Structural, magnetic, and magnetothermal properties of R(2)Co(2)Al (R = Tb, and Dy) compounds
|Title||Structural, magnetic, and magnetothermal properties of R(2)Co(2)Al (R = Tb, and Dy) compounds|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||Fu H, Zou M, Guo MS, Zheng Q, Zu XT|
|Journal Title||Materials Characterization|
The Tb(2)Co(2)Al and Dy(2)Co(2)Al alloys prepared in this study consist of 2:2:1 and 1:1:1 phases, which were identified by using the powder x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques. Considerable thermomagnetic irreversibility between the zero field cooled and field cooling magnetization were observed in the two alloys because of the energy barriers needed to overcome the alignment of domains. Remarkable intrinsic coercivity and remanence at temperatures close to absolute zero were also observed. The maximum magnetic entropy changes of the Tb(2)Co(2)Al and Dy(2)Co(2)Al alloys are 6.4 J/kg K and 10.6 J/kg K, respectively, with a field change from 0 to 50 kOe. The low magnetic entropy changes result from the low magnetization of the alloys even with a 50 kOe of applied field.