Element-specific electronic structure and magnetic properties of an epitaxial Ni51.6Mn32.9Sn15.5 thin film at the austenite-martensite transition
2015 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 91, no 21, 214417Article in journal (Refereed) Published
An austenite-martensite transition was observed in a 100-nm-thick Ni51.6Mn32.9Sn15.5 film by temperature-dependent resistivity and magnetization measurements, revealing a martensite starting temperature of M-S approximate to 260 K. The influence of the structural phase transition on the electronic structure and the magnetic properties was studied element specifically employing temperature-dependent x-ray-absorption spectroscopy and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. In addition, density functional theory calculations have been performed to study the electronic and magnetic properties of both phases. It is shown that off-stoichiometric Ni-Mn-Sn alloys can exhibit a substantial magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy in the martensite phase. For Mn a change of the electronic structure and a strong increase of the ratio of orbital to spin magnetic moment m(l)/m(S) can be observed, whereas for Ni nearly no changes occur. Applying an external magnetic field of B = 3 T reverses the change of the electronic structure of Mn and reduces the ratio of m(l)/m(S) from 13.5 to approximate to 1 % indicating a field-induced reverse martensitic transition.
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2015. Vol. 91, no 21, 214417
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256994DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.214417ISI: 000355967300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-256994DiVA: diva2:832834