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Chin. Phys. B, 2017, Vol. 26(1): 017501    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/26/1/017501
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Effect of Sb-doping on martensitic transformation and magnetocaloric effect in Mn-rich Mn50Ni40Sn10-xSbx (x=1, 2, 3, and 4) alloys

Ishfaq Ahmad Shah, Najam ul Hassan, Jun Liu(刘俊), Yuanyuan Gong(龚元元), Guizhou Xu(徐桂舟), Feng Xu(徐锋)
Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Micro & Nano Materials and Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094, China
Abstract  

We investigate the influence of Sb-doping on the martensitic transformation and magnetocaloric effect in Mn50Ni40Sn10-xSbx (x=1, 2, 3, and 4) alloys. All the prepared samples exhibit a B2-type structure with the space group Fm3m at room temperature. The substitution of Sb increases the valence electron concentration and decreases the unit cell volume. As a result, the magnetostructural transformation shifts rapidly towards higher temperatures as x increases. The changes in magnetic entropy under different magnetic field variations are explored around this transformation. The isothermal magnetization curves exhibit typical metamagnetic behavior, indicating that the magnetostructural transformation can be induced by a magnetic field. The tunable martensitic transformation and magnetic entropy changes suggest that Mn50Ni40Sn10-xSbx alloys are attractive candidates for applications in solid-state refrigeration.

Keywords:  Mn-rich Heusler alloys      martensitic transformation      magnetocaloric effect      magnetic entropy change  
Received:  20 September 2016      Revised:  02 October 2016      Published:  05 January 2017
PACS:  75.30.Sg (Magnetocaloric effect, magnetic cooling)  
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Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51271093, 51571121, 11604148, and 51601092), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant Nos. 30920140111010, 30916011344, and 30916011345), Jiangsu Natural Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, China (Grant No. BK20140035), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2016M591851), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant Nos. BK20160833 and BK20160829), Qing Lan Project, Six Talent Peaks Project in Jiangsu Province, China, and the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, China.

Corresponding Authors:  Feng Xu     E-mail:  xufeng@njust.edu.cn

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Ishfaq Ahmad Shah, Najam ul Hassan, Jun Liu(刘俊), Yuanyuan Gong(龚元元), Guizhou Xu(徐桂舟), Feng Xu(徐锋) Effect of Sb-doping on martensitic transformation and magnetocaloric effect in Mn-rich Mn50Ni40Sn10-xSbx (x=1, 2, 3, and 4) alloys 2017 Chin. Phys. B 26 017501

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