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Title: Phase Transitions and Magnetocaloric Properties in MnCo 1$-$ xZr xGe Compounds

The structural, magnetic, and magnetocaloric properties of MnC o 1 - x Z r x Ge ( 0.01 x 0.04 ) have been studied through X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and magnetization measurements. Results indicate that the partial substitution of Zr for Co in MnC o 1 - x Z r x Ge decreases the martensitic transition temperature ( T M ). For x = 0.02, T M was found to coincide with the ferromagnetic transition temperature ( T C ) resulting in a first-order magnetostructural transition (MST). A further increase in zirconium concentration ( x = 0.04) showed a single transition at T C . The MST from the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic state results in magnetic entropy changes ( - Δ S M ) of 7.2 J/kgK for Δ H = 5T at 274K for x = 0.02. The corresponding value of the relative cooling power (RCP) was found to be 266 J/kg for Δ H = 5 T. The observed large value of MCE and RCP makes this system a promising material for magnetic cooling applications.
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  1. Department of Physics, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
  2. Department of Physics & Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
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FG02-06ER46291; FG02-13ER46946
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Advances in Condensed Matter Physics
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Journal Volume: 2017; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-06-13 17:02:30; Journal ID: ISSN 1687-8108
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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