Large magnetocaloric effects in magnetic intermetallics: First-principles and Monte Carlo studies
1 University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Physics and CENIDE, 47048 Duisburg, Germany
2 Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II), TU München, 65748 Garching, Germany
3 Department of Physics, Osaka University, Machikaneyama 1-1, Osaka 560-0043, Japan
4 Condensed Matter Physics Department, Chelyabinsk State University, 454021 Chelyabinsk, Russia
5 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas A&M, College Station, Texas 77843, USA
6 NIT, Akita College, Akita, Japan
7 Department of Engineering and Technology, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204, USA
8 Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, Mugla University, Mugla, Turkey
a Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have performed ab initio electronic structure calculations and Monte Carlo simulations of frustrated ferroic materials where complex magnetic configurations and chemical disorder lead to rich phase diagrams. With lowering of temperature, we find a ferromagnetic phase which transforms to an antiferromagnetic phase at the magnetostructural (martensitic) phase transition and to a cluster spin glass at still lower temperatures. The Heusler alloys Ni-(Co)-Mn-(Cr)-(Ga, Al, In, Sn, Sb) are of particular interest because of their large inverse magnetocaloric effect associated with the magnetostructural transition and the influence of Co/Cr doping. Besides spin glass features, strain glass behavior has been observed in Ni-Co-Mn-In. The numerical simulations allow a complete characterization of the frustrated ferroic materials including the Fe-Rh-Pd alloys.
© Owned by the authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2015
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.