studied using the virtual crystal approximation to treat disorder. Fe2W is found to be ferrimagnetic with a saturation magnetisation of µ0Ms = 0.35 T, while Fe2Ta is ferromagnetic with µ0Ms = 0.66. The transition from the ferri- to the ferromagnetic state occurs for x ≤ 0.1. The magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE) is calculated to 1.25 MJ/m3 for Fe2Ta and 0.87 MJ/m3 for Fe2W. It is found to be smaller for all values x in Fe2Ta1-xWx. The MAE is carefully analysed in terms of the electronic structure and discussed with respect to 3d-5d hybridisation.

Keyword [en]
Magnetism, magnetic anisotropy, DFT, alloys
National Category
Condensed Matter Physics
Research subject
Physics with spec. in Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304665DiVA: diva2:1033473
Available from: 2016-10-07 Created: 2016-10-07 Last updated: 2016-10-07
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1. Theoretical and Computational Studies on the Physics of Applied Magnetism: Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy of Transition Metal Magnets and Magnetic Effects in Elastic Electron Scattering
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Theoretical and Computational Studies on the Physics of Applied Magnetism: Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy of Transition Metal Magnets and Magnetic Effects in Elastic Electron Scattering
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, two selected topics in magnetism are studied using theoretical modelling and computational methods. The first of these is the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE) of transition metal based magnets. In particular, ways of finding 3d transition metal based materials with large MAE are considered. This is motivated by the need for new permanent magnet materials, not containing rare-earth elements, but is also of interest for other technological applications, where the MAE is a key quantity. The mechanisms of the MAE in the relevant materials are reviewed and approaches to increasing this quantity are discussed. Computational methods, largely based on density functional theory (DFT), are applied to guide the search for relevant materials. The computational work suggests that the MAE of Fe1-xCox alloys can be significantly enhanced by introducing a tetragonality with interstitial B or C impurities. This is also experimentally corroborated. Alloying is considered as a method of tuning the electronic structure around the Fermi energy and thus also the MAE, for example in the tetragonal compound (Fe1-xCox)2B. Additionally, it is shown that small amounts (2.5-5 at.%) of various 5d dopants on the Fe/Co-site can enhance the MAE of this material with as much as 70%. The magnetic properties of several technologically interesting, chemically ordered, L10 structured binary compounds, tetragonal Fe5Si1-xPxB2 and Hexagonal Laves phase Fe2Ta1-xWx are also investigated. The second topic studied is that of magnetic effects on the elastic scattering of fast electrons, in the context of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A multislice solution is implemented for a paraxial version of the Pauli equation. Simulations require the magnetic fields in the sample as input. A realistic description of magnetism in a solid, for this purpose, is derived in a scheme starting from a DFT calculation of the spin density or density matrix. Calculations are performed for electron vortex beams passing through magnetic solids and a magnetic signal, defined as a difference in intensity for opposite orbital angular momentum beams, integrated over a disk in the diffraction plane, is observed. For nanometer sized electron vortex beams carrying orbital angular momentum of a few tens of ħ, a relative magnetic signal of order 10-3 is found. This is considered realistic to be observed in experiments. In addition to electron vortex beams, spin polarised and phase aberrated electron beams are considered and also for these a magnetic signal, albeit weaker than that of the vortex beams, can be obtained.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. 109 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1440
Keyword
Magnetism, Magnetic anisotropy, DFT, Permanent magnets, Electron vortex beams, Electron microscopy, Electron scattering, Multislice methods, Magnetism, magnetisk anisotropi, permanentmagneter, täthetsfunktionalteori, elektronmikroskopi, elektronvirvelstrålar, elektronspridningsteori
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Condensed Matter Physics
Research subject
Physics with spec. in Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304666 (URN)978-91-554-9753-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-11-25, Häggsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
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Felaktigt ISBN i den tryckta versionen: 9789155497149

Available from: 2016-11-02 Created: 2016-10-07 Last updated: 2016-12-19Bibliographically approved

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