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Magnetic properties and temperature-dependent half-metallicity of Co2Mn(Ga(1-x)Z(x)) (Z = Si, Ge, Sn) from first-principles calculation
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Material Physics.
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, E-ISSN 1361-648X, Vol. 25, no 15, 156003- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Using the first-principles exact muffin-tin orbitals method in combination with the coherent potential approximation, we investigated the magnetic properties, exchange interactions, and temperature-dependent half-metallicity of the Co2Mn(Ga(1-x)Z(x)) (Z = Si, Ge, Sn) alloys. The total magnetic moment follows perfectly a previously proposed Slater-Pauling relation, i.e., mu(0) = N-t - 24, with N-t being the number of valence electrons. The Co-Mn and Co1-Co2 (inter-sublattice) interactions are dominated by direct exchange, whereas the Co1-Co1 (intra-sublattice) interaction is characterized by superexchange. The Mn-Mn exchange interaction in Co2MnGa is of long-ranged RKKY-type. However, the Mn-Mn exchange interactions in Co(2)MnZ are relatively localized and can be attributed to superexchange. The Co-Mn, Co1-Co2 and Co1-Co1 total exchange interactions increase with x, whereas the Mn-Mn total exchange interactions show convex behavior. The calculated Curie temperature (T-C) increases with x. The ability of Z to enhance T-C follows the sequence of Si > Ge > Sn, in agreement with the experimental findings. The temperature dependence of the spin polarization at the Fermi level [P(T)] is investigated based on the disordered local moment model. P(T) drops abruptly at temperatures much lower than T-C. At temperatures higher than 200 K, the composition with higher TC generally corresponds to larger P(T).

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2013. Vol. 25, no 15, 156003- p.
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Exchange Interactions, Heusler Alloys, Ferromagnetic Metals, Tunnel-Junctions, Potential Model, Magnetoresistance, Crystal, States
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-121107DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/25/15/156003ISI: 000316622400025Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84875662905OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-121107DiVA: diva2:617090
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Swedish Research CouncilEU, European Research Council, 228074
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Available from: 2013-04-22 Created: 2013-04-19 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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