The thermomagnetic and magnetocaloric properties of the MnNiGe1−xAlx system have been investigated by magnetization and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements. The presence of first-order magnetostructural transitions (MSTs) from hexagonal ferromagnetic to orthorhombic antiferromagnetic phases has been detected for x = 0.085 and 0.09 at 193 K and 186 K, respectively. The values of latent heat (L = 6.6 J/g) and corresponding total entropy changes (ΔST = 35 J/kg K) have been evaluated for the MST (x = 0.09) from DSC measurements. The magnetic entropy change for x = 0.09 (ΔSM = 17.6 J/kg K for 5 T) was found to be comparable with well-known giant magnetocaloric materials, such as Gd5Si2Ge2, MnFeP0.45As0.55, and Ni50Mn37Sn13.
Samanta, Tampas, Dubenko, Igor, Quetz, Abdiel, Temple, Samuel, Stadler, Shane and Ali, Naushad. "Magnetostructural Phase Transitions and Magnetocaloric Effects in MnNiGe1-xAlx." (Feb 2012).