|Influence of plastic deformation on the magnetic properties of Heusler MnAu2Al
|Year of Publication
|Levin EE, Kitchaev DA, Eggeler YM, Mayer JA, Behera P, Gianola DS, Van der Ven A, Pollock TM, Seshadri R
|Phys. Rev. Materials
The Heulser intermetallic MnAu2Al is shown to undergo a dramatic change in net magnetization in response to plastic deformation. A mechanism is proposed involving antiferromagnetic interactions in the otherwise ferromagnetic compound (when ordered) that arise due to chemical changes at the antiphase boundaries created by the deformation. The coupling between chemical and magnetic order across antiphase boundaries is likely to occur in other ordered magnetic systems and may provide an explanation for otherwise anomalous magnetic behavior across several systems, including other Heusler intermetallics.