Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

687

Date

2012

Date of Award

7-24-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Physics

Concentration

Materials Science

Committee Chair

Sanjay R Mishra

Committee Member

Muhammad S Jahan

Committee Member

Lam Yu

Abstract

Binary rare-earth (R)-iron intermetallic compounds with Th2Ni17 and Th2Zn17 structure have been extensively studied for their potential application as permanent magnets. The main drawbacks of these materials are low Curie temperature (Tc) and magnetic anisotropies. In the present study, substitution of Fe atom by Nb or Cr atom shows enhancement in the magnetic properties of R2Fe17 compounds.On the first part of thesis, it presents effects of substituting iron atoms in R2Fe17 (R: Dy & Er) with bigger non-magnetic Nb atoms and smaller magnetic Cr atoms with changes in the structural and magnetic properties of the R2Fe17-xNb(orCr)x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.5 for Nb and 0 ≤ x ≤ 3.0 for Cr) compounds. The maximum Tc was observed at x = 1. Other part of the thesis, ball milling on Er2Fe16Nb1, Dy2Fe16Nb1 and Gd2Fe16Nb1 compounds shows enhancement in the magnetic properties and Tc due to exchange spring behavior.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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