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Neutron diffraction studies of magnetostrictive Fe–Ga alloy ribbons

Zhao, Xuegen, Mellors, Nigel, Kilcoyne, Susan H., Lord, Don, Lupu, Nicoletta, Chiriac, Horia and Henry, Paul (2008) Neutron diffraction studies of magnetostrictive Fe–Ga alloy ribbons. Journal of Applied Physics, 103 (7). pp. 1-3. ISSN 0021-8979

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Melt-spun Fe–Ga ribbons were prepared and some ribbons were annealed at 1000 °C for 1 h then
slowly cooled to room temperature. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed no evidence of texture and
only bcc phase in the as-quenched ribbons. However, high-resolution neutron diffraction patterns
gave more information on the structure of these ribbons. Only diffractions from the disordered bcc
A2 phase were found in as-quenched ribbons with 15, 17.5, and 19.5 at. % Ga content, without any
trace of satellite peaks or splitting peaks from the proposed Ga–Ga pairing superlattice structure.
The broadening of the base of the �110� peaks for all samples except the as-quenched 15 at. % Ga
ribbon might indicate the existence of some kind of short range ordering. Ribbons developed L12
phase after annealing especially in the Fe 19.5 at. % Ga ribbon where the formation of L12 phase
reduced the Ga content in the remaining A2 phase and decreased its lattice parameter dramatically.
D03 phase formed in the as-quenched 22.5 at. % Ga ribbon and the following annealing treatment
transformed more A2 phase into D03 phase.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Schools: School of Applied Sciences
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Depositing User: Sue Kilcoyne
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 10:58
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2015 21:21


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