Materials and Nanoscience, Nebraska Center for (NCMN)


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Published in JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS VOLUME 87, NUMBER 9. © 2000 American Institute of Physics. Used by permission.


Rapidly solidified Sm11Fe89 was observed to form partially ordered Sm2Fe17. The ordering increased systematically with annealing temperature, reaching an order parameter of 0.8 after annealing at 950 °C for 15 min. The coercivity of the corresponding interstitial compound Sm2Fe17Nx varied with annealing temperature and thus order parameter. The coercivity reached a maximum for an order parameter of 0.45–5, then dramatically decreased as the order increased. This behavior is characteristic of demagnetization controlled by domain wall pinning by antiphase boundaries.