Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

May 1995


Published by American Physical Society. Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 3688 (1995). Copyright © 1995 American Physical Society. Permission to use.


We report calculations of the noncollinear magnetic structures of YFe12-xMox permanent-magnet materials, using a novel variant of a spin-polarized tight-binding–linear-muffin-tin-orbital technique allowing for local spin-quantization axes on each site and considering spin-orbit coupling. The ternary YFe12-xMox compounds crystallize in the tetragonal ThMn12 structure which can be stabilized only by the partial substitution of Fe by an early transition metal like Mo. We show that the substitutional disorder leads to canted spin structures at low Mo content ( x~1) and to spin-glass-like behavior at higher Mo content (x~3).

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