Reversibility in the inverse magnetocaloric effect in Mn3GaC studied by direct adiabatic temperature-change measurements


ÇAKIR Ö. , Acet M.

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, vol.100, no.20, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 100 Issue: 20
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1063/1.4717181
  • Title of Journal : APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS

Abstract

Thermal-hysteresis affects adversely the reversibility of the magnetocaloric effect around a first order magnetostructural transition. In Mn3GaC, a first order antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic transition is accompanied by a volume-change and a 5 K thermal-hysteresis. We study the reversibility of the magnetocaloric effect in the transition region by direct adiabatic temperature-change measurements. The magnetic field is cycled between 0 and 3 T, and the temperature-change is observed. We find that the system exhibits a temperature-change of 3.1 K in the virgin state, and all subsequent cycling leads to a 2.8 K warming and cooling when the field is decreased and increased, respectively. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4717181]