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Magnetoelastic effects in doped Fe2P
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Material Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2832-3293
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2013 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 88, no 2, 024417- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We use combined high resolution neutron diffraction (HRPD) with density functional theory (DFT) to investigate the exchange striction at the Curie temperature (T-C) of Fe2P and to examine the effect of boron and carbon doping on the P site. We find a significant contraction of the basal plane on heating through T-C with a simultaneous increase of the c axis that results in a small overall volume change of similar to 0.01%. At the magnetic transition the Fe-I-Fe-I distance drops significantly and becomes shorter than Fe-I-Fe-II. The shortest metal-metalloid (Fe-I-P-I) distance also decreases sharply. Our DFT model reveals the importance of the latter as this structural change causes a redistribution of the Fe I moment along the c axis (Fe-P chain). We are able to understand the site preference of the dopants, the effect of which can be linked to the increased moment on the Fe-I site, brought about by strong magnetoelasticity and changes in the electronic band structure.

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2013. Vol. 88, no 2, 024417- p.
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Metamagnetic Transition, Single-Crystal, Mossbauer, Magnetism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-126885DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.024417ISI: 000322080900004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84880905716OAI: diva2:642841
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 310748

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