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Anti-site disorder and improved functionality of Mn2NiX (X = Al, Ga, In, Sn) inverse Heusler alloys
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 116, no 13, 133903- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Recent first-principles calculations have predicted Mn2NiX (X = Al, Ga, In, Sn) alloys to be magnetic shape memory alloys. Moreover, experiments on Mn2NiGa and Mn2NiSn suggest that the alloys deviate from the perfect inverse Heusler arrangement and that there is chemical disorder at the sublattices with tetrahedral symmetry. In this work, we investigate the effects of such chemical disorder on phase stabilities and magnetic properties using first-principles electronic structure methods. We find that except Mn2NiAl, all other alloys show signatures of martensitic transformations in presence of anti-site disorder at the sublattices with tetrahedral symmetry. This improves the possibilities of realizing martensitic transformations at relatively low fields and the possibilities of obtaining significantly large inverse magneto-caloric effects, in comparison to perfect inverse Heusler arrangement of atoms. We analyze the origin of such improvements in functional properties by investigating electronic structures and magnetic exchange interactions.  

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2014. Vol. 116, no 13, 133903- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237927DOI: 10.1063/1.4896906ISI: 000343872500037OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-237927DiVA: diva2:770469
Available from: 2014-12-10 Created: 2014-12-08 Last updated: 2014-12-10Bibliographically approved

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