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Wang, J. L., Campbell, S. J., Zeng, R., Dou, S. X. & Kennedy, S. J. (2011). Magnetic phase transition and Mossbauer spectroscopy of ErNi2Mnx compounds. Journal of Applied Physics, 109 (7), 07E304-1-07E304-3.


Investigation of ErNi2Mnx with 0.90 ≤ x ≤ 1.10 indicates that the MgCu2-type structure (with space group Fd-3m) is formed within x = 0.97−1.10. Curie temperature TC = 50 K of ErNi2Mn is significantly higher than those of the corresponding ErNi2 (TC = 7 K) and ErMn2 (TC  = 15 K) compounds. Detailed analyses of DC magnetization data demonstrate that the magnetic phase transition at the Curie temperature is second order. The magnetic entropy change around TC has been found to be 4.8 J/kg K for a magnetic field change of 0 to 5 T with its relative cooling power ∼283 J/kg. 57Fe Mössbauer spectra below TC have been fitted with three sub-spectra representing three inequivalent local magnetic environments while the paramagnetic spectra are fitted using two sub-spectra for two inequivalent crystal sites (8a and 16d), which supports the conclusion based on Rietveld refinement that Mn atoms occupy at both 8a and 16d sites.

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