Ames Laboratory; Materials Science and Engineering
Ames Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering
Physical Review B
Binary intermetallic Eu2In was recently reported to exhibit a giant anhysteretic magnetocaloric effect due to a first-order magnetic phase transition between paramagnetic and ferromagnetic states. Experimentally, the transition occurs with a small phase volume change, ΔV/V, of approximately 0.1% around TC of ca. 55 K. We represent magnetic and compute magnetocaloric properties of a Eu2In compound using a microscopic description based on a model Hamiltonian that takes into account magnetic exchange and magnetoelastic interactions. In the model the thermodynamic nature of the transition is conveniently represented by a single magnetoelastic interaction parameter. A good agreement between the theoretical results and earlier published experimental data confirms the effectiveness of our approach.
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75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY
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