Magnetocaloric and magnetic properties of Ni2Mn 1-xCuxGa Heusler alloys: An insight from the direct measurements and ab initio and Monte Carlo calculations

V. Sokolovskiy, V. Buchelnikov, K. Skokov, O. Gutfleisch, D. Karpenkov, Yu Koshkid'Ko, H. Miki, I. Dubenko, N. Ali, S. Stadler, V. Khovaylo

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Abstract

We calculated magnetic exchange constants and magnetocaloric properties of Ni2Mn1-xCuxGa Heusler alloys by ab initio and Monte Carlo methods. The ab initio study of the influence of the Cu excess x on the strength of magnetic interactions revealed that Cu weakens Mn-Ni interaction and has a complex impact on the Mn-Mn interactions. Theoretically calculated magnetic phase diagram of Ni2Mn1- xCuxGa is in a good agreement with available experimental data. Calculated by the Monte Carlo method the isothermal magnetic entropy change Δ S m a g in a Ni2Mn0.75Cu0.25Ga alloy is significantly smaller around the coupled magnetostructural phase transition temperature than the reported earlier experimental Δ S m a g. This discrepancy is ascribed to an overestimation of the experimental Δ S m a g at the magnetostructural phase transition. Theoretically determined adiabatic temperature change Δ T a d in Ni2Mn 0.75Cu0.25Ga agrees well with Δ T a d measured experimentally by a direct method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number183913
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume114
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov 14

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