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  1. Achieving perpendicular anisotropy in half-metallic Heusler alloys for spin device applications

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    Munira, Kamaram; Romero, Jonathon; Butler, William H.

    2014-05-07

    Various full Heusler alloys are interfaced with MgO and the magnetic properties of the Heusler-MgO junctions are studied. Next to MgO, the cubic Heusler system distorts to a tetragonal one, thereby inducing an anisotropy. The half-metallicity and nature of anisotropy (in-plane or perpendicular) in the Heusler-MgO system is governed mostly by the interface Heusler layers. There is a trend that Mn-O bonding near the MgO-Heusler junction results in perpendicular anisotropy. The ability to remain half-metallic and have perpendicular anisotropy makes some of these alloys potential candidates as free-layers in Spin Transfer Torque Random Access Memory (STT-RAM) devices, particularly, Cr{sub 2}MnAs-MgO system with MnAs interface layers and Co{sub 2}MnSi-MgO system with Mn{sub 2} interface layers.

  2. Half-metallicity and tetragonal distortion in semi-Heusler alloy FeCrSe

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    Huang, H. M. Luo, S. J.; Yao, K. L.

    2014-01-28

    Full-potential linearized augmented plane wave methods are carried out to investigate the electronic structures and magnetic properties in semi-Heusler alloy FeCrSe. Results show that FeCrSe is half-metallic ferromagnet with the half-metallic gap 0.31 eV at equilibrium lattice constant. Calculated total magnetic moment of 2.00μ{sub B} per formula unit follows the Slater-Pauling rule quite well. Two kinds of structural changes are used to investigate the sensitivity of half-metallicity. It is found that the half-metallicity can be retained when lattice constant is changed by −4.56% to 3.52%, and the results of tetragonal distortion indicate the half-metallicity can be kept at the range of c/a ratio from 0.85 to 1.20. The Curie temperature, cohesive energy, and heat of formations of FeCrSe are also discussed.

  3. Disorder dependent half-metallicity in Mn{sub 2}CoSi inverse Heusler alloy

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    Singh, Mukhtiyar; Saini, Hardev S.; Thakur, Jyoti; Reshak, Ali H.; Kashyap, Manish K.

    2013-12-15

    Heusler alloys based thin-films often exhibit a degree of atomic disorder which leads to the lowering of spin polarization in spintronic devices. We present ab-initio calculations of atomic disorder effects on spin polarization and half-metallicity of Mn{sub 2}CoSi inverse Heusler alloy. The five types of disorder in Mn{sub 2}CoSi have been proposed and investigated in detail. The A2{sub a}-type and B2-type disorders destroy the half-metallicity whereas it sustains for all disorders concentrations in DO{sub 3a}- and A2{sub b}-type disorder and for smallest disorder concentration studied in DO{sub 3b}-type disorder. Lower formation energy/atom for A2{sub b}-type disorder than other four disorders in Mn{sub 2}CoSi advocates the stability of this disorder. The total magnetic moment shows a strong dependence on the disorder and the change in chemical environment. The 100% spin polarization even in the presence of disorders explicitly supports that these disorders shall not hinder the use of Mn{sub 2}CoSi inverse Heusler alloy in device applications. - Graphical abstract: Minority-spin gap (E{sub g↓}) and HM gap (E{sub sf}) as a function of concentrations of various possible disorder in Mn{sub 2}CoSi inverse Heusler alloy. The squares with solid line (black color)/dotted line (blue color)/dashed line (red color) reperesents E{sub g↓} for DO{sub 3a}-/DO{sub 3b}-/A2{sub b}-type disorder in Mn{sub 2}CoSi and the spheres with solid line (black color)/dottedline (blue color)/dashed line (red color) represents E{sub sf} for DO{sub 3a}-/DO{sub 3b}-/A2{sub b}-type disorder in Mn{sub 2}CoSi. - Highlights: • The DO{sub 3}- and A2-type disorders do not affect the half-metallicity in Mn{sub 2}CoSi. • The B2-type disorder solely destroys half-metallicity in Mn{sub 2}CoSi. • The A2-type disorder most probable to occur out of all three types. • The total spin magnetic moment strongly depends on the disorder concentrations.

  4. Half-metallicity in Heusler-type Fe2Cr1-x Co x Si alloys

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    Ramudu, M.; Inamdar, Swaleha; Arout Chelvane, J.; Manivel Raja, M.; Kamat, S. V.

    2016-02-01

    The effects of the substitution of Cr with Co on microstructure, phase composition, structure, magnetic, and electrical properties in \\text{F}{{\\text{e}}2}\\text{C}{{\\text{r}}1-x}\\text{C}{{\\text{o}}x}\\text{Si} (0  ⩽  x  ⩽  1) alloys was investigated to identify the compositions with the potential to exhibit half-metallicity. The microstructural and structural studies revealed that only \\text{F}{{\\text{e}}2}\\text{C}{{\\text{r}}1-x}\\text{C}{{\\text{o}}x}\\text{Si} alloys with x  ⩾  0.5 exhibited the desired single phase L21 full Heusler alloy structure. Both the saturation magnetization (M s) and Curie temperature (T C) were found to increase with the increase in Co concentration. The experimentally measured M s values are in good agreement with the Slater-Pauling rule. The electrical resistivity measurements in the temperature range 10-300 K gives indirect evidence of half-metallic behaviour in these alloys at low temperatures. The temperature range in which the half-metallic behaviour was observed also increased with an increase in Co concentration.

  5. Half-metallic properties of the new Ti2YPb(Y = Co, Fe) Heusler alloys

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    Hussain, Moaid K.; Gao, G. Y.; Yao, Kai-Lun

    2015-09-01

    The half-metallic properties of Ti2YPb(Y = Co, Fe) Heusler alloys with a CuHg2Ti-type structure were examined within the frame of the density functional theory and the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerh of generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Analysis of the electronic band structures and density of states for Ti2YPb(Y = Co, Fe) revealed that the spin-up bands are metallic, whereas the spin-down bands exhibit gaps of 0.73 and 0.70 eV, respectively. The magnetic moments calculated for the Ti2YPb(Y = Co, Fe) alloys were found to be equal to 3 μB/f.u. and 2 μB/f.u., values which both follows the Slater-Pauling rule of Mt = Zt - 18. The compounds’ negative enthalpy values should encourage their experimental realization in the future. The bandgap was elucidated to be mainly determined by the bonding and antibonding states created from the hybridizations of the d states between the Ti(1)-Ti(2) coupling and the Y = Co, Fe atom. The half-metallic properties of the Ti2YPb(Y = Co, Fe) compounds were found to be insensitive to lattice distortion, with full spin polarization achievable within a large range of lattice parameter values, making the alloys suitable for use in practical applications.

  6. Half-metallic Ni2MnSn Heusler alloy prepared by rapid quenching

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    Nazmunnahar, M.; Ryba, T.; del Val, J. J.; Ipatov, M.; González, J.; Hašková, V.; Szabó, P.; Samuely, P.; Kravcak, J.; Vargova, Z.; Varga, R.

    2015-07-01

    We have employed melt-spinning method to produce Ni2MnSn-based half-metallic Heusler alloy. It allows fast and simple production of large amount of materials in a single production step avoiding high temperature post-production annealing. Microstructural, magnetic and spin polarization study of Ni2MnSn ribbon is used for characterization. SEM analysis reveals the polycrystalline structure with the columnar crystals grown perpendicularly to the ribbon plane. A single-phase austenite with L21 structure was confirmed by X-ray. Magnetic measurements shows the ordinary ferromagnetic behavior with Curie temperature 344 K and magnetic moment 4.08 μB/f.u. Particular crystal structure leads to the well defined anisotropy having an easy plane in the ribbon's plane. Finally, the spin polarization parameter P0 estimated by Point-Contact Andreev-reflection Spectroscopy is varying in the range 40-70% for Ni2MnSn which is comparable with other values reported earlier for other Heusler alloys.

  7. Study of potentially half-metallic cobalt-chromium-iron-aluminum Heusler alloys

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    Kelekar, Rajesh

    2006-12-01

    In the new class of materials known as half-metallic ferromagnets, all of the conduction electrons have the same spin at low temperature. This high spin polarization makes half-metals promising candidates for magnetoelectronic applications. In this work we study the Heusler alloy family of compounds Co2 Cr1-xFe xAl, predicted to be half-metallic for low Fe concentrations. Using DC magnetron sputtering, we have grown for the first time epitaxial thin films of these compounds. Basic characterization shows that the films crystallize in the B2 crystal structure, and that their magnetic and transport properties vary significantly with Fe concentration. We incorporate these thin films into epitaxial superlattices with Cr and simple spin valve trilayers with Cu and Co90Fe10. Though we do not observe evidence for antiferromagnetic coupling in the superlattices, we find large giant magnetoresistances in the spin valves of up to 7% for intermediate Fe concentrations, the highest to date for any material predicted to be half-metallic. We then measure the spin polarization of CO2Cr 0.6Fe0.4Al with point contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy, finding a value of 50%, lower than the 100% expected for a half-metal. We use x-ray magnetic circular dichroism to investigate the deficit in the saturation magnetic moments as compared to theory for films with low Fe concentrations. We develop a modified sum rule analysis for the extraction of the spin and orbital moments of Cr, Fe, and Co from the dichroism spectra. The average Cr spin moment has a value approximately 10% of the theoretical value; features of the Cr dichroism spectra suggest that the films may be composed of ordered B2 regions and disordered regions. We use tight binding theory to calculate the minority spin energy bands, finding a dominance of Co d states near the energy gap. This result, supported by more accurate calculations, suggests that the half-metallicity of these compounds may be especially sensitive to

  8. Large half-metallic gap in ferromagnetic semi-Heusler alloys CoCrP and CoCrAs

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    Yao Zhongyu; Zhang, Y. S.; Yao, K. L.

    2012-08-06

    We investigate the electronic structure and magnetism of semi-Heusler alloys CoCrP and CoCrAs using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method. The calculations reveal that CoCrP and CoCrAs are half-metallic (HM) ferromagnets with the same magnetic moment of 2.00 {mu}{sub B} per formula unit. Both alloys have large half-metallic gaps (up to 0.50 eV) and wide band gaps (above 1 eV). The half-metallicity of CoCrP and CoCrAs can be retained even when their lattice constants are changed by -4.8% to 6.6% and -7.7% to 4.5%, respectively. The two alloys show great promise in the applications of spin valve and magnetic tunnel junction.

  9. Magnetic and half-metallic properties of the full-Heusler alloys Co2TiX(X=Al,Ga;Si,Ge,Sn;Sb)

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    Lee, S. C.; Lee, T. D.; Blaha, P.; Schwarz, K.

    2005-05-01

    The electronic structure and magnetic properties of the full-Heusler alloys Co2TiX (X element from groups III, IV and V) were studied by first principle calculations. Previous calculations found Co2TiAl and Co2TiSn not to be half metallic. In this paper, however, it will be shown that the alloys with X =Al,Si,Ge,Sn are half metallic and ferromagnetic. The effect of atomic disorder in the Ti-Al sublattices reduces the half metallicity of the Co2TiAl Heusler alloy.

  10. First-principles studies of the Gilbert damping and exchange interactions for half-metallic Heuslers alloys

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    Chico, Jonathan; Keshavarz, Samara; Kvashnin, Yaroslav; Pereiro, Manuel; Di Marco, Igor; Etz, Corina; Eriksson, Olle; Bergman, Anders; Bergqvist, Lars

    2016-06-01

    Heusler alloys have been intensively studied due to the wide variety of properties that they exhibit. One of these properties is of particular interest for technological applications, i.e., the fact that some Heusler alloys are half-metallic. In the following, a systematic study of the magnetic properties of three different Heusler families Co2Mn Z ,Co2FeZ , and Mn2V Z with Z=(Al,Si,Ga,Ge) is performed. A key aspect is the determination of the Gilbert damping from first-principles calculations, with special focus on the role played by different approximations, the effect that substitutional disorder and temperature effects. Heisenberg exchange interactions and critical temperature for the alloys are also calculated as well as magnon dispersion relations for representative systems, the ferromagnetic Co2Fe Si and the ferrimagnetic Mn2V Al . Correlation effects beyond standard density-functional theory are treated using both the local spin density approximation including the Hubbard U and the local spin density approximation plus dynamical mean field theory approximation, which allows one to determine if dynamical self-energy corrections can remedy some of the inconsistencies which were previously reported for these alloys.

  11. The realization of ferro-ferrimagnetic transition and half-metallicity in half-Heusler CoMnGa alloy

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    Wang, L. Y.; Dai, X. F.; Wang, X. T.; Liu, X. F.; Li, P. P.; Cui, Y. T.; Liu, E. K.; Wang, W. H.; Wu, G. H.; Liu, G. D.

    2014-11-01

    We theoretically predicted that half-Heusler CoMnGa alloy to be half-metallic ferrimagnet at the equilibrium lattice parameter. With the lattice expansion, a local energy minimum occurs at a larger lattice parameter where CoMnGa alloy is in a metastable ferromagnetic state. However, a ferro-ferrimagnetic transition (Fo-Fi-T) is not observed in experiment. We found the Co-Mn antisites can induce the Fo-Fi-T by adjusting the driving force of magnetic transition and the energy barrier. The antisites are sensitive to the preparation methods and annealing temperatures. The highly ordered CoMnGa is achieved by annealing at 1073 K. The Fo-Fi-T occurs in a sample annealed at 1083 K.

  12. Electronic structures, magnetic properties and half-metallicity in Heusler alloys Zr2CoZ (Z=Al, Ga, In, Sn)

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    Yan, Peng-Li; Zhang, Jian-Min; Xu, Ke-Wei

    2015-10-01

    The electronic structures, magnetic properties, and half-metallicity of full-Heusler alloys Zr2 CoZ (Z=Al, Ga, In, Sn) with the Hg2 CuTi -type structure have been studied by using the first-principles projector augmented wave (PAW) potential within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The Zr2 CoZ (Z=Al, Ga, In, Sn) are found to be half-metallic ferrimagnets within a certain range of the lattice constant. The total magnetic moments (μt) of the Zr2 CoZ alloys are calculated to be 2 for Z=Al, Ga, In and 3 for Z=Sn, linearly scaled with the total number of valence electrons (Zt) by μt =Zt - 18 . The origin of the band gap for these half-metallic alloys is well understood. These new Zr-based Heusler alloys are the ideal candidates for spintronic devices.

  13. Electronic structure and half-metallicity of the Heusler alloy Co2ZrGe

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    Li, Songtao; Liu, Yang; Ren, Zhi; Zhang, Xiaohong; Liu, Guodong

    2014-10-01

    The site preference, the electronic structure and the magnetic properties of Co2ZrGe have been studied by using first-principles calculations, and the stabilities of the Cu2MnAl-type and the Hg2CuTi-type structures have been tested in this respect. The Cu2MnAltype structure is more favorable than the Hg2CuTitype structure for the Co2ZrGe compound, and the equilibrium lattice parameter of the Cu2MnAltype Co2ZrGe alloy is 6.06 Å. The Co2ZrGe alloy is found to have an energy gap in the minority spin direction at the Fermi level ( E F ) and the majority spin band shows strongly metallic characteristic. As a result, the Co2ZrGe alloy is predicted to be a half-metal with 100% spin polarization of the conduction electrons at the E F . The calculated total magnetic moment is 2.00µ B per unit cell, which is in line with the Slater-Pauling curve of M t = Z t - 24. The Co atom-projected spin moment is 1.02µ B , which mainly determines the total moment. Simultaneously, the Zr and the Ge atom moments are -0.08µ B and 0.04µ B , respectively. The Co2ZrGe alloy may be a promising material for application in future spintronics devices.

  14. Band-gap and Slater-Pauling rule in half-metallic Ti2-based Heusler alloys: A first-principles study

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    Zheng, Nan; Jin, Yingjiu

    2012-09-01

    Half-metals, which show 100% spin polarization at the Fermi level, have potential applications in spintronics. We investigated the half-metallicity of full-Heusler Ti2YAl (Y=V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn) alloys with an Hg2CuTi-type structure by means of the all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method within the generalized gradient approximation. The Ti2MnAl alloy is found to be a half-metallic antiferromagnet, and the Ti2YAl (Y=Fe, Co, and Ni) alloys are half-metallic ferrimagnets, whereas the Ti2YAl (Y=V, Cr, Cu, and Zn) alloys are conventional ferromagnets. Total magnetic moments (Mt) of the Ti2YAl (Y=Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni) alloys are calculated to be integers and linearly scaled with the total number of valence electrons (Zt) by Mt=Zt-18. Band-gaps are demonstrated to be mainly determined by the bonding t2 and antibonding t2* states created from the hybridizations of the d states between the Ti(A)-Ti(B) coupling and Y (Y=Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni) atom.

  15. Enhanced half-metallicity of off-stoichiometric quaternary Heusler alloy C o2(Mn ,Fe )Si investigated through saturation magnetization and tunneling magnetoresistance

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    Moges, Kidist; Honda, Yusuke; Liu, Hong-xi; Uemura, Tetsuya; Yamamoto, Masafumi; Miura, Yoshio; Shirai, Masafumi

    2016-04-01

    We investigated the factors that critically affect the half-metallicity of the quaternary Heusler alloy C o2(Mn ,Fe )Si (CMFS) by examining the film composition dependence of the saturation magnetization per formula unit, μs, of CMFS thin films and the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio of CMFS/MgO/CMFS magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). We also investigated the origin of the giant TMR ratio of up to 2610% at 4.2 K (429% at 290 K) obtained for CMFS MTJs with Mn-rich, lightly Fe-doped CMFS electrodes. Co antisites at the nominal Mn/Fe sites (C oMn /Fe antisites) can consistently explain the μs for (Mn + Fe)-deficient CMFS thin films being lower than the half-metallic Zt-24 value and the TMR ratio for MTJs with (Mn + Fe)-deficient CMFS electrodes being lower than that for MTJs with (Mn + Fe)-rich CMFS electrodes. It was revealed that the C oMn /Fe antisite is detrimental to the half-metallicity of the CMFS quaternary alloy, as it is in the Co2MnSi (CMS) ternary alloy. It was also shown that (Mn +Fe ) -rich compositions are critical to suppressing these harmful antisites and to retaining the half-metallic electronic state. In addition, a relatively small Fe ratio, rather than a large one, in the total (Mn +Fe ) composition led to a more complete half-metallic electronic state. Half-metallicity was more strongly enhanced by increasing the Mn composition in Mn-rich, lightly Fe-doped CMFS than in Mn-rich CMS. This phenomenon is the cause of the giant TMR ratio recently reported for CMFS MTJs. Our findings indicate that the approach to controlling off-stoichiometry and film composition is promising for fully utilizing the half-metallicity of quaternary CMFS thin films as spin source materials.

  16. On the half-metallicity of Co2FeSi Heusler alloy: Point-contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy and ab initio study

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    Makinistian, L.; Faiz, Muhammad M.; Panguluri, Raghava P.; Balke, B.; Wurmehl, S.; Felser, C.; Albanesi, E. A.; Petukhov, A. G.; Nadgorny, B.

    2013-06-01

    Co2FeSi, a Heusler alloy with the highest magnetic moment per unit cell and the highest Curie temperature, has largely been described theoretically as a half-metal. This conclusion, however, disagrees with point contact Andreev reflection (PCAR) spectroscopy measurements, which give much lower values of spin polarization, P. Here, we present the spin polarization measurements of Co2FeSi by the PCAR technique, along with a thorough computational exploration, within the DFT and a GGA+U approach, of the Coulomb exchange U parameters for Co and Fe atoms, taking into account spin-orbit coupling. We find that the orbital contribution (mo) to the total magnetic moment (mT) is significant, since it is at least 3 times greater than the experimental uncertainty of mT. The account of mo radically affects the acceptable values of U. Specifically, we find no values of U that would simultaneously satisfy the experimental values of the magnetic moment and result in the half-metallicity of Co2FeSi. On the other hand, the ranges of U that we report as acceptable are compatible with spin polarization measurements (ours and the ones found in the literature), which all are within approximately the 40-60 % range. Thus, based on reconciling experimental and computational results, we conclude that (a) spin-orbit coupling cannot be neglected in calculating Co2FeSi magnetic properties, and (b) Co2FeSi Heusler alloy is not half-metallic. We believe that our approach can be applied to other Heusler alloys such as Co2FeAl.

  17. Role of structural defects on the half-metallic character of Heusler alloys and their junctions with Ge and GaAs

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    Picozzi, Silvia; Continenza, Alessandra; Freeman, Arthur J.

    2003-03-01

    Heusler-alloys, such as Co_2MnGe and Co_2MnSi, have been predicted from first-principles calculations to be half-metallic and have recently attracted great attention for spin-injection purposes. However, spin polarizations of only 50%-60% were experimentally obtained for Heusler thin films(M.P.Raphael et al.), Phys. Rev. B 66, 104429 (2002); B.Ravel et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 2812 (2002) - a decrease attributed to defects in the Mn and Co sublattices. We performed ab-initio FLAPW(E.Wimmer, H.Krakauer, M.Weinert, A.J.Freeman, Phys. Rev. B 24, 864 (1981)) calculations in order to determine the effects of several types of defects (Co and Mn antisites, vacancies, etc.) on the electronic and magnetic properties of the bulk Heusler compounds and their interfaces with Ge and GaAs. We analyze the results in terms of spatial and energy behavior of the defect- and interface-induced states. Our findings show that Co-antisites have low formation energies and locally destroy half-metallicity; the defect states are spatially localized and are screened out in a couple of atomic shells.

  18. Prediction of metallic and half-metallic structure and elastic properties of Fe2 Ti1-x Mnx Al Heusler alloys

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    Adebambo, P. O.; Adetunji, B. I.; Olowofela, J. A.; Oguntuase, J. A.; Adebayo, G. A.

    2016-03-01

    Detailed studies of structural and elastic properties of Fe2 Ti1-x Mnx Al Heusler alloys were carried out using density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximations. In each Heusler alloy, calculations of lattice constants were repeatedly done for successive increases in the lattice constants and the corresponding total energies were recorded. The graphs of the total energy as a function of lattice constant yielded parabolic curves. The present calculations revealed that among the doped alloys, Fe2 TiAl and Fe2 Ti0.75 Mn0.25 Al exhibit transitions of electrons from valence to conduction bands thereby making these alloys metallic. On the other hand, the ternary and quaternary alloys (Fe2 MnAl and Fe2 Ti0.25 Mn0.75 Al respectively) possess half-metallic behavior with direct band gaps of 0.56 eV and 0.41 eV respectively at the Γ-point in the minorities states. To determine the stability of these alloys, the three independent elastic constants in cubic structures (that included C11, C12, and C44 respectively) were obtained for all the compositions that confirmed their stabilities. The structural and elastic properties calculations confirmed the stabilities of Fe2 Ti0.25 Mn0.75 Al and Fe2 MnAl as some new half-metallic materials that can be applicable in spintronic devices. This work revealed the brittleness nature of Fe2 TiAl and Fe2 MnAl alloys.

  19. Tunable magnetism and half-metallicity in bulk and (1 0 0) surface of quaternary Co2MnGe1-xGax Heusler alloy

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    Wu, Bo; Yuan, Hongkuan; Kuang, Anlong; Feng, Yu; Chen, Hong

    2011-10-01

    The structural, magnetic and half-metallic properties of the bulk and (1 0 0) surface of quaternary Heusler alloy Co2MnGe1-xGax are investigated from the first-principles calculations. For the bulk, the lattice constant and total magnetic moment follow the Vegard law and Slater-Pauling rule well, respectively. Except for Co2MnGa, the Co2MnGe1-xGax series are half-metallic. Because the Fermi level of Co2MnGe0.5Ga0.5 is just located at the middle of the minority-spin gap, we predict that it bears the most robust half-metallicity as against remnant doped alloys. As for the Co2MnGe1-xGax(1 0 0) surface, the analyses on relaxed atomic positions and surface energies reveal that Co-Ge and Co-Ga bonding are more favourable than Co-Mn bonding and the terminations involving surface Mn atoms are more stable than CoCo terminations. By comparing with the bulk values, the surface Co and Mn magnetic moments are enhanced obviously. The calculated PDOS of all accessible 'ideal' surfaces show that the half-metallicity observed in bulk has been destroyed by the surface states, which is a possible reason why the tunnel magnetoresistence steeply drops as temperature increases. However, in the pure atomic terminations the surface properties can be slightly adjusted by the Ga-doped concentrations in bulk through the dipolar interaction. As a result, in the MnMn termination of Co2MnGe0.5Ga0.5(1 0 0) the spin polarization of 1 0 0% is detected, indicating that in the pure Mn atomic termination the half-metallicity of the (1 0 0) surface can remain if the corresponding bulk presents excellent half-metallic stability. Thus we predict that this thin film will present a higher potential for applications in ferromagnetic electrodes.

  20. Thermodynamic stability, magnetism and half-metallicity of Heusler alloy Co2MnX(X = Si, Ge, Sn)(1 0 0) surface

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    Wu, Bo; Yuan, Hongkuan; Kuang, Anlong; Chen, Hong; Feng, Yu

    2012-03-01

    The thermodynamic stability, magnetism and half-metallicity of Heusler alloy Co2MnX(X = Si, Ge, Sn)(1 0 0) surface are comprehensively investigated from the first-principles calculations. The calculated phase diagram indicates that with increasing core electrons of X atoms in Co2MnX(1 0 0) the CoCo termination will be faded out of the thermodynamic equilibrium region gradually. Due to the difference of Cosbnd X bonding the surface Co and Mn atoms prefer to move towards the slab and vacuum, respectively. By comparing with the bulk, the surface Co and Mn atomic magnetic moments (AMMs) are enhanced obviously because of the significant surface d-electronic localization. Further investigations of the partial density of states (PDOS) show that the half-metallicity observed in bulk has been destroyed by the surface states in deficient-Mn atomic terminated surface, only the terminations capped pure Mn atoms in Co2MnSi(1 0 0) and Co2MnGe(1 0 0) surfaces preserve spin-polarization of 100% instead of the Co2MnSn(1 0 0) surface, which is a possible explanation for low experimental tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) value in Co2MnSn(1 0 0)-based magnetic tunnel junctions (TMJs).

  1. First-principles study on magnetism and half-metallicity in bulk and various (001) surfaces of Heusler alloy Zr2VSn with Hg2CuTi-type structure

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    Deng, Zun-Yi; Zhang, Jian-Min

    2016-07-01

    Structural, electronic and magnetic properties in the bulk and five different (001) surfaces (ZrV-, ZrSn-, VV-, ZrZr- and SnSn-terminations) of Zr2 VSn Heusler alloy with Hg2 CuTi -type structure are studied by using first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory. The bulk Zr2 VSn Heusler alloy is ferrimagnetic half-metallicity with equilibrium lattice constant 6.815 Å and total magnetic moment -1.000 μB / f.u . , following the Slater-Pauling rule μt =Zt - 18 . The atoms on different surface layers exhibit different displacements, electronic and magnetic properties. All five (001) surfaces lose the half-metallicity and are not usable in spintronics devices.

  2. Robust half-metallic properties in inverse Heusler alloys composed of 4d transition metal elements: Zr2RhZ (Z=Al, Ga, In)

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    Wang, X. T.; Lin, T. T.; Rozale, H.; Dai, X. F.; Liu, G. D.

    2016-03-01

    A first-principles approach is used to study the electronic and magnetic properties of Zr2RhZ (Z=Al, Ga, In) alloys in the Hg2CuTi-type structure. The Zr2RhZ (Z=Al, Ga, In) alloys are found to be half-metallic ferrimagnets. The half-metallicity is quite robust against hydrostatic strain and tetragonal deformation in Zr2RhZ (Z=Al, Ga, In) alloys. The magnetization of Zr2RhZ (Z=Al, Ga, In) alloys mainly originates from the 4d electrons of Zr atoms and follows the rule: Mt=Zt-18. Zr2Rh-based alloys do not contain any 3d transition metal element, which implies a wider field to search for new half-metallic materials.

  3. Probing the possibility of coexistence of martensite transition and half-metallicity in Ni and Co-based full-Heusler alloys: An ab initio calculation

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    Roy, Tufan; Pandey, Dhanshree; Chakrabarti, Aparna

    2016-05-01

    Using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory, we have studied the mechanical, electronic, and magnetic properties of Heusler alloys, namely, Ni2B C and Co2B C (B = Sc, Ti, V, Cr, and Mn as well as Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, and Tc; C = Ga and Sn). On the basis of electronic structure (density of states) and mechanical properties (tetragonal shear constant), as well as magnetic interactions (Heisenberg exchange coupling parameters), we probe the properties of these materials in detail. We calculate the formation energy of these alloys in the (face-centered) cubic austenite structure to probe the stability of all these materials. From the energetic point of view, we have studied the possibility of the electronically stable alloys having a tetragonal phase lower in energy compared to the respective cubic phase. A large number of the magnetic alloys is found to have the cubic phase as their ground state. On the other hand, for another class of alloys, the tetragonal phase has been found to have lower energy compared to the cubic phase. Further, we find that the values of tetragonal shear constant show a consistent trend: a high positive value for materials not prone to tetragonal transition and low or negative for others. In the literature, materials which have been seen to undergo the martensite transition are found to be metallic in nature. We probe here if there is any Heusler alloy which has a tendency to undergo a tetragonal transition and at the same time possesses a high spin polarization at the Fermi level. From our study, it is found that out of the four materials which exhibit a martensite phase as their ground state, three of these, namely, Ni2MnGa , Ni2MoGa , and Co2NbSn have a metallic nature; on the contrary, Co2MoGa exhibits a high spin polarization.

  4. Half-metallic alloys: electronic structure, magnetism and spin polarization.

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    Dederichs, P H; Galanakis, I; Mavropoulos, Ph

    2005-01-01

    Using the state-of-the-art screened Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Green function method we study the electronic and magnetic properties of NiMnSb and similar Heusler alloys. We show that all these compounds are half-metals, e.g. the minority-spin band is semiconducting and the Fermi level falls within this gap resulting in 100% spin polarization at the Fermi level. The total spin moment M(t) shows the so-called Slater-Pauling behaviour and scales with the total valence charge Z(t) following the rule M(t) = Z(t) - 18 for half and M(t) = Z(t) - 24 for full Heusler alloys. These rules are connected to the origin of the gap. Finally we show that the inclusion of the spin-orbit interaction in our calculations kills the half-metallic gap but the spin-polarization at the Fermi level can be still very high, approximately 99% for NiMnSb, but much lower for a half-metallic compound like zinc-blende MnBi (77%). PMID:16157642

  5. The half-metallicity of LiMgPdSn-type quaternary Heusler alloys FeMnScZ (Z=Al, Ga, In): A first-principle study

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    Gao, Y. C.; Gao, X.

    2015-05-15

    Based on the first-principles calculations, quaternary Heusler alloys FeMnScZ (Z=Al, Ga, In) including its phase stability, band gap, the electronic structures and magnetic properties has been studied systematically. We have found that, in terms of the equilibrium lattice constants, FeMnScZ (Z=Al, Ga, In) are half-metallic ferrimagnets, which can sustain the high spin polarization under a very large amount of lattice distortions. The half-metallic band gap in FeMnScZ (Z=Al, Ga, In) alloys originates from the t{sub 1u}-t{sub 2g} splitting instead of the e{sub u}-t{sub 1u} splitting. The total magnetic moments are 3μB per unit cell for FeMnScZ (Z=Al, Ga, In) alloys following the Slater–Pauling rule with the total number of valence electrons minus 18 rather than 24. According to the study, the conclusion can be drawn that all of these compounds which have a negative formation energy are possible to be synthesized experimentally.

  6. Effect of site preference of 3d atoms on the electronic structure and half-metallicity of Heusler alloy Mn2YAl

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    Luo, Hongzhi; Zhu, Zhiyong; Ma, Li; Xu, Shifeng; Zhu, Xiaoxi; Jiang, Chengbao; Xu, Huibin; Wu, Guangheng

    2008-03-01

    The site preference of 3d atoms Y in Mn2YAl (Y = V, Fe, Co) alloys and its influence on their electronic structures and magnetism have been studied by first-principles calculations. The results prove that elements with more valence electrons than Mn tend to enter the A (0, 0, 0) and C (½, ½, ½) sites and elements with fewer electrons prefer the B (¼, ¼, ¼) site (Wyckoff positions). Meanwhile, it is found that for Mn2VAl and Mn2FeAl, a high spin polarization can be obtained whether the Y atom enters the (A, C) or the B site. In particular, Mn2VAl is half-metallic whether it forms the Cu2MnAl type or the Hg2CuTi type of structure. And a 100% spin polarization can be retained even when a 25% Mn-V antisite disorder occurs. This is quite preferable in practical applications. It is also found that the higher-valent element such as Co at the B (¼, ¼, ¼) site has opposite effects and tends to close the energy gap. Finally, a systemic summarization on the electronic and magnetic properties of Mn2YAl (Y = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe and Co) alloys was made. All of them except for Mn2TiAl are predicted as half-metals. The calculated total spin moment is an integral value and increases from -3µB/f.u. for Mn2TiAl to +2µB/f.u. for Mn2CoAl with increasing number of valence electrons. This agrees with the Slater-Pauling curve quite well. All the Mn2YAl alloys studied here are ferrimagnets.

  7. Half-metallic and magnetic properties of full-Heusler alloys Zr2CrZ (Z=Ga, In) with Hg2CuTi-type structure: A first-principles study

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    Deng, Zun-Yi; Zhang, Jian-Min

    2016-01-01

    The half-metallic and magnetic properties of Heusler alloys Zr2 CrZ (Z=Ga, In) with Hg2 CuTi -type structure have been investigated by using the first-principles projector augmented wave (PAW) potential within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The equilibrium lattice constants are 6.635 and 6.875 Å for Zr2 CrGa and Zr2 CrIn, respectively. Under compression and expansion deformations within lattice constant ranges of 6.515-7.100 and 6.371-7.126 Å for Zr2 CrGa and Zr2 CrIn, respectively, the Zr2 CrZ (Z=Ga, In) maintain a half-metallic nature with a fixed total magnetic moment of -1 μB / f.u ., following the Slater-Pauling rule μt = Zt - 18, but the absolute values of the local magnetic moments on Zr and Cr atoms increase with increasing lattice constant.

  8. EDITORIAL: New materials with high spin polarization: half-metallic Heusler compounds

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    Felser, Claudia; Hillebrands, Burkard

    2007-03-01

    resolution measurements of the valence band close to the Fermi energy indicate the existence of the gap in the minority states for all investigated Co2Fe1 - xMnxSi compounds. Other Co2 Heusler compounds are also possible candidates for magneto-electronic devices. Miura et al [21] have found that the disorder between Co and Y atoms correlates with the total valence electron charges around Y atom and have predicted that Ti-based compounds are better than Cr-, Mn- and Fe-based compounds in preventing the atomic disorder between Co and Y atoms. Kandpal et al have therefore investigated the electronic structure and disordering effects in Co2TiSn using local probes, 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy and 59Co nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. They found that the sample possesses up to 10% of antisite (Co/Ti) disordering, a disorder that does not destroy the half-metallic character of this material. We hope that this Cluster of papers will help to stimulate and push forward the research of materials with high spin polarization. References [1] Sakuraba Y, Hattori M, Oogane M, Ando Y, Kato H, Sakuma A, Miyazaki T and Kubota H 2006 Giant tunneling magnetoresistance in Co2MnSi/Al-O/Co2MnSi magnetic tunnel junctions Appl. Phys. Lett. 88 192508 [2] S Wurmehl, Fecher G H, Kandpal H C, Ksenofontov V, Felser C, and Lin H-J 2006 Investigation of Co2FeSi: the Heusler compound with highest Curie temperature and magnetic moment Appl. Phys. Lett. 88 032503 [3] Tezuka N, Ikeda N, Sugimoto S and Inomata K 2006 175% TMR at room temperature and high thermal stability using Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 full-Heusler alloy electrodes Appl. Phys. Lett. 89 252508 [4] Block T, Felser C, Jakob G, Ensling J, Mühling B, Gütlich P, Cava R J 2003 Large negative magnetoresistance effects in Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al J. Solid State Chem. 176 646 [5] Marukame T, Ishikawa T, Matsuda K I, Uemura T and Yamamoto M 2006 High tunnel magnetoresistance in fully epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions with a full-Heusler alloy Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al

  9. Surface half-metallicity of half-Heusler compound FeCrSe and interface half-metallicity of FeCrSe/GaP

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    Khalaf Al-zyadi, Jabbar M.; Jolan, Mudhahir H.; Yao, Kai-Lun

    2016-04-01

    Recent studies showed that half-Heusler FeCrSe exhibits half-metallic ferromagnetism (Huang et al. [20]). In this paper, we investigate extensively the electronic, magnetic, and half-metallic properties of the half-Heusler alloy FeCrSe (111) and (001) surfaces and the interface with GaP (111) substrate by using the first-principles calculations within the density functional theory. The atomic density of states demonstrates that the half-me tallicity verified in the bulk FeCrSe is maintained at the CrSe-terminated (001) and Se-terminated (111) surfaces, but lost at both Cr- and Fe-terminated (111) surfaces and the Fe-terminated (001) surface. Alternatively, for the interface of FeCrSe/GaP (111), the bulk half-metallicity is destroyed at Se-P configuration while Se-Ga interface and subinterface show nearly 100% spin polarization. Moreover, the calculated interfacial adhesion energies exhibit that Se-Ga shape is more stable than the Se-P one. The calculated magnetic moments of Se, Ga at the Se-Ga (111) interface and P at the Se-P (111) interface increase with respect to the corresponding bulk values while the atomic magnetic moment of Se atom at the Se-P (111) interface decreases. We also notice that the magnetic moments of subinterface Fe at both Se-Ga and Se-P (111) interfaces decrease compared to the bulk values.

  10. Study of Ru{sub 2}VGe and Ru{sub 2}VSb: High-spin polarized and half-metallic Heusler alloys

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    Bhat, Idris Hamid; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2015-06-24

    Electronic and magnetic properties of Ru{sub 2}VGe and Ru{sub 2}VSb have been investigated by ab-initio. The optimized equilibrium lattice parameters were found to be 6.032 Å for Ru{sub 2}VGe and 6.272 Å for Ru{sub 2}VSb. Both the materials have ferromagnetic ground states and V mainly contributes to the magnetic properties in these materials. The highly spin-polarized half-metallic materials have integral magnetic moments of 1.0 µ{sub B} for Ru{sub 2}VGe and 2.0 µ{sub B} for Ru{sub 2}VSb with an energy gap of 0.095 eV for Ru2VGe and 0.186 eV for Ru{sub 2}VSb in the spin-down channel.

  11. First-principles study of spin-dependent thermoelectric properties of half-metallic Heusler thin films between platinum leads

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    Comtesse, Denis; Geisler, Benjamin; Entel, Peter; Kratzer, Peter; Szunyogh, László

    2014-03-01

    The electronic and magnetic bulk properties of half-metallic Heusler alloys such as Co2FeSi,Co2FeAl, Co2MnSi, and Co2MnAl are investigated by means of ab initio calculations in combination with Monte Carlo simulations. The electronic structure is analyzed using the plane-wave code quantum espresso and the magnetic exchange interactions are determined using the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) method. From the magnetic exchange interactions, the Curie temperature is obtained via Monte Carlo simulations. In addition, electronic transport properties of trilayer systems consisting of two semi-infinite platinum leads and a Heusler layer in-between are obtained from the fully relativistic screened KKR method by employing the Kubo-Greenwood formalism. The focus is on thermoelectric properties, namely, the Seebeck effect and its spin dependence. It turns out that already thin Heusler layers provide highly spin-polarized currents. This is attributed to the recovery of half-metallicity with increasing layer thickness. The absence of electronic states of spin-down electrons around the Fermi level suppresses the contribution of this spin channel to the total conductance, which strongly influences the thermoelectric properties and results in a spin polarization of thermoelectric currents.

  12. Direct observation of half-metallicity in the Heusler compound Co2MnSi

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    Jourdan, M.; Minár, J.; Braun, J.; Kronenberg, A.; Chadov, S.; Balke, B.; Gloskovskii, A.; Kolbe, M.; Elmers, H.J.; Schönhense, G.; Ebert, H.; Felser, C.; Kläui, M.

    2014-01-01

    Ferromagnetic thin films of Heusler compounds are highly relevant for spintronic applications owing to their predicted half-metallicity, that is, 100% spin polarization at the Fermi energy. However, experimental evidence for this property is scarce. Here we investigate epitaxial thin films of the compound Co2MnSi in situ by ultraviolet-photoemission spectroscopy, taking advantage of a novel multi-channel spin filter. By this surface sensitive method, an exceptionally large spin polarization of () % at room temperature is observed directly. As a more bulk sensitive method, additional ex situ spin-integrated high energy X-ray photoemission spectroscopy experiments are performed. All experimental results are compared with advanced band structure and photoemission calculations which include surface effects. Excellent agreement is obtained with calculations, which show a highly spin polarized bulk-like surface resonance ingrained in a half metallic bulk band structure. PMID:24875774

  13. Influence of main-group element on half-metallic properties in half-Heusler compound

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    Liu, Hongyan; Li, Yushan; Tian, Fuyang; Li, Getian

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the band structure, magnetism and density of states of half-Heusler compounds CoCrZ (Z = Si,Ge,P,As) based on the first-principle calculations. Combined with molecular orbital hybridization theory, we discuss the influence of the main-group element on half-metallic properties of CoCrZ. It is found that the replacement of Ge for Si in CoCrSi can adjust the position of the Fermi level, and while it has no impact on the energy gap width and magnetic structure. However, the substitution of P for Si can effectively adjust the magnetism without disrupting its half-metallicity. Our results demonstrate that the electronic structure of CoCrZ is mainly dependent on the number of valence electrons of the main-group element.

  14. EDITORIAL: New materials with high spin polarization: half-metallic Heusler compounds

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    Felser, Claudia; Hillebrands, Burkard

    2007-03-01

    The development of magnetic Heusler compounds, specifically designed as materials for spintronic applications, has made tremendous progress in the very recent past [1-21]. Heusler compounds can be made as half-metals, showing a high spin polarization of the conduction electrons of up to 100% [1]. These materials are exceptionally well suited for applications in magnetic tunnel junctions acting, for example, as sensors for magnetic fields. The tunnelling magneto-resistance (TMR) effect is the relative change in the electrical resistance upon application of a small magnetic field. Tunnel junctions with a TMR effect of 580% at 4 K were reported by the group of Miyazaki and Ando [1], consisting of two Co2MnSi Heusler electrodes. High Curie temperatures were found in Co2 Heusler compounds with values up to 1120 K in Co2FeSi [2]. The latest results are for a TMR device made from the Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 Heusler compound and working at room temperature with a TMR effect of 174% [3]. The first significant magneto-resistance effect was discovered in Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al (CCFA) in Mainz [4]. With the classical Heusler compound CCFA as one electrode, the record TMR effect at 4 K is 240% [5]. Positive and negative TMR values at room temperature utilizing magnetic tunnel junctions with one Heusler compound electrode render magnetic logic possible [6]. Research efforts exist, in particular, in Japan and in Germany. The status of research as of winter 2005 was compiled in a recent special volume of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics [7-20]. Since then specific progress has been made on the issues of (i) new advanced Heusler materials, (ii) advanced characterization, and (iii) advanced devices using the new materials. In Germany, the Mainz and Kaiserslautern based Research Unit 559 `New Materials with High Spin Polarization', funded since 2004 by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, is a basic science approach to Heusler compounds, and it addresses the first two topics in particular

  15. Stabilizing and increasing the magnetic moment of half-metals: The role of Li in half-Heusler LiMn Z (Z =N,P,Si)

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    Damewood, L.; Busemeyer, B.; Shaughnessy, M.; Fong, C. Y.; Yang, L. H.; Felser, C.

    2015-02-01

    Due to their similarities to metastable zinc-blende half-metals, we systematically examined the half-Heusler compounds β -LiMnZ (Z =N,P and Si) for their electronic, magnetic, and stability properties at optimized lattice constants and strained lattice constants that exhibit half-metallic properties. We also report the other phases of the half-Heusler structure (α and γ phases), but they are unlikely to be grown. The magnetic moments of these stable Li-based compounds are expected to reach as high as 4 μB per unit cell when Z =Si and 5 μB per unit cell when Z =N and P; however, the antiferromagnetic spin configuration is energetically favored when Z is a pnictogen. β -LiMnSi at a lattice constant 14% larger than its equilibrium lattice constant is a promising half-metal due to its large magnetic moment, large gap, and vibrational stability. The modified Slater-Pauling rule for these compounds is determined. Finally, we investigated a plausible method for developing half-metallic Li xMn Z at equilibrium by tuning x , but this type of alloying introduces local structural changes that preclude half-metallicity.

  16. The electronic and magnetic properties of defects on half-metallic Ti2NiIn alloy

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    Wei, Xiao-Ping; Zhang, Ya-Ling; Sun, Xiao-Wei; Song, Ting; Guo, Peng

    2016-01-01

    Using full-potential local-orbital minimum-basis method within density functional theory (DFT), we study the electronic and magnetic properties of ideal and defective Ti2NiIn Heusler alloy. The ideal Ti2NiIn exhibits a half-metallic ferromagnetic behavior with a total magnetic moment of 3.000 μB and a band gap 0.394 eV, which is promising for fabricating spin injection devices as the Fermi level is located in the middle of band gap. Among these studied defects, only NiIn antisite as well as Ti(A) and Ti(B) vacancies retain the half-metallicity. However, the remaining defects destroy the half-metallicity. The calculations of formation energy indicate that Ti(A) vacancy can be spontaneously formed during the fabrications of the alloy. In addition, we also discuss the electronic and magnetic properties under different defects.

  17. Effects of Ga substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of half metallic Fe2MnSi Heusler compound

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    Pedro, S. S.; Caraballo Vivas, R. J.; Andrade, V. M.; Cruz, C.; Paixão, L. S.; Contreras, C.; Costa-Soares, T.; Caldeira, L.; Coelho, A. A.; Carvalho, A. Magnus G.; Rocco, D. L.; Reis, M. S.

    2015-01-01

    The so-called half-metallic magnets have been proposed as good candidates for spintronic applications due to the feature of exhibiting a hundred percent spin polarization at the Fermi level. Such materials follow the Slater-Pauling rule, which relates the magnetic moment with the valence electrons in the system. In this paper, we study the bulk polycrystalline half-metallic Fe2MnSi Heusler compound replacing Si by Ga to determine how the Ga addition changes the magnetic, the structural, and the half-metal properties of this compound. The material does not follow the Slater-Pauling rule, probably due to a minor structural disorder degree in the system, but a linear dependence on the magnetic transition temperature with the valence electron number points to the half-metallic behavior of this compound.

  18. First-principles study on the ferrimagnetic half-metallic Mn{sub 2}FeAs alloy

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    Qi, Santao; Zhang, Chuan-Hui; Chen, Bao; Shen, Jiang; Chen, Nanxian

    2015-05-15

    Mn-based full-Heusler alloys are kinds of promising candidates for new half-metallic materials. Basing on first principles, the electronic structures and magnetic properties of the Mn{sub 2}FeAs full-Heusler alloy have been investigated in detail. The Hg{sub 2}CuTi-type Mn{sub 2}FeAs compound obeys the Slater-Pauling rule, while the anti-parallel alignment atomic magnetic moments of Mn locating at different sites indicate it a ferrimagnetic alloy. The calculated spin-down bands behave half-metallic character, exhibiting a direct gap of 0.46 eV with a 100% spin polarization at the Fermi level. More studies show the compound would maintain half-metallic nature in a large range of variational lattice constants. We expect that our calculated results may trigger Mn{sub 2}FeAs applying in the future spintronics field. - Graphical abstract: The d orbitals of Mn and Fe atoms split into multi-degenerated levels which create new bonding and nonbonding states. These exchange splitting shift the Fermi level to origin band gap.▪ - Highlights: • The electronic structure and magnetic properties of Mn{sub 2}FeAs full-Heusler alloy were studied. • A total magnetic moment of 3μ{sub B} was obtained for Mn{sub 2}FeAs alloy, following the SP rule M{sub t}=Z{sub t}−24. • The origin of ferrimagnetism and half-metallic character in Mn{sub 2}FeAs were discussed.

  19. Investigating half-metallicity in PtXSb alloys (X=V, Mn, Cr, Co) at ambient and high pressure

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    Habbak, Enas L.; Shabara, Reham M.; Aly, Samy H.; Yehia, Sherif

    2016-08-01

    The structural, electronic, magnetic and elastic properties of half-Heusler alloys PtMnSb, PtVSb, PtCrSb and PtCoSb are investigated using first-principles calculation based on Density Functional Theory DFT. The Full Potential local Orbital (FPLO) method, within the General Gradient Approximation (GGA) and Local Spin Density Approximation (LSDA), have been used. The calculated structural, electronic and magnetic properties are in good agreement with available experimental and theoretical data. Using GGA approximation, only PtVSb shows a half-metallic behavior with a spin-down band gap and total magnetic moment of 0.802 eV and 2 μB respectively. Both of PtVSb and PtMnSb alloys are half-metallic with spin-down band gaps of 0.925 eV and 0.832 eV and magnetic moments of 2 μB and 4 μB respectively using LSDA approximation. The bulk modulus and its first pressure-derivative of these alloys are calculated using the modified Birch-Murnaghan equation of state (EOS). The effect of pressure on the lattice constant, energy gap and bulk modulus is investigated. Under pressure, PtMnSb and PtCrSb turn into half-metallic alloys at nearly 6 GPa and 27 GPa respectively using GGA approximation.

  20. Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in Co-Based Full Heusler Alloy Thin Films

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    Wu, Y.; Xu, X. G.; Miao, J.; Jiang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Half-metallic Co-based full Heusler alloys have been qualified as promising functional materials in spintronic devices due to their high spin polarization. The lack of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is one of the biggest obstacles restricting their application in next generation ultrahigh density storage such as magnetic random access memory (MARM). How to induce the PMA in Co-based full Heusler alloy thin films has attracted much research interest of scientists. This paper presents an overview of recent progress in this research area. We hope that this paper would provide some guidance and ideas to develop highly spin-polarized Co-based Heusler alloy thin films with PMA.

  1. Effects of Ga substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of half metallic Fe{sub 2}MnSi Heusler compound

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    Pedro, S. S. Caraballo Vivas, R. J.; Andrade, V. M.; Cruz, C.; Paixão, L. S.; Contreras, C.; Costa-Soares, T.; Rocco, D. L.; Reis, M. S.; Caldeira, L.; Coelho, A. A.; Carvalho, A. Magnus G.

    2015-01-07

    The so-called half-metallic magnets have been proposed as good candidates for spintronic applications due to the feature of exhibiting a hundred percent spin polarization at the Fermi level. Such materials follow the Slater-Pauling rule, which relates the magnetic moment with the valence electrons in the system. In this paper, we study the bulk polycrystalline half-metallic Fe{sub 2}MnSi Heusler compound replacing Si by Ga to determine how the Ga addition changes the magnetic, the structural, and the half-metal properties of this compound. The material does not follow the Slater-Pauling rule, probably due to a minor structural disorder degree in the system, but a linear dependence on the magnetic transition temperature with the valence electron number points to the half-metallic behavior of this compound.

  2. First principles study on d0 half-metallic properties of full-Heusler compounds RbCaX2 (X = C, N, and O)

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    Gao, Yong-Chun; Wang, Xiao-Tian; Habib, Rozale

    2015-06-01

    A first-principles approach is employed to study the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of RbCaX2 (X = C, N, and O) full-Heusler compounds. It is observed that RbCaN2 and RbCaO2 are new d0 half-metals with an integer magnetic moment of 3 μB and 1 μB in their ferrimagnetic ground states, respectively, while RbCaC2 is a common metallic compound. Analysis of the density of states of these compounds indicates that the magnetic moment and furthermore, the half-metallicity primarily originate from the spin-polarization of the p-like states of N and O atoms. The half-metallic (HM) gaps of RbCaN2 and RbCaO2 are notably large; thus, the half-metallicity is robust against lattice distortion. Such materials are suitable to be grown on various semiconductor substrates. In addition, for RbCaN2 and RbCaO2, four possible terminations of the surface are also calculated. Project supported by the Science Director Foundation Project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11347179).

  3. Ground state properties and thermoelectric behavior of Ru2VZ (Z=Si, ge, sn) half-metallic ferromagnetic full-Heusler compounds

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    Yalcin, Battal Gazi

    2016-06-01

    The ground state properties namely structural, mechanical, electronic and magnetic properties and thermoelectric behavior of Ru2VZ (Z=Si, Ge and Sn) half-metallic ferromagnetic full-Heusler compounds are systematically investigated. These compounds are ferromagnetic and crystallize in the Heusler type L21 structure (prototype: Cu2MnAl, Fm-3m 225). This result is confirmed for Ru2VSi and Ru2VSn by experimental work reported by Yin and Nash using high temperature direct reaction calorimetry. The studied materials are half-metallic ferromagnets with a narrow direct band gap in the minority spin channel that amounts to 31 meV, 66 meV and 14 meV for Ru2VSi, Ru2VGe, and Ru2VSn, respectively. The total spin magnetic moment (Mtot) of the considered compounds satisfies a Slater-Pauling type rule for localized magnetic moment systems (Mtot=(NV-24)μB), where NV=25 is the number of valence electrons in the primitive cell. The Curie temperature within the random phase approximation (RPA) is found to be 23 K, 126 K and 447 K for Ru2VSi, Ru2VGe and Ru2VSn, respectively. Semi-classical Boltzmann transport theories have been used to obtain thermoelectric constants, such as Seebeck coefficient (S), electrical (σ/τ) and thermal conductivity (κ/τ), power factor (PF) and the Pauli magnetic susceptibility (χ). ZTMAX values of 0.016 (350 K), 0.033 (380 K) and 0.063 (315 K) are achieved for Ru2VSi, Ru2VGe and Ru2VSn, respectively. It is expected that the obtained results might be a trigger in future experimentally interest in this type of full-Heusler compounds.

  4. Half-metallic ferromagnetism in full-Heusler compounds ACaX{sub 2} (A = K and Rb; X = N and O)

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    Umamaheswari, R. Vijayalakshmi, D. Yogeswari, M. Kalpana, G.

    2014-04-24

    Electronic structure and magnetic properties of hypothetical ACaX{sub 2} (A = K and Rb; X= N and O) compounds in full-Heusler phase have been investigated based on density functional theory (DFT) within the local density approximation (LDA). The electronic band structures and density of states of these compounds show that the spin-down electrons have metallic, and the spin-up electrons have a semi conducting gap resulting in stable half-metallic ferromagnetic behaviour. The strong spin polarization of 2p states of N and O atoms is found to be the origin of ferromagnetism which results in a total magnetic moment of 3{sub μB} and 1{sub μB} respectively.

  5. Effect of disorder on electronic and magnetic properties of Co{sub 2}VGa Heusler alloy

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    Seema, K.; Kumar, Ranjan

    2015-08-28

    This paper presents the effect of disorder on electronic, magnetic and half-metallic properties of Co{sub 2}VGa Heusler alloy using density functional theory. Binary mixing is the most common form of atomic disorder in these compounds. We have considered three types of disorders: DO{sub 3}, A2 and B2 disorder which corresponds to X-Y, X-Z and Y-Z mixing respectively. After structural optimization, we found that A2 disorder has high formation energy and is most unlikely to occur. The half-metallic nature of the alloy is destroyed in presence of DO{sub 3} and A2 disorder. The destruction of half-metallicity is due to reconstruction of energy states. Also the loss of half-metallicity is accompanied by reversal of spin-polarization at the Fermi level. B2 disorder retains the half-metallic nature of the alloy but spin-polarization value is reduced as compared to the ordered alloy.

  6. Equiatomic quaternary Heusler alloys: A material perspective for spintronic applications

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    Bainsla, Lakhan; Suresh, K. G.

    2016-09-01

    Half-metallic ferromagnetic (HMF) materials show high spin polarization and are therefore interesting to researchers due to their possible applications in spintronic devices. In these materials, while one spin sub band has a finite density of states at the Fermi level, the other sub band has a gap. Because of their high Curie temperature (TC) and tunable electronic structure, HMF Heusler alloys have a special importance among the HMF materials. Full Heusler alloys with the stoichiometric composition X2YZ (where X and Y are the transition metals and Z is a sp element) have the cubic L21 structure with four interpenetrating fcc sublattices. When each of these four fcc sublattices is occupied by different atoms (XX'YZ), a quaternary Heusler structure with different structural symmetries (space group F-43m, #216) is obtained. Recently, these equiatomic quaternary Heusler alloys (EQHAs) with 1:1:1:1 stoichiometry have attracted a lot of attention due to their superior magnetic and transport properties. A special class of HMF materials identified recently is known as spin gapless semiconductors (SGS). The difference in this case, compared with HMFs, is that the density of states for one spin band is just zero at the Fermi level, while the other has a gap as in the case of HMFs. Some of the reported SGS materials belong to EQHAs family. This review is dedicated to almost all reported materials belonging to EQHAs family. The electronic structure and hence the physical properties of Heusler alloys strongly depend on the degree of structural order and distribution of the atoms in the crystal lattice. A variety of experimental techniques has been used to probe the structural parameters and degree of order in these alloys. Their magnetic properties have been investigated using the conventional methods, while the spin polarization has been probed by point contact Andreev reflection technique. The experimentally obtained values of saturation magnetization are found to be in

  7. High spin polarization in CoFeMnGe equiatomic quaternary Heusler alloy

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    Bainsla, Lakhan; Suresh, K. G.; Nigam, A. K.; Manivel Raja, M.; Varaprasad, B. S. D. Ch. S.; Takahashi, Y. K.; Hono, K.

    2014-11-28

    We report the structure, magnetic property, and spin polarization of CoFeMnGe equiatomic quaternary Heusler alloy. The alloy was found to crystallize in the cubic Heusler structure (prototype LiMgPdSn) with considerable amount of DO{sub 3} disorder. Thermal analysis result indicated the Curie temperature is about 750 K without any other phase transformation up to melting temperature. The magnetization value was close to that predicted by the Slater-Pauling curve. Current spin polarization of P = 0.70 ± 0.01 was deduced using point contact andreev reflection measurements. The temperature dependence of electrical resistivity has been fitted in the temperature range of 5–300 K in order to check for the half metallic behavior. Considering the high spin polarization and Curie temperature, this material appears to be promising for spintronic applications.

  8. Fe{sub 2-x}Co{sub x}MnSi (x = 0, 1 and 2) Heusler alloys: Structural, magnetic and atomic site disorder properties

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    Bhatt, Harsh; Mukadam, M. D.; Meena, S. S.; Yusuf, S. M.

    2015-06-24

    The Heusler alloy series Fe{sub 2-x}Co{sub x}MnSi (x = 0, 1 and 2) is theoretically predicted to be half metallic. We prepared the sample series and determined the structural and magnetic properties to check if these materials are suitable for spintronics applications. The Curie temperatures of two of the alloys have been found to be well above the room temperature. But the presence of elements with atoms of similar size leads to atomic site disorder in these alloys, which may destroy the half metallic nature. The atomic site disorder has been confirmed by Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  9. Magnetic and anomalous electronic transport properties of the quaternary Heusler alloys Co2Ti1-xFexGe

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    Venkateswarlu, B.; Midhunlal, P. V.; Babu, P. D.; Kumar, N. Harish

    2016-06-01

    The half-metallic Heusler alloy Co2TiGe has a ferromagnetic ground state with a low magnetic moment (2 μB). It is free of atomic antisite disorder but has low Curie temperature (~390 K). In contrast the other cobalt based Heusler alloy Co2FeGe has high Curie temperature (~980 K) and high magnetic moment (5.6 μB) while exhibiting antisite disorder and lack of half-metallicity. Hence it is of interest to investigate the magnetic and transport properties of solid solutions of these two materials with contrasting characteristics. We report the structural, magnetic and electronic transport properties of quaternary Co2Ti1-x FexGe (x=0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8) Heusler alloys. The alloys crystallize in L21 structure but with antisite disorder. The magnetization measurements revealed that the alloys were of soft ferromagnetic type with high Curie temperatures. Deviation from Slater-Pauling behavior and drastic change in electronic transport properties with some anomalous features were observed.The complex electronic transport properties have been explained using different scattering mechanisms.

  10. Application of the exact exchange potential method for half metallic intermediate band alloy semiconductor.

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    Fernández, J J; Tablero, C; Wahnón, P

    2004-06-01

    In this paper we present an analysis of the convergence of the band structure properties, particularly the influence on the modification of the bandgap and bandwidth values in half metallic compounds by the use of the exact exchange formalism. This formalism for general solids has been implemented using a localized basis set of numerical functions to represent the exchange density. The implementation has been carried out using a code which uses a linear combination of confined numerical pseudoatomic functions to represent the Kohn-Sham orbitals. The application of this exact exchange scheme to a half-metallic semiconductor compound, in particular to Ga(4)P(3)Ti, a promising material in the field of high efficiency solar cells, confirms the existence of the isolated intermediate band in this compound. PMID:15268104

  11. Ab initio study of 59Co NMR spectra in Co2FeAl1-xSix Heusler alloys

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    Nishihara, H.; Sato, K.; Akai, H.; Takiguchi, C.; Geshi, M.; Kanomata, T.; Sakon, T.; Wada, T.

    2015-05-01

    Ab initio electronic structure calculation of a series of Co2FeAl1-xSix Heusler alloys has been performed, using the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker-coherent potential approximation method to explain experimental 59Co NMR spectra. Two prominent features are explained semi-quantitatively-a global shift of the 59Co resonance line due to alloying with Al and Si atoms in Co2FeAl1-xSix, and the effect of local disorder in creating distinct satellite lines of 59Co NMR in Co2FeAl. The importance is stressed of the positive contribution to the 59Co hyperfine field from valence electron polarization, which emerges from the half-metallic band structure inherent in Co-based Heusler alloys.

  12. NiSn Half-Heusler Alloy

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    Appel, O.; Gelbstein, Y.

    2014-06-01

    We deal here with Sb and Bi doping effects of the n-type half-Heusler (HH) Ti0.3Zr0.35Hf0.35NiSn alloy on the measured thermoelectric properties. To date, the thermoelectric effects upon Bi doping on the Sn site of HH alloys have rarely been reported, while Sb has been widely used as a donor dopant. A comparison between the measured transport properties following arc melting and spark plasma sintering of both Bi- and Sb-doped samples indicates a much stronger doping effect upon Sb doping, an effect which was explained thermodynamically. Due to similar lattice thermal conductivity values obtained for the various doped samples, synthesized in a similar experimental route, no practical variations in the thermoelectric figure of merit values were observed between the various investigated samples, an effect which was attributed to compensation between the power factor and electrical thermal conductivity values regardless of the various investigated dopants and doping levels.

  13. High spin polarization and spin splitting in equiatomic quaternary CoFeCrAl Heusler alloy

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    Bainsla, Lakhan; Mallick, A. I.; Coelho, A. A.; Nigam, A. K.; Varaprasad, B. S. D. Ch. S.; Takahashi, Y. K.; Alam, Aftab; Suresh, K. G.; Hono, K.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we investigate CoFeCrAl alloy by means of ab-initio electronic structure calculations and various experimental techniques. The alloy is found to exist in the B2-type cubic Heusler structure, which is very similar to Y-type (or LiMgPdSn prototype) structure with space group F-43m (#216). Saturation magnetization (MS) of about 2 μB/f.u. is observed at 8 K under ambient pressure, which is in good agreement with the Slater-Pauling rule. MS values are found to be independent of pressure, which is a prerequisite for half-metals. The ab-initio electronic structure calculations predict half-metallicity for the alloy with a spin slitting energy of 0.31 eV. Importantly, this system shows a high current spin polarization value of 0.67±0.02, as deduced from the point contact Andreev reflection measurements. Linear dependence of electrical resistivity with temperature indicates the possibility of reasonably high spin polarization at elevated temperatures (~150 K) as well. All these suggest that CoFeCrAl is a promising material for the spintronic devices.

  14. Half-metallicity and optoelectronic properties of V-doped zincblende ZnS and CdS alloys

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    El Amine Monir, Mohammed; Baltache, H.; Khenata, R.; Murtaza, G.; Ahmed, R.; Ahmed, Waleed. K.; Omran, S. Bin; Bouhemadou, A.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, spin-polarized density functional calculations on the structural, electronic, optical and magnetic properties of the zincblende structure of the Zn1‑xVxS and Cd1‑xVxS alloys at x = 0.25 in the ferromagnetic (FM) ordering has been investigated. The study is accomplished using the full-potential (FP) linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital (LAPW+lo) self-consistent scheme of calculations. To incorporate the exchange correlation component in the total energy calculations of the crystal, Perdew-Burke and Ernzerhof (PBE) parameterization for the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA+U are employed. Basically, for both alloys, to address their structural properties, we calculated their equilibrium lattice constants, bulk moduli as well as pressure derivatives. In general, from the analysis of the obtained electronic band structure of these alloys, the half-metallic nature of Zn0.75V0.25S and nearly half-metallic nature of the Cd0.75V0.25S alloy are demonstrated. The plotted density of states (DOS) curves project spin-exchange splitting energy Δx(d) and Δx(pd) as generated by V-3d states. It has been clearly evident that the effective potential results for the spin-down case are more striking than for the spin-up case. In order to describe the magnetic behavior of these alloys, the exchange constants N0α (valence band) and N0β (conduction band) as well as the magnetic moment values are estimated. The calculated results of the magnetic moment show that the main source in the reduction of the local magnetic moment of V in the alloys in comparison with its free value is a p-d orbital hybridization and partial transfer to nonmagnetic sites of (Zn, S) and (Cd, S) in Zn0.75V0.25S and Cd0.75V0.25S alloys. In addition, a study concerning optical properties, such as the refractive index, reflectivity and absorption coefficients is performed to determine their potential for optical and optoelectronic devices.

  15. Modeling and Analyzing Magnetocaloric Effect in Heusler Alloys

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    Ovichi, Maryam

    Modeling and Analyzing Magneto-caloric Effect in Heusler Alloys Heusler alloys feature both conventional and inverse magnetocaloric effects (MCE) near room temperature as they undergo two different transitions. In order to properly characterize these alloys, the mechanism of the transformations that accompanies the MCE peaks must be understood. These alloys have interesting magnetic behavior that can be modeled and predicted. Modeling the cluster compositions in the mixed-state regions, where two stable magnetic states co-exist, provides a perspective for enhancing the MCE effect through chemical substitution or similar process. By using a reliable mechanism for evaluating the magnetic characteristics, the material's behavior can be characterized based on the results of testing in relatively few applied fields, significantly reducing testing effort required when characterizing materials. Also by applying a few critical points in testing, the most accurate testing results can be achieved. In order to better utilize these magnetic materials, material composition must be improved to provide desired behavior with respect to magnetocaloric effect. By understanding the elemental contribution, the sample can be better tuned in composition to gain the desired behavior. Tuning behavior will result in a more useful composition and serve to further the overall research. This dissertation will contribute to the study of Heusler alloys for usage in magnetic refrigeration in the following areas. First, it will improve the self-similarity method for analyzing and evaluating the test data. By improving the method for analysis, it will also lead to a simplified testing process. Second, it will use the new analysis to understand the elemental contribution of specific elements added to Heusler alloys. Finally, it will increase the overall understanding of the magnetocaloric behavior of Heusler alloys.

  16. Enhancement of spin polarization via Fermi level tuning in Co{sub 2}MnSn{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x} (x = 0, 0.25. 0.5, 0.75, 1) Heusler alloys

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    Singh, Mukhtiyar Thakur, Jyoti; Kashyap, Manish K.; Saini, Hardev S.

    2014-04-24

    Full potential approach has been employed to tune Fermi level in Co{sub 2}MnSn{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x} (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1) Heulser alloys for enhancement of spin polarization and finding signature of half metallicity. Present density functional theory (DFT) based calculation indicates that stoichoimetric Heusler alloy, Co{sub 2}MnSn is not a half-metallic ferromagnet but the doping of Sb in it results in the shifting of E{sup F} in well-defined energy gap which leads the 100% spin polarization in the resultant alloys. The magnetism in present alloys is governed by localized moment on Mn atom mainly. The tuning of half-metallicity using doping can be proved as an ideal technique to search the new materials which can accomplish the need of spintronics.

  17. Controlling the half-metallicity of Heusler/Si(1 1 1) interfaces by a monolayer of Si-Co-Si.

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    Nedelkoski, Zlatko; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Ghasemi, Arsham; Kuerbanjiang, Balati; Hasnip, Philip J; Yamada, Shinya; Hamaya, Kohei; Ramasse, Quentin M; Hirohata, Atsufumi; Lazarov, Vlado K

    2016-10-01

    By using first-principles calculations we show that the spin-polarization reverses its sign at atomically abrupt interfaces between the half-metallic Co2(Fe,Mn)(Al,Si) and Si(1 1 1). This unfavourable spin-electronic configuration at the Fermi-level can be completely removed by introducing a Si-Co-Si monolayer at the interface. In addition, this interfacial monolayer shifts the Fermi-level from the valence band edge close to the conduction band edge of Si. We show that such a layer is energetically favourable to exist at the interface. This was further confirmed by direct observations of CoSi2 nano-islands at the interface, by employing atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy. PMID:27501822

  18. Investigations of the half-metallic behavior and the magnetic and thermodynamic properties of half-Heusler CoMnTe and RuMnTe compounds: A first-principles study

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    Djaafri, T.; Djaafri, A.; Elias, A.; Murtaza, G.; Khenata, R.; R., Ahmed; Bin Omran, S.; Rached, D.

    2014-08-01

    First-principles spin-polarized density functional theory (DFT) investigations of the structural, electronic, magnetic, and thermodynamics characteristics of the half-Heusler, CoMnTe and RuMnTe compounds are carried out. Calculations are accomplished within a state of the art full-potential (FP) linearized (L) augmented plane wave plus a local orbital (APW + lo) computational approach framed within DFT. The generalized gradient approximation (GGA) parameterized by Perdew, Burke, and Ernzerhof (PBE) is implemented as an exchange correlation functional as a part of the total energy calculation. From the analysis of the calculated electronic band structure as well as the density of states for both compounds, a strong hybridization between d states of the higher valent transition metal (TM) atoms (Co, Ru) and lower valent TM atoms of (Mn) is observed. Furthermore, total and partial density of states (PDOS) of the ground state and the results of spin magnetic moments reveal that these compounds are both stable and ideal half-metallic ferromagnetic. The effects of the unit cell volume on the magnetic properties and half-metallicity are crucial. It is worth noting that our computed results of the total spin magnetic moments, for CoMnTe equal to 4 μB and 3 μB per unit cell for RuMnTe, nicely follow the rule μtot = Zt - 18. Using the quasi-harmonic Debye model, which considers the phononic effects, the effecs of pressure P and temperature T on the lattice parameter, bulk modulus, thermal expansion coefficient, Debye temperature, and heat capacity for these compounds are investigated for the first time.

  19. The electronic structure and spin polarization of Co2Mn0.75(Gd, Eu)0.25Z (Z=Si, Ge, Ga, Al) quaternary Heusler alloys

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    Berri, Saadi

    2016-03-01

    A first-principles approach is used to study the electronic and magnetic properties of Co2Mn0.75(Gd, Eu)0.25Z(Z=Si, Ge, Ga, Al) quaternary Heusler alloys. The investigation was done using the (FP-LAPW) method where the exchange-correlation potential was calculated with the frame of GGA-WC. At ambient conditions our calculated results of band structures reveal that for Co2Mn0.75(Gd, Eu)0.25Z(Z=Si, Ge) has a half-metallic (HM) band structure profile showing 100% spin polarization at the Fermi level. In contrast, Co2Mn0.75(Gd, Eu)0.25Z(Z=Ga, Al) alloys are found to be metallic. Finally, the half metallic compounds found in some structures of this series might be useful in spintronic devices.

  20. The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of quaternary Heusler alloy TiZrCoIn

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    Yan, Peng-Li; Zhang, Jian-Min; Xu, Ke-Wei

    2016-04-01

    Employing the first-principles calculations, we have investigated the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of quaternary Heusler alloy TiZrCoIn. The TiZrCoIn alloy with type (I) configuration is predicted to be half-metallic ferromagnet at its equilibrium lattice constant 6.525 Å with an indirect band gap of 0.930 eV in minority spin channel. The total magnetic moment is 2 μB/f.u., following the Slater-Pauling rule μt=Zt-18. Moreover, the negative formation energy indicates the thermodynamical stability of this alloy. The band gap of minority spin channel is determined by the bonding (t2g) and antibonding (t1u) states created from the hybridizations of the d states of transition metal atoms Ti, Zr and Co. In addition, the HM, character is kept as hydrostatic strain ranged from -10% to 7.6% and tetragonal strain ranged from -19% to 27%.

  1. Magnetism and electronic structure of CoFeCrX (X = Si, Ge) Heusler alloys

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    Jin, Y.; Kharel, P.; Lukashev, P.; Valloppilly, S.; Staten, B.; Herran, J.; Tutic, I.; Mitrakumar, M.; Bhusal, B.; O'Connell, A.; Yang, K.; Huh, Y.; Skomski, R.; Sellmyer, D. J.

    2016-08-01

    The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of CoFeCrX (X = Si, Ge) Heusler alloys have been investigated. Experimentally, the alloys were synthesized in the cubic L21 structure with small disorder. The cubic phase of CoFeCrSi was found to be highly stable against heat treatment, but CoFeCrGe disintegrated into other new compounds when the temperature reached 402 °C (675 K). Although the first-principle calculation predicted the possibility of tetragonal phase in CoFeCrGe, the tetragonal phase could not be stabilized experimentally. Both CoFeCrSi and CoFeCrGe compounds showed ferrimagnetic spin order at room temperature and have Curie temperatures (TC) significantly above room temperature. The measured TC for CoFeCrSi is 790 K but that of CoFeCrGe could not be measured due to its dissociation into new compounds at 675 K. The saturation magnetizations of CoFeCrSi and CoFeCrGe are 2.82 μB/f.u. and 2.78 μB/f.u., respectively, which are close to the theoretically predicted value of 3 μB/f.u. for their half-metallic phases. The calculated band gaps for CoFeCrSi and CoFeCrGe are, respectively, 1 eV and 0.5 eV. These materials have potential for spintronic device applications, as they exhibit half-metallic electronic structures with large band gaps, and Curie temperatures significantly above room temperature.

  2. Fabrication of highly ordered Co2Fe0.4Mn0.6Si Heusler alloy films on Si substrates

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    Koike, Takeo; Oogane, Mikihiko; Ono, Atsuo; Ando, Yasuo

    2016-08-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of Si(100)/MgO/Co2Fe0.4Mn0.6Si (CFMS) Heusler alloy thin films were systematically investigated. Highly B2-ordered CFMS Heusler films with an ordering parameter of ca. 70–80% were obtained by both the insertion of a very thin Mg layer into the Si/MgO interfaces to prevent oxidation of the Si surface and the optimization of the annealing temperature for the CFMS films. The prepared CFMS films exhibited high magnetization close to that of the CFMS bulk. Such highly B2-ordered CFMS films are very useful for realizing high spin injection efficiency in Si because of the half-metallicity of the CFMS films.

  3. Electronic structures and the spin polarization of Heusler alloy Co2FeAl surface

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    Xu, Xiaoguang; Wang, Yankai; Zhang, Delin; Jiang, Yong

    2011-01-01

    The electronic structures of the Heusler alloy Co2FeAl surface are studied theoretically via first-principles calculations. The space localization of the surface states is the key effect on the electronic structures of the Co2FeAl surface. At the surface, the lattice parameter shrinks to minimize the total energy, and the minority spin gap disappears and shows a metallic band gap character. However, with the depth increasing, the lattice parameter equals to that of bulk phase, and there shows an energy gap opening at the Fermi level in the minority spin states. As a result, the spin polarization at the surface is lower than that of the bulk Co2FeAl, while it is close to that of bulk phase beneath the surface. According to the calculations, it is clear that the half-metallic property fading of the Co2FeAl films is caused by the surface states. Therefore, it is important to minimize the lattice mismatch at the interface of Co2FeAl in order to obtain a high tunneling magnetoresistance.

  4. Fully epitaxial C1b-type NiMnSb half-Heusler alloy films for current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance devices with a Ag spacer

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    Wen, Zhenchao; Kubota, Takahide; Yamamoto, Tatsuya; Takanashi, Koki

    2015-12-01

    Remarkable magnetic and spin-dependent transport properties arise from well-designed spintronic materials and heterostructures. Half-metallic Heusler alloys with high spin polarization exhibit properties that are particularly advantageous for the development of high-performance spintronic devices. Here, we report fully (001)-epitaxial growth of a high-quality half-metallic NiMnSb half-Heusler alloy films, and their application to current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) devices with Ag spacer layers. Fully (001)-oriented NiMnSb epitaxial films with very flat surface and high magnetization were prepared on Cr/Ag-buffered MgO(001) single crystalline substrates by changing the substrate temperature. Epitaxial CPP-GMR devices using the NiMnSb films and a Ag spacer were fabricated, and room-temperature (RT) CPP-GMR ratios for the C1b-type half-Heusler alloy were determined for the first time. A CPP-GMR ratio of 8% (21%) at RT (4.2 K) was achieved in the fully epitaxial NiMnSb/Ag/NiMnSb structures. Furthermore, negative anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) ratio and small discrepancy of the AMR amplitudes between RT and 10 K were observed in a single epitaxial NiMnSb film, indicating robust bulk half metallicity against thermal fluctuation in the half-Heusler compound. The modest CPP-GMR ratios could be attributed to interface effects between NiMnSb and Ag. This work provides a pathway for engineering a new class of ordered alloy materials with particular emphasis on spintronics.

  5. Fully epitaxial C1b-type NiMnSb half-Heusler alloy films for current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance devices with a Ag spacer

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    Wen, Zhenchao; Kubota, Takahide; Yamamoto, Tatsuya; Takanashi, Koki

    2015-01-01

    Remarkable magnetic and spin-dependent transport properties arise from well-designed spintronic materials and heterostructures. Half-metallic Heusler alloys with high spin polarization exhibit properties that are particularly advantageous for the development of high-performance spintronic devices. Here, we report fully (001)-epitaxial growth of a high-quality half-metallic NiMnSb half-Heusler alloy films, and their application to current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) devices with Ag spacer layers. Fully (001)-oriented NiMnSb epitaxial films with very flat surface and high magnetization were prepared on Cr/Ag-buffered MgO(001) single crystalline substrates by changing the substrate temperature. Epitaxial CPP-GMR devices using the NiMnSb films and a Ag spacer were fabricated, and room-temperature (RT) CPP-GMR ratios for the C1b-type half-Heusler alloy were determined for the first time. A CPP-GMR ratio of 8% (21%) at RT (4.2 K) was achieved in the fully epitaxial NiMnSb/Ag/NiMnSb structures. Furthermore, negative anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) ratio and small discrepancy of the AMR amplitudes between RT and 10 K were observed in a single epitaxial NiMnSb film, indicating robust bulk half metallicity against thermal fluctuation in the half-Heusler compound. The modest CPP-GMR ratios could be attributed to interface effects between NiMnSb and Ag. This work provides a pathway for engineering a new class of ordered alloy materials with particular emphasis on spintronics. PMID:26672482

  6. Fully epitaxial C1b-type NiMnSb half-Heusler alloy films for current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance devices with a Ag spacer.

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    Wen, Zhenchao; Kubota, Takahide; Yamamoto, Tatsuya; Takanashi, Koki

    2015-01-01

    Remarkable magnetic and spin-dependent transport properties arise from well-designed spintronic materials and heterostructures. Half-metallic Heusler alloys with high spin polarization exhibit properties that are particularly advantageous for the development of high-performance spintronic devices. Here, we report fully (001)-epitaxial growth of a high-quality half-metallic NiMnSb half-Heusler alloy films, and their application to current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) devices with Ag spacer layers. Fully (001)-oriented NiMnSb epitaxial films with very flat surface and high magnetization were prepared on Cr/Ag-buffered MgO(001) single crystalline substrates by changing the substrate temperature. Epitaxial CPP-GMR devices using the NiMnSb films and a Ag spacer were fabricated, and room-temperature (RT) CPP-GMR ratios for the C1b-type half-Heusler alloy were determined for the first time. A CPP-GMR ratio of 8% (21%) at RT (4.2 K) was achieved in the fully epitaxial NiMnSb/Ag/NiMnSb structures. Furthermore, negative anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) ratio and small discrepancy of the AMR amplitudes between RT and 10 K were observed in a single epitaxial NiMnSb film, indicating robust bulk half metallicity against thermal fluctuation in the half-Heusler compound. The modest CPP-GMR ratios could be attributed to interface effects between NiMnSb and Ag. This work provides a pathway for engineering a new class of ordered alloy materials with particular emphasis on spintronics. PMID:26672482

  7. The defect-induced changes of the electronic and magnetic properties in the inverse Heusler alloy Ti{sub 2}CoAl

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    Chen, Ying; Wu, Bo; Yuan, Hongkuan; Feng, Yu; Chen, Hong

    2015-01-15

    The first-principles calculations are performed to investigate the effect of swap, antisite and vacancy defects of three classes on the electronic and magnetic properties in the inverse Heusler alloy Ti{sub 2}CoAl of half-metallicity. Our calculations reveal that Ti(A/B)–Co and Co–Al swaps, Ti(A/B) and Al vacancy defects as well as Co{sub Ti(A)/Al} and Al{sub Ti(A)/Ti(B)} antisite defects are likely to form in a concentration as high as 12.5%. Among them, Co{sub Ti(A)} antisite is detected to be the most probable defect. It is shown that the spin polarizations of Ti{sub 2}CoAl are considerably reduced by the Ti(A/B)–Co swap and Ti(B)/Al vacancy defects, while a quite high spin polarization around 95% is observed in Co–Al swap as well as Ti(A) vacancy. Remarkably, all the likely antisite defects almost retain the half-metallic character in a concentration of 12.5% even if they have the possibility to form. However, induced by antisites, the Fermi levels shift to the edge of band gap with small peaks arising just above the Fermi level, which may destroy the half-metallicity by spin-flip excitation. - Graphical abstract: The spin polarization and formation energy of various possible defects in inverse Heusler alloy Ti{sub 2}CoAl. The triangle, star and square represent the swap, antisite and vacancy defects, respectively. - Highlights: • The swap, antisite, and vacancy defects are studied in half-metallic Ti{sub 2}CoAl. • The Co{sub Ti(A)} antisite is the most probable among the studied defects. • The antisite defects almost retain the half-metallicity. • Most of swap and vacancy defects have degraded the half-metallicity. • High spin polarizations are detected in Co–Al swap and Ti(A) vacancy defects.

  8. Variation of magnetism and half-metallicity in Ru{sub 2}VSi with lattice expansion

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    Bhat, Idris Hamid; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2015-06-24

    Full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method has been employed to investigate the electronic and magnetic properties of Ru{sub 2}VSi Heusler alloy at optimized lattice parameter and in expanded lattice. Present computations predict that Ru{sub 2}VSi has a ferromagnetic ground state with an optimized lattice constant 5.952 Å. The compound in ambient conditions was found to have metallic character. However, increased value of lattice parameter induces 100% spin-polarization in the material at Fermi energy. Further, the band gap tends to increase and the material behaves as pure half-metallic at an increased value of lattice constant.

  9. PREFACE: Half Metallic Ferromagnets

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    Dowben, Peter

    2007-08-01

    Since its introduction by de Groot and colleagues in the early 1980s [1], the concept of half metallic ferromagnetism has attracted great interest. Idealized, half-metals have only one spin channel for conduction: the spin-polarized band structure exhibits metallic behavior for one spin channel, while the other spin band structure exhibits a gap at the Fermi level. Due to the gap for one spin direction, the density of states at the Fermi level has, theoretically, 100 & spin polarization. This gap in the density of states in one spin at the Fermi level, for example ↓ so N↓ (EF) = 0, also causes the resistance of that channel to go to infinity. At zero or low temperatures, the nonquasiparticle density of states (electron correlation effects), magnons and spin disorder reduce the polarization from the idealized 100 & polarization. At higher temperatures magnon-phonon coupling and irreversible compositional changes affect polarization further. Strategies for assessing and reducing the effects of finite temperatures on the polarization are now gaining attention. The controversies surrounding the polarization stability of half metallic ferromagnets are not, however, limited to the consideration of finite temperature effects alone. While many novel half metallic materials have been predicted, materials fabrication can be challenging. Defects, surface and interface segregation, and structural stability can lead to profound decreases in polarization, but can also suppress long period magnons. There is a 'delicate balance of energies required to obtain half metallic behaviour: to avoid spin flip scattering, tiny adjustments in atomic positions might occur so that a gap opens up in the other spin channel' [2]. When considering 'spintronics' devices, a common alibi for the study of half metallic systems, surfaces and interfaces become important. Free enthalpy differences between the surface and the bulk will lead to spin minority surface and interface states, as well as

  10. Hyperfine magnetic fields in cobalt-based Heusler alloys

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    Yehia, M.S.

    1987-01-01

    Measurement of hyperfine interactions at Cd-111 and Sn-119 impurity nuclei in Co-based Heusler alloys Co/sub 2/YZ (Y = Mn, Ti, V, Zr and Z was Al, Ga, Ge, Si, Sn) were made within a temperature range 77 to 746 K using the time differential Perturbed Angular Correlation (TDPAC) and Mossbauer techniques. The hyperfine-field results in these alloys are discussed in terms of two models, the localized moment model and the Volume Overlap model. In the localized moment model a pre-asymptotic phase factor n = ..pi.. at distance r = a/2 was used to fit the experimental results on Co/sub 2/YZ (Y = Ti, V, Zr and Z = Al, Ga, Sn, Ge). In the Volume Overlap model the hyperfine field results in the series Co/sub 2/MnZ (Z = Ge, Si, Sn) was plotted against the lattice parameter of these alloys; a linear relationship was found, suggesting a non overlap term between the magnetic atom and the nonmagnetic impurity. A prediction of hyperfine magnetic filed less than 40 (kOe) on Sn-119 and of about -250(kOe) on Cd-111 in Co/sub 2/TiSi and Co/sub 2/TiGe is made. Temperature variation of the hyperfine magnetic field in the alloy Co/sub 2/MnSn with magnetic moments residing on two sites, has been studied. Results didn't show a dramatic deviation form the Brillouin function.

  11. Structure and properties of CoMnSb in the context of half-metallic ferromagnetism

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    Ksenofontov, Vadim; Melnyk, Gennadiy; Wurmehl, Sabine; Kroth, Kristian; Reiman, Sergey; Felser, Claudia; Wojcik, Marek

    2006-10-01

    Although its X-ray powder diffraction patterns show a superstructure, the compound CoMnSb, like the well-known half-Heusler alloy NiMnSb, is often referred to the category of half-metallic ferromagnets with C1{sub b} structure. Our study assigns CoMnSb to space group Fm3m. The crystal structure of CoMnSb can be represented as an alternation of Co{sub 2}MnSb and MnSb structural units, and, in contrast to NiMnSb, displays three Mn and two Sb positions in the elementary cell. The presence of nonequivalent antimony and manganese positions was verified using NMR and Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements. Band-structure calculations based on a proposed structure confirm the experimentally found magnetic moment value of approximately 4 {mu}{sub B}/f.u. and demonstrate that CoMnSb is not a half-metallic ferromagnet.

  12. A first principle study of phase stability, electronic structure and magnetic properties for Co2-xCrxMnAl Heusler alloys

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    Rached, H.; Rached, D.; Khenata, R.; Abidri, B.; Rabah, M.; Benkhettou, N.; Omran, S. Bin

    2015-04-01

    The structural stabilities, electronic and magnetic properties of Co2-xCrxMnAl alloys with (x=0,1 and 2) were investigated using the full-potential linear muffin-tin orbital (FP-LMTO) method, in the framework of the density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange correlation functional. The ground state properties including lattice parameter, bulk modulus for the two considered crystal structures Hg2CuTi-Type (X-Type) and Cu2MnAl-Type (L21-Type) are calculated. The half-metallicity within ferromagnetic ground state starts to appear in CoCrMnAl and Cr2MnAl. In the objective for the proposition of the new HM-FM in the Full-Heusler alloys, our results classified CoCrMnAl as new HM-FM material with high spin polarization.

  13. Local formation of a Heusler structure in CoFe-Al alloys

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    Wurmehl, S.; Jacobs, P. J.; Kohlhepp, J. T.; Swagten, H. J. M.; Koopmans, B.; Maat, S.; Carey, M. J.; Childress, J. R.

    2011-01-01

    We systematically study the changes in the local atomic environments of Co in CoFe-Al alloys as a function of Al content by means of nuclear magnetic resonance. We find that a Co2FeAl Heusler type structure is formed on a local scale. The observed formation of a highly spin-polarized Heusler compound may explain the improved magnetotransport properties in CoFe-Al based current-perpendicular-to-the-plane spin-valves.

  14. The defect-induced changes of the electronic and magnetic properties in the inverse Heusler alloy Ti2CoAl

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    Chen, Ying; Wu, Bo; Yuan, Hongkuan; Feng, Yu; Chen, Hong

    2015-01-01

    The first-principles calculations are performed to investigate the effect of swap, antisite and vacancy defects of three classes on the electronic and magnetic properties in the inverse Heusler alloy Ti2CoAl of half-metallicity. Our calculations reveal that Ti(A/B)-Co and Co-Al swaps, Ti(A/B) and Al vacancy defects as well as CoTi(A)/Al and AlTi(A)/Ti(B) antisite defects are likely to form in a concentration as high as 12.5%. Among them, CoTi(A) antisite is detected to be the most probable defect. It is shown that the spin polarizations of Ti2CoAl are considerably reduced by the Ti(A/B)-Co swap and Ti(B)/Al vacancy defects, while a quite high spin polarization around 95% is observed in Co-Al swap as well as Ti(A) vacancy. Remarkably, all the likely antisite defects almost retain the half-metallic character in a concentration of 12.5% even if they have the possibility to form. However, induced by antisites, the Fermi levels shift to the edge of band gap with small peaks arising just above the Fermi level, which may destroy the half-metallicity by spin-flip excitation.

  15. Half-Heusler Alloys for Efficient Thermoelectric Power Conversion

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    Chen, Long; Zeng, Xiaoyu; Tritt, Terry M.; Poon, S. Joseph

    2016-07-01

    Half-Heusler (HH) phases (space group F43m, Clb) are increasingly gaining attention as promising thermoelectric materials in view of their thermal stability and environmental benignity as well as efficient power output. Until recently, the verifiable dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) of HH phases has remained moderate near 1, which limits the power conversion efficiency of these materials. We report herein ZT ˜ 1.3 in n-type (Hf,Zr)NiSn alloys near 850 K developed through elemental substitution and simultaneous embedment of nanoparticles in the HH matrix, obtained by annealing the samples close to their melting temperatures. Introduction of mass fluctuation and scattering centers play a key role in the high ZT measured, as shown by the reduction of thermal conductivity and increase of thermopower. Based on computation, the power conversion efficiency of a n-p couple module based on the new n-type (Hf,Zr,Ti)NiSn particles-in-matrix composite and recently reported high-ZT p-type HH phases is expected to reach 13%, comparable to that of state-of-the-art materials, but with the mentioned additional materials and environmental attributes. Since the high efficiency is obtained without tuning the microstructure of the HH phases, it leaves room for further optimization.

  16. The half-metallic ferromagnetism character in Be1-xVxY (Y=Se and Te) alloys: An ab-initio study

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    Sajjad, M.; Manzoor, Sadia; Zhang, H. X.; Noor, N. A.; Alay-e-Abbas, S. M.; Shaukat, A.; Khenata, R.

    2015-04-01

    Ab-initio calculations for V-doped BeSe and BeTe semiconductors are performed by means of all-electrons full-potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital (FP-LAPW+lo) method. The structural properties are optimized using the Wu-Cohen generalized gradient approximation functional, whereas modified Becke and Jhonson local density approximation functional has been employed for evaluating the spin-polarized electronic and magnetic properties. Magnetic stability at various doping concentrations in ferromagnetic (FM) and anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) ordering is investigated by comparing the minimum total energies and enthalpies of formation (ΔH). Studied band structures, density of states, total energy, exchange interactions and magnetic moments manifest both alloys with half-metallic ferromagnetic behavior. Moreover, their valance bands are found to be paired ferromagnetically with V atoms. Furthermore, it was observed that the magnetic moment of vanadium atom reduces from free space charge value due to p-d hybridization which yields small magnetic moments on the Be, Se and Te sites.

  17. Electronic structure, magnetism, and antisite disorder in CoFeCrGe and CoMnCrAl quaternary Heusler alloys

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    Enamullah, .; Venkateswara, Y.; Gupta, Sachin; Varma, Manoj Raama; Singh, Prashant; Suresh, K. G.; Alam, Aftab

    2015-12-10

    In this study, we present a combined theoretical and experimental study of two quaternary Heusler alloys CoFeCrGe (CFCG) and CoMnCrAl (CMCA), promising candidates for spintronics applications. Magnetization measurement shows the saturation magnetization and transition temperature to be 3 μB, 866 K and 0.9 μB, 358 K for CFCG and CMCA respectively. The magnetization values agree fairly well with our theoretical results and also obey the Slater-Pauling rule, a prerequisite for half metallicity. A striking difference between the two systems is their structure; CFCG crystallizes in fully ordered Y-type structure while CMCA has L21 disordered structure. The antisite disorder adds a somewhat unique property to the second compound, which arises due to the probabilistic mutual exchange of Al positions with Cr/Mn and such an effect is possibly expected due to comparable electronegativities of Al and Cr/Mn. Ab initio simulation predicted a unique transition from half metallic ferromagnet to metallic antiferromagnet beyond a critical excess concentration of Al in the alloy.

  18. Electronic structure, magnetism, and antisite disorder in CoFeCrGe and CoMnCrAl quaternary Heusler alloys

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    Enamullah, .; Venkateswara, Y.; Gupta, Sachin; Varma, Manoj Raama; Singh, Prashant; Suresh, K. G.; Alam, Aftab

    2015-12-10

    In this study, we present a combined theoretical and experimental study of two quaternary Heusler alloys CoFeCrGe (CFCG) and CoMnCrAl (CMCA), promising candidates for spintronics applications. Magnetization measurement shows the saturation magnetization and transition temperature to be 3 μB, 866 K and 0.9 μB, 358 K for CFCG and CMCA respectively. The magnetization values agree fairly well with our theoretical results and also obey the Slater-Pauling rule, a prerequisite for half metallicity. A striking difference between the two systems is their structure; CFCG crystallizes in fully ordered Y-type structure while CMCA has L21 disordered structure. The antisite disorder adds amore » somewhat unique property to the second compound, which arises due to the probabilistic mutual exchange of Al positions with Cr/Mn and such an effect is possibly expected due to comparable electronegativities of Al and Cr/Mn. Ab initio simulation predicted a unique transition from half metallic ferromagnet to metallic antiferromagnet beyond a critical excess concentration of Al in the alloy.« less

  19. Temperature dependence of tunneling magnetoresistance in epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions using a Co2FeAl Heusler alloy electrode

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    Wang, Wenhong; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Inomata, Koichiro

    2010-09-01

    Spin-valve-type epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) consisting of a full-Heusler alloy Co2FeAl (CFA) and a MgO tunnel barrier were fabricated on a single-crystal MgO(001) substrate using sputtering method for all the layers. Experimental temperature-dependent tunnel magnetoresistance in the MTJs was revealed to be fitted well using spin wave excitation model for tunneling spin polarization, P(T)=P0(1-αT3/2) up to room temperature, where P0 is the spin polarization at 0 K and α is a fitting parameter. The determined P and α are shown to be significantly different between bottom and top CFA electrodes facing a MgO barrier. It is demonstrated that the bottom CFA deposited on a Cr buffer has a low α and behaves as a half-metal with P˜1 in terms of the Δ1 symmetry due to the coherent tunneling through a MgO barrier.

  20. Epitaxial growth of Heusler alloy Co{sub 2}MnSi/MgO heterostructures on Ge(001) substrates

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    Li Guifang; Taira, Tomoyuki; Matsuda, Ken-ichi; Arita, Masashi; Uemura, Tetsuya; Yamamoto, Masafumi

    2011-06-27

    We prepared Heusler alloy Co{sub 2}MnSi/MgO heterostructures on single-crystal Ge(001) substrates through magnetron sputtering for Co{sub 2}MnSi and electron beam evaporation for MgO as a promising candidate for future generation spin-based functional devices. Structural investigations showed that the Co{sub 2}MnSi/MgO heterostructure was grown epitaxially on a Ge(001) substrate with extremely smooth and abrupt interfaces and showed the L2{sub 1} structure for the Co{sub 2}MnSi film. Furthermore, a sufficiently high saturation magnetization ({mu}{sub s}) value of 5.1 {mu}{sub B}/f.u. at 10 K, which is close to the theoretically predicted {mu}{sub s} of 5.0 {mu}{sub B}/f.u. for half-metallic Co{sub 2}MnSi, was obtained for prepared Co{sub 2}MnSi films.

  1. Bulk and surface half-metallicity: The case of D0{sub 3}-type Mn{sub 3}Ge

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    Liu, Hao; Gao, G. Y. Hu, Lei; Ni, Yun; Zu, Fengxia; Zhu, Sicong; Wang, Shuling; Yao, K. L.

    2014-01-21

    Motivated by the experimental realization of D0{sub 22}-type Mn{sub 3}Ge (001) films [Kurt et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 132410 (2012)] and the structural stability of D0{sub 3}-type Heusler alloy Mn{sub 3}Ge [Zhang et al. J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 25, 206006 (2013)], we use the first-principles calculations based on the full potential linearized augmented plane-wave method to investigate the electronic and magnetic properties of D0{sub 3}-type Heusler alloy Mn{sub 3}Ge and its (001) surface. We show that bulk D0{sub 3}-Mn{sub 3}Ge is a half-metallic ferromagnet with the minority-spin energy gap of 0.52 eV and the magnetic moment of 1.00 μ{sub B} per formula unit. The bulk half-metallicity is preserved at the pure Mn-terminated (001) surface due to the large exchange split, but the MnGe-terminated (001) surface destroys the bulk half-metallicity. We also reveal that the surface stabilities are comparable between the D0{sub 3}-Mn{sub 3}Ge (001) and the experimental D0{sub 22}-Mn{sub 3}Ge (001), which indicates the feasibility to grow the Mn{sub 3}Ge (001) films with D0{sub 3} phase other than D0{sub 22} one. The surface half-metallicity and stability make D0{sub 3}-Mn{sub 3}Ge a promising candidate for spintronic applications.

  2. Spin Transfer Torque Switching and Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in Full Heusler Alloy Co2FeAl-BASED Tunnel Junctions

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    Sukegawa, H.; Wen, Z. C.; Kasai, S.; Inomata, K.; Mitani, S.

    2014-12-01

    Some of Co-based full Heusler alloys have remarkable properties in spintronics, that is, high spin polarization of conduction electrons and low magnetic damping. Owing to these properties, magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) using Co-based full Heusler alloys are potentially of particular importance for spintronic application such as magnetoresistive random access memories (MRAMs). Recently, we have first demonstrated spin transfer torque (STT) switching and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), which are required for developing high-density MRAMs, in full-Heusler Co2FeAl alloy-based MTJs. In this review, the main results of the experimental demonstrations are shown with referring to related issues, and the prospect of MTJs using Heusler alloys is also discussed.

  3. Specific features of the electrical resistivity of half-metallic ferromagnets Co2 MeAl ( Me = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe)

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    Kourov, N. I.; Perevozchikova, Yu. A.; Weber, H. W.; Marchenkov, V. V.

    2016-07-01

    The transport properties of half-metallic ferromagnetic Heusler alloys Co2 MeAl ( Me = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe are transition 3 d metals) have been measured in the temperature range of 4-900 K. The specific features of the behavior of the resistivity have been considered in the framework of the two-current model of conductivity that takes into account the existence of the energy gap in the electronic spectra of the alloys near the Fermi level of one of electron subbands that differs in the spin direction.

  4. Martensite Transformation and Magnetic Properties of Ni-Fe-Ga Heusler Alloys

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    Nath, Hrusikesh; Phanikumar, Gandham

    2015-11-01

    Compositional instability and phase formation in Ni-Fe-Ga Heusler alloys are investigated. The alloys are synthesized into two-phase microstructure. Their structures are identified as fcc and L 21, respectively. The γ-phase formation could be suppressed with higher Ga-content in the alloy as Ga stabilizes austenite phase, but Ga lowers the martensite transformation temperature. The increase of Fe content improves the magnetization value and the increase of Ni from 52 to 55 at. pct raises the martensite transformation temperature from 216 K to 357 K (-57 °C to 84 °C). Magnetic properties and martensitic transformation behavior in Ni-Fe-Ga Heusler alloys follow opposite trends, while Ni replaces either Fe or Ga, whereas they follow similar trends, while Fe replaces Ga. Modulated martensite structure has low twinning stress and high magneto crystalline anisotropic properties. Thus, the observation of 10- and 14 M-modulated martensite structures in the studied Ni-Fe-Ga Heusler alloys is beneficial for shape memory applications. The interdependency of alloy composition, phase formation, magnetic properties, and martensite transformation are discussed.

  5. Ab initio ground state and L{sub 2,3} x-ray magnetic circular dichroism of Mn-based Heusler alloys

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    Galanakis, I.; Ostanin, S.; Alouani, M.; Dreysse, H.; Wills, J. M.

    2000-02-01

    Relativistic full-potential calculations within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for a series of Mn-based Heusler alloys are presented. Calculated equilibrium lattice parameters deviate less than 1.2% from the experimental values. The main features of a half metallic system are present in the density of states for the PtMnSb and NiMnSb. We predict that PdMnSb shows half metallic character under hydrostatic pressure. The substitution of Sb in PtMnSb by Sn or Te destroys the minority spin band gap. Spin and orbital magnetic moments for all the systems are in good agreement with previous calculations and experimental data. L{sub 2,3} x-ray absorption and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectra are calculated for all the five compounds. Pt spectra present big deviations from system to system in the PtMnY (Y=Sn,Sb,Te) compounds while Mn spectra show only small deviations. For all these spectra GGA underestimates the L{sub 3}/L{sub 2} integrated branching ratio and produces a much smaller L{sub 2} peak intensity for the Ni site in NiMnSb. The XMCD sum rules are used to compute the spin and orbital magnetic moments and the results are compared to the direct calculations. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  6. Structural and electronic properties of half-Heusler alloys PtXBi (with X=Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) calculated from first principles

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    Huang, Wenchao; Wang, Xiaofang; Chen, Xiaoshuang; Lu, Wei; Damewood, L.; Fong, C. Y.

    2015-03-01

    First principles calculations with spin polarization based on density functional theory have been performed on half-Heusler alloys PtXBi, with X=Mn, Fe, Co and Ni, in three different atomic configurations (i.e. α, β, and γ phases). For each configuration, their optimized lattice constants are determined. Electronic and magnetic properties are also investigated. The differences reflect the atomic arrangements of the three phases and varied transition metal elements X. Meanwhile, the possibility of having the integer magnetic moment for each phase is explored. PtMnBi in α phase show half-metallic (HM) properties when its lattice constant is reduced from -3.0% to -11.2% with magnetic moment consistent with the values given by the modified Slater-Pauling rule. Additionally, we examined the effects of the spin-orbit (S-O) interaction on half-metal PtMnBi by comparing the relative shifts of the valence bands and the indirect semiconducting gap with respect to the spin polarized results.

  7. Half-metallic ferromagnets: From band structure to many-body effects

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    Katsnelson, M. I.; Irkhin, V. Yu.; Chioncel, L.; Lichtenstein, A. I.; de Groot, R. A.

    2008-04-01

    A review of new developments in theoretical and experimental electronic-structure investigations of half-metallic ferromagnets (HMFs) is presented. Being semiconductors for one spin projection and metals for another, these substances are promising magnetic materials for applications in spintronics (i.e., spin-dependent electronics). Classification of HMFs by the peculiarities of their electronic structure and chemical bonding is discussed. The effects of electron-magnon interaction in HMFs and their manifestations in magnetic, spectral, thermodynamic, and transport properties are considered. Special attention is paid to the appearance of nonquasiparticle states in the energy gap, which provide an instructive example of essentially many-body features in the electronic structure. State-of-the-art electronic calculations for correlated d -systems are discussed, and results for specific HMFs (Heusler alloys, zinc-blende structure compounds, CrO2 , and Fe3O4 ) are reviewed.

  8. Lateral spin valves with two-different Heusler-alloy electrodes on the same platform

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    Oki, S.; Yamada, S.; Tanikawa, K.; Yamasaki, K.; Miyao, M.; Hamaya, K.

    2013-11-18

    Using room-temperature molecular beam epitaxy on Si(111), we demonstrate Heusler-alloy bilayers consisting of L2{sub 1}-Co{sub 2}FeSi (CFS) and D0{sub 3}-Fe{sub 3}Si (FS). By fabricating lateral spin valves with L2{sub 1}-CFS and D0{sub 3}-FS electrodes, we can see ideal spin signals even though we use one L2{sub 1}-CFS as a spin injector and another D0{sub 3}-FS as a spin detector. The difference in the spin absorption between L2{sub 1}-CFS and D0{sub 3}-FS can also be examined, and we find that the spin resistance of D0{sub 3}-FS is larger than that of L2{sub 1}-CFS. This work will be useful for understanding spin transport in lateral spin-valve devices with different Heusler-alloy electrodes.

  9. Premartensite transition in Ni{sub 2}FeGa Heusler alloy

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    Nath, Hrusikesh; Phanikumar, G.

    2015-04-15

    Martensitic phase transformation of Ni{sub 2}FeGa Heusler alloy was studied by differential scanning calorimetry. Atomic ordering induced in the austenite structure by quenching from high temperature plays a significant role on martensitic phase transformation. Higher magnetization and larger magneto-crystalline anisotropy of martensite phase than that of austenite phase are noticed. Tweed contrast regions observed in the transmission electron microscopy were correlated to premartensite phenomena. A shift in premartensitic transition temperature prior to martensitic transformation as measured by differential scanning calorimetry is being reported for the first time in this system. - Highlights: • Atomic ordering influences martensitic transformation in Ni{sub 2}FeGa Heusler alloy. • Observation of tweed contrast in TEM was correlated to premartensite phenomena. • For the first time the shift in premartensite peak was observed in DSC.

  10. The intrinsic disorder related alloy scattering in ZrNiSn half-Heusler thermoelectric materials

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    Xie, Hanhui; Wang, Heng; Fu, Chenguang; Liu, Yintu; Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Zhao, Xinbing; Zhu, Tiejun

    2014-01-01

    The intrinsic structural disorder dramatically affects the thermal and electronic transport in semiconductors. Although normally considered an ordered compound, the half-Heusler ZrNiSn displays many transport characteristics of a disordered alloy. Similar to the (Zr,Hf)NiSn based solid solutions, the unsubstituted ZrNiSn compound also exhibits charge transport dominated by alloy scattering, as demonstrated in this work. The unexpected charge transport, even in ZrNiSn which is normally considered fully ordered, can be explained by the Ni partially filling interstitial sites in this half-Heusler system. The influence of the disordering and defects in crystal structure on the electron transport process has also been quantitatively analyzed in ZrNiSn1-xSbx with carrier concentration nH ranging from 5.0×1019 to 2.3×1021 cm−3 by changing Sb dopant content. The optimized carrier concentration nH ≈ 3–4×1020 cm−2 results in ZT ≈ 0.8 at 875K. This work suggests that MNiSn (M = Hf, Zr, Ti) and perhaps most other half-Heusler thermoelectric materials should be considered highly disordered especially when trying to understand the electronic and phonon structure and transport features. PMID:25363573

  11. Spin dependent transport studies in magnetic, non-magnetic, antiferromagnetic, and half metals

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    Acharyya, Rakhi

    This thesis consists of three studies of Current-Perpendicular-to-the-Planes (CPP) Magnetoresistance (MR) of sputtered ferromagnetic/non-magnetic (F/N) multilayers. (a) The first study involves a double-blind comparison of our measurements of the interface specific resistance AR (area A through which the CPP current flows times the CPP resistance R) of Pd/Ir interfaces with no-free-parameter calculations. (b) The second study is of spin relaxation within the antiferromagnets (AF) IrMn and FeMn and at their interfaces with Cu. (c) The third study is of the MR of multilayers involving a nominal half-metal Heusler alloy, Co2Fe(Al0.5Si0.5) (CFAS). A true half-metal should give an especially large CPP-MR. This study involves a different sample geometry, combining optical lithography and ion-beam etching, with epitaxial sputtering at elevated temperatures. (a) For four pairs of lattice-matched metals (Ag/Au, Co/Cu, Fe/Cr, and Pt/Pd) having the same crystal structure and the same lattice parameter to within ˜1%, no-free-parameter calculations of 2AR, twice the interface specific resistance AR have agreed with measured values to within mutual uncertainties. For three pairs, the measured values were known when the calculations were made. For the fourth pair, Pt/Pd, they were not. In contrast, calculations for non-matched pairs, where the lattice parameters differed by 5% or more, disagreed with measured values. In this thesis we study a fifth pair, Pd and Ir, where the lattice parameter mismatch is intermediate, 1.3%. The project was done double-blind with theory collaborators Wang and Xia, with experiment and calculations shared only after both groups settled on their separate values. The values for Pd/Ir calculated with the same assumptions used previously were just outside of uncertainty of the measured ones. An improved calculation gave agreement between the two values. (b) Antiferromagnets (AFs) play important roles in CPP-MR devices as sources of pinning for F

  12. Electronic, magnetic and thermal properties of Co2CrxFe1-xX (X=Al, Si) Heusler alloys: First-principles calculations

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    Guezlane, M.; Baaziz, H.; El Haj Hassan, F.; Charifi, Z.; Djaballah, Y.

    2016-09-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) based on the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method is used to investigate the structural, electronic, magnetic and thermal properties of Co2CrxFe1-xX (X=Al, Si) full Heusler alloys, with L21 structure. The structural properties and spin magnetic moments are investigated by the generalized gradient approximations (GGA) minimizing the total energy. For band structure calculations, GGA, the Engel-Vosko generalized gradient approximation (EVGGA) and modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) schemes are used. Results of density of states (DOS) and band structures show that these alloys are half-metallic ferromagnets (HMFS). A regular-solution model has been used to investigate the thermodynamic stability of the compounds Co2CrxFe1-xX that indicates a phase miscibility gap. The thermal effects using the quasi-harmonic Debye model are investigated within the lattice vibrations. The temperature and pressure effects on the heat capacities, Debye temperatures and entropy are determined from the non-equilibrium Gibbs functions.

  13. Insights into Ultrafast Demagnetization in Pseudogap Half-Metals

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    Mann, Andreas; Walowski, Jakob; Münzenberg, Markus; Maat, Stefan; Carey, Matthew J.; Childress, Jeffrey R.; Mewes, Claudia; Ebke, Daniel; Drewello, Volker; Reiss, Günter; Thomas, Andy

    2012-10-01

    Interest in femtosecond demagnetization dynamics was sparked by Bigot’s experiment in 1996, which unveiled the elementary mechanisms that relate the electrons’ temperature to their spin order. Simultaneously, the application of fast demagnetization experiments has been demonstrated to provide key insight into technologically important systems such as high-spin-polarization metals, and consequently there is broad interest in further understanding the physics of these phenomena. To gain new and relevant insights, we performed ultrafast optical pump-probe experiments to characterize the demagnetization processes of highly spin-polarized magnetic thin films on a femtosecond time scale. Full spin polarization is obtained in half-metallic ferro- or ferrimagnets, where only one spin channel is populated at the Fermi level, whereas the other one exhibits a gap. In these materials, the spin-scattering processes is controlled via the electronic structure, and thus their ultrafast demagnetization is solely related to the spin polarization via a Fermi golden-rule model. Accordingly, a long demagnetization time correlates with a high spin polarization due to the suppression of the spin-flip scattering at around the Fermi level. Here we show that isoelectronic Heusler compounds (Co2MnSi, Co2MnGe, and Co2FeAl) exhibit a degree of spin polarization between 59% and 86%. We explain this behavior by considering the robustness of the gap against structural disorder. Moreover, we observe that CoFe-based pseudogap materials, such as partially ordered Co-Fe-Ge and Co-Fe-B alloys, can reach similar values of the spin polarization. By using the unique features of these metals we vary the number of possible spin-flip channels, which allows us to pinpoint and control the half-metals’ electronic structure and its influence on the elementary mechanisms of ultrafast demagnetization.

  14. Perpendicular magnetization of Co2FeAl full-Heusler alloy films induced by MgO interface

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    Wen, Zhenchao; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Mitani, Seiji; Inomata, Koichiro

    2011-06-01

    The perpendicular magnetization of Co2FeAl (CFA) full-Heusler alloy films was achieved in the structures of CFA/MgO and MgO/CFA with the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy energy density (KU) of 2-3×106 erg/cm3, which can be used as the perpendicular ferromagnetic electrodes of MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with high thermal stability at sub-50-nm dimension. The CFA thickness dependence of KU was investigated at different annealing temperatures, indicating that the perpendicular anisotropy of CFA is contributed by the interfacial anisotropy between CFA and MgO. This letter will open up a way for obtaining perpendicular magnetization of Co-based full-Heusler alloys, which is promising for further reduction in the critical current of current induced magnetization switching in MgO-based MTJ nanopillars with perpendicular full-Heusler alloy electrodes.

  15. The zero-moment half metal: How could it change spin electronics?

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    Betto, Davide; Rode, Karsten; Thiyagarajah, Naganivetha; Lau, Yong-Chang; Borisov, Kiril; Atcheson, Gwenael; Žic, Mario; Archer, Thomas; Stamenov, Plamen; Coey, J. M. D.

    2016-05-01

    The Heusler compound Mn2RuxGa (MRG) may well be the first compensated half metal. Here, the structural, magnetic and transport properties of thin films of MRG are discussed. There is evidence of half-metallicity up to x = 0.7, and compensation of the two Mn sublattice moments is observed at specific compositions and temperatures, leading to a zero-moment half metal. There are potential benefits for using such films with perpendicular anisotropy for spin-torque magnetic tunnel junctions and oscillators, such as low critical current, high tunnel magnetoresistance ratio, insensitivity to external fields and resonance frequency in the THz range.

  16. Electron dominated thermoelectric response in MNiSn (M: Ti, Zr, Hf) half-Heusler alloys.

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    Gandi, Appala Naidu; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2016-05-18

    We solve the transport equations of the electrons and phonons to understand the thermoelectric behaviour of the technologically important half-Heusler alloys MNiSn (M: Ti, Zr, Hf). Doping is simulated within the rigid band approximation. We clarify the origin of the electron dominated thermoelectric response and determine the carrier concentrations with maximal figures of merit. The phonon mean free path is studied to calculate the grain size below which grain refinement methods can enforce ballistic heat conduction to enhance the figure of merit. PMID:27156360

  17. Progress Report 2011: Understanding compound phase transitions in Heusler alloy giant magnetocaloric materials

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    Stadler, Shane

    2011-12-13

    Our goal is to gain insight into the fundamental physics that is responsible for magnetocaloric effects (MCE) and related properties at the atomic level. We are currently conducting a systematic study on the effects of atomic substitutions in Ni2MnGa-based alloys, and also exploring related full- and half-Heusler alloys, for example Ni-Mn-X (X=In, Sn, Sb), that exhibit a wide variety of interesting and potentially useful physical phenomena. It is already known that the magnetocaloric effect in the Heusler alloys is fundamentally connected to other interesting phenomena such as shape-memory properties. And the large magnetic entropy change in Ni2Mn0.75Cu0.25Ga has been attributed to the coupling of the first-order, martensitic transition with the second-order ferromagnetic paramagnetic (FM-PM) transition. Our research to this point has focused on understanding the fundamental physics at the origin of these complex, compound phase transitions, and the novel properties that emerge. We synthesize the materials using a variety of techniques, and explore their material properties through structural, magnetic, transport, and thermo-magnetic measurements.

  18. Ab initio studies of Co2FeAl1-xSix Heusler alloys

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    Szwacki, N. Gonzalez; Majewski, Jacek A.

    2016-07-01

    We present results of extensive theoretical studies of Co2FeAl1-xSix Heusler alloys, which have been performed in the framework of density functional theory employing the all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave scheme. It is shown that the Si-rich alloys are more resistive to structural disorder and as a consequence Si stabilizes the L21 structure. Si alloying changes position of the Fermi level, pushing it into the gap of the minority spin-band. It is also shown that the hyperfine field on Co nuclei increases with the Si concentration, and this increase originates mostly from the changes in the electronic density of the valence electrons.

  19. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Fe2-based full Heusler alloys: A first principle study

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    Dahmane, F.; Mogulkoc, Y.; Doumi, B.; Tadjer, A.; Khenata, R.; Bin Omran, S.; Rai, D. P.; Murtaza, G.; Varshney, Dinesh

    2016-06-01

    Using the first-principles density functional calculations, the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the Fe2XAl (X=Cr, Mn, Ni) compounds in both the Hg2CuTi and Cu2MnAl-type structures were studied by the full-potential linearized augmented plane waves (FP-LAPW) method. The exchange and correlation potential is treated by the generalized-gradient approximation (GGA) where the results show that the Cu2MnAl-type structure is energetically more stable than the Hg2CuTi-type structure for the Fe2CrAl and Fe2MnAl compounds at the equilibrium volume. The full Heusler compounds Fe2XAl (X=Cr, Mn) are half-metallic in the Cu2MnAl-type structure. Fe2NiAl has a metallic character in both CuHg2Ti and AlCu2Mn-type structures. The total magnetic moments of the Fe2CrAl and Fe2MnAl compounds are 1.0 and 2.0 μB, respectively, which are in agreement with the Slater-Pauling rule Mtot=Ztot- 24.

  20. Hyperfine magnetic field on Cd-111 in Heusler alloys Co2MnZ (Z = Si, Ga, Ge, Sn)

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    Jha, S.; Mitros, C.; Lahamer, Amer; Yehia, Sherif; Julian, Glenn M.

    1989-01-01

    The time differential perturbed angular correlation method has been used to measure, as a function of temperature, the hyperfine magnetic field at Cd sites in the Heusler alloys Co2MnZ (Z = Si, Ga, Ge, Sn). The hyperfine fields, normalized to the total magnetic moment per formula unit, show an approximately linear trend toward more positive values with increasing lattice parameter.

  1. Correlation between processing conditions, microstructure and charge transport in half-Heusler alloys

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    Makongo, Julien P.A.; Zhou, Xiaoyuan; Misra, Dinesh K.; Uher, Ctirad; Poudeu, Pierre F.P.

    2013-05-01

    Five bulk samples of n-type Zr₀.₂₅Hf₀.₇₅NiSn₀.₉₇₅Sb₀.₀₂₅ half-Heusler (HH) alloy were fabricated by reacting elemental powders via (1) high temperature solid state (SS) reaction and (2) mechanical alloying (MA), followed by densification using spark plasma sintering (SPS) and/or hot pressing (HP). A portion of the sample obtained by SS reaction was mechanically alloyed before consolidation by hot pressing (SS–MA–HP). X-ray powder diffraction and transmission electron microscopy studies revealed that all SS specimen (SS–SPS, SS–HP, SS–MA–HP) are single phase HH alloys, whereas the MA sample (MA–SPS) contains metallic nanoprecipitates. Electronic and thermal transport measurements showed that the embedded nanoprecipitates induce a drastic increase in the carrier concentration (n), a large decrease in the Seebeck coefficient (S) and a marginal decrease in the lattice thermal conductivity (κl) of the MA–SPS sample leading to lower ZT values when compared to the SS–HP samples. Constant values of S are observed for the SS series regardless of the processing method. However, a strong dependence of the carrier mobility (μ), electrical conductivity (σ) and κl on the processing and consolidation method is observed. For instance, mechanical alloying introduces additional structural defects which enhance electron and phonon scattering leading to moderately low values of μ and large reduction in κl. This results in a net 20% enhancement in the figure of merit (ZT=0.6 at 775 K). HH specimen of the same nominal composition with higher ZT is anticipated from a combination of SS reaction, MA and SPS (SS–MA–SPS). - Graphical abstract: In half-Heusler alloys, thermopower values are insensitive to processing method, whereas carrier mobility (μ), electrical conductivity (σ), and κl strongly dependent on the microstructure which in turn is altered by the synthesis, processing and

  2. Anti-site disorder and improved functionality of Mn₂NiX (X = Al, Ga, In, Sn) inverse Heusler alloys

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    Paul, Souvik; Kundu, Ashis; Ghosh, Subhradip; Sanyal, Biplab

    2014-10-07

    Recent first-principles calculations have predicted Mn₂NiX (X = Al, Ga, In, Sn) alloys to be magnetic shape memory alloys. Moreover, experiments on Mn₂NiGa and Mn₂NiSn suggest that the alloys deviate from the perfect inverse Heusler arrangement and that there is chemical disorder at the sublattices with tetrahedral symmetry. In this work, we investigate the effects of such chemical disorder on phase stabilities and magnetic properties using first-principles electronic structure methods. We find that except Mn₂NiAl, all other alloys show signatures of martensitic transformations in presence of anti-site disorder at the sublattices with tetrahedral symmetry. This improves the possibilities of realizing martensitic transformations at relatively low fields and the possibilities of obtaining significantly large inverse magneto-caloric effects, in comparison to perfect inverse Heusler arrangement of atoms. We analyze the origin of such improvements in functional properties by investigating electronic structures and magnetic exchange interactions.

  3. High tunneling magnetoresistance ratio in perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions using Fe-based Heusler alloys

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    Wang, Yu-Pu; Lim, Sze-Ter; Han, Gu-Chang; Teo, Kie-Leong

    2015-12-01

    Heulser alloys Fe2Cr1-xCoxSi (FCCS) with different Co compositions x have been predicted to have high spin polarization. High perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) has been observed in ultra-thin FCCS films with magnetic anisotropy energy density up to 2.3 × 106 erg/cm3. The perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) using FCCS films with different Co compositions x as the bottom electrode have been fabricated and the post-annealing effects have been investigated in details. An attractive tunneling magnetoresistance ratio as high as 51.3% is achieved for p-MTJs using Fe2CrSi (FCS) as the bottom electrode. The thermal stability Δ can be as high as 70 for 40 nm dimension devices using FCS, which is high enough to endure a retention time of over 10 years. Therefore, Heusler alloy FCS is a promising PMA candidate for p-MTJ application.

  4. Magnetic states of Co-, Fe- and Mn-atoms in some Heusler alloys

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    Kido, M.; Ido, H.; Kido, G.

    1992-02-01

    Magnetic and thermal measurements have been made for the Heusler-type alloys Co 2TiSn and Co 2TiAl. The magnetic behaviour of Co 2TiSn was found to be of a typical localized character, and the Co moment has been estimated from the saturation magnetization to be 0.99μ B(=μ f), which agrees well with the Co moment of 1.0μ B(=μ p) estimated by applying the Curie-Weiss law to the observed susceptibility (χ) vs temperature ( T) curve above TC. The magnetic behaviour of Co 2TiAl is similar to that of Co 2TiSn, however, μ p = 0.44μ B is a little larger than μ f = 0.37μ B. The difference between the magnetic properties of the above two alloys is discussed.

  5. Structural and magnetic properties of He+ irradiated Co2MnSi Heusler alloys

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    Abdallah, I.; Ratel-Ramond, N.; Magen, C.; Pecassou, B.; Cours, R.; Arnoult, A.; Respaud, M.; Bobo, J. F.; BenAssayag, G.; Snoeck, E.; Biziere, N.

    2016-04-01

    We have investigated the atomic disorder induced by a 150 keV He+ ion irradiation in a 40 nm thick Co2MnSi Heusler alloy. Disorder parameters on each atomic site are deduced from normal and anomalous x-ray diffraction measurements with Co and Cu Kα sources. While the film grows mainly in the L21 phase with inclusion of B2 grains, we observe an increase of both the Mn–Si and Co–Mn exchanges with the ion fluence. HAADF-STEM analysis demonstrates that the increase in Mn–Si disorder corresponds to a growing size of the B2 grains while the Co–Mn exchange is accounted for a D03 disorder type in the L21 matrix. These structural modifications are shown to decrease the average magnetization of the alloy, which is due to D03 disorder and local defects induced by irradiation.

  6. Design of compensated ferrimagnetic Heusler alloys for giant tunable exchange bias

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    Nayak, Ajaya K.; Nicklas, Michael; Chadov, Stanislav; Khuntia, Panchanana; Shekhar, Chandra; Kalache, Adel; Baenitz, Michael; Skourski, Yurii; Guduru, Veerendra K.; Puri, Alessandro; Zeitler, Uli; Coey, J. M. D.; Felser, Claudia

    2015-07-01

    Rational material design can accelerate the discovery of materials with improved functionalities. This approach can be implemented in Heusler compounds with tunable magnetic sublattices to demonstrate unprecedented magnetic properties. Here, we have designed a family of Heusler alloys with a compensated ferrimagnetic state. In the vicinity of the compensation composition in Mn-Pt-Ga, a giant exchange bias (EB) of more than 3 T and a large coercivity are established. The large exchange anisotropy originates from the exchange interaction between the compensated host and ferrimagnetic clusters that arise from intrinsic anti-site disorder. Our design approach is also demonstrated on a second material with a magnetic transition above room temperature, Mn-Fe-Ga, exemplifying the universality of the concept and the feasibility of room-temperature applications. These findings may lead to the development of magneto-electronic devices and rare-earth-free exchange-biased hard magnets, where the second quadrant magnetization can be stabilized by the exchange bias.

  7. Large Enhancements in Thermopower and Electrical Conductivity in Nano-structured Half-Heusler Alloys

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    Page, Alexander; van der Ven, Anton; Poudeu, Pierre; Uher, Ctirad

    2014-03-01

    Recent improvements have often been made to thermoelectric materials by adding nano-structures in order to scatter heat carrying phonons, however, the reduction in thermal conductivity is accompanied by large drops in the electrical conductivity caused by mobility reductions. In this work we show that Half-Heusler (HH) alloys can be combined with nano-scale Full-Heusler (FH) inclusions to simultaneously improve the power factor and reduce thermal conductivity. HH structures are of the form MNiSn and MCoSb (M = Ti, Zr, or Hf) and the FH counterparts are created by filling the vacancies on the Ni or Co planes respectively, giving MNi2Sn and MCo2Sb. Experimental results show FH nano-inclusions were coherently integrated into the matrix HH material resulting in enhanced ZT which is attributed to energy filtering effects that occur at the HH-FH grain boundaries as well as moderate reductions in thermal conductivity by nano-inclusion phonon scattering. Ab Initio calculations, in combination with a cluster expansion, are used to test the stability of FH structures in HH matrix and create thermodynamic pseudo-binary phase diagram for MNiSn-MNi2Sn compositions, elucidating the possibilities for future approaches to enhance ZT.

  8. Electronic and Magneto-Transport Across the Heusler Alloy (Co2FeAl)/ p-Si Interfacial Structure

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    Kumar, Arvind; Srivastava, P. C.

    2014-02-01

    Electronic and magneto-transport across the Heusler alloy Co2FeAl (CFA)/ p-Si structure have been studied. The morphology of the Heusler alloy film surface has also been characterized by atomic force microscopy and magnetic force microscopy (MFM). X-ray diffraction data revealed formation of the CFA alloy phase with the L21 structure. MFM results revealed formation of a fine domain structure of average size ˜10 nm and magnetic signal strength 0.23°. The I- V characteristics are strongly temperature-dependent between ˜80 K and 300 K for forward bias, compared with weak temperature dependence on reversing the polarity. At low temperature the I- V characteristics have the features of a backward diode. The observed strong temperature dependence is because of thermionic emission of carriers across the interface. The weak temperature dependence is because of dominant field-emission tunnelling of carriers across the interface. Large magnetic field sensitivity of the reverse current has also been observed. The observed magnetic field sensitivity for the reverse current shows the involvement of electronic spin in transport across the interface, from the Heusler alloy to the silicon. An MR of ˜35% in the presence of a magnetic field was estimated from the I- V data. The study has shown that spin-dependent tunnel transport from the CFA alloy to silicon across the interface results in the observed value of MR, which seems to be because of spin scattering.

  9. First-principles study on the effect of defects on the electronic and magnetic properties of the Ti2NiAl inverse Heusler alloy

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    Zhou, Ying; Chen, Ying; Feng, Yu; Yuan, Hongkuan; Chen, Hong

    2014-12-01

    The effect of atomic antisite and swap defects on the electronic and magnetic properties of Ti2NiAl inverse Heusler alloy is investigated by the first-principles calculations within density functional theory. In the ordered Ti2NiAl alloy, there are eight antisites and five swaps which are established by the replacement of an atom by another and the exchange in positions of atoms, respectively. The NiTi(A) antisite is found to be the most probable defect due to the lowest formation energy, whereas the least probable defects are the AlTi(A)/Ti(B) and NiAl/Ti(B) antisites as well as Ni-Ti(A) and Al-Ti(B) swaps due to the higher formation energies compared with NiTi(A) antisite. The TiNi/Al and AlNi antisites as well as Al-Ti(A)/Ni and Ni-Ti(B) swaps are highly unlikely to be formed due to the positive values of formation energy. Moreover, we deduce from the relative binding energy of the swap with respect to their antisites that the Ni prefers atomic antisite to site swap, while Al prefers site swap to atomic antisite. The spin polarization is markedly reduced in Ni/AlTi(B) antisite as well as Ni-Ti(A) and Al-Ti(B) swaps due to the occurrence of defect states at the Fermi level, while a very high spin polarization is obtained for Ni/AlTi(A) antisites and only the NiAl antisite retains the half-metallicity with a perfect spin polarization. The magnetic moments of all the likely defected structures decrease in comparison to the ordered Ti2NiAl mainly due to the decrease of local magnetic moments of the defect atom and its near neighbors.

  10. Reducing the nucleation barrier in magnetocaloric Heusler alloys by nanoindentation

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    Niemann, R.; Hahn, S.; Diestel, A.; Backen, A.; Schultz, L.; Nielsch, K.; Wagner, M. F.-X.; Fähler, S.

    2016-06-01

    Magnetocaloric materials are promising as solid state refrigerants for more efficient and environmentally friendly cooling devices. The highest effects have been observed in materials that exhibit a first-order phase transition. These transformations proceed by nucleation and growth which lead to a hysteresis. Such irreversible processes are undesired since they heat up the material and reduce the efficiency of any cooling application. In this article, we demonstrate an approach to decrease the hysteresis by locally changing the nucleation barrier. We created artificial nucleation sites and analyzed the nucleation and growth processes in their proximity. We use Ni-Mn-Ga, a shape memory alloy that exhibits a martensitic transformation. Epitaxial films serve as a model system, but their high surface-to-volume ratio also allows for a fast heat transfer which is beneficial for a magnetocaloric regenerator geometry. Nanoindentation is used to create a well-defined defect. We quantify the austenite phase fraction in its proximity as a function of temperature which allows us to determine the influence of the defect on the transformation.

  11. Electron spin resonance probed competing states in NiMnInSi Heusler alloy

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    Chen, Y. S.; Lin, J. G.; Titov, I. S.; Granovsky, A. B.

    2016-06-01

    Shape memory Heusler alloy Ni50Mn35In12Si3 is investigated with electron spin resonance (ESR) technique in a temperature range of 200-300 K. ESR is a dynamic probe allowing us to separate the responses from various magnetic phases, thus to study the complex phase transitions. The sample shows three transition temperatures: TcA (271 K), TM (247 K) and TcM (212 K), where TcA is the Curie temperature of austenitic phase, TM and TcM are the temperatures of magnetostructural martensitic transition and the Curie temperature of martensitic phase, respectively. Furthermore, ESR data reveals the coexistence of two magnetic modes in whole temperature range of 200-300 K. Particularly in martensitic phase, two magnetic modes are attributed to two different kinds of lattice deformation, the slip and twinning deformations.

  12. Exchange bias effects in Heusler alloy Ni2MnAl/Fe bilayers

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    Tsuchiya, Tomoki; Kubota, Takahide; Sugiyama, Tomoko; Huminiuc, Teodor; Hirohata, Atsufumi; Takanashi, Koki

    2016-06-01

    Ni2MnAl Heusler alloy thin films were epitaxially grown on MgO(1 0 0) single crystal substrates by ultra-high-vacuum magnetron sputtering technique. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy observation revealed that the structures of all the Ni2MnAl thin films were B2-ordered regardless of the deposition temperature ranging from room temperature to 600 °C. The temperature dependence of electrical resistivity showed a kink about 280 K, which was consistent with a reported value of the Néel temperature for antiferromagnetic B2-Ni2MnAl. The magnetization curves of Ni2MnAl/Fe bilayer samples showed a shift caused by the interfacial exchange interaction at 10 K. The maximum value of the exchange bias field H ex was 55 Oe corresponding to the exchange coupling energy J k of 0.03 erg cm‑2.

  13. Magnetic properties and atomic ordering of BCC Heusler alloy Fe2MnGa ribbons

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    Xin, Yuepeng; Ma, Yuexing; Luo, Hongzhi; Meng, Fanbin; Liu, Heyan

    2016-05-01

    The electronic structure, atomic disorder and magnetic properties of the Heusler alloy Fe2MnGa have been investigated experimentally and theoretically. BCC Fe2MnGa ribbon samples were prepared. Experimentally, a saturation magnetic moment (3.68 μB at 5 K) much larger than the theoretical value (2.04 μB) has been reported. First-principles calculations indicate that the difference is related to the Fe-Mn disorder between A, B sites, as can also be deduced from the XRD pattern. L21 type Fe2MnGa is a ferrimagnet with antiparallel Fe and Mn spin moments. However, when Fe-Mn disorder occurs, part of Mn moments will be parallel to Fe moments, and the Fe moments also clearly increase simultaneously. All this results in a total moment of 3.74 μB, close to the experimental value.

  14. Static and dynamic magnetic properties of epitaxial Co2FeAl Heusler alloy thin films

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    Ortiz, G.; Gabor, M. S.; Petrisor, T., Jr.; Boust, F.; Issac, F.; Tiusan, C.; Hehn, M.; Bobo, J. F.

    2011-04-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Co2FeAl Heusler alloy thin films were investigated. Films were deposited on single crystal MgO (001XS) substrates at room temperature, followed by an annealing process at 600 °C. MgO and Cr buffer layers were introduced in order to enhance crystalline quality, and improve magnetic properties. Structural analyses indicate that samples have grown in the B2 ordered epitaxial structure. VSM measures show that the MgO buffered sample displays a magnetization saturation of 1010 ± 30 emu/cm3, and Cr buffered sample displays a magnetization saturation of 1032 ± 40 emu/cm3. Damping factor was studied by strip-line ferromagnetic resonance measures. We observed a maximum value for the MgO buffered sample of about 8.5 × 10-3, and a minimum value of 3.8 × 10-3 for the Cr buffered one.

  15. Implicit measurement of the latent heat in a magnetocaloric NiMnIn Heusler alloy

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    Ghahremani, Mohammadreza; ElBidweihy, Hatem; Bennett, Lawrence H.; Della Torre, Edward; Zou, Min; Johnson, Francis

    2013-05-01

    The latent heat linked with the first-order transformation of a NiMnIn Heusler alloy has been studied through direct measurements of the adiabatic temperature change, ΔTad, during magnetization process. The experimental procedure used guarantees independent data points and negates any contribution of hysteretic losses to the magnetocaloric effect. Thus, the differences between the magnitudes of ΔTad measurements during the magnetization with the initial temperature change directions from low-to-high and high-to-low are solely attributed to the latent heat exchange, which accompanies the irreversible structural first-order transformation. An estimate of the latent heat inducing such differences is about 0.292 J/g.

  16. Investigation of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of 1:1:1:1 stoichiometric quaternary Heusler alloys YCoCrZ (Z=Si, Ge, Ga, Al): An ab-initio study

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    Rasool, M. Nasir; Mehmood, Salman; Sattar, M. Atif; Khan, Muhammad Azhar; Hussain, Altaf

    2015-12-01

    Full potential linearized augmented plane wave method (FPLAPW) has been employed to probe the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of equiatomic yttrium based quaternary Heusler alloys YCoCrZ (Z=Si, Ge, Ga, Al). These calculations have been carried out via ab -initio simulations based on density functional theory (DFT) approach coded by Wien2K. The generalized gradient approximation of Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof 96 scheme is engaged for calculations in all alloys under investigation. Equilibrium lattice constants are studied by structural optimization performed by computing total energies versus volumes. Structural optimization demonstrates that Y(3/4,3/4,3/4)Co(0,0,0)Cr(1/2,1/2,1/2)Z(1/4,1/4,1/4) (Type-1) configuration is the most stable one. The calculated electronic and magnetic properties based on type-1, indicate that YCoCrZ alloys are half-metallic ferromagnetic. The calculation of spin polarization is also made and further their total magnetic moments follow the Slater Pauling rule of Mtot=NVE-18 conceding the integer value i.e. 4.00μB and 3.00μB for YCoCrSi, Ge and YCoCrGa, Al respectively. The results of density of states (DOS) revealed that yttrium based quaternary Heusler alloys exhibit excellent band gaps i.e. 0.70, 0.65, 0.46 and 0.35 eV for YCoCrSi, Ge, Ga and Al respectively. The formation of band gaps owing to hybridization effect is also described. The half-metallic gaps of these compounds comprising the order YCoCrGa>YCoCrSi>YCoCrAl>YCoCrGe by size, is also manipulated. The incredible spin gapless semiconductor (SGS) type character of YCoCrGa and YCoCrAl having bantam DOS in spin up version is also discoursed. The optimised results of these compounds signpost that these are suitable candidates for spintronics applications.

  17. Nature of electron correlation and hybridization in NixCu1-xMnSb Heusler alloys

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    Sarkar, I.; Yusuf, S. M.; Halder, M.; Gloskovskii, A.; Drube, W.

    2016-08-01

    The electronic structure of Heusler alloys having mixed magnetic phases, comprising of vicinal anti-ferromagnetic and ferromagnetic orders, is of great significance. We present the results of an electronic structure study on NixCu1-xMnSb Heusler alloys, using Mn-2p core-level photoemission spectroscopy. Room temperature data in the paramagnetic phase reveal a non-monotonic variation of both electron correlation strength and conduction-band hybridization such that the former enhances while the latter weakens for compositions showing a mixed phase relative to compositions at the phase boundaries to the ordered phases. The results suggest a possible electronic driving force for settling mixed-magnetic phases.

  18. The structural, electronic, magnetic and mechanical properties of quaternary Heusler alloys ZrTiCrZ (Z  =  Al, Ga, In, Si, Ge, Sn): a first-principles study

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    Yan, Peng-Li; Zhang, Jian-Min; Zhou, Bo; Xu, Ke-Wei

    2016-06-01

    The structural, electronic, magnetic and mechanical properties of the quaternary Heusler alloys ZrTiCrZ (Z  =  Al, Ga, In, Si, Ge, Sn) have been investigated firstly by using the first-principles calculations. The preferred configurations of the ZrTiCrZ alloys are all Y-type (I). At their equilibrium lattice constants, the ZrTiCrZ alloys are half-metallic (HM) ferrimagnets for Z  =  Al, Ga and In, while spin-gapless semiconductor (SGS) antiferromagnets (AFM) for Z  =  Si, Ge and Sn. The total magnetic moments {μt} of the ZrTiCrZ alloys are  ‑1 {μ\\text{B}}/\\text{f}\\text{.u}\\text{.} for Z  =  Al, Ga and In, while 0 {μ\\text{B}}/\\text{f}\\text{.u}\\text{.} for Z  =  Si, Ge and Sn, both linearly scaled with the total number of valence electrons {{Z}\\text{t}} by Slater–Pauling rule {μ\\text{t}}={{Z}\\text{t}}-18 . The elastic constants {{C}11} , {{C}12} and {{C}44} of the single crystal and the related elastic moduli G , B , E , \\upsilon and A of the polycrystalline aggregates are also calculated and used to study the mechanical stability of these alloys. Although the Curie temperatures {{T}\\text{C}} of the ZrTiCrZ alloys are overestimated by using the mean field approximation (MFA), they can be better estimated by including the exchange interactions. Finally, the HM stabilities as well as the total and atomic magnetic moments of the ZrTiCrZ alloys (Z  =  Al, Ga, In) under either hydrostatic strain or tetragonal strain are also discussed.

  19. Stability analysis of the martensitic phase transformation in Co2NiGa Heusler alloy

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    Talapatra, Anjana; Arróyave, Raymundo; Entel, Peter; Valencia-Jaime, I.; Romero, Aldo H.

    2015-08-01

    Phase competition and the subsequent phase selection are important characteristics of alloy systems exhibiting numerous states of distinct symmetry but comparable energy. The stoichiometric Co2NiGa Heusler alloy exhibits a martensitic transformation with concomitant reduction in symmetry from an austenitic L 21 phase (cubic) to a martensitic L 10 phase (tetragonal). A structural search was carried out for this alloy and it showed the existence of a number of structures with monoclinic and orthorhombic symmetry with ground state energies comparable to and even less than that of the L 10 structure, usually reported as the ground state at low temperatures. We describe these structures and focus in particular on the structural transition path from the L 21 to tetragonal and orthorhombic structures for this material. Calculations were carried out to study the Bain (L 21-L 10 ) and Burgers (L 21-hcp ) transformations. The barrierless Burgers path yielded a stable martensitic phase with orthorhombic symmetry (O ) with energy much lower—beyond the expected uncertainty of the calculation methods—than the known tetragonal L 10 martensitic structure. This low-energy structure (O ) has yet to be observed experimentally and it is thus of scientific interest to discern the cause for the apparent discrepancy between experiments and calculations. It is postulated that the Co2NiGa Heusler system exhibits a classic case of the phase selection problem: although the unexpected O phase may be relatively more stable than the L 10 phase, the energy barrier for the (L 21-O ) transformation may be much higher than the barrier to the (L 21-L 10 ) transformation. To validate this hypothesis, the stability of this structure was investigated by considering the contributions of elastic and vibrational effects, configurational disorder, magnetic disorder, and atomic disorder. The calculations simulating the effect of magnetic disorder/high temperature as well as the atomic disorder

  20. High tunneling magnetoresistance ratio in perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions using Fe-based Heusler alloys

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    Wang, Yu-Pu; Lim, Sze-Ter; Han, Gu-Chang; Teo, Kie-Leong

    2015-12-21

    Heulser alloys Fe{sub 2}Cr{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Si (FCCS) with different Co compositions x have been predicted to have high spin polarization. High perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) has been observed in ultra-thin FCCS films with magnetic anisotropy energy density up to 2.3 × 10{sup 6 }erg/cm{sup 3}. The perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) using FCCS films with different Co compositions x as the bottom electrode have been fabricated and the post-annealing effects have been investigated in details. An attractive tunneling magnetoresistance ratio as high as 51.3% is achieved for p-MTJs using Fe{sub 2}CrSi (FCS) as the bottom electrode. The thermal stability Δ can be as high as 70 for 40 nm dimension devices using FCS, which is high enough to endure a retention time of over 10 years. Therefore, Heusler alloy FCS is a promising PMA candidate for p-MTJ application.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of Co2FeAl Heusler alloy nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Arvind; Srivastava, P. C.

    2013-10-01

    Heusler alloy Co2FeAl (CFA) nanoparticles have been synthesized by reducing a mixture of the precursors: CoCl2·6H2O, Fe(NO3)3·9H2O and AlCl3·6H2O under H2 atmosphere. XRD, SEM and TEM techniques have been used for the characterization of the prepared material. XRD and SAED data from TEM show the formation of mixed phases of L21, B2 and A2 type crystal structure of the alloy. The estimated particle size from XRD data and TEM micrograph has been found in the range of 10 nm to 50 nm. The saturation magnetization has been found of 115 emu/g from M-H characteristics which is close to its bulk value of saturation magnetization. Chemical composition of the elements has also been estimated from EDAX, which shows a ratio of Co:Fe:Al as 2.12:1.06:0.81.

  2. On the Challenges of Reducing Contact Resistances in Thermoelectric Generators Based on Half-Heusler Alloys

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    Ngan, Pham Hoang; Van Nong, Ngo; Hung, Le Thanh; Balke, Benjamin; Han, Li; Hedegaard, Ellen Marie Jensen; Linderoth, Søren; Pryds, Nini

    2016-01-01

    A method using fast hot pressing to join half-Heusler (HH) thermoelectric materials directly to an electrical current collector (Ag electrode) without using a third filler material is introduced. The compositions of the HH alloys used are Hf0.5Zr0.5CoSn0.2Sb0.8 and Ti0.6Hf0.4NiSn for p- and n-type, respectively. Using this method, the quality of the HH-electrode contacts is improved due to their low electrical contact resistance and less reaction-diffusion layer. The microstructure and chemical composition of the joints were examined using a scanning electron microscope equipped with energy-dispersive x-ray analysis. The electrical characteristics of the interfaces at the contacts were studied based on electrical contact resistance and Seebeck scanning microprobe measurements. In this paper, we show that joining the HH to a Ag electrode directly using fast hot pressing resulted in lower contact resistance and better performance compared with the method of using active brazing filler alloy.

  3. Structural and magnetization behavior of highly spin polarized Co{sub 2}CrAl full Heusler alloy

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    Saha, S. N. Panda, J. Nath, T. K.

    2014-04-24

    The half metallic ferromagnet Co{sub 2}CrAl full Huesler alloy was successfully prepared by arc melting process. The electrical and magnetic properties of Co{sub 2}CrAl alloy have been studied in the temperature range of 5 – 300 K. The ferromagnetic Curie temperature T{sub c} of the same alloy has been observed at 329.8 K. The alloy shows semiconducting like electronic transport behavior throughout the studied temperature range. The origin of the semiconducting behavior of Co{sub 2}CrAl alloy can be best explained by the localization of conduction electrons and the presence of an energy gap in the electronic spectrum near the Fermi level E{sub F}.

  4. The strain induced band gap modulation from narrow gap semiconductor to half-metal on Ti{sub 2}CrGe: A first principles study

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    Li, Jia; Zhang, Zhidong; Lu, Zunming; Xie, Hongxian; Fang, Wei; Li, Shaomin; Liang, Chunyong; Yin, Fuxing

    2015-11-15

    The Heusler alloy Ti{sub 2}CrGe is a stable L2{sub 1} phase with antiferromagnetic ordering. With band-gap energy (∼ 0.18 eV) obtained from a first-principles calculation, it belongs to the group of narrow band gap semiconductor. The band-gap energy decreases with increasing lattice compression and disappears until a strain of −5%; moreover, gap contraction only occurs in the spin-down states, leading to half-metallic character at the −5% strain. The Ti{sub 1}, Ti{sub 2}, and Cr moments all exhibit linear changes in behavior within strains of −5%– +5%. Nevertheless, the total zero moment is robust for these strains. The imaginary part of the dielectric function for both up and down spin states shows a clear onset energy, indicating a corresponding electronic gap for the two spin channels.

  5. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Fe2Cr1 - xCoxSi Heusler alloy

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    Wang, Yu-Pu; Qiu, Jin-Jun; Lu, Hui; Ji, Rong; Han, Gu-Chang; Teo, Kie-Leong

    2014-12-01

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) was achieved in annealed Fe2Cr1 - xCoxSi (FCCS) Heusler alloys with different Co compositions x. The Co composition is varied to tune the Fermi level in order to achieve both higher spin polarization and better thermal stability. The PMA is thermally stable up to 400 oC for FCCS with x = 0, 0.3, 0.5 and 350 oC for FCCS with x = 0.7, 0.9, 1. The thickness of FCCS films with PMA ranges from 0.6 to 1.2 nm. The annealing temperature and FCCS thickness are found to greatly affect the PMA. The magnetic anisotropy energy density KU is 2.8  ×  106 erg cm-3 for 0.8 nm Fe2CrSi, and decreases as the Co composition x increases, suggesting that the PMA induced at the FCCS/MgO interface is dominated by the contribution of Fe atoms. There is a trade-off between high spin polarization and strong PMA by adjusting the Co composition.

  6. Spin transport at high temperatures in epitaxial Heusler alloy/n-GaAs lateral spin valves

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    Peterson, Timothy A.; Christie, Kevin D.; Patel, Sahil J.; Crowell, Paul A.; Palmstrøm, Chris J.

    2015-03-01

    We report on electrical injection and detection of spin accumulation in ferromagnet/ n-GaAs lateral spin-valve devices, observed up to and above room temperature. The ferromagnet in these measurements is the Heusler alloy Co2FeSi, and the semiconductor channel is GaAs doped at 3 ×1016 cm-3. The spin signal is enhanced by operating the detection contact under forward bias. The enhancement originates from drift effects at low-temperatures and an increase of the detection efficiency at all temperatures. The detector bias dependence of the observed spin-valve signal is interpreted by taking into account the quantum well (QW) which forms in the degenerately doped region immediately behind the Schottky tunnel barrier. In particular, we believe the QW is responsible for the minority spin accumulation (majority spin current) under large forward bias. The spin diffusion length and lifetime are determined by measuring the separation dependence of the non-local spin valve signal in a family of devices patterned by electron beam lithography. A spin diffusion length of 700 nm and lifetime of 46 picoseconds are found at a temperature of 295 K. This work was supported by the NSF under DMR-1104951, the NSF MRSEC program and C-SPIN, a SRC STARNET center sponsored by MARCO and DARPA.

  7. Influence of the transition width on the magnetocaloric effect across the magnetostructural transition of Heusler alloys.

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    Cugini, F; Porcari, G; Fabbrici, S; Albertini, F; Solzi, M

    2016-08-13

    We report a complete structural and magneto-thermodynamic characterization of four samples of the Heusler alloy Ni-Co-Mn-Ga-In, characterized by similar compositions, critical temperatures and high inverse magnetocaloric effect across their metamagnetic transformation, but different transition widths. The object of this study is precisely the sharpness of the martensitic transformation, which plays a key role in the effective use of materials and which has its origin in both intrinsic and extrinsic effects. The influence of the transition width on the magnetocaloric properties has been evaluated by exploiting a phenomenological model of the transformation built through geometrical considerations on the entropy versus temperature curves. A clear result is that a large temperature span of the transformation is unfavourable to the magnetocaloric performance of a material, reducing both isothermal entropy change and adiabatic temperature change obtainable in a given magnetic field and increasing the value of the maximum field needed to fully induce the transformation. The model, which is based on standard magnetometric and conventional calorimetric measurements, turns out to be a convenient tool for the determination of the optimum values of transformation temperature span in a trade-off between sheer performance and amplitude of the operating range of a material.This article is part of the themed issue 'Taking the temperature of phase transitions in cool materials'. PMID:27402934

  8. Electronic structure of Co-Ni-Ga Heusler alloys studied by resonant photoemission

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    Baral, Madhusmita Banik, Soma Ganguli, Tapas Chakrabarti, Aparna Deb, S. K.; Thamizhavel, A.; Wadikar, Avinash; Phase, D. M.

    2014-04-24

    The electronic structures of Co{sub 2.01}Ni{sub 1.05}Ga{sub 0.94} and Co{sub 1.76}Ni{sub 1.46}Ga{sub 0.78} Heusler alloys have been investigated by resonant photoemission spectroscopy across the 3p-3d transition of Co and Ni. For the Ni excess composition Co{sub 1.76}Ni{sub 1.46}Ga{sub 0.78}, the valence band peak shows a shift of 0.25 eV as compared to the near stoichiometric composition Co{sub 2.01}N1{sub 1.05}Ga{sub 0.94}. Also an enhancement is observed in the Ni related satellite features in the valence band for the Ni excess composition. Due to hybridization of Co and Ni 3d states in these systems, the Co and Ni 3p-3d resonance energies are found to be higher as compared to Co and Ni metals. Theoretical first principle calculation is performed to understand the features in the valence band and the shape of the resonance profile.

  9. Suppression of the ferromagnetic order in the Heusler alloy Ni50Mn35In15 by hydrostatic pressure

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    Salazar Mejía, C.; Mydeen, K.; Naumov, P.; Medvedev, S. A.; Wang, C.; Hanfland, M.; Nayak, A. K.; Schwarz, U.; Felser, C.; Nicklas, M.

    2016-06-01

    We report on the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the magnetic and structural properties of the shape-memory Heusler alloy Ni50Mn35In15. Magnetization and x-ray diffraction experiments were performed at hydrostatic pressures up to 5 GPa using diamond anvil cells. Pressure stabilizes the martensitic phase, shifting the martensitic transition to higher temperatures, and suppresses the ferromagnetic austenitic phase. Above 3 GPa, where the martensitic-transition temperature approaches the Curie temperature in the austenite, the magnetization shows no longer indications of ferromagnetic ordering. We further find an extended temperature region with a mixture of martensite and austenite phases, which directly relates to the magnetic properties.

  10. Growth temperature dependent structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Co2FeAl Heusler alloy films

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    Qiao, Shuang; Nie, Shuaihua; Zhao, Jianhua; Zhang, Xinhui

    2013-06-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of a series of Co2FeAl Heusler alloy films grown on GaAs(001) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy have been studied. The epitaxial Co2FeAl films with an ordered L21 structure have been successfully obtained at growth temperature of 433 K, with an in-plane cubic magnetic anisotropy superimposed with an unusual uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. With increasing growth temperature, the ordered L21 structure degrades. Meanwhile, the uniaxial anisotropy decreases and eventually disappears above 673 K. The interfacial bonding between As and Co or Fe atom is suggested to be responsible for the additional uniaxial anisotropy.

  11. Modelling current-induced magnetization switching in Heusler alloy Co2FeAl-based spin-valve nanopillar

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    Huang, H. B.; Ma, X. Q.; Liu, Z. H.; Zhao, C. P.; Chen, L. Q.

    2014-04-01

    We investigated the current-induced magnetization switching in a Heusler alloy Co2FeAl-based spin-valve nanopillar by using micromagnetic simulations. We demonstrated that the elimination of the intermediate state is originally resulted from the decease of effective magnetic anisotropy constant. The magnetization switching can be achieved at a small current density of 1.0 × 104 A/cm2 by increasing the demagnetization factors of x and y axes. Based on our simulation, we found magnetic anisotropy and demagnetization energies have different contributions to the magnetization switching.

  12. Effect of the Chalcogenide Element Doping on the Electronic Properties of Co2FeAl Heusler Alloys

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    Huang, Ting; Cheng, Xiao-min; Guan, Xia-wei; Miao, Xiang-shui

    2016-02-01

    The electronic properties of the typical Heusler compound Co2FeAl with chalcogenide element doping were investigated by means of first principles calculations within the local spin-density approximation (LSDA) + Hubbard U parameter (U). The calculations indicate that, only when 25% of the number of Al atoms is substituted by the chalcogenide element, the chalcogenide element-doped Co2FeAl shows the half metallic properties. The Fermi energy ( E F) of the 25% chalcogenide element-doped Co2FeAl is located in the middle of the gap of the minority states instead of around the top of the valence band as in Co2FeAl. Moreover, the band gap of 25% Te-doped Co2FeAl (0.80 eV) is wider than that of Co2FeAl (0.74 eV). These improved electronic structures will make 25% chalcogenide element-doped Co2FeAl more stable against temperature variation. Therefore, the expected excellent stability of the 25% chalcogenide element-doped Co2FeAl make it more suitable for spintronic applications than Co2FeAl.

  13. Electrical properties of ferromagnetic Ni{sub 2}MnGa and Co{sub 2}CrGa Heusler alloys

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    Kourov, N. I. Marchenkov, V. V.; Pushin, V. G.; Belozerova, K. A.

    2013-07-15

    The electrical properties of ferromagnetic Ni{sub 2}MnGa and Co{sub 2}CrGa Heusler alloys are measured in the temperature range 4-900 K. The effect of the energy gap near the Fermi level in the electronic spectrum on the behavior of electrical resistivity and absolute differential thermopower is discussed.

  14. Effect of Off-Stoichiometry on the Thermoelectric Properties of Heusler-Type Fe2VAl Sintered Alloys

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    Mikami, M.; Inukai, M.; Miyazaki, H.; Nishino, Y.

    2016-03-01

    Heusler-type Fe2V1- x Al1+ x sintered alloys with micrometer-sized grains were fabricated by the powder metallurgical process using mechanical alloying and pulse-current sintering. Both positive (˜90 μV/K) and negative (˜-140 μV/K) Seebeck coefficients were obtained for the composition ranges of x > 0 and x < 0, respectively, resulting from a Fermi level shift caused by the change in the valence electron concentration. The electrical resistivity was reduced by the carrier doping effect, especially at lower temperatures, resulting in an increased thermoelectric power factor of 2.8 mW/m-K2 for the p-type alloy with x = 0.06 and 5.0 mW/m-K2 for the n-type alloy with x = -0.06. In addition, the lattice thermal conductivity decreased with | x| because of phonon scattering at crystal lattice defects induced by the off-stoichiometry. Consequently, the thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, was enhanced and reached 0.07 for p-type alloys with 0.06 < x < 0.15 and 0.18 for n-type alloys with -0.15 < x < -0.10 around 500 K. The ZT value was especially enhanced at higher temperatures by the off-stoichiometric composition control, which could extend the range of heat source temperatures for thermoelectric power generation applications using this alloy.

  15. Evolution of the electronic structure and physical properties of Fe2MeAl (Me = Ti, V, Cr) Heusler alloys

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    Shreder, E.; Streltsov, S. V.; Svyazhin, A.; Makhnev, A.; Marchenkov, V. V.; Lukoyanov, A.; Weber, H. W.

    2008-01-01

    We present the results of experiments on the optical, electrical and magnetic properties and electronic structure and optical spectrum calculations of the Heusler alloys Fe2TiAl, Fe2VAl and Fe2CrAl. We find that the drastic transformation of the band spectrum, especially near the Fermi level, when replacing the Me element (Me = Ti, V, Cr), is accompanied by a significant change in the electrical and optical properties. The electrical and optical properties of Fe2TiAl are typical for metals. The abnormal behavior of the electrical resistivity and the optical properties in the infrared range for Fe2VAl and Fe2CrAl are determined by electronic states at the Fermi level. Both the optical spectroscopic measurements and the theoretical calculations demonstrate the presence of low-energy gaps in the band spectrum of the Heusler alloys. In addition, we demonstrate that the formation of Fe clusters may be responsible for the large enhancement of the total magnetic moment in Fe2CrAl.

  16. First principle study of structural, electronic and magnetic properties of half-Heusler IrCrZ (Z=Ge, As, sn and sb) compounds

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    Allaf Behbahani, Marzieh; Moradi, Mahmood; Rostami, Mohammad; Davatolhagh, Saeed

    2016-05-01

    First-principle calculations based on the density functional theory for new half-Heusler IrCrZ (Z=Ge, As, Sn and Sb) alloys are performed. It is found that the half-Heusler IrCrGe and IrCrSn compounds have an antiferromagnetic ground state while the ferromagnetic state is more stable than the antiferromagnetic and non-magnetic states for both IrCrAs and IrCrSb compounds. IrCrAs and IrCrSb exhibit half-metallic property with integer magnetic moments of 2.00 μB per formula unit and half-metallic gaps of 0.28 and 0.27 eV at their equilibrium volume, respectively. In addition, the density of states (DOSs) and band structures of IrCrAs and IrCrSb compounds are studied and the origin of their half-metallic gaps are discussed in detail. The estimation of Curie temperatures of IrCrAs and IrCrSb compounds is performed within the mean field approximation (MFA). The Curie temperatures of IrCrAs and IrCrSb are estimated to be 1083 and 1470 K, respectively. The stability of the half-metallicity in IrCrAs and IrCrSb compounds with the variation of lattice constant are also investigated.

  17. The effects of substituting Ag for In on the magnetoresistance and magnetocaloric properties of Ni-Mn-In Heusler alloys

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    Pandey, Sudip; Quetz, Abdiel; Aryal, Anil; Dubenko, Igor; Samanta, Tapas; Mazumdar, Dipanjan; Stadler, Shane; Ali, Naushad

    2016-05-01

    The effect of substituting Ag for In on the structural, magnetocaloric, and thermomagnetic properties of Ni50Mn35In15-xAgx (x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, and 1) Heusler alloys was studied. The magnitude of the magnetization change at the martensitic transition temperature (TM) decreased with increasing Ag concentration. Smaller magnetic entropy changes (ΔSM) were observed for the alloys with larger Ag concentrations and the martensitic transition shifted to higher temperature. A shift of TM by about 25 K to higher temperature was observed for an applied hydrostatic pressure of P = 6.6 kbar with respect to ambient pressure. A large drop in resistivity was observed for large Ag concentration. The magnetoresistance was dramatically suppressed due to an increase in the disorder of the system with increasing Ag concentration. Possible mechanisms responsible for the observed behavior are discussed.

  18. Pressure dependence of half metallic behavior of Co{sub 2}VZ (Z=Si, Ge)-An ab initio Study

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    Seema, K. Kumar, Ranjan

    2014-04-24

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Co-based Heusler compounds Co{sub 2}VZ (Z=Si, Ge) under pressure are studied using first-principles density functional theory. The total magnetic moment decreases on compression. Under application of external pressure, the valence band and conduction band are shifted downward which leads to modification of electronic structure. True half metallic to nearly half metallic transition is observed at 30 GPa, 50 GPa for Co{sub 2}VSi and Co{sub 2}VGe respectively. Around 100 GPa, Co{sub 2}VGe shows complete metallic behavior. The half metal to metal transition is accompanied by quenching of magnetic moment.

  19. Dynamical Effects of the Martensitic Transition in Magnetocaloric Heusler Alloys from Direct Δ Tad Measurements under Different Magnetic-Field-Sweep Rates

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    Gottschall, T.; Skokov, K. P.; Scheibel, F.; Acet, M.; Zavareh, M. Ghorbani; Skourski, Y.; Wosnitza, J.; Farle, M.; Gutfleisch, O.

    2016-02-01

    Large magnetocaloric effects can be obtained in Ni-Mn-based Heusler alloys due to the magnetostructural transition between martensite and austenite. This phase transformation proceeds via nucleation and growth. By direct measurements of the adiabatic temperature change Δ Tad using different magnetic-field-sweeping rates from 0.01 up to 1500 T s-1 , we study the dynamic behavior of the two Heusler compounds Ni50 Mn35 In15 and Ni45 Mn37 In13 Co5 transforming near room temperature. From these experiments, we conclude that the nucleation process is rather slow in contrast to the relatively fast movement of the phase boundary between martensite and austenite. This is a limiting factor for cooling concepts operating at frequencies beyond 100 Hz. However, the dynamic effects of the transition are negligible in field rates typically used in magnetic refrigeration. These findings are essential considering the suitability of Heusler compounds for energy-efficient solid-state cooling.

  20. Performance analysis of STT-RAM with cross shaped free layer using Heusler alloys

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    Bharat Kumary, Tangudu; Ghosh, Bahniman; Awadhiya, Bhaskar; Verma, Ankit Kumar

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated the performance of a spin transfer torque random access memory (STT-RAM) cell with a cross shaped Heusler compound based free layer using micromagnetic simulations. We have designed a free layer using a Cobalt based Heusler compound. Simulation results clearly show that the switching time from one state to the other state has been reduced, also it has been found that the critical switching current density (to switch the magnetization of the free layer of the STT RAM cell) is reduced.

  1. Disorder-induced cubic phase in Fe2-based Heusler alloys

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    Kiss, Janos; Chadov, Stanislav; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Felser, Claudia

    2013-06-01

    Based on the first-principles electronic structure calculations, we analyze the chemical and magnetic mechanisms stabilizing the cubic phase in Fe2-based Heusler materials, which were predicted to be tetragonal when being chemically ordered. In agreement with recent experimental data, we found that these compounds crystallize within the so-called “inverted” cubic Heusler structure perturbed by a certain portion of the intrinsic chemical disorder. Understanding of these mechanisms is a necessary step to guide the successful future synthesis of the stable Fe2-based tetragonal phases, which are promising candidates for the rare-earth-free permanent magnets.

  2. Galvanomagnetic properties of Fe2YZ (Y = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni; Z = Al, Si) heusler alloys

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    Kourov, N. I.; Marchenkov, V. V.; Belozerova, K. A.; Weber, H. W.

    2015-11-01

    The Hall effect and the magnetoresistance of Fe2YZ Heusler alloys, where Y = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Ni, are the 3 d transition metals and Z = Al and Si are the s, p elements of the third period of the periodic table, are studied at T = 4.2 K in magnetic fields H ≤ 100 kOe. It is shown that, in the high-field limit ( H > 10 kOe), the value and the sign of the normal ( R 0) and anomalous ( R s ) Hall coefficients change anomalously during transition from paramagnetic (Y = Ti, V) to ferromagnetic (Y = Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni) alloys. These coefficients have different signs for all alloys. Constant R s in the ferromagnetic alloys is positive, proportional to the residual resistivity ratio ( R s ∝ ρ 0 3.1 ), and inversely proportional to spontaneous magnetization. The magnetoresistance of the alloys is a few percent and has a negative sign. A positive addition to transverse magnetoresistance is only detected in high magnetic fields, H > 10 kOe.

  3. Galvanomagnetic properties of Fe{sub 2}YZ (Y = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni; Z = Al, Si) heusler alloys

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    Kourov, N. I. Marchenkov, V. V.; Belozerova, K. A.; Weber, H. W.

    2015-11-15

    The Hall effect and the magnetoresistance of Fe{sub 2}YZ Heusler alloys, where Y = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, and Ni, are the 3d transition metals and Z = Al and Si are the s, p elements of the third period of the periodic table, are studied at T = 4.2 K in magnetic fields H ≤ 100 kOe. It is shown that, in the high-field limit (H > 10 kOe), the value and the sign of the normal (R{sub 0}) and anomalous (R{sub s}) Hall coefficients change anomalously during transition from paramagnetic (Y = Ti, V) to ferromagnetic (Y = Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni) alloys. These coefficients have different signs for all alloys. Constant R{sub s} in the ferromagnetic alloys is positive, proportional to the residual resistivity ratio (R{sub s} ∝ ρ{sub 0}{sup 3.1}), and inversely proportional to spontaneous magnetization. The magnetoresistance of the alloys is a few percent and has a negative sign. A positive addition to transverse magnetoresistance is only detected in high magnetic fields, H > 10 kOe.

  4. EDITORIAL: Cluster issue on Heusler compounds and devices Cluster issue on Heusler compounds and devices

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    Felser, Claudia; Hillebrands, Burkard

    2009-04-01

    This is the third cluster issue of Journal Physics D: Applied Physics devoted to half-metallic Heusler compounds and devices utilizing this class of materials. Heusler compounds are named after Fritz Heusler, the owner of a German copper mine, the Isabellenhütte, who discovered this class of materials in 1903 [1]. He synthesized mixtures of Cu2Mn alloys with various main group metals Z = Al, Si, Sn, Sb, which became ferromagnetic despite all constituents being non-magnetic. The recent success story of Heusler compounds began in 1983 with the discovery of the half-metallic electronic structure in NiMnSb [2] and Co2MnZ [3], making these and similar materials, in particular PtMnSb, also useful for magneto-optical data storage media applications due to their high Kerr rotation. The real breakthrough, however, came in 2000 with the observation of a large magnetoresistance effect in Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al [4]. The Co2YZ (Y = Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe) compounds are a special class of materials, which follow the Slater-Pauling rule [5], and most of them are half-metallic bulk materials. The electronic structure of Heusler compounds is well understood [6] and Curie temperatures up to 1100 K have been observed [7]. In their contribution to this cluster issue, Thoene et al predict that still higher Curie temperatures can be achieved. A breakthrough from the viewpoint of materials design is the synthesis of nanoparticles of Heusler compounds as reported in the contribution by Basit et al. Nano-sized half- metallic ferromagnets will open new directions for spintronic applications. The challenge, however, is still to produce spintronic devices with well defined interfaces to take advantage of the half-metallicity of the electrodes. Several groups have succeeded in producing excellent tunnel junctions with high magnetoresistance effects at low temperatures and decent values at room temperature [8-11]. Spin-dependent tunnelling characteristics of fully epitaxial magnetic tunnel junctions with a

  5. Half-metal CPP GMR sensor for magnetic recording

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    Diao, Z.; Chapline, M.; Zheng, Y.; Kaiser, C.; Ghosh Roy, A.; Chien, C. J.; Shang, C.; Ding, Y.; Yang, C.; Mauri, D.; Leng, Q.; Pakala, M.; Oogane, M.; Ando, Y.

    2014-04-01

    Current-perpendicular-to-plane (CPP) giant magnetoresistance in magnetic CoFeMnSi Heusler alloy based spin valves and its potential application for high areal density recording are investigated, given that film stack design and crystalline structure matching during film growth are considered. Modeling of electron transport in spin valves predicts the CPP GMR of up to 130% and 25% in pseudo and antiferromagnet pinned spin valves at large bulk diffusive scattering asymmetry in Heusler alloy layers. Experimentally, the testing structures of pseudo spin valves, which have the L21 ordered Huesler alloy layers grown on single crystal MgO substrates, were built and demonstrate the CPP GMR of 55% or larger with ΔRA≥27.5 mΩ μm2. CPP GMR reader sensors were fabricated based on antiferromagnet pinned spin valves using the same Huesler alloy materials albeit on AlTiC wafers, with narrow track widths of down to 35 nm. The CPP GMR obtained is up to 13% (18%, ΔRA=9.0 mΩ μm2 after correction of current distribution in device). Reader test results show that the low frequency track averaged output amplitude is 3.14 mV with the electrical SNR=28 dB. These read heads have the transition width of readback waveform T50 of ~22 nm and the magnetic read track width of 35.6 nm. The obtained on-track bit error rate is close to 10-3 decade at a linear density of 1800 KFCI, potentially realizing a magnetic recording with an areal density of up to 800 Gb/in2.

  6. Magnetic and Magnetocaloric Properties in Non-Stoichiometric Gallium Deficient Ni2MnGa1-x Heusler Alloys

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    Madden, Alexander; Corrigan, Mollie; Barton, Linda

    Magnetic data show that off-stoichiometric gallium deficient Heusler alloys of the form Ni2MnGa1-x have structural martensite transition temperatures that increase strongly with x, while their ferromagnetic Curie temperatures remain nearly unchanged. The martensite transition approaches room temperature for x = 0 . 13 . Samples were prepared by rf induction heating. The influence of quenching and post annealing on magnetic properties, as well as structural grain sizes and magnetic domain structure, were investigated. Since the first order structural phase transition can be adjusted to any convenient temperature, these materials offer intriguing possibilities as magnetic refrigerants. Magnetocaloric properties were investigated by direct measurement of ΔT with the application of field ΔH .

  7. Growth temperature dependent structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler alloy films

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    Qiao, Shuang; Nie, Shuaihua; Zhao, Jianhua; Zhang, Xinhui

    2013-06-21

    The structural and magnetic properties of a series of Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler alloy films grown on GaAs(001) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy have been studied. The epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl films with an ordered L{sub 21} structure have been successfully obtained at growth temperature of 433 K, with an in-plane cubic magnetic anisotropy superimposed with an unusual uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. With increasing growth temperature, the ordered L{sub 21} structure degrades. Meanwhile, the uniaxial anisotropy decreases and eventually disappears above 673 K. The interfacial bonding between As and Co or Fe atom is suggested to be responsible for the additional uniaxial anisotropy.

  8. Structural and magnetic properties of ion beam sputtered Co2FeAl full Heusler alloy thin films

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    Husain, Sajid; Kumar, Ankit; Chaudhary, Sujeet; Svedlindh, Peter

    2016-05-01

    Co2FeAl full Heusler alloy thin films grown at different temperatures on Si(100) substrates using ion beam sputtering system have been investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed the A2 disordered phase in these films. The deduced lattice parameter slightly increases with increase in the growth temperature. The saturation magnetization it is found to increase with increase in growth temperature. The magnetic anisotropy has been studied using angle dependent magneto-optical Kerr effect. In the room temperature deposited film, the combination of cubic and uniaxial anisotropy have been observed with weak in-plane uniaxial anisotropy which increases with growth temperature. The uniaxial anisotropy is attributed to the anisotropic interfacial bonding in these Co2FeAl /Si(100) heterostructures.

  9. Magnetic Tunnel Junctions with Perpendicular Anisotropy Using a Co2FeAl Full-Heusler Alloy

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    Wen, Zhenchao; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Kasai, Shinya; Hayashi, Masamitsu; Mitani, Seiji; Inomata, Koichiro

    2012-06-01

    We fabricated perpendicularly magnetized magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) with an ultrathin Co2FeAl (CFA) full-Heusler alloy electrode having large interface magnetic anisotropy of CFA/MgO. An out-of-plane tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio of 53% at room temperature was observed in CFA/MgO/Co20Fe60B20 p-MTJs. By inserting a 0.1-nm-thick Fe (Co50Fe50) layer between the MgO and Co20Fe60B20 layers, The TMR ratio was significantly enhanced to 91% (82%) due to the improved interface. The bias voltage dependence of differential conductance did not clearly show coherent tunneling characteristics for ultrathin CFA-MTJs, suggesting that a higher TMR ratio may be achieved by improving the B2 ordering of CFA and/or interface structure.

  10. Pulsed high-magnetic-field experiments: New insights into the magnetocaloric effect in Ni-Mn-In Heusler alloys

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    Salazar Mejía, C. Nayak, A. K.; Felser, C.; Nicklas, M.; Ghorbani Zavareh, M.; Wosnitza, J.; Skourski, Y.

    2015-05-07

    The present pulsed high-magnetic-field study on Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 35}In{sub 15} gives an extra insight into the thermodynamics of the martensitic transformation in Heusler shape-memory alloys. The transformation-entropy change, ΔS, was estimated from field-dependent magnetization experiments in pulsed high magnetic fields and by heat-capacity measurements in static fields. We found a decrease of ΔS with decreasing temperature. This behavior can be understood by considering the different signs of the lattice and magnetic contributions to the total entropy. Our results further imply that the magnetocaloric effect will decrease with decreasing temperature and, furthermore, the martensitic transition is not induced anymore by changing the temperature in high magnetic fields.

  11. B2+L2{sub 1} ordering in Co{sub 2}MnAl Heusler alloy

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    Vinesh, A.; Sudheesh, V. D.; Lakshmi, N.; Venugopalan, K.

    2014-04-24

    Magnetic and structural properties of B2 ordered Co{sub 2}MnAl Heusler alloy have been studied by X-ray diffraction and DC magnetization techniques. X-ray diffractogram shows the structure is of B2 type with preferential site disorder between Mn and Al atoms and presence of a small L2{sub 1} phase. DC magnetization studies at low temperature establish that the antiferromagnetic nature arises mainly due to the antiparallel coupling of spin moments of 3d electrons of Co with Mn atoms. Curie temperature (T{sub c}) is 733 K which is close to T{sub c} of the L2{sub 1} phase.

  12. Effect of graphene tunnel barrier on Schottky barrier height of Heusler alloy Co2MnSi/graphene/n-Ge junction

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    Gui-fang, Li; Jing, Hu; Hui, Lv; Zhijun, Cui; Xiaowei, Hou; Shibin, Liu; Yongqian, Du

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate that the insertion of a graphene tunnel barrier between Heusler alloy Co2MnSi and the germanium (Ge) channel modulates the Schottky barrier height and the resistance-area product of the spin diode. We confirm that the Fermi level is depinned and a reduction in the electron Schottky barrier height (SBH) occurs following the insertion of the graphene layer between Co2MnSi and Ge. The electron SBH is modulated in the 0.34 eV-0.61 eV range. Furthermore, the transport mechanism changes from rectifying to symmetric tunneling following the insertion. This behavior provides a pathway for highly efficient spin injection from a Heusler alloy into a Ge channel with high electron and hole mobility. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61504107) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant Nos. 3102014JCQ01059 and 3102015ZY043).

  13. High-field magnetization of heusler alloys Fe2 XY ( X = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni; Y = Al, Si)

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    Kourov, N. I.; Marchenkov, V. V.; Korolev, A. V.; Belozerova, K. A.; Weber, H. W.

    2015-10-01

    The magnetization curves of ferromagnetic Heusler alloys Fe2 XY (where X = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni are transition 3 d elements and Y = Al, Si are the s and p elements of the third period of the Periodic Table) have been measured at T = 4.2 K in the field range H ≤ 70 kOe. It has been shown that the high-field ( H ≥ 20 kOe) magnetization is described within the Stoner model.

  14. Efficient Spin Injector Scheme Based on Heusler Materials

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    Chadov, Stanislav; Graf, Tanja; Chadova, Kristina; Dai, Xuefang; Casper, Frederick; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Felser, Claudia

    2011-07-01

    We present a rational design scheme intended to provide stable high spin polarization at the interfaces of the magnetoresistive junctions by fulfilling the criteria of structural and chemical compatibilities at the interface. This can be realized by joining the semiconducting and half-metallic Heusler materials with similar structures. The present first-principles calculations verify that the interface remains half-metallic if the nearest interface layers effectively form a stable Heusler material with the properties intermediately between the surrounding bulk parts. This leads to a simple rule for selecting the proper combinations.

  15. Half-metallic superconducting triplet spin valve

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    Halterman, Klaus; Alidoust, Mohammad

    2016-08-01

    We theoretically study a finite-size S F1N F2 spin valve, where a normal metal (N ) insert separates a thin standard ferromagnet (F1) and a thick half-metallic ferromagnet (F2). For sufficiently thin superconductor (S ) widths close to the coherence length ξ0, we find that changes to the relative magnetization orientations in the ferromagnets can result in substantial variations in the transition temperature Tc, consistent with experimental results [Singh et al., Phys. Rev. X 5, 021019 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevX.5.021019]. Our results demonstrate that, in good agreement with the experiment, the variations are largest in the case where F2 is in a half-metallic phase and thus supports only one spin direction. To pinpoint the origins of this strong spin-valve effect, both the equal-spin f1 and opposite-spin f0 triplet correlations are calculated using a self-consistent microscopic technique. We find that when the magnetization in F1 is tilted slightly out of plane, the f1 component can be the dominant triplet component in the superconductor. The coupling between the two ferromagnets is discussed in terms of the underlying spin currents present in the system. We go further and show that the zero-energy peaks of the local density of states probed on the S side of the valve can be another signature of the presence of superconducting triplet correlations. Our findings reveal that for sufficiently thin S layers, the zero-energy peak at the S side can be larger than its counterpart in the F2 side.

  16. Over 50% reduction in the formation energy of Co-based Heusler alloy films by two-dimensional crystallisation

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    Sagar, James; Fleet, Luke R.; Walsh, Michael; Whear, Oliver; Huminiuc, Teodor; Lari, Leonardo; Boyes, Edward D.; Vick, Andrew; Hirohata, Atsufumi

    2014-07-21

    Crystalline formation of high magnetic-moment thin films through low-temperature annealing processes compatible with current semiconductor technologies is crucial for the development of next generation devices, which can utilise the spin degree of freedom. Utilising in-situ aberration corrected electron microscopy, we report a 235 °C crystallisation process for a Co-based ternary Heusler-alloy film whose initial nucleation is initiated by as few as 27 unit cells. The crystallisation occurs preferentially in the 〈111〉 crystalline directions via a two-dimensional (2D) layer-by-layer growth mode; resulting in grains with [110] surface normal and [111] plane facets. This growth process was found to reduce the crystallisation energy by more than 50% when compared to bulk samples whilst still leading to the growth of highly ordered grains expected to give a high degree of spin-polarisation. Our findings suggest that the 2D layer-by-layer growth minimises the crystallisation energy allowing for the possible implementation of highly spin-polarised alloy films into current chip and memory technologies.

  17. Over 50% reduction in the formation energy of Co-based Heusler alloy films by two-dimensional crystallisation

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    Sagar, James; Fleet, Luke R.; Walsh, Michael; Lari, Leonardo; Boyes, Edward D.; Whear, Oliver; Huminiuc, Teodor; Vick, Andrew; Hirohata, Atsufumi

    2014-07-01

    Crystalline formation of high magnetic-moment thin films through low-temperature annealing processes compatible with current semiconductor technologies is crucial for the development of next generation devices, which can utilise the spin degree of freedom. Utilising in-situ aberration corrected electron microscopy, we report a 235 °C crystallisation process for a Co-based ternary Heusler-alloy film whose initial nucleation is initiated by as few as 27 unit cells. The crystallisation occurs preferentially in the ⟨111⟩ crystalline directions via a two-dimensional (2D) layer-by-layer growth mode; resulting in grains with [110] surface normal and [111] plane facets. This growth process was found to reduce the crystallisation energy by more than 50% when compared to bulk samples whilst still leading to the growth of highly ordered grains expected to give a high degree of spin-polarisation. Our findings suggest that the 2D layer-by-layer growth minimises the crystallisation energy allowing for the possible implementation of highly spin-polarised alloy films into current chip and memory technologies.

  18. Spin polarization in half-metallic ferromagnets

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    Biasini, M.; Mills, A. P., Jr.

    2005-03-01

    Ferromagnetic contacts for spin injection and analysis are key components determining the performance of spintronic devices. For practical applications the materials for these contacts should have a high electron spin polarization at the Fermi surface (FS) at room temperature. We need to develop suitable new high Curie-temperature ferromagnets from the class of half metallic compounds that are theoretically ideal for spintronics [1]. We point out that a polarized slow positron probe combined with the two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) technique [2] would allow unambiguous, direct, room-temperature determinations of the spin polarization of the conducting electrons at the FS of important candidate spintronic ferromagnetic thin films and single crystals. The electron spin polarization at the FS may be deduced directly from the amplitudes of the discontinuities in the electron occupation number at the Fermi momentum for two directions of the polarization of a positron probe relative to the saturating magnetic field direction [3]. Work supported in part by NSF grants DMR 0216927 and PHY 0140382 and by DOD/DARPA/DMEA, Award DMEA90-02-2-0216. [1] I. Zutic et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 76, 323 (2004).[2] S. Berko, in Positron Solid-State Physics, Brant and Dupasquier, eds. (North-Holland, 1983) p. 64.[3] K. E. H. M. Hanssen et al., Phys. Rev. B 42, 1533 (1990).

  19. Magnetic and structural anisotropies of Co2FeAl Heusler alloy epitaxial thin films

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    Gabor, M. S.; Petrisor, T., Jr.; Tiusan, C.; Hehn, M.; Petrisor, T.

    2011-10-01

    This paper shows the correlation between chemical order, lattice strains, and magnetic properties of Heusler Co2FeAl films epitaxially grown on MgO(001). A detailed magnetic characterization is performed using vector-field magnetometery combined with a numerical Stoner-Wohlfarth analysis. We demonstrate the presence of three types of in-plane anisotropies: one biaxial, as expected for the cubic symmetry, and two uniaxial. The three anisotropies show different behavior with the annealing temperature. The biaxial anisotropy shows a monotonic increase. The uniaxial anisotropy that is parallel to the hard biaxial axes (related to chemical homogeneity) decreases, while the anisotropy that is supposed to have a magnetostatic origin remains constant.

  20. Simultaneous Large Enhancements in Thermopower and Electrical Conductivity of Bulk Nanostructured Half-Heusler Alloys

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    Makongo, Julien P. A.; Misra, Dinesh K.; Zhou, Xiaoyuan; Pant, Aditya; Shabetai, Michael R.; Su, Xianli; Uher, Ctirad; Stokes, Kevin L.; Poudeu, Pierre F. P.

    2011-10-04

    Large reductions in the thermal conductivity of thermoelectrics using nanostructures have been widely demonstrated. Some enhancements in the thermopower through nanostructuring have also been reported. However, these improvements are generally offset by large drops in the electrical conductivity due to a drastic reduction in the mobility. Here, we show that large enhancements in the thermopower and electrical conductivity of half-Heusler (HH) phases can be achieved simultaneously at high temperatures through coherent insertion of nanometer scale full-Heusler (FH) inclusions within the matrix. The enhancements in the thermopower of the HH/FH nanocomposites arise from drastic reductions in the “effective” carrier concentration around 300 K. Surprisingly, the mobility increases drastically, which compensates for the decrease in the carrier concentration and minimizes the drop in the electrical conductivity. Interestingly, the carrier concentration in HH/FH nanocomposites increases rapidly with temperature, matching that of the HH matrix at high temperatures, whereas the temperature dependence of the mobility significantly deviates from the typical T–α law and slowly decreases (linearly) with rising temperature. This remarkable interplay between the temperature dependence of the carrier concentration and mobility in the nanocomposites results in large increases in the power factor at 775 K. In addition, the embedded FH nanostructures also induce moderate reductions in the thermal conductivity leading to drastic increases in the ZT of HH(1 – x)/FH(x) nanocomposites at 775 K. By combining transmission electron microscopy and charge transport data, we propose a possible charge carrier scattering mechanism at the HH/FH interfaces leading to the observed anomalous electronic transport in the synthesized HH(1 – x)/FH(x) nanocomposites.

  1. Thermodynamic stability, magnetism and half metallicity of Mn2CoAl/GaAs(0 0 1) interface

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    Feng, Yu; Zhou, Ting; Chen, Xiaorui; Yuan, Hongkuan; Chen, Hong

    2015-07-01

    Interface properties of the heterojunction which is composed of the inverse Heusler alloy Mn2 CoAl and semiconductor GaAs are investigated by employing the first-principles density functional simulations. Two kinds of interface structures, namely the top-type and bridge-type structure by connecting termination of nine Mn2 CoAl layers to the top of the As-terminated GaAs layer and bridge site between interface As atoms are respectively built. Our calculations reveal that, as for the structure with the same interface atoms, different atoms sitting directly on top of the interface As atom will lead to different interface magnetism and electronic structures. The calculated phase diagram reveals that the top-type structure including natural MnCo or MnAl termination is stable only when the interface Mn or interface Al atom directly locates on top of the As atom. Besides, bridge-type and top-type structures containing a pure Mn interface are always thermodynamically accessible regardless of values of the chemical potential of Mn and Co. The atom-resolved spin magnetic moments of most interface magnetic atoms are enhanced due to the rehybridization caused by symmetry breaking at the interface. Further analyses on electronic structures indicate that, owing to the interface effect, the interface half metallicity of all structures are completely destroyed. However, the top-type structure with MnAl termination where the interface Al atom directly sits on top of the As atom preserves the highest interface spin polarization of 80%, indicating that it has more advantages in spintronics application than other atomic terminations.

  2. Structural stability, half-metallicity and magnetism of the CoFeMnSi/GaAs(0 0 1) interface

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    Feng, Yu; Chen, Xiaorui; Zhou, Ting; Yuan, Hongkuan; Chen, Hong

    2015-08-01

    The ferromagnet/semiconductor interface plays a crucial role in the performance of advanced magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) built of ferromagnetic electrodes and semiconductor as a spacer. We investigate the interface character between LiMgPbSb-type Heusler alloy CoFeMnSi and semiconductor GaAs by using the first-principles density functional simulations. In our calculations, we build two kinds of interface structures, namely the top-type and the bridge-type structure by connecting the termination of nine CoFeMnSi layers to the top of the As-terminated GaAs layer and the bridge site between interface As atoms, respectively. The calculated phase diagram indicated that the CoFe-terminated interface is more stable in the bridge-type structure than in the top-type structure, and a favored MnMn- or MnSi-terminated interface will appear in the top-type structure instead of the bridge-type structure under Fe-rich conditions. Besides, our calculation reveals that interface Mn and interface Fe atoms prefer to extend outward and their atom-resolved spin magnetic moments are enhanced due to the rehybridization caused by the symmetry breaking at the interface, while interface Co atoms shrink inward and their moments are decreased compared with the bulk value. Further analysis on DOS and PDOS indicates that owing to the interface effect, the half metallicity of CoFe-, MnSi-, and SiSi-terminated interfaces is completely destroyed. However, the MnMn-terminated interface in the top-type structure preserves 100% spin polarization, indicating that the CoFeMnSi/GaAs heterostructure with the top-type MnMn-terminated interface has more advantages than other atomic terminations in spintronics applications.

  3. Magnetic properties of Ni40+xMn39-xSn21 (x=0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 at.%) Heusler alloys

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    Lazpita, P.; Lograsso, T.; Schlagel, D. L.

    2014-01-27

    The low electron concentration region (e/a < 7.75) of the magnetic phase diagram of the off-stoichiometric Ni–Mn–Sn Heusler alloys was investigated in detail by DSC and magnetization measurements of the Ni40+xMn39−xSn21(x = 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 at.%) alloys. The alloys show a stable austenitic phase without any martensitic transformation down to 5 K even after heat treatment. The Curie temperature exhibits a broad maximum over a large composition range. The evolution of the magnetic moment with the electron concentration fits the data of previous studies and confirms the peak-like dependence in the extended range of e/a values predicted by ab initio calculations. The explored part of the moment versus e/a curve can be explained in terms of a localized magnetic moment model and full atomic order in the alloys.

  4. Correlation effect investigations on the Magneto-optical Kerr Spectra of Co-based Heusler alloys from first principles

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    Kim, Miyoung; Lim, Hanjo; Lee, Jae Il

    2011-03-01

    Here, we report our ab-initio calculational results on the electronic structures and magneto-optical (MO) properties of the ferromagnetic Co 2 Mn X full Heusler alloys. Employing the +U corrections for the transition metal 3 d bands in addition to the local density approximation (LDA), we investigate the correlation effect on the MO spectra in polar geometry as well as the detailed electronic structures using FLAPW method. Results show that the correlation effect results in a blue-shift of the peak positions and large enhancement of the low energy MO spectra, which are attributed to the increased t 2g - e g splitting of spin minority Co and Mn d - bands indicating the suppression of diagonal elements of optical conductivity at energy region of 1 ~ 2 eV where the interband transitions are forbidden. This work is supported by Korean Research Foundation Grant by MOEHRD (KRF 2007-412-J04001) and also by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2010-0005387).

  5. Electric field tunability of microwave soft magnetic properties of Co2FeAl Heusler alloy film

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    Li, Shandong; Xu, Jie; Xue, Qian; Du, Honglei; Li, Qiang; Chen, Caiyun; Yang, Ru; Xie, Shiming; Liu, Ming; Nan, Tianxiang; Sun, Nian X.; Shao, Weiquan

    2015-05-01

    Co2FeAl Heusler alloy film with 100 nm in thickness was sputtered on (011)-cut lead zinc niobate-lead titanate (PZN-PT) single crystal slabs. It was revealed that this multiferroic laminate shows very large electric field (E-field) tunability of microwave soft magnetic properties. With the increase of electric field from 0 to 8 kV/cm on PZN-PT, the anisotropy field, HK, of the Co2FeAl film along [100] direction of PZN-PT is dramatically enhanced from 65 to 570 Oe due to the strong magnetoelectric (ME) coupling between ferromagnetic Co2FeAl film and ferroelectric substrate. At the same time, the damping constant α of Co2FeAl film dramatically decreases from 0.20 to 0.029. As a result, a significantly shift of self-biased ferromagnetic resonance frequency, fFMR, from 1.86 to 6.68 GHz with increment of 3.6 times was obtained. These features demonstrate that Co2FeAl/PZN-PT multiferroic laminate is promising in fabrication of E-field tunable microwave components.

  6. Modelling current-induced magnetization switching in Heusler alloy Co{sub 2}FeAl-based spin-valve nanopillar

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    Huang, H. B.; Ma, X. Q.; Liu, Z. H.; Zhao, C. P.; Chen, L. Q.

    2014-04-07

    We investigated the current-induced magnetization switching in a Heusler alloy Co{sub 2}FeAl-based spin-valve nanopillar by using micromagnetic simulations. We demonstrated that the elimination of the intermediate state is originally resulted from the decease of effective magnetic anisotropy constant. The magnetization switching can be achieved at a small current density of 1.0 × 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} by increasing the demagnetization factors of x and y axes. Based on our simulation, we found magnetic anisotropy and demagnetization energies have different contributions to the magnetization switching.

  7. Design of Fatigue Resistant Heusler-strengthened PdTi-based Shape Memory Alloys for Biomedical Applications

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    Frankel, Dana J.

    The development of non-surgical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) techniques, which utilize collapsible artificial heart valves with shape memory alloy (SMA)-based frames, pushes performance requirements for biomedical SMAs beyond those for well-established vascular stent applications. Fatigue life for these devices must extend into the ultra-high cycle fatigue (UHCF) regime (>600M cycles) with zero probability of failure predicted at applied strain levels. High rates of Ni-hypersensitivity raise biocompatibility concerns, driving the development of low-Ni and Ni-free SMAs. This work focuses on the development of biocompatible, precipitation-strengthened, fatigue-resistant PdTi-based SMAs for biomedical applications. Functional and structural fatigue are both manifestations of cyclic instability resulting in accumulation of slip and eventual structural damage. While functional fatigue is easily experimentally evaluated, structural fatigue is more difficult to measure without the proper equipment. Therefore, in this work a theoretical approach using a model well validated in steels is utilized to investigate structural fatigue behavior in NiTi in the UHCF regime, while low cycle functional fatigue is evaluated in order to monitor the core phenomena of the cyclic instability. Results from fatigue simulations modeling crack nucleation at non-metallic inclusions in commercial NiTi underscore the importance of increasing yield strength for UHCF performance. Controlled precipitation of nanoscale, low-misfit, L21 Heusler aluminides can provide effective strengthening. Phase relations, precipitation kinetics, transformation temperature, transformation strain, cyclic stability, and mechanical properties are characterized in both Ni-free (Pd,Fe)(Ti,Al) and low-Ni high-strength "hybrid" (Pd,Ni)(Ti,Zr,Al) systems. Atom probe tomography is employed to measure phase compositions and particle sizes used to calibrate LSW models for coarsening kinetics and Gibbs

  8. Molecular beam epitaxy growth and magnetic properties of Cr-Co-Ga Heusler alloy films

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    Feng, Wuwei Wang, Weihua; Zhao, Chenglong; Van Quang, Nguyen; Cho, Sunglae; Dung, Dang Duc

    2015-11-15

    We have re-investigated growth and magnetic properties of Cr{sub 2}CoGa films using molecular beam epitaxy technique. Phase separation and precipitate formation were observed experimentally again in agreement with observation of multiple phases separation in sputtered Cr{sub 2}CoGa films by M. Meinert et al. However, significant phase separation could be suppressed by proper control of growth conditions. We showed that Cr{sub 2}CoGa Heusler phase, rather than Co{sub 2}CrGa phase, constitutes the majority of the sample grown on GaAs(001) at 450 {sup o}C. The measured small spin moment of Cr{sub 2}CoGa is in agreement with predicted HM-FCF nature; however, its Curie temperature is not as high as expected from the theoretical prediction probably due to the off-stoichiometry of Cr{sub 2}CoGa and the existence of the disorders and phase separation.

  9. Two successive magneto-structural transformations and their relation to enhanced magnetocaloric effect for Ni55.8Mn18.1Ga26.1 Heusler alloy

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    Li, Zhe; Xu, Kun; Zhang, Yuanlei; Tao, Chang; Zheng, Dong; Jing, Chao

    2015-01-01

    In the present work, two successive magneto-structural transformations (MSTs) consisting of martensitic and intermartensitic transitions have been observed in polycrystalline Ni55.8Mn18.1Ga26.1 Heusler alloy. Benefiting from the additional latent heat contributed from intermediate phase, this alloy exhibits a large transition entropy change ΔStr with the value of ~27 J/kg K. Moreover, the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) has been also evaluated in terms of Maxwell relation. For a magnetic field change of 30 kOe, it was found that the calculated value of refrigeration capacity in Ni55.8Mn18.1Ga26.1 attains to ~72 J/kg around room temperature, which significantly surpasses those obtained for many Ni-Mn based Heusler alloys in the same condition. Such an enhanced MCE can be ascribed to the fact that the isothermal entropy change ΔST is spread over a relatively wide temperature interval owing to existence of two successive MSTs for studied sample. PMID:26450663

  10. Optical properties of heusler alloys Co2FeSi, Co2FeAl, Co2CrAl, and Co2CrGa

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    Shreder, E. I.; Svyazhin, A. D.; Belozerova, K. A.

    2013-11-01

    The results of an investigation of optical properties and the calculations of the electronic structure of Co2FeSi, Co2FeAl, Co2CrAl, and Co2CrGa Heusler alloys are presented. The main focus of our attention is the study of the spectral dependence of the real part (ɛ1) and imaginary part (ɛ2) of the dielectric constant in the range of wavelengths λ = 0.3-13 μm using the ellipsometric method. An anomalous behavior of the optical conductivity σ(ω) has been found in the infrared range in the Co2CrAl and Co2CrGa alloys, which differs substantially from that in the Co2FeSi and Co2FeAl alloys. The results obtained are discussed based on the calculations of the electronic structure.

  11. Ferromagnetic Schottky junctions using half-metallic Co{sub 2}MnSi/diamond heterostructures

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    Ueda, K.; Soumiya, T.; Nishiwaki, M.; Asano, H.

    2013-07-29

    We demonstrate half-metallic Heusler Co{sub 2}MnSi films epitaxially grown on diamond semiconductors using the ion-beam assisted sputtering method. Lower temperature growth below ∼400 °C is key for obtaining abrupt Co{sub 2}MnSi/diamond interfaces. The Co{sub 2}MnSi films on diamond showed a negative anisotropic magnetoresistance of ∼0.2% at 10 K, suggesting the half-metallic nature of the Co{sub 2}MnSi films. Schottky junctions formed using the Co{sub 2}MnSi/diamond heterostructures at 400 °C showed clear rectification properties with a rectification ratio of ∼10{sup 3}. The Schottky barrier heights of the Co{sub 2}MnSi/diamond interfaces were estimated to be ∼0.8 eV. These results indicate that Co{sub 2}MnSi is a promising spin source for spin injection into diamond.

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Heusler alloy Fe{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}Si

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    Wang, Yu-Pu; Han, Gu-Chang; Qiu, Jinjun; Yap, Qi-Jia; Lu, Hui; Teo, Kie-Leong

    2014-05-07

    This paper reports the study of structural and magnetic properties of Heusler alloy Fe{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}Si (FCCS) thin film and its tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) effect. The smooth quaternary Heusler alloy FCCS film with surface roughness of rms value of 0.25 nm measured by atomic force microscopy and partial L2{sub 1} phase was obtained by magnetron sputtering at room temperature followed by in-situ annealing at 400 °C. The saturation magnetization and coercivity of FCCS are 410 emu/cm{sup 3} and 20 Oe, respectively. The magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) using FCCS as free layer were studied in detail as a function of post-annealing temperature. A TMR ratio of 15.6% has been achieved with 300 °C post-annealing. This is about twice the highest TMR ratio obtained in MTJs using Fe{sub 2}CrSi. The enhancement of TMR ratio can be attributed to the successful tuning of the Fermi level of Fe{sub 2}CrSi close to the center of the minority band gap by Co-doping.

  13. Effect of an interface Mg insertion layer on the reliability of a magnetic tunnel junction based on a Co2FeAl full-Heusler alloy

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    Lee, Jung-Min; Kil, Gyu Hyun; Lee, Gae Hun; Choi, Chul Min; Song, Yun-Heub; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Mitani, Seiji

    2014-04-01

    The reliability of a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) based on a Co2FeAl (CFA) full-Heusler alloy with a MgO tunnel barrier was evaluated. In particular, the effect of a Mg insertion layer under the MgO was investigated in view of resistance drift by using various voltage stress tests. We compared the resistance change during constant voltage stress (CVS) and confirmed a trap/detrap phenomenon during the interval stress test for samples with and without a Mg insertion layer. The MTJ with a Mg insertion layer showed a relatively small resistance change for the CVS test and a reduced trap/detrap phenomenon for the interval stress test compared to the sample without a Mg insertion layer. This is understood to be caused by the improved crystallinity at the bottom of the CFA/MgO interface due to the Mg insertion layer, which provides a smaller number of trap site during the stress test. As a result, the interface condition of the MgO layer is very important for the reliability of a MTJ using a full-Heusler alloy, and the the insert of a Mg layer at the MgO interface is expected to be an effective method for enhancing the reliability of a MTJ.

  14. A low-temperature fabricated gate-stack structure for Ge-based MOSFET with ferromagnetic epitaxial Heusler-alloy/Ge electrodes

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    Fujita, Yuichi; Yamada, Michihiro; Nagatomi, Yuta; Yamamoto, Keisuke; Yamada, Shinya; Sawano, Kentarou; Kanashima, Takeshi; Nakashima, Hiroshi; Hamaya, Kohei

    2016-06-01

    A possible low-temperature fabrication process of a gate-stack for Ge-based spin metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) is investigated. First, since we use epitaxial ferromagnetic Heusler alloys on top of the phosphorous doped Ge epilayer as spin injector and detector, we need a dry etching process to form Heusler-alloy/n+-Ge Schottky-tunnel contacts. Next, to remove the Ge epilayers damaged by the dry etching process, the fabricated structures are dipped in a 0.03% diluted H2O2 solution. Finally, Al/SiO2/GeO2/Ge gate-stack structures are fabricated at 300 °C as a top gate-stack structure. As a result, the currents in the Ge-MOSFET fabricated here can be modulated by applying gate voltages even by using the low-temperature formed gate-stack structures. This low-temperature fabrication process can be utilized for operating Ge spin MOSFETs with a top gate electrode.

  15. Magnetic and structural anisotropies in laser ablated epitaxial thin films of full-Heusler alloy Co2MnSi on SrTiO3

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    Pandey, Himanshu; Rout, P. K.; Budhani, R. C.

    2013-03-01

    We present the thickness dependent magnetic properties of laser ablated epitaxial Co2MnSi (CMS)Heusler alloy thin films grown on (001) oriented SrTiO3 substrate. In order to study the intrinsic magnetic anisotropy, a highly ordered single crystal thin film of Heusler alloys is necessary. This provides a unique opportunity to determine the behavior of magnetization reversal, and affect important properties such as the coercive field and remanence. The two important sources of the magnetic anisotropy are the magnetic dipolar interaction and the spin-orbit interaction. The strain in films due to the lattice mismatch with the substrate affects the shape anisotropy while spin-orbit coupling changes magneto-crystalline anisotropy. We have observed an in-plane biaxial compressive strain in the films which relaxes with increasing film thickness. Although the hysteresis loops show an in-plane easy axis for all films, the single-domain phase diagram reveals a gradual transition from in-plane to out-of-plane transition of magnetization as the film thickness is decreased. The magnetization starts to cant as film thickness start to decrease and we found a canting angle of ~ 31.8° with respect to the film plane for our thinnest 5 nm CMS films. We acknowledge support from DIT, DST, CSIR and IIT Kanpur.

  16. Half-heusler alloys with enhanced figure of merit and methods of making

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    Ren, Zhifeng; Yan, Xiao; Joshi, Giri; Chen, Shuo; Chen, Gang; Poudel, Bed; Caylor, James Christopher

    2015-06-02

    Thermoelectric materials and methods of making thermoelectric materials having a nanometer mean grain size less than 1 micron. The method includes combining and arc melting constituent elements of the thermoelectric material to form a liquid alloy of the thermoelectric material and casting the liquid alloy of the thermoelectric material to form a solid casting of the thermoelectric material. The method also includes ball milling the solid casting of the thermoelectric material into nanometer mean size particles and sintering the nanometer size particles to form the thermoelectric material having nanometer scale mean grain size.

  17. Hysteresis and magnetocaloric effect at the magnetostructural phase transition of Ni-Mn-Ga and Ni-Mn-Co-Sn Heusler alloys

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    Basso, Vittorio; Sasso, Carlo P.; Skokov, Konstantin P.; Gutfleisch, Oliver; Khovaylo, Vladimir V.

    2012-01-01

    Hysteresis features of the direct and inverse magnetocaloric effect associated with first-order magnetostructural phase transitions in Ni-Mn-X (X = Ga, Sn) Heusler alloys have been disclosed by differential calorimetry measurements performed either under a constant magnetic field, H, or by varying H in isothermal conditions. We have shown that the magnetocaloric effect in these alloys crucially depends on the employed measuring protocol. Experimentally observed peculiarities of the magnetocaloric effect have been explained in the framework of a model that accounts for different contributions to the Gibbs energy of austenitic gA and martensitic gM phases. Obtained experimental results have been summarized by plotting a phase fraction of the austenite xA versus the driving force gM-gA. The developed approach allows one to predict reversible and irreversible features of the direct as well as inverse magnetocaloric effect in a variety of materials with first-order magnetic phase transitions.

  18. Substitution effect on magnetic and electrical properties of half-Heusler alloy Ni{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Mn{sub 1−y}Fe{sub y}Sb

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    Kushwaha, Varun Sharma, Himanshu Dixit, Dinesh Tomy, C. V.; Tulapurkar, Ashwin

    2014-04-24

    We have studied the effects of Co and Fe doping on the magnetic and electrical properties of half-Heusler compound NiMnSb. The alloys were prepared by arc-melting method in the presence of Argon gas. The powder X-ray diffraction of the each alloy was performed in air at room temperature. The magnetic and electrical properties were performed in the temperature range 2–400 K and in magnetic field up to 1 T.

  19. Monolayer MXenes: promising half-metals and spin gapless semiconductors

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    Gao, Guoying; Ding, Guangqian; Li, Jie; Yao, Kailun; Wu, Menghao; Qian, Meichun

    2016-04-01

    Half-metals and spin gapless semiconductors are promising candidates for spintronic applications due to the complete (100%) spin polarization of electrons around the Fermi level. Based on recent experimental and theoretical findings of graphene-like monolayer transition metal carbides and nitrides (also known as MXenes), we demonstrate using first-principles calculations that monolayers Ti2C and Ti2N exhibit nearly half-metallic ferromagnetism with the magnetic moments of 1.91 and 1.00μB per formula unit, respectively, while monolayer V2C is a metal with unstable antiferromagnetism, and monolayer V2N is a nonmagnetic metal. Interestingly, under a biaxial strain, there is a phase transition from a nearly half-metal to truly half-metal, spin gapless semiconductor, and metal for monolayer Ti2C. Monolayer Ti2N is still a nearly half-metal under a suitable biaxial strain. Large magnetic moments can be induced by the biaxial tensile and compressive strains for monolayer V2C and V2N, respectively. We also show that the structures of these four monolayer MXenes are stable according to the calculated formation energy and phonon spectrum. Our investigations suggest that, unlike monolayer graphene, monolayer MXenes Ti2C and Ti2N without vacancy, doping or external electric field exhibit intrinsic magnetism, especially the half-metallic ferromagnetism and spin gapless semiconductivity, which will stimulate further studies on possible spintronic applications for new two-dimensional materials of MXenes.

  20. Monolayer MXenes: promising half-metals and spin gapless semiconductors.

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    Gao, Guoying; Ding, Guangqian; Li, Jie; Yao, Kailun; Wu, Menghao; Qian, Meichun

    2016-04-28

    Half-metals and spin gapless semiconductors are promising candidates for spintronic applications due to the complete (100%) spin polarization of electrons around the Fermi level. Based on recent experimental and theoretical findings of graphene-like monolayer transition metal carbides and nitrides (also known as MXenes), we demonstrate using first-principles calculations that monolayers Ti2C and Ti2N exhibit nearly half-metallic ferromagnetism with the magnetic moments of 1.91 and 1.00μB per formula unit, respectively, while monolayer V2C is a metal with unstable antiferromagnetism, and monolayer V2N is a nonmagnetic metal. Interestingly, under a biaxial strain, there is a phase transition from a nearly half-metal to truly half-metal, spin gapless semiconductor, and metal for monolayer Ti2C. Monolayer Ti2N is still a nearly half-metal under a suitable biaxial strain. Large magnetic moments can be induced by the biaxial tensile and compressive strains for monolayer V2C and V2N, respectively. We also show that the structures of these four monolayer MXenes are stable according to the calculated formation energy and phonon spectrum. Our investigations suggest that, unlike monolayer graphene, monolayer MXenes Ti2C and Ti2N without vacancy, doping or external electric field exhibit intrinsic magnetism, especially the half-metallic ferromagnetism and spin gapless semiconductivity, which will stimulate further studies on possible spintronic applications for new two-dimensional materials of MXenes. PMID:27074402

  1. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of disordered Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler alloy

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    Jain, Vishal Jain, Vivek Sudheesh, V. D. Lakshmi, N. Venugopalan, K.

    2014-04-24

    The effects of disorder on the magnetic properties of Co{sub 2}FeAl alloy are reported. X-ray diffraction exhibit A2-type disordered structure. Room temperature Mössbauer studies show the presence of two sextets with hyperfine field values of 31T and 30T along with a nonmagnetic singlet. The electronic structure of ordered and disordered Co{sub 2}FeAl alloys, investigated by means of the KKR Green's-function method shows that the magnetic moment of the ordered structure is 5.08μ{sub B} and is 5.10μ{sub B} when disordered. However, a much higher magnetic moment of 5.74μ{sub B} is observed experimentally.

  2. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of disordered Co2FeAl Heusler alloy

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    Jain, Vishal; Jain, Vivek; Sudheesh, V. D.; Lakshmi, N.; Venugopalan, K.

    2014-04-01

    The effects of disorder on the magnetic properties of Co2FeAl alloy are reported. X-ray diffraction exhibit A2-type disordered structure. Room temperature Mössbauer studies show the presence of two sextets with hyperfine field values of 31T and 30T along with a nonmagnetic singlet. The electronic structure of ordered and disordered Co2FeAl alloys, investigated by means of the KKR Green's-function method shows that the magnetic moment of the ordered structure is 5.08μB and is 5.10μB when disordered. However, a much higher magnetic moment of 5.74μB is observed experimentally.

  3. High energy ball milling study of Fe{sub 2}MnSn Heusler alloy

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    Jain, Vivek Kumar Lakshmi, N.; Jain, Vishal; Sijo, A. K.; Venugopalan, K.

    2015-06-24

    The structural and magnetic properties of as-melted and high energy ball milled alloy samples have been studied by X-ray diffraction, DC magnetization and electronic structure calculations by means of density functional theory. The observed properties are compared to that of the bulk sample. There is a very good enhancement of saturation magnetization and coercivity in the nano-sized samples as compared to bulk which is explained in terms of structural disordering and size effect.

  4. Half-metallicity in 2D organometallic honeycomb frameworks.

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    Sun, Hao; Li, Bin; Zhao, Jin

    2016-10-26

    Half-metallic materials with a high Curie temperature (T C) have many potential applications in spintronics. Magnetic metal free two-dimensional (2D) half-metallic materials with a honeycomb structure contain graphene-like Dirac bands with π orbitals and show excellent aspects in transport properties. In this article, by investigating a series of 2D organometallic frameworks with a honeycomb structure using first principles calculations, we study the origin of forming half-metallicity in this kind of 2D organometallic framework. Our analysis shows that charge transfer and covalent bonding are two crucial factors in the formation of half-metallicity in organometallic frameworks. (i) Sufficient charge transfer from metal atoms to the molecules is essential to form the magnetic centers. (ii) These magnetic centers need to be connected through covalent bonding, which guarantee the strong ferromagnetic (FM) coupling. As examples, the organometallic frameworks composed by (1,3,5)-benzenetricarbonitrile (TCB) molecules with noble metals (Au, Ag, Cu) show half-metallic properties with T C as high as 325 K. In these organometallic frameworks, the strong electronegative cyano-groups (CN groups) drive the charge transfer from metal atoms to the TCB molecules, forming the local magnetic centers. These magnetic centers experience strong FM coupling through the d-p covalent bonding. We propose that most of the 2D organometallic frameworks composed by molecule-CN-noble metal honeycomb structures contain similar half metallicity. This is verified by replacing TCB molecules with other organic molecules. Although the TCB-noble metal organometallic framework has not yet been synthesized, we believe the development of synthesizing techniques and facility will enable the realization of them. Our study provides new insight into the 2D half-metallic material design for the potential applications in nanotechnology. PMID:27541575

  5. Structural properties of the quaternary Heusler alloy Co2Cr1-xFexAl

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    Wurmehl, Sabine; Martins Alves, Maria C.; Morais, Jonder; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Teixeira, Sergio R.; Machado, Giovanna; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Felser, Claudia

    2007-03-01

    The quarternary substitutional series Co2Cr1-xFexAl was investigated by means of surface and bulk sensitive techniques in order to exploit its structural and compositional properties. Both bulk and powder samples of the alloy series were investigated to obtain specific information about this material. The long range order was determined by means of x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction, while the site specific (short range) order was proved by extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The magnetic structure was investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy in transmission and scattering modes in order to compare and separate powder and bulk properties. The chemical composition was analysed by means of x-ray photo emission spectroscopy combined with Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiling. The results from these methods are compared to get an insight into the differences between surface and bulk properties and the appearance of disorder in such alloys. The material shows an extremely high sensitivity to oxygen. In particular, powder materials show a high amount of oxygen contamination. Therefore, an additional oxide-mediated tunnel magneto-resistance may always contribute to measurements of magneto-resistive effects because the oxide layers will provide natural tunnelling barriers. In addition, the results suggest that thin films have to be produced under ultra-high vacuum conditions.

  6. Efficient and Robust Thermoelectric Power Generation Device Using Hot-Pressed Metal Contacts on Nanostructured Half-Heusler Alloys

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    Joshi, Giri; Poudel, Bed

    2016-06-01

    We report an efficient thermoelectric device with power density of 8.9 W/cm2 and efficiency of 8.9% at 678°C temperature difference using hot-pressed titanium metal contact layers on nanostructured half-Heusler materials. The high power density and efficiency are due to the efficient nanostructured materials and very low contact resistance of ~1 μΩ cm2 between the titanium layer and half-Heusler material. Moreover, the bonding strength between the titanium and half-Heusler is more than 50 MPa, significantly higher compared with conventional contact metallization methods. The low contact resistance and high bonding strength are due to thin-layer diffusion of titanium (<100 μm) into the half-Heusler at high temperature (>600°C). The low contact resistance and high bonding strength result in a stable and efficient power generation device with great potential for use in recovery of waste heat, e.g., in automotive and industrial applications.

  7. Real space analysis of Compton profile of Heusler alloy Ni2TiAl

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    Sahariya, Jagrati; Mund, H. S.; Ahuja, B. L.

    2012-06-01

    Electron momentum density of Ni2TiAl alloy has been studied using Compton scattering technique. The experiment has been performed using 20 Ci 137Cs (661.65 keV) Compton spectrometer at an intermediate resolution of 0.34 a.u. To interpret the experimental data, we have calculated the Compton profiles using Hartree Fock and density functional theories within the frame work of linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method. The experimental data have been interpreted in term of autocorrelation function B(z) of the one electron wave function. The experimental B(z) function has been compared with the LCAO based theoretical B(z), to analyze the electronic and structural properties of Ni2TiAl.

  8. Possible martensitic transformation and ferrimagnetic properties in Heusler alloy Mn2NiSn

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    Duan, Ying-Ni; Fan, Xiao-Xi; Kutluk, Abdugheni; Du, Xiu-Juan; Zhang, Zheng-Wei; Song, Yu-Ling

    2015-07-01

    The electronic structure and magnetic properties of Hg2CuTi-type Mn2NiSn have been studied by performing the first-principle calculations. It is found that the phase transformation from the cubic to the tetragonal structure reduces the total energy, indicating that the martensitic phase is more stable and the phase transition from austenite to martensite may happen at low temperature for Hg2CuTi-type Mn2NiSn. Concerning the magnetism of Hg2CuTi-type Mn2NiSn, both austenitic and martensitic phases are suggested to be ferrimagnets. Furthermore, martensitic transformation decreases the magnetic moment per formula unit compared with austenitic phase. The results are helpful to accelerate the use of Mn2NiSn alloys in the series for magnetic shape memory applications.

  9. Antiferromagnetism in R u2Mn Z (Z =Sn ,Sb ,Ge ,Si ) full Heusler alloys: Effects of magnetic frustration and chemical disorder

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    Khmelevskyi, Sergii; Simon, Eszter; Szunyogh, László

    2015-03-01

    We present systematic theoretical investigations to explore the microscopic mechanisms leading to the formation of antiferromagnetism in R u2Mn Z (Z =Sn ,Sb ,Ge ,Si ) full Heusler alloys. Our study is based on first-principles calculations of interatomic Mn-Mn exchange interactions to set up a suitable Heisenberg spin model and on subsequent Monte Carlo simulations of the magnetic properties at finite temperature. The exchange interactions are derived from the paramagnetic state, while a realistic account of long-range chemical disorder is made in the framework of the coherent potential approximation. We find that in the case of the highly ordered alloys (Z =Sn and Sb), the exchange interactions derived from the perfectly ordered L 21 structure lead to Néel temperatures in excellent agreement with the experiments, whereas, in particular in the case of Si, the consideration of chemical disorder is essential to reproduce the experimental Néel temperatures. Our numerical results suggest that by improving a heat treatment of the samples to suppress the intermixing between the Mn and Si atoms, the Néel temperature of the Si-based alloys can potentially be increased by more than 30%. Based on calculated biquadratic exchange couplings, we evidence a lifting of degeneracy of the antiferromagnetic ground states on a frustrated face-centered-cubic lattice in the fully ordered compounds. Furthermore, we show that in strongly disordered R u2MnSi alloys, a distinct change in the antiferromagnetic ordering occurs.

  10. Large magnetoresistance in Heusler-alloy-based epitaxial magnetic junctions with semiconducting Cu(In0.8Ga0.2)Se2 spacer

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    Kasai, S.; Takahashi, Y. K.; Cheng, P.-H.; Ikhtiar, Ohkubo, T.; Kondou, K.; Otani, Y.; Mitani, S.; Hono, K.

    2016-07-01

    We investigated the structure and magneto-transport properties of magnetic junctions using a Co2Fe(Ga0.5Ge0.5) Heusler alloy as ferromagnetic electrodes and a Cu(In0.8Ga0.2)Se2 (CIGS) semiconductor as spacers. Owing to the semiconducting nature of the CIGS spacer, large magnetoresistance (MR) ratios of 40% at room temperature and 100% at 8 K were obtained for low resistance-area product (RA) values between 0.3 and 3 Ω μm2. Transmission electron microscopy observations confirmed the fully epitaxial growth of the chalcopyrite CIGS layer, and the temperature dependence of RA indicated that the large MR was due to spin dependent tunneling.

  11. Unveiling the Mechanism for the Split Hysteresis Loop in Epitaxial Co2Fe1-xMnxAl Full-Heusler Alloy Films

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    Tao, X. D.; Wang, H. L.; Miao, B. F.; Sun, L.; You, B.; Wu, D.; Zhang, W.; Oepen, H. P.; Zhao, J. H.; Ding, H. F.

    2016-01-01

    Utilizing epitaxial Co2Fe1-xMnxAl full-Heusler alloy films on GaAs (001), we address the controversy over the analysis for the split hysteresis loop which is commonly found in systems consisting of both uniaxial and fourfold anisotropies. Quantitative comparisons are carried out on the values of the twofold and fourfold anisotropy fields obtained with ferromagnetic resonance and vibrating sample magnetometer measurements. The most suitable model for describing the split hysteresis loop is identified. In combination with the component resolved magnetization measurements, these results provide compelling evidences that the switching is caused by the domain wall nucleation and movements with the switching fields centered at the point where the energy landscape shows equal minima for magnetization orienting near the easy axis and the field supported hard axis.

  12. Lattice-matched magnetic tunnel junctions using a Heusler alloy Co2FeAl and a cation-disorder spinel Mg-Al-O barrier

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    Scheike, Thomas; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Furubayashi, Takao; Wen, Zhenchao; Inomata, Koichiro; Ohkubo, Tadakatsu; Hono, Kazuhiro; Mitani, Seiji

    2014-12-01

    Perfectly lattice-matched magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) consisting of a Heusler alloy B2-Co2FeAl (CFA) electrode and a cation-disorder spinel (Mg-Al-O) barrier were fabricated by sputtering and plasma oxidation. We achieved a large tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio of 228% at room temperature (RT) (398% at 5 K) for the epitaxial CFA/MgAl-O/CoFe(001) MTJ, in which the effect of lattice defects on TMR ratios is excluded. With inserting a ultrathin (≤1.5 nm) CoFe layer between the CFA and Mg-Al-O, the TMR ratio further increased up to 280% at RT (453% at 5 K), which reflected the importance of controlling barrier-electrode interface states other than the lattice matching.

  13. Magnetization Dynamics Through Magnetoimpedance Effect in Isotropic Co2FeAl/Au/Co2FeAl Full-Heusler Alloy Trilayer Films

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    Assolin Corrêa, Marcio; Montardo Escobar, Vivian; Trigueiro-Neto, Osvaldo; Bohn, Felipe; Daiane Sossmeier, Kelly; Gomes Bezerra, Claudionor; Chesman, Carlos; Pearson, John; Hoffmann, Axel

    2013-09-01

    We investigate the magnetization dynamics in low damping parameter α systems by measuring the magnetoimpedance effect over a wide range of frequencies, from 0.1 to 3.0 GHz, in Co2FeAl/Au/Co2FeAl full-Heusler alloy trilayer films grown by magnetron sputtering on glass and MgO substrates. We show that the film produced on the glass substrate presents high magnetoimpedance performance, while that grown on the MgO substrate has low magnetoimpedance performance. Since both films are polycrystalline and have isotropic in-plane magnetic properties, we interpret the magnetoimpedance results in terms of the low damping parameter α and strain effects in the films. Thus, we verified that our films present good magnetoimpedance performance and showed that high performance can be achieved even in films with isotropic in-plane magnetic properties, since they present low damping parameter α.

  14. Large anisotropic Fe orbital moments in perpendicularly magnetized Co2FeAl Heusler alloy thin films revealed by angular-dependent x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Okabayashi, Jun; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Wen, Zhenchao; Inomata, Koichiro; Mitani, Seiji

    2013-09-01

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in Heusler alloy Co2FeAl thin films sharing an interface with a MgO layer is investigated by angular-dependent x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. Orbital and spin magnetic moments are deduced separately for Fe and Co 3d electrons. In addition, the PMA energies are estimated using the orbital magnetic moments parallel and perpendicular to the film surfaces. We found that PMA in Co2FeAl is determined mainly by the contribution of Fe atoms with large orbital magnetic moments, which are enhanced at the interface between Co2FeAl and MgO. Furthermore, element specific magnetization curves of Fe and Co are found to be similar, suggesting the existence of ferromagnetic coupling between Fe and Co PMA directions.

  15. Manipulating magnetic anisotropy of the ultrathin Co2FeAl full-Heusler alloy film via growth orientation of the Pt buffer layer

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    Wen, F. S.; Xiang, J. Y.; Hao, C. X.; Zhang, F.; Lv, Y. F.; Wang, W. H.; Hu, W. T.; Liu, Z. Y.

    2013-12-01

    The ultrathin films of Co2FeAl (CFA) full-Heusler alloy were prepared between two Pt layers on MgO single crystals by magnetron sputtering. By controlling the substrate temperature, different growth orientations of the Pt underlayers were realized, and their effects were investigated on the magnetic anisotropy of the ultrathin CFA film. It was revealed that different Pt orientations lead to distinctly different magnetic anisotropy for the sandwiched ultrathin CFA films. The Pt (111) orientation favors the perpendicular anisotropy, while the appearance of partial Pt (001) orientation leads to the quick decrease of perpendicular anisotropy and the complete Pt (001) orientation gives rise to the in-plane anisotropy. With the Pt (111) orientation, the temperature and thickness-induced spin reorientation transitions were investigated in the sandwiched ultrathin CFA films.

  16. Unveiling the Mechanism for the Split Hysteresis Loop in Epitaxial Co2Fe1-xMnxAl Full-Heusler Alloy Films

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    Tao, X. D.; Wang, H. L.; Miao, B. F.; Sun, L.; You, B.; Wu, D.; Zhang, W.; Oepen, H. P.; Zhao, J. H.; Ding, H. F.

    2016-01-01

    Utilizing epitaxial Co2Fe1-xMnxAl full-Heusler alloy films on GaAs (001), we address the controversy over the analysis for the split hysteresis loop which is commonly found in systems consisting of both uniaxial and fourfold anisotropies. Quantitative comparisons are carried out on the values of the twofold and fourfold anisotropy fields obtained with ferromagnetic resonance and vibrating sample magnetometer measurements. The most suitable model for describing the split hysteresis loop is identified. In combination with the component resolved magnetization measurements, these results provide compelling evidences that the switching is caused by the domain wall nucleation and movements with the switching fields centered at the point where the energy landscape shows equal minima for magnetization orienting near the easy axis and the field supported hard axis. PMID:26733075

  17. Observation of giant exchange bias in bulk Mn{sub 50}Ni{sub 42}Sn{sub 8} Heusler alloy

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    Sharma, Jyoti; Suresh, K. G.

    2015-02-16

    We report a giant exchange bias (EB) field of 3520 Oe in bulk Mn{sub 50}Ni{sub 42}Sn{sub 8} Heusler alloy. The low temperature magnetic state of the martensite phase has been studied by DC magnetization and AC susceptibility measurements. Frequency dependence of spin freezing temperature (T{sub f}) on critical slowing down relation and observation of memory effect in zero field cooling mode confirms the super spin glass (SSG) phase at low temperatures. Large EB is attributed to the strong exchange coupling between the SSG clusters formed by small regions of ferromagnetic order embedded in an antiferromagnetic (AFM) matrix. The temperature and cooling field dependence of EB have been studied and related to the change in unidirectional anisotropy at SSG/AFM interface. The training effect also corroborates with the presence of frozen (SSG) moments at the interface and their role in EB.

  18. Giant spontaneous exchange bias triggered by crossover of superspin glass in Sb-doped Ni50Mn38Ga12 Heusler alloys

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    Tian, Fanghua; Cao, Kaiyan; Zhang, Yin; Zeng, Yuyang; Zhang, Rui; Chang, Tieyan; Zhou, Chao; Xu, Minwei; Song, Xiaoping; Yang, Sen

    2016-08-01

    A spontaneous exchange bias (SEB) discovered by Wang et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 077203.] after zero-field cooling (ZFC) has attracted recent attention due to its interesting physics. In this letter, we report a giant SEB tuned by Sb-doping in Ni50Mn38Ga12-xSbx Heusler alloys. Such an SEB was switched on below the blocking temperature of approximately 50 K. The maximum exchange bias HE can arrive at 2930 Oe in a Ni50Mn38Ga10Sb2 sample after ZFC to 2 K. Further studies showed that this SEB was attributable to interaction of superspin glass (SSG) and antiferromagnetic matix, which was triggered by the crossover of SSG from canonical spin glass to a cluster spin glass. Our results not only explain the underlying physics of SEB, but also provide a way to tune and control the SEB performance.

  19. High strain in polycrystalline Ni48.8Mn31.4Ga19.8 Heusler alloys under overlapped static and oscillating magnetic fields

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    Montanher, D. Z.; Pereira, J. R. D.; Cótica, L. F.; Gotardo, R. A. M.; Viana, D. S. F.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.; Santos, I. A.

    2014-09-01

    Martensitic polycrystalline Ni48.8Mn31.4Ga19.8 Heusler alloys, with a stacking period of 14 atomic planes at room temperature, were innovatively processed by combining high-energy ball milling and powder metallurgy. Bulk samples were mechanically coupled to a piezoelectric material in a parallel configuration, and the mechanical deformation of the studied system due to the twin's variant motion was investigated under overlapped static and oscillating magnetic fields. A reversible and high mechanical deformation is observed when the frequency of the oscillating magnetic field is tuned with the natural vibration frequency of this system. In this condition, a linear deformation as a function of the static magnetic field amplitude occurs in the ±4 kOe range, and a mechanical deformation of 2% at 10 kOe is observed.

  20. Giant spontaneous exchange bias triggered by crossover of superspin glass in Sb-doped Ni50Mn38Ga12 Heusler alloys

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    Tian, Fanghua; Cao, Kaiyan; Zhang, Yin; Zeng, Yuyang; Zhang, Rui; Chang, Tieyan; Zhou, Chao; Xu, Minwei; Song, Xiaoping; Yang, Sen

    2016-01-01

    A spontaneous exchange bias (SEB) discovered by Wang et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 077203.] after zero-field cooling (ZFC) has attracted recent attention due to its interesting physics. In this letter, we report a giant SEB tuned by Sb-doping in Ni50Mn38Ga12-xSbx Heusler alloys. Such an SEB was switched on below the blocking temperature of approximately 50 K. The maximum exchange bias HE can arrive at 2930 Oe in a Ni50Mn38Ga10Sb2 sample after ZFC to 2 K. Further studies showed that this SEB was attributable to interaction of superspin glass (SSG) and antiferromagnetic matix, which was triggered by the crossover of SSG from canonical spin glass to a cluster spin glass. Our results not only explain the underlying physics of SEB, but also provide a way to tune and control the SEB performance. PMID:27478090

  1. Giant spontaneous exchange bias triggered by crossover of superspin glass in Sb-doped Ni50Mn38Ga12 Heusler alloys.

    PubMed

    Tian, Fanghua; Cao, Kaiyan; Zhang, Yin; Zeng, Yuyang; Zhang, Rui; Chang, Tieyan; Zhou, Chao; Xu, Minwei; Song, Xiaoping; Yang, Sen

    2016-01-01

    A spontaneous exchange bias (SEB) discovered by Wang et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 077203.] after zero-field cooling (ZFC) has attracted recent attention due to its interesting physics. In this letter, we report a giant SEB tuned by Sb-doping in Ni50Mn38Ga12-xSbx Heusler alloys. Such an SEB was switched on below the blocking temperature of approximately 50 K. The maximum exchange bias HE can arrive at 2930 Oe in a Ni50Mn38Ga10Sb2 sample after ZFC to 2 K. Further studies showed that this SEB was attributable to interaction of superspin glass (SSG) and antiferromagnetic matix, which was triggered by the crossover of SSG from canonical spin glass to a cluster spin glass. Our results not only explain the underlying physics of SEB, but also provide a way to tune and control the SEB performance. PMID:27478090

  2. Unveiling the Mechanism for the Split Hysteresis Loop in Epitaxial Co2Fe1-xMnxAl Full-Heusler Alloy Films.

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    Tao, X D; Wang, H L; Miao, B F; Sun, L; You, B; Wu, D; Zhang, W; Oepen, H P; Zhao, J H; Ding, H F

    2016-01-01

    Utilizing epitaxial Co2Fe1-xMnxAl full-Heusler alloy films on GaAs (001), we address the controversy over the analysis for the split hysteresis loop which is commonly found in systems consisting of both uniaxial and fourfold anisotropies. Quantitative comparisons are carried out on the values of the twofold and fourfold anisotropy fields obtained with ferromagnetic resonance and vibrating sample magnetometer measurements. The most suitable model for describing the split hysteresis loop is identified. In combination with the component resolved magnetization measurements, these results provide compelling evidences that the switching is caused by the domain wall nucleation and movements with the switching fields centered at the point where the energy landscape shows equal minima for magnetization orienting near the easy axis and the field supported hard axis. PMID:26733075

  3. Optimization of exchange bias in Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} Heusler alloy layers

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    Hirohata, Atsufumi; Izumida, Keisuke; Ishizawa, Satoshi; Nakayama, Tadachika; Sagar, James

    2014-05-07

    We have fabricated and investigated IrMn{sub 3}/Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} stacks to meet the criteria for future spintronic device applications which requires low-temperature crystallisation (<250 °C) and a large exchange bias H{sub ex} (>500 Oe). Such a system would form the pinned layer in spin-valve or tunnel junction applications. We have demonstrated that annealing at 300 °C which can achieve crystalline ordering in the Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} layer giving ∼80% of the predicted saturation magnetisation. We have also induced an exchange bias of ∼240 Oe at the interface. These values are close to the above criteria and confirm the potential of using antiferromagnet/Heusler-alloy stacks in current Si-based processes.

  4. Basics and prospective of magnetic Heusler compounds

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    Felser, Claudia; Wollmann, Lukas; Chadov, Stanislav; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Parkin, Stuart S. P.

    2015-04-01

    Heusler compounds are a remarkable class of materials with more than 1000 members and a wide range of extraordinary multi-functionalities including halfmetallic high-temperature ferri- and ferromagnets, multi-ferroics, shape memory alloys, and tunable topological insulators with a high potential for spintronics, energy technologies, and magneto-caloric applications. The tunability of this class of materials is exceptional and nearly every functionality can be designed. Co2-Heusler compounds show high spin polarization in tunnel junction devices and spin-resolved photoemission. Manganese-rich Heusler compounds attract much interest in the context of spin transfer torque, spin Hall effect, and rare earth free hard magnets. Most Mn2-Heusler compounds crystallize in the inverse structure and are characterized by antiparallel coupling of magnetic moments on Mn atoms; the ferrimagnetic order and the lack of inversion symmetry lead to the emergence of new properties that are absent in ferromagnetic centrosymmetric Heusler structures, such as non-collinear magnetism, topological Hall effect, and skyrmions. Tetragonal Heusler compounds with large magneto crystalline anisotropy can be easily designed by positioning the Fermi energy at the van Hove singularity in one of the spin channels. Here, we give a comprehensive overview and a prospective on the magnetic properties of Heusler materials.

  5. Basics and prospective of magnetic Heusler compounds

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    Felser, Claudia Wollmann, Lukas; Chadov, Stanislav; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Parkin, Stuart S. P.

    2015-04-01

    Heusler compounds are a remarkable class of materials with more than 1000 members and a wide range of extraordinary multi-functionalities including halfmetallic high-temperature ferri- and ferromagnets, multi-ferroics, shape memory alloys, and tunable topological insulators with a high potential for spintronics, energy technologies, and magneto-caloric applications. The tunability of this class of materials is exceptional and nearly every functionality can be designed. Co{sub 2}-Heusler compounds show high spin polarization in tunnel junction devices and spin-resolved photoemission. Manganese-rich Heusler compounds attract much interest in the context of spin transfer torque, spin Hall effect, and rare earth free hard magnets. Most Mn{sub 2}-Heusler compounds crystallize in the inverse structure and are characterized by antiparallel coupling of magnetic moments on Mn atoms; the ferrimagnetic order and the lack of inversion symmetry lead to the emergence of new properties that are absent in ferromagnetic centrosymmetric Heusler structures, such as non-collinear magnetism, topological Hall effect, and skyrmions. Tetragonal Heusler compounds with large magneto crystalline anisotropy can be easily designed by positioning the Fermi energy at the van Hove singularity in one of the spin channels. Here, we give a comprehensive overview and a prospective on the magnetic properties of Heusler materials.

  6. Electronic and magnetic properties of the Co2-based Heusler compounds under pressure: first-principles and Monte Carlo studies

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    Zagrebin, M. A.; Sokolovskiy, V. V.; Buchelnikov, V. D.

    2016-09-01

    Structural, magnetic and electronic properties of stoichiometric Co2 YZ Heusler alloys (Y  =  Cr, Fe, Mn and Z  =  Al, Si, Ge) have been studied by means of ab initio calculations and Monte Carlo simulations. The investigations were performed in dependence on different levels of approximations in DFT (FP and ASA modes, as well as GGA and GGA  +  U schemes) and external pressure. It is shown that in the case of the GGA scheme the half-metallic behavior is clearly observed for compounds containing Cr and Mn transition metals, while Co2FeZ alloys demonstrate the pseudo half-metallic behavior. It is demonstrated that an applied pressure and an account of Coulomb repulsion (U) lead to the stabilization of the half-metallic nature for Co2 YZ alloys. The strongest ferromagnetic inter-sublattice (Co–Y) interactions together with intra-sublattice (Co–Co and Y–Y) interactions explain the high values of the Curie temperature obtained by Monte Carlo simulations using the Heisenberg model. It is observed that a decrease in valence electrons of Y atoms (i.e. Fe substitution by Mn and Cr) leads to the weakening of the exchange interactions and to the reduction of the Curie temperature. Besides, in the case of the FP mode Curie temperatures were found in a good agreement with available experimental and theoretical data, where the latter were obtained by applying the empirical relation between the Curie temperature and the total magnetic moment.

  7. Layer-selective half-metallicity in bilayer graphene nanoribbons

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    Jeon, Gi Wan; Lee, Kyu Won; Lee, Cheol Eui

    2015-01-01

    Half-metallicity recently predicted in the zigzag-edge graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs) and the hydrogenated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) enables fully spin-polarized electric currents, providing a basis for carbon-based spintronics. In both carbon systems, the half-metallicity arises from the edge-localized electron states under an electric field, lowering the critical electric field Dc for the half-metallicity being an issue in recent works on ZGNRs. A properly chosen direction of the electric field alone has been predicted to significantly reduce Dc in the hydrogenated CNTs, which in this work turned out to be the case in narrow bilayer ZGNRs (biZGNRs). Here, our simple model based on the electrostatic potential difference between the edges predicts that for wide biZGNRs of width greater than ~2.0 nm (10 zigzag carbon chains), only one layer of the biZGNRs becomes half-metallic leaving the other layer insulating as confirmed by our density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The electric field-induced switching of the spin-polarized current path is believed to open a new route to graphene-based spintronics applications. PMID:25950724

  8. Temperature-dependence of current-perpendicular-to-the-plane giant magnetoresistance spin-valves using Co2(Mn1-xFex)Ge Heusler alloys

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    Page, M. R.; Nakatani, T. M.; Stewart, D. A.; York, B. R.; Read, J. C.; Choi, Y.-S.; Childress, J. R.

    2016-04-01

    The properties of Co2(Mn1-xFex)Ge (CMFG) (x = 0-0.4) Heusler alloy magnetic layers within polycrystalline current-perpendicular-to-the plane giant magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) spin-valves are investigated. CMFG films annealed at 220-320 °C exhibit partly ordered B2 structure with an order parameter SB2 = 0.3-0.4, and a lower SB2 was found for a higher Fe content. Nevertheless, CPP-GMR spin-valve devices exhibit a relatively high magnetoresistance ratio of ˜13% and a magnetoresistance-area product (ΔRA) of ˜6 mΩ μm2 at room temperature, which is almost independent of the Fe content in the CMFG films. By contrast, at low temperatures, ΔRA clearly increases with higher Fe content, despite the lower B2 ordering for increasing the Fe content. Indeed, first-principles calculations reveal that the CMFG alloy with a partially disordered B2 structure has a greater density of d-state at the Fermi level in the minority band compared to the Fe-free (Co2MnGe) alloy. This could explain the larger ΔRA measured on CMFG at low temperatures by assuming that s-d scattering mainly determines the spin asymmetry of resistivity as described in Mott's theory.

  9. Enhancement of current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance in Heusler-alloy based pseudo spin valves by using a CuZn spacer layer

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    Furubayashi, T. Takahashi, Y. K.; Sasaki, T. T.; Hono, K.

    2015-10-28

    Enhancement of magnetoresistance output was attained in current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) devices by using a bcc CuZn alloy for the spacer. Pseudo spin valves that consisted of the Co{sub 2}Fe(Ga{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5}) Heusler alloy for ferromagnetic layers and CuZn alloy with the composition of Cu{sub 52.4}Zn{sub 47.6} for a spacer showed the large change of the resistance-area products, ΔRA, up to 8 mΩ·μm{sup 2} for a low annealing temperature of 350 °C. The ΔRA value is one of the highest reported so far for the CPP-GMR devices for the low annealing temperature, which is essential for processing read heads for hard disk drives. We consider that the enhancement of ΔRA is produced from the spin-dependent resistance at the Co{sub 2}Fe(Ga{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5})/CuZn interfaces.

  10. GMAG Dissertation Award Talk: Zero-moment Half-Metallic Ferrimagnetic Semiconductors

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    Jamer, Michelle E.

    2015-03-01

    Low- and zero-moment half-metallic ferrimagnetic semiconductors have been proposed for advanced applications, such as nonvolatile RAM memory and quantum computing. These inverse-Heusler materials could be used to generate spin-polarized electron or hole currents without the associated harmful fringing magnetic fields. Such materials are expected to exhibit low to zero magnetic moment at room temperature, which makes them well-positioned for future spin-based devices. However, these compounds have been shown to suffer from disorder. This work focuses on the synthesis of these compounds and the investigation of their structural, magnetic, and transport properties. Cr2CoGa and Mn3Al thin films were synthesized by molecular beam epitaxy, and V3Al and Cr2CoAl were synthesized via arc-melting. Rietveld analysis was used to determine the degree of ordering in the sublattices as a function of annealing. The atomic moments were measured by X-ray magnetic circular and linear dichroism confirmed antiferromagnetic alignment of sublattices and the desired near-zero moment in several compounds. In collaboration with George E. Sterbinsky, Photon Sciences Directorate, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Dario Arena Photon Sciences Directorate, Brookhaven National Laboratory; Laura H. Lewis, Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University; and Don Heiman, Physics, Northeastern University. NSF-ECCS-1402738, NSF-DMR-0907007.

  11. Interface magnetism of Co{sub 2}FeGe Heusler alloy layers and magnetoresistance of Co{sub 2}FeGe/MgO/Fe magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Tanaka, M. A. Maezaki, D.; Ishii, T.; Okubo, A.; Mibu, K.; Hiramatsu, R.; Ono, T.

    2014-10-28

    The interface magnetism between Co{sub 2}FeGe Heusler alloy layers and MgO layers was investigated using {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. Interface-sensitive samples, where the {sup 57}Fe isotope was used only for the interfacial atomic layer of the Co{sub 2}FeGe layer on the MgO layer, were prepared using atomically controlled alternate deposition. The {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra of the interface-sensitive samples at room temperature were found similar to those of the bulk-sensitive Co{sub 2}FeGe films in which the {sup 57}Fe isotope was distributed throughout the films. On the other hand, the tunnel magnetoresistance effect of magnetic tunnel junctions with Co{sub 2}FeGe layers as the ferromagnetic electrodes showed strong reduction at room temperature. These results indicate that the strong temperature dependence of the tunneling magnetoresistance of magnetic tunnel junctions using Heusler alloy electrodes cannot be attributed simply to the reduction of the magnetization at the interfaces between the Heusler alloy and insulator layers.

  12. Designing a fully compensated half-metallic ferrimagnet

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    Žic, Mario; Rode, Karsten; Thiyagarajah, Naganivetha; Lau, Yong-Chang; Betto, Davide; Coey, J. M. D.; Sanvito, Stefano; O'Shea, Kerry J.; Ferguson, Ciaran A.; MacLaren, Donald A.; Archer, Thomas

    2016-04-01

    Recent experimental work on Mn2RuxGa demonstrates its potential as a compensated ferrimagnetic half metal (CFHM). Here we present a set of high-throughput ab initio density functional theory calculations and a detailed experimental characterization that enable us to correctly describe the nominal Mn2RuxGa thin films, in particular, with regard to site disorder and defects. We then construct models that accurately capture all the key features of the Mn-Ru-Ga system, including magnetic compensation and the spin gap at the Fermi level. We find that electronic doping is necessary, which is achieved with a Mn/Ga ratio smaller than two. Our study shows how composition and substrate-induced biaxial strain can be combined to design a ferrimagnetic half metal with a compensation point close to room temperature.

  13. Intrinsic half-metallicity in modified graphene nanoribbons.

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    Dutta, Sudipta; Manna, Arun K; Pati, Swapan K

    2009-03-01

    We perform first-principles calculations based on density functional theory to study quasi-one-dimensional edge-passivated (with hydrogen) zigzag graphene nanoribbons of various widths with chemical dopants, boron and nitrogen, keeping the whole system isoelectronic. The gradual increase in doping concentration takes the system finally to zigzag boron nitride nanoribbons (ZBNNRs). Our study reveals that for all doping concentrations the systems stabilize in antiferromagnetic ground states. Doping concentrations and dopant positions regulate the electronic structure of the nanoribbons, exhibiting both semiconducting and half-metallic behaviors as a response to the external electric field. Interestingly, our results show that ZBNNRs with a terminating polyacene unit exhibit half-metallicity irrespective of the ribbon width as well as applied electric field, opening a huge possibility in spintronics device applications. PMID:19392544

  14. Tunneling Anisotropic Magnetoresistance with Half-Metallic Electrodes

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    Burton, J. D.; Tsymbal, Evgeny Y.

    2015-03-01

    Tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance (TAMR) is the difference in resistance of a magnetic tunnel junction due to a change in direction of the magnetization of one or both of the magnetic electrodes with respect to the flow of current, i.e. tunnel conductance for magnetization in the plane differs from magnetization out of the plane. The origin of the effect is spin-orbit coupling (SOC). We will present results of first-principles density functional calculations of the TAMR effect in a half-metallic material, i.e. a metal that has free carriers only in one spin channel. In particular we explore the TAMR effect in magnetic tunnel junctions with La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) electrodes and a SrTiO3 (STO) tunneling barrier. We find ~ 500% difference in resistance between magnetization in the plane and out of the plane. This large TAMR effect originates from the half-metallic nature of LSMO: when magnetization is out-of-plane SOC contributions to the transmission comes only from spin-flip scattering, which is still inherently small due to the half-metallicity. For in-plane magnetization, however, there is a large non-spin-flip SOC contribution to the conductance. The spin-flip vs. non-spin-flip dichotomy along with the orbital character of the states on the Fermi surface of LSMO leads to the large TAMR effect. This effect should be a general feature of half-metallic or highly spin-polarized magnetic electrodes and could open the door to enhanced spintronic device functionalities.

  15. Preparation of Co{sub 2}FeSn Heusler alloy films and magnetoresistance of Fe/MgO/Co{sub 2}FeSn magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Tanaka, M. A.; Ishikawa, Y.; Wada, Y.; Hori, S.; Murata, A.; Horii, S.; Yamanishi, Y.; Mibu, K.; Kondou, K.; Ono, T.; Kasai, S.

    2012-03-01

    To obtain magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) composed of non-equilibrium alloy, Co{sub 2}FeSn films were prepared by atomically controlled alternate deposition at various substrate temperatures. X-ray diffraction patterns and Moessbauer spectra clarify that Co{sub 2}FeSn films in the Heusler alloy phase can be realized by growing at a substrate temperature of 250 deg. C or below. Phase separation into cubic CoSn, hexagonal CoSn and cubic CoFe phases occurs in films grown at substrate temperatures 300 deg. C or greater. Fe/MgO/Co{sub 2}FeSn MTJs were prepared with the Co{sub 2}FeSn layer grown at various substrate temperatures. The MTJs with the ferromagnetic Co{sub 2}FeSn layer grown at a substrate temperature of 250 deg. C showed tunnel magnetoresistance ratios of 72.2% and 43.5% at 2 K and 300 K, respectively.

  16. Large spontaneous exchange bias and giant magnetoresistance in Ni50Mn37-xFexIn13(x=2-4) Heusler alloys

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    Jing, Chao; Liu, Yang; Zheng, Dong; Wang, Xiaolong; Sun, Junkun; Zhang, Yuanlei; Liu, Changqin; Deng, Dongmei; Feng, Zhenjie; Xu, Kun; Li, Zhe

    2016-09-01

    In the present work, we have obtained a large zero-field cooled exchange-bias (spontaneous exchange bias, SEB) in Ni50Mn35Fe2In13 Heusler alloy. The experimental results indicate that the sample with x=2 exhibits super-spin glass (SSG), super-paramagnetic (SPM), super-ferromagnetic (SFM) and antiferromagnetic (AFM) behaviors in the martensite state at low temperature. Contributing to the complex magnetic interactions, a large SEB effect with the value of 1567 Oe was obtained at 5 K. At the same time, a non-monotonic behavior of spontaneous exchange bias field (spontaneous HEB) was observed with the variation of temperature, which is resulted from the competition between the volume fraction of SFM clusters and the exchange coupling of the SFM-AFM interface. In addition, during martensitic transformation (MT), extraordinary electrical transport properties of Ni50Mn37-xFexIn13 (x=2-4) alloys have been observed under various external magnetic field. The maximal value of the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) reaches about 57% at 135 K under the external magnetic field change of 50 kOe. The effect of field induced reverse martensitic transformation (FIRMT) on the GMR has been also discussed.

  17. The effect of Pd on martensitic transformation and magnetic properties for Ni50Mn38-xPdxSn12Heusler alloys

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    Jing, C.; Zheng, D.; Li, Z.; Yu, L. J.; Zhang, Y. L.; Liu, Y.; Sun, J. K.; Liu, C. Q.; Deng, D. M.; Yang, W. T.

    2016-05-01

    In the past decade, Mn rich Ni-Mn based alloys have attained considerable attention due to their abundant physics and potential application as multifunctional materials. In this paper, polycrystalline Ni50Mn38-xPdxSn12 (x = 0, 2, 4, 6) Heusler alloys have been prepared, and the martensitic phase transformation (MPT) together with the shape memory effect and the magnetocaloric effect has been investigated. The experimental result indicates that the MPT evidently shifts to a lower temperature with increase of Pd substitution for Mn atoms, which can be attributed to the weakness of the hybridization between the Ni atom and excess Mn on the Sn site rather than the electron concentration. The physics properties study focused on the sample of Ni50Mn34Pd4Sn12 shows a good two-way shape memory behavior, and the maximum value of strain Δ L/L reaches about 0.13% during the MPT. The small of both entropy change Δ ST and magnetostrain can be ascribed to the inconspicuous influence of magnetic field induced MPT.

  18. Neutron diffraction study of the martensitic transformation and chemical order in Heusler alloy Ni1.91Mn1.29Ga0.8

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    Ari-Gur, Pnina; Garlea, Vasile O.; Cao, Huibo; Ge, Y.; Aaltio, I.; Hannula, S. P.; Koledov, V.

    2015-11-05

    In this study, Heusler alloys of Ni-Mn-Ga compositions demonstrate ferromagnetic shape memory effect in the martensitic state. The transformation temperature and the chemical order depend strongly on the composition. In the current work, the structure and chemical order of the martensitic phase of Ni1.91Mn1.29Ga0.8 were studied using neutron diffraction; the diffraction pattern was refined using the FullProf software. It was determined that the structural transition occurs around 330 K. At room temperature, 300 K, which is below the martensite transformation temperature, all the Bragg reflections can be described by a monoclinic lattice with a symmetry of space group P 1more » 2/m 1 and lattice constants of a = 4.23047(7) [Å], b = 5.58333(6) [Å], c = 21.0179(2) [Å], beta = 90.328(1). The chemical order is of critical importance in these alloys, and it was previously studied at 363 K. Analysis of the neutron diffraction in the monoclinic phase shows that the chemical order is maintained during the martensitic transformation.« less

  19. Intrinsic half-metallicity in fractal carbon nitride honeycomb lattices.

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    Wang, Aizhu; Zhao, Mingwen

    2015-09-14

    Fractals are natural phenomena that exhibit a repeating pattern "exactly the same at every scale or nearly the same at different scales". Defect-free molecular fractals were assembled successfully in a recent work [Shang et al., Nature Chem., 2015, 7, 389-393]. Here, we adopted the feature of a repeating pattern in searching two-dimensional (2D) materials with intrinsic half-metallicity and high stability that are desirable for spintronics applications. Using first-principles calculations, we demonstrate that the electronic properties of fractal frameworks of carbon nitrides have stable ferromagnetism accompanied by half-metallicity, which are highly dependent on the fractal structure. The ferromagnetism increases gradually with the increase of fractal order. The Curie temperature of these metal-free systems estimated from Monte Carlo simulations is considerably higher than room temperature. The stable ferromagnetism, intrinsic half-metallicity, and fractal characteristics of spin distribution in the carbon nitride frameworks open an avenue for the design of metal-free magnetic materials with exotic properties. PMID:26105981

  20. The effect of Mn content on magnetism and half-metallicity of off-stoichiometric Co2MnAl

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    Feng, Yu; Zhou, Ting; Chen, Xiaorui; Yuan, Hongkuan; Chen, Hong

    2015-08-01

    Using the first-principles calculations within density functional theory (DFT), we investigate the influence of Mn content on magnetism and half-metallicity of off-stoichiometric Co2MnAl. From our calculation, the Mn-poor structure most likely results from antisite disorders where Mn atoms are partially substituted by Co (CoMn antisite) or Al (AlMn antisite) due to their lower formation energy than the structure missing Mn atom. Besides, the half-metallicity is immune to AlMn antisite, while the impurity Co atom in CoMn antisite is responsible for the dramatic decrease in spin polarization. Besides, in the Mn-rich structure where excess impurity Mn occupy the Co sites, impurity Mn atom exhibits antiparallel coupling with other magnetic atoms, resulting in ferrimagnetism. With increasing of Mn content, the spin polarization of Mn-rich structure increases from 75% to 100%. When Mn content rises up to α = 1.875, the corresponding compound Co1.125 Mn1.875 Al owns the perfect spin polarization and stable half-metallicity due to the reason that its Fermi level is situated nearly in the middle of the spin down gap. Hence, a large tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) could be obtained by using Mn-rich Co2MnAl electrode. Furthermore, when Mn content reaches up to α = 2, the compound converts to inverse Heusler compound Mn2CoAl with an unique band structure that the conduction and valence band edges of the spin up electrons touch at the Fermi level, it is therefore classified to be spin gapless semiconductors.

  1. Impact of excess iron on the calculated electronic and magnetic properties of Co{sub 3–x}Fe{sub x}Si Heusler-compound

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    Debbichi, M.; Hamad, B.

    2014-09-14

    Ab initio density functional calculations are performed on the Co{sub 3–x}Fe{sub x}Si alloys with variable iron composition (1≤x≤3). The evolution of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties is investigated within different levels of approximations. These alloys crystallize in cubic Heusler structures, which evolve from the regular L2₁ structure for Co₂FeSi to the inverse X structure for x≥2. Using on-site Coulomb interactions of U{sub eff}(Co)=3.07 eV and U{sub eff}(Fe)=3.4 eV is found to describe consistently the experimental properties for x≤2. A good agreement between calculated and experimental magnetic moments is found for the cubic inverse Heusler phases without the addition of Hubbard-model. The spin polarization is found to range from 1 for Fe concentrations of x≤2, indicating the half-metallic character, to –0.29 at x=3.

  2. Spin Tunneling in Ferromagnetic and Half-metallic Junctions.

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    Bratkovsky, Alexander

    1998-03-01

    Direct tunneling in ferromagnetic junctions is compared with impurity-assisted, surface states, and inelastic contribution to a tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR). Direct tunneling in iron group systems leads to about a 30% change in resistance, which is close to observed values. It is shown that the larger observed values of the tunnel TMR might be a result of tunneling involving surface polarized states. We find that a tunneling via resonant defect states in the barrier radically decreases the TMR (down to 4% with Fe-based electrodes), and a resonant tunnel diode structure would give the TMR of about 8%. (A.M. Bratkovsky, Phys. Rev. B 56), 2344 (1997). With regards to the inelastic tunneling it is interesting to note an opposite role of magnons and phonons: one-magnon emission generally results in a spin mixing and, consequently, reduces the TMR, whereas phonons tend to enhance the TMR. Inclusion of phonons allows to reasonably fit an unusual bias dependence of the TMR. The model applies qualitatively to half-metallics with 100% spin polarization, where one-magnon processes are suppressed and the change in resistance in the absence of spin-mixing on impurities may be arbitrarily large. Even in the case of imperfect magnetic configurations the resistance change can be a few 1000 percent.^1 Examples of the half-metallic systems which could operate at room temperature are CrO_2/TiO2 and CrO_2/RuO_2, and an account of their peculiar band structures is presented. Implications and relation to a CMR materials which are close to the half-metallic behavior are discussed.

  3. Memory and Spin Injection Devices Involving Half Metals

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    Shaughnessy, M.; Snow, Ryan; Damewood, L.; Fong, C. Y.

    2011-01-01

    We suggest memory and spin injection devices fabricated with half-metallic materials and based on the anomalous Hall effect. Schematic diagrams of the memory chips, in thin film and bulk crystal form, are presented. Spin injection devices made in thin film form are also suggested. These devices do not need any external magnetic field but make use of their own magnetization. Only a gate voltage is needed. The carriers are 100% spin polarized. Memory devices may potentially be smaller, faster, and less volatile than existing ones, and the injection devices may be much smaller and more efficient than existing spin injectionmore » devices.« less

  4. Direct observation of the electronic structure in thermoelectric half-Heusler alloys Zr{sub 1−x}M{sub x}NiSn (M = Y and Nb)

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    Hattori, Kengo; Miyazaki, Hidetoshi Yoshida, Kento; Inukai, Manabu; Nishino, Yoichi

    2015-05-28

    This study investigates the electronic and local crystal structures of the hole-doped Zr{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}NiSn and electron-doped Zr{sub 1−x}Nb{sub x}NiSn alloys using synchrotron radiation photoemission spectroscopy (SR-PES) and synchrotron radiation X-ray powder diffraction (SR-XRD) measurements, thereby clarifying the mechanisms underlying the thermoelectric performance of the p- and n-type alloys. SR-XRD analysis reveals an interstitial Ni disorder in the half-Heusler structure and the substitution of the dopant Y and Nb atoms at the Zr site. SR-PES result shows that the variation in the electronic structure of the alloys due to doping can be explained on the basis of the rigid band model. The asymmetric pseudo-gap near the Fermi level, which is rather unexpected from the band structure calculation because of the presence of the interstitial Ni disorder, could possibly be the reason underlying poor thermoelectric performance of p-type half-Heusler ZrNiSn alloys when compared with the n-type counterparts.

  5. Investigation of the electronic and thermoelectric properties of Fe2ScX (X = P, As and Sb) full Heusler alloys by using first principles calculations

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    Sharma, Sonu; Pandey, Sudhir K.

    2014-11-01

    By using ab initio electronic structure calculations here we report the three new full Heusler alloys—Fe2ScP, Fe2ScAs and Fe2ScSb. These alloys possess a very good thermoelectric behavior and are also expected to be synthesized in laboratories. The first two compounds are indirect band gap semiconductors and the last one shows a semimetallic ground state. The value of the band gap of Fe2ScP and Fe2ScAs is 0.3 eV and 0.09 eV, respectively. The presence of flat conduction bands along the Γ—X-direction suggest the large electron like effective mass and also promises a very good thermoelectric behavior of these compounds. At 200 K, the Seebeck coefficients of Fe2ScP, Fe2ScAs and Fe2ScSb compounds are -770, -386 and -192 µV K-1, respectively. The maximum power factor (PF) is expected for the n-type doping in these materials. The heavily doped Fe2ScP and Fe2ScAs have PF > 60 for a wide temperature range, which is comparable to the PF of Bi2Te3—a well known and one of the most commercially used thermoelectric materials. The present work suggests the possible thermoelectric applicability of these materials in a wide temperature range.

  6. Pressure-magnetic field induced phase transformation in Ni{sub 46}Mn{sub 41}In{sub 13} Heusler alloy

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    Rama Rao, N. V. Manivel Raja, M.; Pandian, S.; Esakki Muthu, S.; Arumugam, S.

    2014-12-14

    The effect of hydrostatic pressure and magnetic field on the magnetic properties and phase transformation in Ni{sub 46}Mn{sub 41}In{sub 13} Heusler alloy was investigated. Pressure (P)-magnetic field (H)-temperature (T) phase diagram has been constructed from experimental results. In the P–T contour of the phase diagram, the slope of the austenite-martensite phase boundary line appears positive (dT/dP > 0), while it appears negative (dT/dH < 0) in the H–T contour. The results revealed that pressure and magnetic field have opposite effect on phase stabilization. The combined effect of pressure and magnetic field on martensitic transition has led to two important findings: (i) pressure dependent shift of austenite start temperature (A{sub s}) is higher when larger field is applied, and (ii) field dependent shift of A{sub s} is lowered when a higher pressure is applied. The pressure and magnetic field dependent shift observed in the martensitic transformation has been explained on the basis of thermodynamic calculations. Curie temperature of the phases was found to increase with pressure at a rate of 0.6 K/kbar.

  7. Assisted tunneling in ferromagnetic junctions and half-metallic oxides

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    Bratkovsky, A. M.

    1998-05-01

    Different mechanisms of spin-dependent tunneling are analyzed with respect to their role in tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR). Microscopic calculation within a realistic model shows that direct tunneling in iron group systems leads to about a 30% change in resistance, which is close but lower than experimentally observed values. The larger observed values of the TMR might be a result of tunneling involving surface polarized states. It is found that tunneling via resonant defect states in the barrier radically decreases the TMR by order of magnitude. One-magnon emission is shown to reduce the TMR, whereas phonons increase the effect. The inclusion of both magnons and phonons reasonably explains an unusual bias dependence of the TMR. The model presented here is applied qualitatively to half metallics with 100% spin polarization, where one-magnon processes are suppressed and the change in resistance in the absence of spin mixing on impurities may be arbitrarily large. Even in the case of imperfect magnetic configurations, the resistance change can be a few 1000%. Examples of half-metallic systems are CrO2/TiO2 and CrO2/RuO2.

  8. Thermoelectric performance of nanostructured p-type Zr₀.₅Hf₀.₅Co₀.₄Rh₀.₆Sb1–xSnxhalf-Heusler alloys

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    Maji, Pramathesh; Makongo, Julien P.A.; Zhou, Xiaoyuan; Chi, Hang; Uher, Ctirad; Poudeu, Pierre F.P.

    2013-06-01

    Several compositions of the p-type half-Heusler alloys Zr₀.₅Hf₀.₅Co₀.₄Rh₀.₆Sb1–xSnx (0≤x≤0.4) were synthesized by mechanically alloying high purity elemental powders using hardened steel jars and balls on a high energy shaker mill. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) investigations of several aliquots taken after regularly spaced milling time suggested that single phase products with half-Heusler (HH) structure can be obtained after 10 h. However, XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies of several specimens obtained from compacted polycrystalline powders of Z₀.₅Hf₀.₅Co₀.₄Rh₀.₆Sb1–xSnx alloys using a uniaxial hot press (HP) revealed the presence of CoSb inclusions with various sizes embedded inside the HH matrix. Hall effect, electrical conductivity, and thermopower data collected between 300 K and 775 K on several compositions suggested that electronic transport in the synthesized Zr₀.₅Hf₀.₅Co₀.₄Rh₀.₆Sb1–xSnx/CoSb composites strongly depends on the average size and/or mole fraction of the embedded CoSb inclusions rather than the fraction (x) of Sn substituting for Sb. Among the samples investigated, the nanocomposite with x=0.2, which contains nanometer-scale CoSb inclusions, showed the largest power factor (800 μW/K² m at 775 K) and the lowest lattice thermal conductivity (~2.2 W/m K at 775 K) leading to a six-fold enhancement in the figure of merit when compared to the Zr₀.₅Hf₀.₅Co₀.₄Rh₀.₆Sb₀.₉₉Sn₀.₀₁ bulk matrix. - Graphical abstract: CoSb nanoinclusions embedded into a p-type Zr₀.₅Hf₀.₅Co₀.₄Rh₀.₆Sb1–xSnx half-Heusler matrix simultaneously boost the thermopower and carrier mobility leading to a drastic enhancement of the power factor of the resulting bulk nanostructured materials. Highlights: • The phase composition of half-Heusler (HH) alloy is very sensitive

  9. Electronic structure, magnetic properties and electrical resistivity of the Fe2V1-xTixAl Heusler alloys: experiment and calculation

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    Slebarski, A.; Goraus, J.; Deniszczyk, J.; Skoczen, L.

    2006-11-01

    The aim of this work is to investigate electronic structure, magnetic properties and electrical resistivity of Fe2V1-xTixAl Heusler alloys. Numerical calculations give a pseudogap at the Fermi level for the majority-spin band of Fe2TiAl and a magnetic moment larger than 0.9 μB, whereas the ground state of Fe2VAl is calculated as a nonmagnetic semimetal with a very low total density of states at the Fermi level. In our calculations the remaining alloys of the Fe2V1-xTixAl series are nonmagnetic for x<0.1 and weakly magnetic for 0.1

  10. Electronic structure, magnetic properties and electrical resistivity of the Fe(2)V(1-x)Ti(x)Al Heusler alloys: experiment and calculation.

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    Slebarski, A; Goraus, J; Deniszczyk, J; Skoczeń, L

    2006-11-22

    The aim of this work is to investigate electronic structure, magnetic properties and electrical resistivity of Fe(2)V(1-x)Ti(x)Al Heusler alloys. Numerical calculations give a pseudogap at the Fermi level for the majority-spin band of Fe(2)TiAl and a magnetic moment larger than 0.9 μ(B), whereas the ground state of Fe(2)VAl is calculated as a nonmagnetic semimetal with a very low total density of states at the Fermi level. In our calculations the remaining alloys of the Fe(2)V(1-x)Ti(x)Al series are nonmagnetic for x<0.1 and weakly magnetic for 0.1

  11. Acceleration of ordering transformation of a new Fe{sub 2}(Mn,Cr)Si Heusler-alloy film by very high frequency plasma irradiation process during radio frequency sputter deposition

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    Yoshimura, S.; Kobayashi, H.; Egawa, G.; Saito, H.; Ishida, S.

    2011-04-01

    A new Heusler alloy, Fe{sub 2}(Mn,Cr)Si, that is likely to have high spin polarization (P) and high damping constant ({alpha}) was proposed to obtain high magneto-resistance ratio and low spin torque noise in a magnetic read head with a current-perpendicular-to-plane (CPP) giant magneto-resistance (GMR) multilayer. A very high frequency (VHF) plasma irradiation process during radio frequency (RF) sputter deposition was investigated to form the highly ordered structure of the Heusler alloy film with low thermal treatment temperature. The main results are as follows: (1) P and magnetic moment of Fe{sub 2}(Mn{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5})Si with an L2{sub 1} structure were estimated at 0.99 and 2.49 {mu}{sub B}/f.u., respectively, and {alpha} was also estimated to be larger compared with the case of Co{sub 2}MnSi, according to density of states (DOS) calculations. (2) The ordering (at least B2 structure) temperature of Fe{sub 2}(Mn{sub 0.6}Cr{sub 0.4})Si film decreased from 500 to 300 deg. C by using the VHF plasma irradiation process with optimized condition. (3) The surface roughness of Fe{sub 2}(Mn{sub 0.6}Cr{sub 0.4})Si film also reduced from 1.7 to 0.5 nm by using the VHF plasma irradiation process. It is found that the Fe{sub 2}(Mn,Cr)Si Heusler alloy and the VHF plasma irradiation process with optimized condition seems to be applicable for fabrication of high-performance magnetic read head with CPP-GMR device.

  12. Magnetostructural phase transition in off-stoichiometric Ni-Mn-In Heusler alloy ribbons with low In content

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    González-Legarreta, L.; González-Alonso, D.; Rosa, W. O.; Caballero-Flores, R.; Suñol, J. J.; González, J.; Hernando, B.

    2015-06-01

    We report features of microstructure, martensitic transformation, magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect in three off-stoichiometric Ni45Mn44In11, Ni47Mn41In12and Ni48Mn39In13 (nominal-compositions) alloys ribbons. They were selected in the 7.8alloys near room-temperature. Although the real composition is shifted from nominal one in each sample, its influence on all here studied properties at the temperature range of 50-400 K is analyzed. Especially, the role played by Ni content in the decrease of magnetization observed in two alloys with respect to the third one with the lowest e/a. Ni content effect on the antiferromagnetic interaction present in the martensitic phase of the alloys ribbons is also evidenced.

  13. Tunnel magnetoresistance effect in magnetic tunnel junctions using Fermi-level-tuned epitaxial Fe2Cr1-xCoxSi Heusler alloy

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    Wang, Yu-Pu; Han, Gu-Chang; Lu, Hui; Qiu, Jinjun; Yap, Qi-Jia; Teo, Kie-Leong

    2014-05-01

    This paper reports a systematic investigation on the structural and magnetic properties of Fe2Cr1-xCoxSi Heusler alloys with various compositions of x by co-sputtering Fe2CrSi and Fe2CoSi targets and their applications in magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). Fe2Cr1-xCoxSi films of high crystalline quality have been epitaxially grown on MgO substrate using Cr as a buffer layer. The L21 phase can be obtained at x = 0.3 and 0.5, while B2 phase for the rest compositions. A tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio of 19.3% at room temperature is achieved for MTJs using Fe2Cr0.3Co0.7Si as the bottom electrode with 350 °C post-annealing. This suggests that the Fermi level in Fe2Cr1-xCoxSi has been successfully tuned close to the center of band gap of minority spin with x = 0.7 and therefore better thermal stability and higher spin polarization are achieved in Fe2Cr0.3Co0.7Si. The post-annealing effect for MTJs is also studied in details. The removal of the oxidized Fe2Cr0.3Co0.7Si at the interface with MgO barrier is found to be the key to improve the TMR ratio. When the thickness of the inserted Mg layer increases from 0.3 to 0.4 nm, the TMR ratio is greatly enhanced from 19.3% to 28%.

  14. Growth of Co2FeAl Heusler alloy thin films on Si(100) having very small Gilbert damping by Ion beam sputtering

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    Husain, Sajid; Akansel, Serkan; Kumar, Ankit; Svedlindh, Peter; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2016-01-01

    The influence of growth temperature Ts (300–773 K) on the structural phase ordering, static and dynamic magnetization behaviour has been investigated in ion beam sputtered full Heusler alloy Co2FeAl (CFA) thin films on industrially important Si(100) substrate. The B2 type magnetic ordering is established in these films based on the clear observation of the (200) diffraction peak. These ion beam sputtered CFA films possess very small surface roughness of the order of subatomic dimensions (<3 Å) as determined from the fitting of XRR spectra and also by AFM imaging. This is supported by the occurrence of distinct Kiessig fringes spanning over the whole scanning range (~4°) in the x-ray reflectivity (XRR) spectra. The Gilbert damping constant α and effective magnetization 4πMeff are found to vary from 0.0053 ± 0.0002 to 0.0015 ± 0.0001 and 13.45 ± 00.03 kG to 14.03 ± 0.04 kG, respectively. These Co2FeAl films possess saturation magnetization ranging from 4.82 ± 0.09 to 5.22 ± 0.10 μB/f.u. consistent with the bulk L21-type ordering. A record low α-value of 0.0015 is obtained for Co2FeAl films deposited on Si substrate at Ts ~ 573 K. PMID:27357004

  15. Growth of Co2FeAl Heusler alloy thin films on Si(100) having very small Gilbert damping by Ion beam sputtering

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    Husain, Sajid; Akansel, Serkan; Kumar, Ankit; Svedlindh, Peter; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2016-06-01

    The influence of growth temperature Ts (300–773 K) on the structural phase ordering, static and dynamic magnetization behaviour has been investigated in ion beam sputtered full Heusler alloy Co2FeAl (CFA) thin films on industrially important Si(100) substrate. The B2 type magnetic ordering is established in these films based on the clear observation of the (200) diffraction peak. These ion beam sputtered CFA films possess very small surface roughness of the order of subatomic dimensions (<3 Å) as determined from the fitting of XRR spectra and also by AFM imaging. This is supported by the occurrence of distinct Kiessig fringes spanning over the whole scanning range (~4°) in the x-ray reflectivity (XRR) spectra. The Gilbert damping constant α and effective magnetization 4πMeff are found to vary from 0.0053 ± 0.0002 to 0.0015 ± 0.0001 and 13.45 ± 00.03 kG to 14.03 ± 0.04 kG, respectively. These Co2FeAl films possess saturation magnetization ranging from 4.82 ± 0.09 to 5.22 ± 0.10 μB/f.u. consistent with the bulk L21-type ordering. A record low α-value of 0.0015 is obtained for Co2FeAl films deposited on Si substrate at Ts ~ 573 K.

  16. Growth of Co2FeAl Heusler alloy thin films on Si(100) having very small Gilbert damping by Ion beam sputtering.

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    Husain, Sajid; Akansel, Serkan; Kumar, Ankit; Svedlindh, Peter; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2016-01-01

    The influence of growth temperature Ts (300-773 K) on the structural phase ordering, static and dynamic magnetization behaviour has been investigated in ion beam sputtered full Heusler alloy Co2FeAl (CFA) thin films on industrially important Si(100) substrate. The B2 type magnetic ordering is established in these films based on the clear observation of the (200) diffraction peak. These ion beam sputtered CFA films possess very small surface roughness of the order of subatomic dimensions (<3 Å) as determined from the fitting of XRR spectra and also by AFM imaging. This is supported by the occurrence of distinct Kiessig fringes spanning over the whole scanning range (~4°) in the x-ray reflectivity (XRR) spectra. The Gilbert damping constant α and effective magnetization 4πMeff are found to vary from 0.0053 ± 0.0002 to 0.0015 ± 0.0001 and 13.45 ± 00.03 kG to 14.03 ± 0.04 kG, respectively. These Co2FeAl films possess saturation magnetization ranging from 4.82 ± 0.09 to 5.22 ± 0.10 μB/f.u. consistent with the bulk L21-type ordering. A record low α-value of 0.0015 is obtained for Co2FeAl films deposited on Si substrate at Ts ~ 573 K. PMID:27357004

  17. Effect of growth temperature on structural, magnetic, and transport properties of Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al Heusler alloy sputtered thin films

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    Yadav, Anjali; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2015-02-01

    The effect of growth temperature TS on crystallographic structure, DC-magnetization, and electrical transport behavior of pulsed dc-magnetron sputtered Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al Heusler alloy thin films has been investigated. The increase in TS enhances the crystallite size, structural ordering in these films, eventually resulting in the increase in saturation magnetization to 2.4 μB/f.u. The (220) textured growth of thin films induces an in-plane magnetic anisotropy of ˜2.1 × 104 erg/cc in these films. The improvement in structural ordering is accompanied with the systematic increase in resistivity ratio ρ(300)/ρ(20 K) and also with the change in sign of temperature coefficients of resistivity from negative to positive at TS = 500 °C. In addition, a resistivity minimum is observed at low temperature in the films deposited at TS>400 °C. The resistivity behavior at low temperature is governed by e-e scattering (T2 dependence), one-magnon scattering (T3 dependence), and weak localization effect (T1/2). However at higher temperature, the resistivity behavior is governed by Tn power law, and the value of n was found to be 1.35 and 0.91 for the films grown at 500 and 600 °C, respectively. The anomalous Hall Effect studies revealed the presence of side-jump scattering mechanism in Hall resistivity consistent with the structural, transport, and DC-magnetization measurements. Nearly, temperature independent Hall sensitivity behavior is observed for these samples in a moderate field range from 0 to 0.3 T, which shows the suitability of the material for developing Hall sensors.

  18. Ti2FeZ (Z=Al, Ga, Ge) alloys: Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties

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    Liping, Mao; Yongfan, Shi; yu, Han

    2014-11-01

    Using the first-principle projector augmented wave potential within the generalized gradient approximation taking into account the on-site Coulomb repulsive, we investigate the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Ti2FeZ (Z=Al, Ga, Ge) alloys with Hg2CuTi-type structure. These alloys are found to be half-metallic ferrimagnets. The total magnetic moments of the Heusler alloys Ti2FeZ follow the μt=Zt-18 rule and agree with the Slater-Pauling curve quite well. The band gaps are mainly determined by the bonding and antibonding states created from the hybridizations of the d states between the Ti(A)-Ti(B) coupling and Fe atom.

  19. Co1.5 Fe1.5 Ge and Co2 MnSi Half-Metal Magnetic behavior tested by spin-resolved photoemission and ferromagnetic resonance

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    Andrieu, Stéphane

    2015-03-01

    In a magnetic spin-valve or tunnel junction, a crucial parameter to get both large magnetoresistance (MR) and a good Spin Transfer Torque (STT) efficiency is the spin-polarization of the magnetic electrodes. So-called ``Half-Metallic'' Magnetic (HMM) materials are of interest for such devices due to the existence of a spin-gap at the Fermi level for minority spins. Recently, MR enhancements have been observed by different groups on Co2-xFe1 +xGe and Co2MnSi Heusler materials, suggesting HMM behavior. A second consequence of that minority spin gap is that very low magnetic damping is expected. Combining both properties in a device is a challenge for decreasing the critical current necessary to switch the magnetization using STT. Up to now, many Heusler alloys are claimed to get this HMM property, but direct demonstration using spin-resolved photoemission is often missing. Here we focus on 2 systems, (i) Co1.5Fe1.5Ge for which a significant increase of the GMR was observed in spin valves, and (ii) Co2MnSi for which very large TMR values were observed in MgO-based MTJs. The Co1.5Fe1.5Ge and Co2MnSi(001) films (noted CFG and CMS) were prepared by Molecular Beam Epitaxy coupled to the Spin-Resolved PhotoEmission (SR-PES) set-up on CASSIOPEE beamline at SOLEIL synchrotron. The L21 chemical ordering was confirmed in CFG films by using anomalous diffraction on SIXS beamline at SOLEIL. However, SR-PES experiments did not show any HMM behavior on our CFG films. Similar PES experiments performed on CMS showed that the minority spin density of states (DOS) drops down to zero at -0.4eV below EF, leading to a 100% spin polarization. However, we also observed an increase of the minority spin DOS at EF, not predicted by ab initio calculations on the bulk structure. The spin-gap is thus decreased due to the surface symmetry breaking. We will show however that this spin-gap can be enlarged when finishing the surface by 1 Mn atomic plane, or when covering with the MgO barrier

  20. Atomic disorder and the magnetic, electrical, and optical properties of a Co{sub 2}CrAl Heusler alloy

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    Svyazhin, A. D. Shreder, E. I.; Voronin, V. I.; Berger, I. F.; Danilov, S. E.

    2013-03-15

    Two Co{sub 2}CrAl alloy samples subjected to different heat treatment regimes are studied. An exact distribution of atoms over the sublattices in the samples is determined by X-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction methods. These data are used to perform ab initio density of states calculations and to calculate the magnetic moments of the samples in a coherent potential approximation. The calculated magnetic moments are compared to the experimental values. The effect of atomic ordering on the electronic structure near the Fermi level is analyzed using optical methods. The possible causes of the detected temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity, unusual for metallic alloys, are discussed.

  1. The First Principles Calculation of Structural, Electronic and Magnetic Properties of MnXY (x = Ru, rh and Y = Ga, Ge, Sb) Alloys

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    Moniri, S. M.; Nourbakhsh, Z.; Mostajabodaavati, M.

    The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of MnXY (X = Ru, Rh and Y = Ga, Ge, Sb) Heusler alloys are studied using density functional theory by the WIEN2k package. These materials are ferromagnetic. Also they have some interesting half-metallic properties. The electron density of states, total and local magnetic moment of these alloys are calculated. We have calculated the effective Coulomb interaction Ueff using the ab initio method. We have compared the magnetic moments of these alloys in GGA and LDA+U with the Slater-Pauling rule. Furthermore the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the magnetic moment of these alloys is studied. The calculated results are fitted with a second order polynomial.

  2. Growth of Cr2CoGa and inverse Heusler thin films using Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Jamer, Michelle; Decapua, Matthew; Player, Gabriel; Heiman, Don

    Theoretical calculations have predicted the existence of inverse Heusler compounds that exhibit zero-moment magnetization while retaining their half-metallicity. These unique compounds have been labeled spin gapless semiconductors (SGS), where the density of states (DOS) can behave as a half-metal or gapless semiconductor. There is a special interest for zero-moment SGS compounds since traditional antiferromagnets cannot be spin-polarized. Such compounds are experimentally attractive for future spintronic devices due to their large magnetic transition temperature (400-800 K). This work focuses on zero-moment inverse Heusler compounds including Cr2CoGa and Mn3Al. Thin films have been grown using MBE and their magnetic, structural, and electrical properties of these compounds have been characterized by various techniques, including XMCD and magnetometry. The atomic moments are found to be large, but significant cancellations lead to small average moments. Supported by NSF Grant ECCS-1402738.

  3. Tunable damping in the Heusler compound Co2 -xIrxMnSi

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    Köhler, Albrecht; Wollmann, Lukas; Ebke, Daniel; Chadov, Stanislav; Kaiser, Christian; Diao, Zhitao; Zheng, Yuankai; Leng, Qunwen; Felser, Claudia

    2016-03-01

    Here we report on the realization of tuning the intrinsic damping in the half-metallic Heusler compound Co2MnSi by substituting Co by Ir. The work includes theoretical calculations and experimental measurements on bulk and thin films samples. Control of damping is to remove unwanted magnetization motion and suppress signal echoes through uncontrolled precession of the magnetization for future implementation of this material into, e.g., current perpendicular plane-giant-magnetoresistance sensors. Density functional calculations revealed stable magnetization and increasing damping parameter with Iridium concentration, whereas the half metallicity could be retained. The calculations are consistent with experimental results from bulk and thin film samples of this report and elucidate the linear dependence of the Gilbert damping parameter on the substituent concentration. This report again demonstrates the inherent tunability of Heusler compounds, which constitutes a pivotal feature of this material class.

  4. Electronic structure of Zr-Ni-Sn systems: role of clustering and nanostructures in half-Heusler and Heusler limits.

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    Do, Dat T; Mahanti, S D; Pulikkoti, Jiji J

    2014-07-01

    Half-Heusler and Heusler compounds have been of great interest for several decades for thermoelectric, magnetic, half-metallic and many other interesting properties. Among these systems, Zr-Ni-Sn compounds are interesting thermoelectrics which can go from semiconducting half-Heusler (HH) limit, ZrNiSn, to metallic Heusler (FH) limit, ZrNi2Sn. Recently Makongo et al (2011 J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 18843) found that dramatic improvement in the thermoelectric power factor of HH can be achieved by putting excess Ni into the system. This was attributed to an energy filtering mechanism due to the presence of FH nanostructures in the HH matrix. Using density functional theory we have investigated clustering and nanostructure formation in ZrNi1+xSn (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 1) systems near the HH (x = 0) and FH (x = 1) ends and have found that excess Ni atoms in HH tend to stay close to each other and form nanoclusters. On the other hand, there is competing interaction between Ni-vacancies occupying different sites in FH which prevents them from forming vacancy nanoclusters. Effects of nano-inclusions on the electronic structure near HH and FH ends are discussed. PMID:24925669

  5. Determination of the normal and anomalous hall effect coefficients in ferromagnetic Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 35}In{sub 15-x}Si{sub x} Heusler alloys at the martensitic transformation

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    Granovskii, A. B. Prudnikov, V. N.; Kazakov, A. P.; Zhukov, A. P.; Dubenko, I. S.

    2012-11-15

    The magnetization, the electrical resistivity, the magnetoresistance, and the Hall resistivity of Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 35}In{sub 15-x}Si{sub x} (x = 1.0, 3.0, 4.0) Heusler alloys are studied at T = 80-320 K. The martensitic transformation in these alloys occurs at T = 220-280 K from the high-temperature ferromagnetic austenite phase into the low-temperature martensite phase having a substantially lower magnetization. A method is proposed to determine the normal and anomalous Hall effect coefficients in the presence of magnetoresistance and a possible magnetization dependence of these coefficients. The resistivity of the alloys increases jumpwise during the martensitic transformation, reaches 150-200 {mu}{Omega} cm, and is almost temperature-independent. The normal Hall effect coefficient is negative, is higher than that of nickel by an order of magnitude at T = 80 K, decreases monotonically with increasing temperature, approaches zero in austenite, and does not undergo sharp changes in the vicinity of the martensitic transformation. At x = 3, a normal Hall effect nonlinear in magnetization is detected in the immediate vicinity of the martensitic transformation. The temperature dependences of the anomalous Hall effect coefficient in both martensite and austenite and, especially, in the vicinity of the martensitic transformation cannot be described in terms of the skew scattering, the side jump, and the Karplus-Lutinger mechanisms from the anomalous Hall effect theory. The possible causes of this behavior of the magnetotransport properties in Heusler alloys are discussed.

  6. First-principles calculations of exchange interactions, spin waves, and temperature dependence of magnetization in inverse-Heusler-based spin gapless semiconductors

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    Jakobsson, A.; Mavropoulos, P.; Şaşıoǧlu, E.; Blügel, S.; Ležaić, M.; Sanyal, B.; Galanakis, I.

    2015-05-01

    Employing first-principles electronic-structure calculations in conjunction with the frozen-magnon method, we calculate exchange interactions, spin-wave dispersion, and spin-wave stiffness constants in inverse-Heusler-based spin gapless semiconductor (SGS) compounds Mn2CoAl , Ti2MnAl , Cr2ZnSi , Ti2CoSi , and Ti2VAs . We find that their magnetic behavior is similar to the half-metallic ferromagnetic full-Heusler alloys, i.e., the intersublattice exchange interactions play an essential role in the formation of the magnetic ground state and in determining the Curie temperature Tc. All compounds, except Ti2CoSi , possess a ferrimagnetic ground state. Due to the finite energy gap in one spin channel, the exchange interactions decay sharply with the distance, and hence magnetism of these SGSs can be described considering only nearest- and next-nearest-neighbor exchange interactions. The calculated spin-wave dispersion curves are typical for ferrimagnets and ferromagnets. The spin-wave stiffness constants turn out to be larger than those of the elementary 3 d ferromagnets. Calculated exchange parameters are used as input to determine the temperature dependence of the magnetization and Tc of the SGSs. We find that the Tc of all compounds is much above the room temperature. The calculated magnetization curve for Mn2CoAl as well as the Curie temperature are in very good agreement with available experimental data. This study is expected to pave the way for a deeper understanding of the magnetic properties of the inverse-Heusler-based SGSs and enhance the interest in these materials for application in spintronic and magnetoelectronic devices.

  7. Half-metallic Chromium dioxide thin films for spintronic applications

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    Pathak, Manjit

    2011-12-01

    CrO2 is a well-established half-metallic oxide with near perfect spin polarization -- known to have the highest spin polarization among all known materials theoretically as well as experimentally. This means that the conduction electrons in CrO2 have only one kind of spin i.e. conduction is due only to the majority spin electrons. Because of its high spin polarization, CrO2 stands as an ideal and one of the most attractive candidates for spin-electronic applications as well as of fundamental interests. The enormous potential of CrO2 is still untapped since thin film growth modes, interface/surface properties and various factors affecting them are not very well understood or, relatively unknown. Reported works confirm strained growth of (100) CrO2 films and strain free growth of (110) CrO2 films on iso-structural TiO 2 substrates investigated using X-ray diffraction. Superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and element specific X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) techniques were employed to investigate the effect of this substrate-induced strain on the magnetic properties of the films. Magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ) were fabricated with CrO2, Cr2O3 [natural oxide of Cr] as the thin insulating barrier and Co as the other ferromagnetic electrode using photolithography. I..V characteristics of this spin-electronic device are reported. Also, results on the low pressure chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of CrO2 and its comparison with standard growth technique under atmospheric pressure are reported.

  8. Development of spin-gapless semiconductivity and half metallicity in Ti2MnAl by substitutions for Al

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    Lukashev, Pavel; Gilbert, Simeon; Staten, Bradley; Hurley, Noah; Fuglsby, Ryan; Kharel, Parashu; Huh, Yung; Valloppilly, Shah; Zhang, Wenyong; Yang, K.; Sellmyer, David J.

    In recent years, ever increasing interest in spin-based electronics has resulted in the search for a new class of materials that can provide a high degree of spin polarized electron transport. An ideal candidate would act like insulator for one spin channel and a conductor or semiconductor for the opposite spin channel (e.g., half metal (HM), spin-gapless semiconductor (SGS)). Here, we present the combined computational, theoretical, and experimental study of Ti2MnAl, a Heusler compound with potential application in the field of spintronics. We show that in the ground state this material is metallic, however it becomes a SGS when 50% of Al is substituted with In (e.g., Ti2MnAl0.5In0.5) , and a HM when 50% of Al is substituted with Sn (e.g., Ti2MnAl0.5Sn0.5) . Detailed study of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of these materials is presented. Financial support: DOE/BES (DE-FG02-04ER46152); NSF NNCI: 1542182; NRI; Academic and Scholarly Excellence Funds, Office of Academic Affairs, SDSU; UNI Faculty Summer Fellowship; Program for Outstanding Innovative Talents in Hohai University.

  9. Coupled magnetostructural transition in Ni-Mn-V-Ga Heusler alloys and its effect on the magnetocaloric and transport properties

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    Devarajan, U.; Kannan, M.; Thiyagarajan, R.; Manivel Raja, M.; Rama Rao, N. V.; Singh, Sanjay; Venkateshwarlu, D.; Ganesan, V.; Ohashi, M.; Arumugam, S.

    2016-02-01

    In the present work, the magnetocaloric and transport properties of Ni2.2Mn0.72-x V x Ga1.08 (x  =  0.0, 0.04, 0.08, 0.12) magnetic shape memory alloys are investigated. The alloys show a coupled magnetostructural transition from paramagnetic austenite to ferromagnetic martensite in a composition range of 0  ⩽  x  ⩽  0.08. For higher V substitution (x  =  0.12), the martensite transition is lower than the conventional ferromagnetic transition. Large magnetic entropy change values of about 12.4, 16.2 and 19 J kg-1 K-1 and corresponding refrigeration capacities of 60.6, 82.5, and 103 J kg-1 were observed for x  =  0, 0.04 and 0.08 alloys, respectively. The above two parameters linearly increase with increasing magnetic field. The indirect adiabatic temperature change calculated from the heat capacity measurement is found to be at its maximum for x  =  0.12 at H  =  8 T. The magnetoresistance is observed to increase from 0% (x  =  0.12) to 28% (x  =  0) at the maximum field of 8 T. The Sommerfeld coefficients are almost the same for the parent and a V-doped sample, which reveals a low free electron density, and the Debye coefficients decrease with an increase in V doping, confirming the phenomenon of electron-phonon scattering. The critical exponents at second order magnetic transition for x  = 0.12 are calculated as β  =  0.482, γ  =  1.056, δ  =  3.021, which agrees closely with mean field theory.

  10. Low-moment ferrimagnetic phase of the Heusler compound Cr2CoAl

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    Jamer, Michelle E.; Marshall, Luke G.; Sterbinsky, George E.; Lewis, Laura H.; Heiman, Don

    2015-11-01

    Synthesizing half-metallic fully compensated ferrimagnets that form in the inverse Heusler phase could lead to superior spintronic devices. These materials would have high spin polarization at room temperature with very little fringing magnetic fields. Previous theoretical studies indicated that Cr2CoAl should form in a stable inverse Heusler lattice due to its low activation energy. Here, stoichiometric Cr2CoAl samples were arc-melted and annealed at varying temperatures, followed by studies of their structural and magnetic properties. High-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction revealed a chemically ordered Heusler phase in addition to CoAl and Cr phases. Soft X-ray magnetic circular dichroism revealed that the Cr and Co magnetic moments are antiferromagnetically oriented leading to the observed low magnetic moment in Cr2CoAl.