Metamagnetic transitions in cubic La(FexAl1-x) 13 intermetallic

T. T.M. Palstra*, H. G.C. Werij, G. J. Nieuwenhuys, J. A. Mydosh, F. R. De Boer, K. H.J. Buschow

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Cubic NaZn13-type compounds of the form La(FexAl 1-x)13 was stabilised with compositions between LaFe 6Al7. For compositions above LaFe11.2Al 1.8 (x=0.861) a low-temperature antiferromagnetic state is present in small external fields. However, upon increasing the field to a few tesla, an exceedingly sharp spin-flip transition with remarkably large hysteresis occurs to the fully saturated ferromagnetic state. The origins of this unusual metamagnetic transition are discussed in terms of the special crystal structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024
Pages (from-to)1961-1966
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics F: Metal Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1984
Externally publishedYes


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