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IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MAGNETICS, VOL. 49, NO. 7, JULY 2013
This study presents the structural and magnetic properties of melt-spun HfCo7, HfCo7-xFex (0.25 < x < 1), and HfCo7Six (0.2 < x < 1.2) alloys. Appreciable permanent-magnet properties with a magnetocrystalline anisotropy of about 9.6–16.5 Mergs/cm3, a magnetic polarization Js = 7.2 –10.6 kG, and coercivities Hc = 0.5–3.0 kOe were obtained by varying the composition of these alloys. Structural analysis reveals that the positions of x-ray diffraction peaks of HfCo7 show good agreement with those corresponding to an orthorhombic structure having lattice parameters of about a = 4.719 A, b = 4.278 A, and c = 8.070 A. Based on these results, a model crystal structure for HfCo7 is developed and used to estimate the magnetic properties of HfCo7 using density-functional calculations, which agree with the experimental results.