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Title: Evolution of magnetic properties and microstructure of Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11}B alloys

Amorphous Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11}B alloys produced by melt-spinning have been crystallized by annealing at 500–800 °C, and the products have been investigated using magnetization measurements, x-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. The results reveal the evolution of the phase fractions, microstructure, and magnetic properties with both annealing temperature and time. Crystallization of the phase denoted HfCo{sub 7}, which is associated with the development of coercivity, occurs slowly at 500 °C. Annealing at intermediate temperatures produces mixed phase samples containing some of the HfCo{sub 7} phase with the highest values of remanent magnetization and coercivity. The equilibrium structure at 800 °C contains HfCo{sub 3}B{sub 2}, Hf{sub 6}Co{sub 23}, and Co, and displays soft ferromagnetism. Maximum values for the remanent magnetization, intrinsic coercivity, and magnetic energy product among the samples are approximately 5.2 kG, 2.0 kOe, and 3.1 MGOe, respectively, which indicates that the significantly higher values observed in crystalline, melt-spun Hf{sub 2}Co{sub 11}B ribbons are a consequence of the non-equilibrium solidification during the melt-spinning process. Application of high magnetic fields during annealing is observed to strongly affect the microstructural evolution, which may provide access to higher performance materials in Zr/Hf-Co hard ferromagnets. The crystal structure of HfCo{sub 7} and the related Zr analogues is unknown,more » and without knowledge of atomic positions powder diffraction cannot distinguish among proposed unit cells and symmetries found in the literature.« less
Authors:
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  1. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22413044
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 117; Journal Issue: 5; 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; AMORPHOUS STATE; ANNEALING; APPROXIMATIONS; BORON ADDITIONS; COBALT BASE ALLOYS; COERCIVE FORCE; CRYSTAL STRUCTURE; CRYSTALLIZATION; FERROMAGNETISM; HAFNIUM ALLOYS; MAGNETIC FIELDS; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES; MAGNETIZATION; MICROSTRUCTURE; POWDERS; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SOLIDIFICATION; X-RAY DIFFRACTION