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Title: Exploring electrical conductivity anomalies across the martensite transition in Fe{sub 7}Pd{sub 3} ferromagnetic shape memory alloys: Experiments and ab-initio calculations

Conductivity in Fe{sub 7}Pd{sub 3} is characterized by an anomalous increase when traversing the face–centered–cubic (fcc) austenite to face–centered–tetragonal (fct) martensite transition, contrary to most other conventional and ferromagnetic shape memory alloys. Experiments on molecular– beam–epitaxy–grown single crystals indicate a resistivity change of ≈20% during the transformation on top of a quadratic temperature dependence reaching up to room temperature. The physical foundations of residual resistivity changes along the full Bain path are addressed by a Kubo– Greenwood approach within the framework of density functional theory. To do so, a concept to reliably extract the DC conductivities is proposed that yields reproducible results consistent with experiments. Finding that conductivity peaks in the fct phase, we identify a large density of states paired with high velocities at the Fermi level in the majority spin sub–bands in presence of minimum s–d electron scattering as underlying physical origin.
Authors:
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  1. Leibniz–Institute for Surface Modification (IOM), Translational Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Leipzig, Permoserstrasse 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22412750
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 9; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; AUSTENITE; DENSITY FUNCTIONAL METHOD; DENSITY OF STATES; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; ELECTRONS; EPITAXY; FCC LATTICES; FERMI LEVEL; INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS; IRON; MARTENSITE; MONOCRYSTALS; PALLADIUM; SHAPE MEMORY EFFECT; SPIN; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0273-0400 K