To reveal the role of Fe sublattice in the coercivity of R 2Fe14B, we investigated the origin of perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) of Y2Fe14B using first-principles density-functional calculations. We found that the perpendicular MCA of Y2Fe14B arises predominantly from Fe sites with higher symmetry (16k1,2 and 8j1,2). On the other hand, the Fe(4c) sites show a significant contribution to the in-plane MCA. This can be attributed to the localized character of Fe(4c)-d orbitals in R2Fe14B. Furthermore, the MCA energy of Y 2Fe14B increases as the number of valence electrons increases within the rigid band model, indicating that the partial substitution of Fe by Co can enhance the MCA energy of Y2Fe14B.
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