Overview No. 145 Metamagnetic transitions, phase coexistence and metastability in functional magnetic materials

TitleOverview No. 145 Metamagnetic transitions, phase coexistence and metastability in functional magnetic materials
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsRoy SB, Chaddah P, Pecharsky VK, Gschneidner KA
Journal TitleActa Materialia
Volume56
Pages5895-5906
Date Published12/01
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1359-6454
Accession NumberISI:000261542900001
Keywords1ST-ORDER TRANSITION, CHARGE ORDER, DISORDER, DOPED MANGANITES, ferromagnetism, field, GLASS-TRANSITION, magnetism, Magnetostructural transformations, metamagnetism, Phase coexistence, phase transformations, rare-earth, separation, state
Abstract

Magnetic field-induced transitions (metamagnetic transitions) play an important role in defining functionality of various classes of magnetic materials. Rare earth manganites showing colossal magnetoresistance and Gd-5(Ge1-xSix)(4) alloys showing a giant magnetocaloric effect are typical examples that are or interest to the solid-state physics, chemistry and materials science communities. The key features of the metamagnetic transitions occurring in these systems are phase coexistence and metastability. This generality is highlighted by comparing experimental results characterizing three different classes of magnetic materials. A generalized framework of disorder-influenced first-order phase transition is introduced to understand the experimental data, which have considerable bearing oil the functionality of these model materials. (C) 2008 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/j.actamat.2008.08.040
Alternate JournalActa Mater.