Large magnetocaloric effect (MCE) and magnetoresistance (MR) together with negligible hysteresis loss have been observed in ErNiSi compound, which undergoes metamagnetic transition at low temperatures. Magnetization, heat capacity, and resistivity measurements confirm the metamagnetic transition. Both MCE and MR follow H2 dependence in the paramagnetic regime. The maximum value of isothermal entropy change (Δ SM) and MR for a field change of 50 kOe are found to be 19.1 J/kg K and ∼ 34%, respectively. Large MCE with negligible magnetic hysteresis loss could make this material promising for low temperature magnetic refrigeration.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)