Observation of inverse magnetocaloric effect in magnetic-field-induced austenite phase of Heusler alloys Ni50-xCoxMn31.5Ga18.5 (x=9 and 9.7) OBSERVATION of INVERSE MAGNETOCALORIC EFFECT ... T. KIHARA et AL.

T. Kihara, T. Roy, X. Xu, A. Miyake, M. Tsujikawa, H. Mitamura, M. Tokunaga, Y. Adachi, T. Eto, T. Kanomata

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Abstract

The magnetocaloric effect (MCE), magnetization, specific heat, and magnetostriction measurements were performed in both pulsed and steady high magnetic fields to investigate the magnetocaloric properties of Heusler alloys Ni50-xCoxMn31.5Ga18.5 (x=9 and 9.7). From direct MCE measurements for Ni41Co9Mn31.5Ga18.5 up to 56 T, a steep temperature drop was observed for magnetic-field-induced martensitic transformation (MFIMT), designated as inverse MCE. Remarkably, this inverse MCE is apparent not only with MFIMT, but also in the magnetic-field-induced austenite phase. Specific heat measurements under steady high magnetic fields revealed that the magnetic field variation of the electronic entropy plays a dominant role in the unconventional magnetocaloric properties of these materials. First-principles based calculations performed for Ni41Co9Mn31.5Ga18.5 and Ni45Co5Mn36.7In13.3 revealed that the magnetic-field-induced austenite phase of Ni41Co9Mn31.5Ga18.5 is more unstable than that of Ni45Co5Mn36.7In13.3 and that it is sensitive to slight tetragonal distortion. We conclude that the inverse MCE in the magnetic-field-induced austenite phase is realized by marked change in the electronic entropy through tetragonal distortion induced by the externally applied magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number034416
JournalPhysical Review Materials
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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