Metamagnetic transition in the 75 K antiferromagnet Gd4Co2Mg3

Abstract : Gd4Co2Mg3 (Nd4Co2Mg3 type; space group P2/m; a=754.0(4), b=374.1(1), c=822.5(3) pm and β=109.65(4)° as unit cell parameters) was synthesized from the elements by induction melting in a sealed tantalum tube. Its investigation by electrical resistivity, magnetization and specific heat measurements reveals an antiferromagnetic ordering at TN=75(1) K. Moreover, this ternary compound presents a metamagnetic transition at low critical magnetic field (Hcr=0.93(2) T at 6 K) and exhibits a magnetic moment of 6.3(1) μB per Gd-atom at 6 K and H=4.6 T. Due to this transition the compound shows a moderate magnetocaloric effect; at 77 K the maximum of the magnetic entropy change is ΔSM=−10.3(2) J/kg K for a field change of 0-4.6 T. This effect is compared to that reported previously for compounds exhibiting a magnetic transition in the same temperature range.
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Stéphane Gorsse, Bernard Chevalier, Selcan Tuncel, Rainer Pöttgen. Metamagnetic transition in the 75 K antiferromagnet Gd4Co2Mg3. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Elsevier, 2009, 182 (4), pp.948-953. ⟨10.1016/j.jssc.2009.01.027⟩. ⟨hal-00372463⟩

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