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Electronic and structural properties of Laves-phase MgZn(2) of varying chemical disorder
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Material Physics, Material Physics, MF.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9858-6235
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2010 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 82, no 2, 024202- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The C14 Laves-phase MgZn(2) has been investigated from 30 to 36 at. % Mg. In this way chemical disorder can be monitored over a limited concentration range and the influence on electron properties can be investigated. Our studies include thermodynamic calculations of atomic configurations of Mg and Zn at off-stoichiometric compositions, electronic-transport measurements, and electronic band-structure calculations of MgZn(2). The disorder introduced by alloying was found to be substitutional for all C14 alloys, and to have a markedly stronger effect on resistivity and magnetoresistance, Delta rho(B)/rho(0), on the Mg-rich side due to strain introduced when Mg substitutes for Zn. rho(T) and Hall constant were characteristic for weakly disordered binary alloys. Delta rho/rho of MgZn(2) was large, reached 6 at 4.2 K and 8 T, and decreased strongly at off-stoichiometric compositions. The results are discussed in view of the band-structure results and in terms of relations between atomic order and electronic properties. Several properties were found to resemble pure Zn. An empirical correlation over more than six orders of magnitude in Delta rho/rho was found for Zn and Zn-based alloys.

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2010. Vol. 82, no 2, 024202- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-46637DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.024202ISI: 000279818400004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77956545170OAI: diva2:455709
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