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Metals 2015, 5(2), 484-503;

Effects of Annealing on the Martensitic Transformation of Ni-Based Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Heusler Alloys and Nanoparticles

Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (MPI CPFS), Noethnitzer Str. 40, DE-01187 Dresden, Germany
Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism, National Research Council (IMEM-CNR), Parco Area delle Scienze 37/A, I-43124 Parma, Italy
Laboratory of Micro and Submicro Enabling Technologies for Emilia-Romagna (MIST E-R), via Gobetti 101, I-40129 Bologna, Italy
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Academic Editor: Kurt R. Ziebeck
Received: 20 February 2015 / Revised: 11 March 2015 / Accepted: 12 March 2015 / Published: 25 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Shape Memory Alloys 2014)
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We report on the effects of annealing on the martensitic phase transformation in the Ni-based Heusler system: Mn50Ni40Sn10 and Mn50Ni41Sn9 powder and Co50Ni21Ga32 nanoparticles. For the powdered Mn50Ni40Sn10 and Mn50Ni41Sn9 alloys, structural and magnetic measurements reveal that post-annealing decreases the martensitic transformation temperatures and increases the transition hysteresis. This might be associated with a release of stress in the Mn50Ni40Sn10 and Mn50Ni41Sn9 alloys during the annealing process. However, in the case of Co50Ni21Ga32 nanoparticles, a reverse phenomenon is observed. X-ray diffraction analysis results reveal that the as-prepared Co50Ni21Ga32 nanoparticles do not show a martensitic phase at room temperature. Post-annealing followed by ice quenching, however, is found to trigger the formation of the martensitic phase. The presence of the martensitic transition is attributed to annealing-induced particle growth and the stress introduced during quenching. View Full-Text
Keywords: phase transitions; magnetism; X-ray and electron scattering phase transitions; magnetism; X-ray and electron scattering
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Fichtner, T.; Wang, C.; Levin, A.A.; Kreiner, G.; Mejia, C.S.; Fabbrici, S.; Albertini, F.; Felser, C. Effects of Annealing on the Martensitic Transformation of Ni-Based Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Heusler Alloys and Nanoparticles. Metals 2015, 5, 484-503.

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