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Synthesis and Physical Properties of Arc Melted NiMnSb

Gardelis, S, Androulakis, J, Migiakis, P, Giapintzakis, J, Clowes, S K, Bugoslavsky, Y, Branford, W R, Miyoshi, Y and Cohen, L F (2004) Synthesis and Physical Properties of Arc Melted NiMnSb Journal of Applied Physics, 95 (12). pp. 8063-8068. ISSN 00218979

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Abstract

Several polycrystalline samples of the half-Heusler alloy NiMnSb were grown by arc melting of stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric amounts of high-purity constituent elements. The structure and the phase-purity of the prepared samples were examined systematically by powder x-ray diffraction. The transport properties of the best sample, with saturation magnetization M-s(5 K)=4 mu(B)/formula unit, were studied by measuring electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity, and thermopower. Features in both magnetic and transport data are consistent with NiMnSb being in a half-metallic state at low temperatures, i.e., the conduction electrons are fully spin polarized. However, point-contact Andreev reflection measurements on the same sample at 4.2 K demonstrate only similar to45% spin polarization.

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Published in Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 95, Iss. 12.

Copyright 2004 American Institute of Physics.

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Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Advanced Technology Institute > Photonics
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:05
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:25
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1

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