Effect of zinc substitution on crystal structure and magnetocaloric properties of ZnFe3N nitride


The crystal structure, electromagnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect (MCE) of ternary iron-based ZnFe3N nitride have been investigated systematically. The density of states (DOS) calculation combined with theoretical model analysis suggests that ZnFe3N has a second-order ferromagnetic phase transition process existing in the cubic system. Its saturation magnetization (Ms) is about 108.3 emu/g at 5 K. The maximum values of magnetic entropy change (|ΔSM| = 2.2984 J/kg K) and relative cooling power (RCP = 247.0671 J/kg) are calculated from the measurements at a magnetic field change ΔH = 50 kOe, respectively.

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This study was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51802002 and 51872004), Anhui Department of Education Foundation (Grant Nos. KJ2018A0039) and the Key Program of the Science and Technology Department of Anhui Province (Grant Nos. S201904a09020074), China. This work was also supported by High-Performance Computing Platform of Anhui University, China.

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Wang, W., Kan, X., Liu, X. et al. Effect of zinc substitution on crystal structure and magnetocaloric properties of ZnFe3N nitride. Eur. Phys. J. Plus 135, 505 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1140/epjp/s13360-020-00512-7

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