Off-campus UNL users: To download campus access dissertations, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your NU ID and password. When you are done browsing please remember to return to this page and log out.
Non-UNL users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this dissertation through interlibrary loan.
Novel Half-Metallic and Spin-Gapless Heusler Compounds
This thesis is devoted to experimental studies of Heusler compounds CoFeCrAl, CoFeCrX (X = Si, Ge) and Mn2PtSn. These Heusler alloys present an interesting class of ferromagnetic materials for spintronic applications since they are predicted to be spin gapless semiconductors and have half-metallic properties with 100 % spin polarization at the Fermi level. In this thesis, the structural, magnetic, spin-polarization and electron- transport properties of the fabricated alloys were studied. CoFeCrAl thin films deposited on MgO exhibit nearly perfect epitaxy and a high degree of L21 Heusler order. All considered types of chemical disorder destroy the spin-gapless semiconductivity of Y-ordered CoFeCrAl, but B2 disorder and A2-type Cr-Fe disorder conserve the half-metallicity of the alloy. The transport spin polarization at the Fermi level is higher than 68%. Epitaxial thin films of inverse tetragonal Mn2PtSn were synthesized and show lattice constants a = 0.449 nm, and b = 0.615 nm. Magnetization measurements revealed an in-plane anisotropy energy of 10 Merg/cm3. CoFeCrSi and CoFeCrGe Heusler alloys crystallize in cubic L21 structures with a small site disorder. The CoFeCrSi alloy exhibited a high Curie temperature (TC = 790 K). Cubic CoFeCrGe decomposed into other compounds near 402 °C (675 K). A new tetragonal Co53.4Fe30.4Cr8.6Ge 7.6 phase with lattice parameters a = 0.760 nm, c = 0.284 nm was studied with a series of tilted electron- diffraction measurements in this work. The (Co, Fe)-rich phase was found to embedded in the matrix of a Cr-rich phase. The results show promise for the implementation of CoFeCrX (X = Al, Si, Ge) and Mn2PtSn in future spintronics devices.^
Physics|Condensed matter physics
Jin, Yunlong, "Novel Half-Metallic and Spin-Gapless Heusler Compounds" (2017). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI10608196.