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Chin. Phys. B, 2013, Vol. 22(12): 126201    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/22/12/126201

Effects of Cu on the martensitic transformation and magnetic properties of Mn50Ni40In10 alloy

Li Ge-Tian (李歌天)a, Liu Zhu-Hong (柳祝红)a, Meng Fan-Yan (孟凡研)a, Ma Xing-Qiao (马星桥)a, Wu Guang-Heng (吴光恒)b
a Department of Physics, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China;
b Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100190, China
Abstract  The structures, the martensitic transformations, and the magnetic properties are studied systematically in Mn50Ni40-xCuxIn10, Mn50-xCuxNi40In10, and Mn50Ni40In10-xCux alloys. The partial substitution of Ni by Cu reduces the martensitic transformation temperature, but has little influence on the Curie temperature of austenite. Comparatively, the martensitic transformation temperature increases and the Curie temperature of austenite decreases with the partial replacement of Mn or In by Cu. The magnetization difference between the austenite phase and the martensite phase reaches 70 emu/g in Mn50Ni39Cu1In10; a field-induced martensite-to-austenite transition is observed in this alloy.
Keywords:  shape-memory effect      martensitic transformations      intermetallic compounds  
Received:  11 August 2013      Revised:  29 September 2013      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  62.20.fg (Shape-memory effect; yield stress; superelasticity)  
  81.30.Kf (Martensitic transformations)  
  71.20.Lp (Intermetallic compounds)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51001010 and 11174030), the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20100006120001), and the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry of China.
Corresponding Authors:  Liu Zhu-Hong     E-mail:

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Li Ge-Tian (李歌天), Liu Zhu-Hong (柳祝红), Meng Fan-Yan (孟凡研), Ma Xing-Qiao (马星桥), Wu Guang-Heng (吴光恒) Effects of Cu on the martensitic transformation and magnetic properties of Mn50Ni40In10 alloy 2013 Chin. Phys. B 22 126201

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