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Title: Importance of doping and frustration in itinerant Fe-doped Cr 2Al

We performed an experimental and theoretical study comparing the effects of Fe-doping of Cr 2Al, an antiferromagnet with a N el temperature of 670 K, with known results on Fe-doping of antiferromagnetic bcc Cr. (Cr 1-xFe x) 2Al materials are found to exhibit a rapid suppression of antiferromagnetic order with the presence of Fe, decreasing T N to 170 K for x=0.10. Antiferromagnetic behavior disappears entirely at x≈0.125 after which point increasing paramagnetic behavior is exhibited. Moreover, this is unlike the effects of Fe doping of bcc antiferromagnetic Cr, in which T N gradually decreases followed by the appearance of a ferromagnetic state. Theoretical calculations explain that the Cr 2Al-Fe suppression of magnetic order originates from two effects: the first is band narrowing caused by doping of additional electrons from Fe substitution that weakens itinerant magnetism; the second is magnetic frustration of the Cr itinerant moments in Fe-substituted Cr 2Al. In pure-phase Cr 2Al, the Cr moments have an antiparallel alignment; however, these are destroyed through Fe substitution and the preference of Fe for parallel alignment with Cr. This is unlike bulk Fe-doped Cr alloys in which the Fe anti-aligns with the Cr atoms, and speaks to the importance ofmore » the Al atoms in the magnetic structure of Cr 2Al and Fe-doped Cr 2Al.« less
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Journal Name:
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 392; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0304-8853
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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OSTI ID: 1247834