Phase transformation and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic Cu-Mn-Ga alloys

Takuro Kushima, Koichi Tsuchiya, Yasukazu Murakami, Daisuke Shindo, Yoshikazu Todaka, Minoru Umemoto

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Phase transformation, microstructure and magnetic properties were investigated for Cu-(11-14) mol%Mn-20mol%Ga. The structures of the magnetic domains were also investigated by Lorentz microscopy and electron holography. Plate-like martensite phase(ζM, ordered hcp) was observed in as-quenched Cu-12 mol%Mn-20mol%Ga. Phase transformation from ζM martensite to ζ phase(hcp) occurred at around 540K on heating. The ζ phase decomposed into ζ″ (ordered hcp) and β(bcc) phase at around 700 K, then became the single β phase at around 840 K. By subsequent slow cooling, ζ phase was observed at room temperature. The results obtained from Lorentz microscopy and electron holography revealed that the twin plates of ζM martensite and the magnetic domain have one-to-one correspondence, suggesting high magneto-crystalline anisotropy energy of the martensite phase. The saturation magnetization and the Curie temperature increased with Mn content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2840-2846
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Transactions
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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