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Composition-dependent transition in the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of tetragonal Heusler alloys Rh2TSb (T=Fe, Co)

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Fecher,  Gerhard H.
Gerhard Fecher, Inorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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He,  Yangkun
Inorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Felser,  Claudia
Claudia Felser, Inorganic Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Fecher, G. H., He, Y., & Felser, C. (2021). Composition-dependent transition in the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of tetragonal Heusler alloys Rh2TSb (T=Fe, Co). Physical Review Materials, 5(5): 054404, pp. 1-14. doi:10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.5.054404.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-AC8C-9
Abstract
This paper reports on first-principles calculations of the electronic and magnetic structure of tetragonal Heusler compounds with the composition Rh2FexCo1-xSb (0≤x≤1). It is found that the magnetic moments increase from 2 to 3.4 μB and the Curie temperature decreases from 500 to 464 K with increasing Fe content x. The 3d transition metals make the main contribution to the magnetic moments, whereas Rh contributes only approximately 0.2 μB per atom, independent of the composition. The paper focuses on the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the borderline compounds Rh2FeSb, Rh2Fe0.5Co0.5Sb, and Rh2CoSb. A transition from easy-axis to easy-plane anisotropy is observed when the composition changes from Rh2CoSb to Rh2FeSb. The transition occurs at an iron concentration of approximately 40%. The difference in the anisotropy is caused by differences in the charge and spin distributions, mainly at Fe and Co. The results of the calculations are in good agreement with recent experiments. © 2021 authors. Published by the American Physical Society. Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the "https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/"Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the published article's title, journal citation, and DOI. Open access publication funded by the Max Planck Society.