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L21 and XA ordering competition in titanium-based full-Heusler alloys

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Abstract

The site preference rule, i.e., that the atomic sites of transition-metal-elements X and Y are determined by the number of their valence electrons, has been widely used in the design of full-Heusler alloys X2YZ and also used to explain their properties. In this work, the most popular Ti2-based Heusler alloys are selected as targets to study the site preferences of their atoms by theoretical calculations. It is observed that most of them are likely to form the L21-type structure instead of the XA one. The reason for the site preference is explained on the basis of the calculated charge density differences. We further prove that each alloy shows abruptly different spintronic properties, depending on its L21-type or XA-type structures. This research can be regarded as a counterexample to the site preference rule and is instructive for the future design of full-Heusler alloy materials.

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The article was received on 28 Aug 2017, accepted on 19 Oct 2017 and first published on 20 Oct 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC03909C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 11559-11564
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    L21 and XA ordering competition in titanium-based full-Heusler alloys

    X. Wang, Z. Cheng, H. Yuan and R. Khenata, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 11559
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC03909C

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