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Defect Properties and Magnetism in B2-type CoFe Alloys

  • Keiichi Harada (a1), Hiroki Ishibashi (a1) and Mineo Kogachi (a1)

Point defect properties have been studied for B2-type Co1-cFec alloys (0.4 ≤ c ≤ 0.6 ) by X-ray diffraction and density measurements. The lattice constant increases with increase in composition c and indicates a distinct change in the slope beyond c = 0.5. Further, it shows a decrease with increase in quenching temperature. The obtained vacancy concentration is very low for any composition and temperature concerned. Thus, it can be concluded that defect type in B2 CoFe is an antisite atom. The change in the lattice constant with quenching temperature can be related to the long-range order (LRO): it is well approximated by a linear form with respect to square of the LRO parameter. CoFe alloys in both B2 and higher temperature A2 phase regions show ferromagnetism. Observed results are discussed taking a correlation between the defect structure and the magnetic behavior into account.

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