Magnetic-field induced two-way shape memory effect of ferromagnetic Ni 2MnGa sputtered films

Makoto Ohtsuka, Yuya Konno, Minoru Matsumoto, Toshiyuki Takagi, Kimio Itagaki

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The shape memory effect (SME) induced by the magnetic field is interesting and important for physics and application. The ferromagnetic Ni 2MnGa films with various compositions were deposited on a poly-vinyl alcohol (PVA) substrate with a radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering apparatus using four kinds of Ni-Mn-Ga targets. After separating from the substrate, the films were heat-treated at 1073 K for 3.6 ks for homogenization and aged at 673 K for 3.6 ks in a constraint condition. The reversible two-way SME by the thermal change was confirmed for the constraint-aged films with various compositions. The gradient of the strain-temperature curve, the amount of strain accompanied by the two-way SME and the width of thermal hysteresis were dependent on the composition of the films. The strain-temperature curve shifted to a high temperature region and the martensitic phase was stabilized by the applied magnetic field. Furthermore, the two-way SME by the magnetic field was observed around the martensitic transformation temperature on cooling for the constraint-aged film, which showed the large gradient and small thermal hysteresis in the strain-temperature curve.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-630
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Transactions
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Mar


  • Constraint-aging
  • Ferromagnetic shape memory alloy
  • Magnetic field
  • Martensitic transformation
  • Nickel-manganese-gallium alloy
  • Sputtered film
  • Two-way shape memory effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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