Date of Award

8-1-2015

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Ali, Naushad

Abstract

The impact of B substitution in Ni50Mn35In15-xBx Heusler alloys with x = (0, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.1 1.5, and 2) on the structural, magnetic, transport, and parameters of magnetocaloric effect has been studied by means of room temperature XRD-diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermomagnetic measurements (in a magnetic field up to 5 T and temperature interval 5-400 K). Direct adiabatic temperature (ΔTAD) measurements have been carried out for an applied magnetic field change (ΔH) of 1.8 T. The partial substitution of In by B in Ni50Mn35In15-xBx Heusler alloys induced a non-linear temperature shift of the magnetostructural transition while Curie temperature (TC) was found to be nearly constant (TC ~ 320 K) for all compounds. The transition temperatures (T-x) phase diagram has been constructed for H = 0.005 T. The MCE parameters were found to be larger or comparable to parameters observed in other MCE materials, such as Ni50Mn34.8In14.2B and Ni50Mn35In14X (X=In, Al, and Ge) Heusler alloys. It has been demonstrated that the martensitic transformation temperature and the corresponding ∆SM can be tuned through a slight variation in composition of B in NiMnInB alloys. A magnetoresistance associated with martensitic transformation was found to be -60% for x = 0.75 at T = 240 K for a magnetic field change of 5 T. The maximum absolute value of ΔTAD = 2.5 K was observed at the magnetostructural transition for Ni50Mn35In14.5B0.5. The roles of the magnetic and structural changes on the transition temperatures are discussed.

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