Magnetocaloric effect in La(FexSi1 − x)13 ferromagnets
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- Valiev, E.Z. & Kazantsev, V.A. J. Exp. Theor. Phys. (2011) 113: 1000. doi:10.1134/S1063776111150118
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The isothermal changes in the magnetic entropy and the lattice entropy and the adiabatic temperature change in La(Fe0.88Si0.12)13 and La(Fe0.86Si0.14)13 ferromagnets in a magnetic field are calculated. The calculations are performed with a generalized magnetostriction model of a ferromagnet; the calculation results are compared to experimental data. It is shown that the change in the lattice entropy decreases the magnetocaloric effect and makes it possible to explain the experimental data obtained for La(FexSi1 − x)13 (x = 0.86, 0.88) ferromagnets. The temperature dependences of the bulk compression moduli of these ferromagnets are calculated, and these dependences indicate a strong lattice softening in the vicinity of the magnetic phase transition in them. The thermal expansion coefficient and some magnetic properties of the ferromagnet with x = 0.86 are measured to determine the numerical values of the parameters entering into calculation formulas.