, Volume 42, Issue 10, pp 3062-3070
Date: 19 May 2011

Structural Transitions and Magnetic Properties of Ni50Mn36.7In13.3 Particles with Amorphous-Like Phase

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The high-energy ball-milling method was used for fabricating Ni50Mn36.7In13.3 fine-sized particles. The as-melt polycrystalline Ni50Mn36.7In13.3 alloy exhibits a 14 M modulated martensite structure at room temperature (RT). The atomic pair distribution function analysis together with the differential scanning calorimetry technique proved that the 14 M modulated martensite transformed to a metastable amorphous-like structure after ball milling for 8 hours. Annealing of the ball-milled particles with the amorphous-like phase first led to the crystallization to form a B2 structure at 523 K (250 °C), and then an ordered Heusler L21 structure (with a small tetragonal distortion) at 684 K (411 °C). The annealed particles undergo different structural transitions during cooling, tailored by the atomic arrangements of the high-temperature phase. Low-field thermomagnetization measurements show that the ball-milled particles with the amorphous-like structure or the atomically disordered crystalline structure exhibit a magnetic transition from the paramagnetic-like to the spin-glass state with decreasing temperature, whereas the crystalline particles with the ordered Heusler L21 structure present a ferromagnetic behavior with the Curie temperature T c ≈ 310 K (37 °C).

Manuscript submitted April 21, 2010.