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Full and half-Heusler compounds


Heusler and half-Heusler compounds are ternary intermetallic compounds with highly tunable magnetic, topological, multiferroic, and electronic properties. They share a common crystal structure with more than 1000 members and compositions spanning most of the periodic table. This issue of MRS Bulletin covers the fundamental properties, synthesis science, and applications of Heusler and half-Heusler compounds from leading experts in theory and experiment. Topics include novel magnetic properties, thermoelectrics, skyrmions, spintronics applications, unconventional superconductivity, topological properties, and martensitic phase transitions. New approaches for materials discovery using high-throughput and big data approaches are highlighted.

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J.K.K. acknowledges support from the National Science Foundation (DMR-1752797, DMR-1720415) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (FA9550-21-1-0127). S.C. acknowledges support from DST SERB SPR/2021/000255 and the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, under Project No. 12-R&D-TFR-5.10-0100. Work done at Ames Laboratory (PCC) was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Science, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. Ames Laboratory is operated for the US Department of Energy by Iowa State University under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

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Kawasaki, J.K., Chatterjee, S., Canfield, P.C. et al. Full and half-Heusler compounds. MRS Bulletin (2022).

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  • Magnetic
  • Topological
  • Phase Transformation
  • Thermoelectric