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Title: Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type (Gd, Tb, Dy){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} and La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type (Dy, Ho){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} compounds: Crystal structure and magnetic properties

The crystal structure of new Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type (Gd, Tb, Dy){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} (Immm, No. 71, oI10) and La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type (Dy, Ho){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} (Cmce No. 64, oC20) compounds has been established using powder X-ray diffraction studies. Magnetization measurements show that the Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} undergoes a ferromagnetic transition at ~66 K, whereas isostructural Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} shows an antiferromagnetic transition at ~52 K and a field-induced metamagnetic transition at low temperatures. Neutron diffraction study shows that, in zero applied field, Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} exhibits c-axis antiferromagnetic order with propagation vector K=[1/2, 0, 1/2] below its magnetic ordering temperature and Tb magnetic moment reaches a value of 8.32(5) μ{sub B} at 2 K. The La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} exhibits ferromagnetic like transition at ~42 K with coexisting antiferromagnetic interactions and field induced metamagnetic transition below ~17 K. The magnetocaloric effect of Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65}, Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} and Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} is calculated in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change and it reaches a maximum value of −14.3 J/kg K, −5.3 J/kg K and −10.3 J/kg K for a field change of 50 kOe nearmore » 66 K, 52 K and 42 K, respectively. Low temperature magnetic ordering with enhanced anisotropic effects in Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} and Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} is accompanied by a positive magnetocaloric effect with isothermal magnetic entropy changes of +12.8 J/kg K and ~+9.9 J/kg K, respectively at 7 K for a field change of 50 kOe. - Graphical abstract: The (Gd, Tb, Dy){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} supplement the series of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type rare earth compounds, whereas the (Dy, Ho){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} supplement the series of La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type rare earth compounds. The variation of alloy’s composition by ~3 at% i.e. from Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} to Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} leads to significant transformation of crystal structure of compound with different variant of distortion of Po-type rare earth sublattice, as in Gd–Co–Ga and Er–Ni–In systems: the Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type Gd{sub 2}Co{sub 2}Ga and La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type Gd{sub 2}Co{sub 2.9}Ga{sub 0.1}, and Mo{sub 2}FeB{sub 2}-type Er{sub 2}Ni{sub 1.78}In and Mn{sub 2}AlB{sub 2}-type Er{sub 2}Ni{sub 2}In. Magnetization measurements indicate collinear ferromagnetic ordering of Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} and a complex antiferromagnetic ordering with low-temperature metamagnetic nature for Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} compounds. However, neutron diffraction study in zero applied field of Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} reveals c-axis pure antiferromagnetic ordering of terbium sublattice with K=[1/2, 0, 1/2] propagation vector. Magnetization measurements indicate ferromagnetic order with coexisting antiferromagnetic interactions and low-temperature metamagnetic state for La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5}. We suggest possible polymorphism in other Mo{sub 2}FeB{sub 2}-type, Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type, La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type and Mn{sub 2}AlB{sub 2}-type rare earth compounds with corresponding change in their magnetic properties. - Highlights: • (Gd, Tb, Dy){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} compounds crystallize in the Mo{sub 2}NiB{sub 2}-type structure. • (Dy, Ho){sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} compounds crystallize in the La{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}-type structure. • Gd{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} shows pure ferromagnetic type ordering. • Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} and Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} show mixed ferro-antiferromagnetic ordering. • Tb{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.35}Si{sub 0.65} and Dy{sub 2}Ni{sub 2.5}Si{sub 0.5} exhibit low-temperature metamagnetic behaviour.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5]
  1. Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, House 1, Building 3, Moscow 119992, GSP-2 (Russian Federation)
  2. CNRS, Insitut. Néel, 25 rue des Martyrs BP166, F-38042 Grenoble (France)
  3. (France)
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India)
  5. Departamento de Física Teórica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal 59082-970 (Brazil)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22475617
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 225; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 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:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ANTIFERROMAGNETISM; DYSPROSIUM SILICIDES; FERROMAGNETISM; HOLMIUM SILICIDES; LANTHANUM COMPOUNDS; MAGNETIC MOMENTS; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES; MAGNETIZATION; MOLYBDENUM COMPOUNDS; NEUTRON DIFFRACTION; NICKEL BORIDES; ORTHORHOMBIC LATTICES; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; POWDERS; TERBIUM SILICIDES; TETRAGONAL LATTICES; X-RAY DIFFRACTION