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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: The influence of spontaneous and field-induced spin reorientation transitions on the magnetocaloric properties of HoZn and ErZn
Author: de Sousa, VSR
von Ranke, PJ
Gandra, FCG
Abstract: We report a theoretical investigation on the magnetocaloric properties of the cubic CsCl-type HoZn and ErZn compounds. Several anomalies in the magnetocaloric quantities, Delta S(T) and Delta T(S), are observed due to spontaneous and/or field-induced spin reorientation transitions in these compounds. In HoZn, a discontinuity in the isothermal entropy change and in the adiabatic temperature change around T(1) = 23 K is ascribed to the spontaneous reorientation transition. Under a magnetic field variation from 0 up to 2 T in the < 110 > and < 100 > directions, an almost table-like behavior in Delta S(T) is predicted between T(1) and T(SR1). The peak around the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition temperature in the magnetocaloric quantities shows a dependence on the direction of the applied field. For mu(0)Delta H = 2 T, it reaches 11.9 J/kg K (magnetic field along the < 111 > direction) and 7.9 J/kg K (magnetic field in the < 100 > direction). In ErZn there is also a dependence of Delta S(T) and Delta T(S) on field direction. From the analysis of the spin reorientations in both compounds we have built spin reorientation diagrams that summarize their temperature and field dependence. Our theoretical approach is based on a model Hamiltonian that includes exchange, crystal field, and quadrupolar interactions. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3554725]
Country: EUA
Editor: Amer Inst Physics
Citation: Journal Of Applied Physics. Amer Inst Physics, v. 109, n. 6, 2011.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1063/1.3554725
Date Issue: 2011
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