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Field-driven structural phase transition and sign-switching magnetocaloric effect in Ni–Mn–Sn
Applied Physics Letters
  • M. Pasquale, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica
  • C. P. Sasso, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica
  • L. Giudici, Politecnico di Torino
  • Thomas A. Lograsso, Iowa State University
  • Deborah L. Schlagel, Iowa State University
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Depending on the starting equilibrium temperature, the application of a magnetic field on a sample of Ni–Mn–Sn produces sample heating or cooling during adiabatic experiments. The competition between endothermal and exothermal effects is observed close to the martensite-to-austenite magnetostructural phase transition. A model assuming the coexistence of two phases and a field dependence of their volume allows to compute the evolution of entropy and heat capacity during the phase transition. The correct fitting of the results suggests that the field-induced reduction of the martensite-to-austenite transition temperature is responsible for the observed sign switching of the magnetocaloric effect.

The following article appeared in Applied Physics Letters 91 (2007): 131904 and may be found at

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M. Pasquale, C. P. Sasso, L. Giudici, Thomas A. Lograsso, et al.. "Field-driven structural phase transition and sign-switching magnetocaloric effect in Ni–Mn–Sn" Applied Physics Letters Vol. 91 Iss. 13 (2007) p. 131904
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