Magnetocaloric Properties of Gd5Si2Ge2 Alloy: Monte Carlo Simulation Study

  • Meysoun Jabrane
  • Moulay Youssef El Hafidi
  • Mohamed El HafidiEmail author
Original Paper


There has been a significant increase in research of magnetocaloric materials because of its efficiency and environment friendliness for magnetic refrigeration applications at room temperature. The investigation of magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in RE5(SixGe1−x)4 alloys (where RE = Gd) shows large entropy changes ∆Sm over a wide range of temperature. In this work, we study the GMCE in Gd5Si2Ge2 alloy using Monte Carlo simulation. To attain this aim, we use DFT first to determine the exchange couplings of the alloy. The studied compound displays a magnetic entropy change of −∆Sm = 9.97 J/kg.K when subjected to a change of 0–5 T in the magnetic field, and also undergoes structural modifications whose effects recur on the magnetic behavior. In addition, this work is comforted by the agreement with previous experimental results.


Magnetocaloric effect Crystallographic structure DFT Monte Carlo simulation Rare-earth alloys 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meysoun Jabrane
    • 1
  • Moulay Youssef El Hafidi
    • 1
  • Mohamed El Hafidi
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Condensed Matter Physics LaboratoryHassan II University of Casablanca, Faculty of Sciences Ben M’sikCasablancaMorocco

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