Faculty Publications

Title

Structural and magnetic properties of bulk Mn2PtSn

Document Type

Article

Keywords

DFT calculations, Heusler alloys, non-collinear magnetism

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Physics Condensed Matter

Volume

30

Issue

47

Abstract

Interplay between structural and magnetic order parameters is one of the key mechanisms of tuning properties of materials intended for device applications in spintronics. Here, using density functional calculations, we study combined effects of tetragonal distortion and non-collinear magnetic order in Mn2PtSn. We show that this material has two energetically close energy minimums corresponding to tetragonal lattice. In one of these phases, Mn2PtSn exhibits ferrimagnetic order with nearly fully compensated total magnetic moment, while in the other phase that corresponds to the lowest energy, a non-collinear magnetic arrangement emerges, with very large canting angle of the Mn local magnetic moments. The non-collinear alignment is explained through the interplay of exchange couplings between nearest and next nearest neighbor Mn atoms. Results are compared with those reported in recent literature, both experimental and theoretical.

Department

Department of Physics

Original Publication Date

10-31-2018

DOI of published version

10.1088/1361-648X/aae652

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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