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Magnetostructural phase transformations in Tb1-xMn2

TitleMagnetostructural phase transformations in Tb1-xMn2
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsZou, JD, Paudyal, D, Liu, J, Mudryk, Y, Pecharsky, VK, Gschneidner, KA
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Date Published03
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number2050-7526
Accession NumberWOS:000350693200032
Keywordsfield, laves phases, magnetic-properties, mn-moment instability, rare-earth, rmn2 compounds, tbmn2 intermetallic compound, transition, x-ray, ymn2

Magnetism and phase transformations in non-stoichiometric Tb1-xMn2 (x = 0.056, 0.039) have been studied as functions of temperature and magnetic field using magnetization, heat capacity, and X-ray powder diffraction measurements. Upon lowering the temperature, the compounds sequentially order ferrimagnetically and antiferromagnetically, and finally, exhibit spin reorientation transitions. Structural distortions from room temperature cubic to low temperature rhombohedral structures occur at T-N, and are accompanied by large volume changes reaching similar to-1.27% and -1.42%, respectively. First principles electronic structure calculations confirm the phase transformation from the ferrimagnetic cubic structure to the antiferromagnetic rhombohedral structure in TbMn2.

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