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Title: Magnetism and magnetocaloric effect in multicomponent Laves-phase compounds: Study and comparative analysis

This paper presents a review and results of comparative study of the influence of Gd on some physical properties of (R{sub 0.9}R′{sub 0.1}){sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}Co{sub 2} solid solutions with R=Dy, Ho and R′=Er, Ho and x varied from 0.05 to 0.15. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis performed at room temperature revealed that all studied solid solutions solidify with the formation of a Laves-phase MgCu{sub 2}-type structure (space group Fd−3m). The magnetization behavior and the magnetic transition are analyzed in terms of the Landau theory. The studies of magnetic properties and heat capacity showed that a relatively small Gd addition significantly increases T{sub C} of the compounds. The maximum percentage increase in T{sub C}, namely, ∼43% was observed for (Ho{sub 0.9}Er{sub 0.1}){sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}Co{sub 2}. However, the highest temperature was noted for the (Dy{sub 0.9}Ho{sub 0.1}){sub 0.85}Gd{sub 0.15}Co{sub 2} solid solution; it is T{sub C}=183.4 K. Below the ordering temperature, all samples are ferrimagnetically ordered; at high temperatures, they are Curie–Weiss paramagnets. Moreover, a small Gd addition eliminates the field-induced magnetic transition near T{sub C} and, as consequence, transforms the nature of magnetic transition from the first- to second-order. The magnetocaloric effect has been estimated in terms of both isothermal magnetic entropymore » and adiabatic temperature changes. The highest adiabatic temperature change ΔT{sub ad}=3 K and highest isothermal entropy change ΔS{sub mag}=12.1 J/kg K were observed for (Ho{sub 0.9}Er{sub 0.1}){sub 0.95}Gd{sub 0.05}Co{sub 2} at ∼90 K in magnetic fields of 2 T and 3 T, respectively. A decrease in the entropy change has been observed with increasing Gd content in all studied samples. The smallest values of ΔS{sub mag} were observed for the (Dy{sub 0.9}Ho{sub 0.1}){sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}Co{sub 2} solid solutions. Under an external field change of from 0 to 3 T, the maximum entropy change for (Dy{sub 0.9}Ho{sub 0.1}){sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}Co{sub 2} compounds decreases from 6.9 at x=0.05–4.3 J/kg K at x=0.15. The refrigerant capacity for all solid solutions (with 0.05≤x≤0.15) is reported. The effect of increasing Gd content in the solid solutions on their magnetic and magnetocaloric properties is discussed. - Graphical abstract: Temperature dependencies of ΔT{sub ad} induced by µ{sub 0}H=1 and 2 T in (a) (Ho{sub 0.9}Er{sub 0.1}){sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}Co{sub 2} and (b) (Dy{sub 0.9}Er{sub 0.1}){sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}Co{sub 2} solid solutions. Display Omitted.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
22274171
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 209; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ENTROPY; INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS; LAVES PHASES; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES; MAGNETISM; MAGNETIZATION; POWDERS; RARE EARTHS; SOLID SOLUTIONS; SPACE GROUPS; SPECIFIC HEAT; X-RAY DIFFRACTION