© 2009 American Institute of Physics

Published in Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 105 No. 1 (2009) at doi: 10.1063/1.3054291


We present the magnetic, structural, and transport properties of the quaternary Heusler alloys Co2MnSnxSb1−x (x = 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, and 1.0), which have been theoretically predicted to be half-metallic. Magnetization measurements as a function of applied field show that the saturation moment for x = 1 (Co2MnSn) is near the Slater–Pauling value of 5μB; however, the moment for x = 0 (Co2MnSb) falls far short of its predicted value of 6μB. Resistivity as a function of temperature was measured from 5 to 400 K, and a phase transition from a half-metallic ferromagnetic phase to a normal ferromagnetic phase was observed between 50 and 80 K for all of the alloys. At low temperature (10 K<T<40 K), the resistivity ratio was found to vary as R(T)/R(T = 5 K) = A+BT2+CT9/2, where the T2 term results from electron-electron scattering, whereas the T9/2 term is a consequence of double magnon scattering.