Origin of magnetostriction in Fe-Ga

Chaitanya Mudivarthi, Mark Laver, James Cullen, Alison B. Flatau, Manfred Wuttig

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    This paper investigates the origin of large magnetostriction in Fe-Ga alloys using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and Kerr microscopy. The SANS data for a single-crystal, electron irradiated, and quenched Fe81Ga19 sample under externally applied magnetic and elastic fields revealed the existence of magnetostrictive nanoclusters spaced at similar to 15 nm apart that have a different magnetization than the A2 matrix. Combining the SANS results and the magnetization orientation obtained from the magnetic domain images using a Kerr microscope, it appears that the nanoclusters contribute significantly to the macroscopic magnetostriction.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Issue number9
    Pages (from-to)09A957
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventJoint MMM-Intermag Conference - Washington, DC
    Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …
    Conference number: 11th


    ConferenceJoint MMM-Intermag Conference
    CityWashington, DC
    Period01/01/2010 → …

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    • Materials and energy storage
    • Superconducting materials

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