Lattice dynamics in magnetic superelastic Ni-Mn-In alloys: Neutron scattering and ultrasonic experiments

Xavier Moya*, David González-Alonso, Lluís Mañosa, Antoni Planes, V. O. Garlea, T. A. Lograsso, D. L. Schlagel, J. L. Zarestky, Seda Aksoy, Mehmet Acet

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Neutron scattering and ultrasonic methods have been used to study the lattice dynamics of two single crystals of Ni-Mn-In Heusler alloys close to Ni50 Mn34 In16 magnetic superelastic composition. The paper reports on the experimental determination of the low-lying phonon-dispersion curves and the elastic constants for this alloy system. We found that the frequencies of the TA2 branch are relatively low and it exhibits a small dip anomaly at a wave number ξ0 1/3, which softens with decreasing temperature. Associated with the softening of this phonon, we also observed the softening of the shear elastic constant C′ = (C11 - C12) /2. Both temperature softenings are typical for bcc-based solids which undergo martensitic transformations and reflect the dynamical instability of the cubic lattice against shearing of (110) planes along 1 1̄ 0 directions. Additionally, we measured low-lying phonon-dispersion branches and elastic constants in applied magnetic fields aimed to characterize the magnetoelastic coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number214118
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


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