Magnetic entropy change and relative cooling power of Gd3Ni 6Al2 and Tb3Ni6Al2 compounds

Tokushin Ri, S. Nimori, Dai Aoki

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We present study of the magnetocaloric effects (MCE) in Gd 3Ni6Al2 and Tb3Ni6Al 2 crystallizing in the Cubic Ce3Ni6Si 3-type structure. The two compounds undergo a second-order ferromagnetic transition at Curie temperature TC=105.7 and 57.5 K for Gd3Ni6Al2 and Tb3Ni 6Al2, respectively. Magnetization and specific heat are measured as functions of temperature and magnetic field around TC, and the measurements are used to estimate the magnetic entropy change (ΔSm) and the relative cooling power (RCP) by both magnetic and calorimetric techniques. A relatively large ΔSm associated with the ferromagnetic transition has been observed over a wide temperature range for both the compounds, leading to a high RCP. The maximum values of ΔSm in a 5 T magnetic field are evaluated to be 6.2 Jkg -1K-1 for Gd3Ni6Al2 and 9.8 Jkg-1K-1 for Tb3Ni6Al 2, the corresponding values of RCP are 608 and 461 Jkg-1, respectively. Particularly, both Gd3Ni6Al2 and Tb3Ni6Al2 show higher RCP values even in a small field change that can be generated by a permanent magnet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar 1


  • A. GdNiAl and TbNi Al
  • D. Magnetocaloric effects
  • E. Magnetization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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