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Title: Thermal and magnetic hysteresis associated with martensitic and magnetic phase transformations in Ni52Mn25In16Co7 Heusler alloy

Ni-Mn-In-Co Heusler alloys demonstrate promising magnetocaloric performance for use as refrigerants in magnetic cooling systems with the goal of replacing the lower efficiency, eco-adverse fluid-compression technology. The largest change in entropy occurs when the applied magnetic field causes a merged structural and magnetic transformation and the associated entropy changes of the two transformations works constructively. In this study, magnetic and crystalline phase transformations were each treated separately and the effects of the application of magnetic field on thermal hystereses associated with both structural and magnetic transformations of the Ni52Mn25In16Co7 were studied. From the analysis of synchrotron diffraction data and thermomagnetic measurements, it was revealed that the alloy undergoes both structural (from cubic austenite to a mixture of 7M & 5M modulated martensite) and magnetic (ferromagnetic to a low-magnetization phase) phase transformations. Here, thermal hysteresis is associated with both transformations, and the variation of the thermal hystereses of the magnetic and structural transformations with applied magnetic field is significantly different. Because of the differences between the hystereses loops of the two transformations, they merge only upon heating under a certain magnetic field.
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  1. Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo MI (United States)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  3. Kotelnikov Institute of Radio-engineering and Electronics of RAS, Moscow (Russia)
  4. Univ. of Oviedo, Oviedo (Spain)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 442; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0304-8853
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation (NSF); Russian Science Foundation; USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Scientific User Facilities Division
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Giant magnetocaloric effect; Heusler alloys; Martensitic phase transformations; Magnetic phase transformations; Thermal hysteresis
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