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Title: Anti-site mixing and magnetic properties of Fe 3Co 3Nb 2 studied via neutron powder diffraction

Here, we studied the crystal structure and magnetic properties of the rare-earth-free intermetallic compound Fe 3Co 3Nb 2, which has recently been demonstrated to have potentially high magnetic anisotropy, using temperature-dependent neutron powder diffraction. Furthermore, the temperature dependence of the diffraction spectra reveals a magnetic transition between 300 and 400 K, in agreement with the magnetometry measurements. According to the structural refinement of the paramagnetic state and the substantial magnetic contribution to the diffuse scattering in the ferromagnetic state, the Fe/Co anti-site mixing is so strong that the site occupation for Fe and Co is almost random. The projection of the magnetic moments turned out to be non-zero along the c axis and in the a–b plane of Fe 3Co 3Nb 2, most likely because of the exchange interactions between the randomly orientated nanograins in the samples. These findings suggest that future studies on the magnetism of Fe 3Co 3Nb 2 need to take the Fe/Co anti-site mixing into account, and the exchange interactions need to be suppressed to obtain large remanence and coercivity.
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  1. Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience
  2. Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (United States); Xi'an Jiaotong Univ., ShaanXi (People's Republic of China)
  3. Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
  4. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Quantum Condensed Matter Division
  5. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Chemical Engineering Materials Division
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physics. D, Applied Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 50; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3727
IOP Publishing
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; magnetic coercivity; neutron diffraction; intermetallic compound
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