1. 
 Li, ChunMei, et al.
(författare)

Firstprinciples investigation of the composition dependent properties of Ni2+xMn1xGa shapememory alloys
 2010

Ingår i: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.  10980121. ; 82:2, s. 02420110242019

Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
 The composition dependent lattice parameter, phase stability, elastic moduli, and magnetic transition temperature of the Ni2+xMn1xGa shapememory alloys are studied by using the firstprinciples exact muffintin orbital method in combination with the coherent potential approximation. The lattice parameter and tetragonal shear modulus of the cubic L21 austenite phase decreases linearly with increasing concentration x of excess Ni atoms. The heats of formation of both cubic L21 and tetragonal beta''' phases and their difference increase with x, indicating decreasing stability of the cubic and tetragonal phases and increasing driving force for the L21 to beta''' martensitic transition. Investigating the electronic density of states, we find that the Niinduced decreasing phase stability can mainly be ascribed to the weakening of the covalent bonding between minority spin states of Ni and Ga. Using the computed parameters, the composition dependence of the martensitic transition temperature is discussed. The theoretical Curie temperature, estimated from the Heisenberg model in combination with the meanfield approximation, is larger for the beta''' phase than for the L21 phase. For both phases, the Curie temperature decreases nearly linearly with increasing x.


2. 
 Li, ChunMei, et al.
(författare)

Role of magnetic and atomic ordering in the martensitic transformation of NiMnIn from a firstprinciples study
 2012

Ingår i: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.  10980121. ; 86:21, s. 214205

Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
 The compositiondependent lattice parameters, crystal structure, elastic properties, magnetic moment, and electronic structure of Ni2Mn1+xIn1x (0 <= x <= 0.6) are studied by using firstprinciples calculations. It is shown that the martensitic phase transition (MPT) from cubic L2(1) to tetragonal L1(0) accompanies theMn(Mn)MnIn ferromagnetic (FM) to antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition, at around the critical composition x = 0.32, in agreement with the experimental measurement. The MnIn atomic disorder leads to decreasing stability of the martensite relative to the austenite, which depresses the MPT. The shear elastic constant C' of the parent phase first decreases slightly with increasing x and then remains almost unchanged above x = 0.32, indicating C' alone cannot account for the increase of the MPT temperature with x. The total magnetic moments for the L2(1) phase are in good agreement with those determined by experiments, whereas for the L1(0) phase they are slightly larger than the experimental data due to the possibleMnIn atomic disorder in the sample. The calculated density of states demonstrate that the covalent bonding between the minority spin states of Ni and In plays an important role in both the magnetic and structural stability.


3. 
 Li, ChunMei, et al.
(författare)

Site preference and elastic properties of Fe, Co, and Cu doped Ni(2)MnGa shape memory alloys from first principles
 2011

Ingår i: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.  10980121. ; 84:2, s. 024206

Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
 The site preference and elastic properties of Fe, Co, and Cudoped Ni(2)MnGa alloys are investigated by using the firstprinciples exact muffintin orbital method in combination with coherentpotential approximation. It is shown that Fe atom prefers to occupy the Mn and Ni sublattices even in Gadeficient alloys; Co has strong tendency to occupy the Ni sublattice in all types of alloys; Cu atoms always occupy the sublattice of the host elements in deficiency. For most of the alloys with stable site occupations, both the electron density n and the shear modulus C' can be considered as predictors of the composition dependence of the martensitic transition temperature T(M) of the alloys. The physics underlying the compositiondependent C' are discussed based on the calculated density of states.


4. 
 Luo, HuBin, et al.
(författare)

Magnetic properties and temperaturedependent halfmetallicity of Co2Mn(Ga(1x)Z(x)) (Z = Si, Ge, Sn) from firstprinciples calculation
 2013

Ingår i: Journal of Physics : Condensed Matter.  09538984. ; 25:15, s. 156003

Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
 Using the firstprinciples exact muffintin orbitals method in combination with the coherent potential approximation, we investigated the magnetic properties, exchange interactions, and temperaturedependent halfmetallicity of the Co2Mn(Ga(1x)Z(x)) (Z = Si, Ge, Sn) alloys. The total magnetic moment follows perfectly a previously proposed SlaterPauling relation, i.e., mu(0) = Nt  24, with Nt being the number of valence electrons. The CoMn and Co1Co2 (intersublattice) interactions are dominated by direct exchange, whereas the Co1Co1 (intrasublattice) interaction is characterized by superexchange. The MnMn exchange interaction in Co2MnGa is of longranged RKKYtype. However, the MnMn exchange interactions in Co(2)MnZ are relatively localized and can be attributed to superexchange. The CoMn, Co1Co2 and Co1Co1 total exchange interactions increase with x, whereas the MnMn total exchange interactions show convex behavior. The calculated Curie temperature (TC) increases with x. The ability of Z to enhance TC follows the sequence of Si > Ge > Sn, in agreement with the experimental findings. The temperature dependence of the spin polarization at the Fermi level [P(T)] is investigated based on the disordered local moment model. P(T) drops abruptly at temperatures much lower than TC. At temperatures higher than 200 K, the composition with higher TC generally corresponds to larger P(T).


5. 
 Luo, HuBin, et al.
(författare)

Phase stability of Ni2(Mn1xFex)Ga : A firstprinciples study
 2012

Ingår i: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.  10980121. ; 86:2, s. 024427

Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
 Ni2(Mn1xFex)Ga ferromagnetic shape memory alloy shows unusual compositiondependent martensitic transformation temperature (TM), namely, TM decreases with increasing e/a ratio. In hope of understanding this unusual behavior, we investigated the composition dependence of the heat of formation (Hf) and shear elastic modulus (C') of the cubic austenite as well as the stability of the fivelayer modulated (5M) tetragonal martensite relative to the austenite, using firstprinciples exact muffintin orbital method in combination with coherent potential approximation. Our calculations demonstrated that Hf of the austenite increases with the Fe content x. C' increases slightly with x up to 0.05 but decreases thereafter. The composition dependence of both Hf and C' cannot fully account for the trend of TM against x although such correlations have been proposed in literature for other NiMnGa based alloys. The structure of 5M martensite phase of Ni2(Mn1xFex)Ga with 0 < x < 0.2 is determined by optimizing both the shear (changing c/a) and wavelike shuffle of atoms in (110) planes along [1 (1) over bar0] direction adopting the experimentally determined modulation function. The energy difference Delta EAM between the austenite and 5M phases decreases with increasing x up to 0.05, following the lower Delta EAM corresponding to lower TM rule. However, with x larger than 0.05, Delta EAM increases, against the experimental TM similar to x behavior. We propose that, if taking the temperature effect and the spinorbital coupling into account, the Delta EAM similar to x curve might be altered and may explain the unusual composition dependence of Ni2(Mn1xFex)Ga.


6. 
 Li, ChunMei, et al.
(författare)

Temperature dependence of elastic properties of Ni(2+x)Mn(1x)Ga and Ni(2)Mn(Ga(1x)Al(x)) from first principles
 2011

Ingår i: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.  10980121. ; 84:17, s. 174117

Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
 The temperature dependence of the elastic properties of Ni(2+x)Mn(1x)Ga and Ni(2)Mn(Ga(1x)Al(x)) (x = 0.0, 0.1, and 0.2) random alloys are investigated by using the firstprinciples exact muffintin orbitals method. At 0 K, the calculated equilibrium parameters in both cubic L2(1) and nonmodulated tetragonal beta'''Ni(2)MnGa are in good agreement with the available experimental data and other theoretical results. Separating the thermal effects into single electron excitation, volume expansion, phonon smearing, and magnetic terms, we find that phonon smearing gives the dominating positive tetragonal elastic constant (C') versus temperature (T) slope for the cubic phase. For Ni(2+x)Mn(1x)Ga, the competition between the negative alloying effect (partial derivative C'/partial derivative x < 0) and the positive temperature effect (partial derivative C'/partial derivative T > 0) leads to nearly constant C'[x, T(M)(x)] at the martensitic transition temperature T(M)(x). For Ni(2)Mn(Ga(1x)Al(x)), where both partial derivative C'/partial derivative x and partial derivative C'/partial derivative T are positive, however, due to the significantly decrease of T(M)(x), the critical C'[x, T(M)(x)] slightly decreases with Al doping. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that both the composition and the temperature dependence of C' are indispensable to get a reasonable theoretical T(M)(x).

