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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(4): 048107    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/4/048107

Relation between martensitic transformation temperature range and lattice distortion ratio of NiMnGaCoCu Heusler alloys

Wei Juna b, Xie Rena, Chen Le-Yia, Tang Yan-Meia, Xu Lian-Qianga, Tang Shao-Longa, Du You-Weia
a National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials for Jiangsu Provincial and Department of Physics,Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China;
b Department of Physics and Electronic Science, Guizhou Normal University, Guiyang 550001, China
Abstract  In order to study the relation between martensitic transformation temperature range ΔT (where ΔT is the difference between martensitic transformation start and finish temperature) and lattice distortion ratio (c/a) of martensitic transformation, a series of Ni46Mn28-xGa22Co4Cux (x= 2-5) Heusler alloys is prepared by arc melting method. The vibration sample magnetometer (VSM) experiment results show that ΔT increases when x> 4 and decreases when x< 4 with x increasing, and the minimal ΔT (about 1 K) is found at x=4. Ambient X-ray diffraction (XRD) results show that ΔT is proportional to c/a for non-modulated Ni46Mn28-xGa22Co4Cux (x= 2-5) martensites. The relation between ΔT and c/a is in agreement with the analysis result obtained from crystal lattice mismatch model. About 1000-ppm strain is found for the sample at x=4 when heating temperature increases from 323 K to 324 K. These properties, which allow a modulation of ΔT and temperature-induced strain during martensitic transformation, suggest Ni46Mn24Ga22Co4Cu4 can be a promising actuator and sensor.
Keywords:  martensitic transformation temperature range      lattice distortion ratio      martensitic transformation  
Received:  03 September 2013      Revised:  14 October 2013      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  81.30.Kf (Martensitic transformations)  
  61.66.Dk (Alloys )  
  75.50.Cc (Other ferromagnetic metals and alloys)  
Fund: Project supported by the National KeyProject of Fundamental Research of China (Grant No. 2012CB932304) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. U1232210).
Corresponding Authors:  Tang Shao-Long     E-mail:
About author:  81.30.Kf; 61.66.Dk; 75.50.Cc

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Wei Jun, Xie Ren, Chen Le-Yi, Tang Yan-Mei, Xu Lian-Qiang, Tang Shao-Long, Du You-Wei Relation between martensitic transformation temperature range and lattice distortion ratio of NiMnGaCoCu Heusler alloys 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 048107

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