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Entropy changes due to the first-order phase transition in the Gd5SixGe4-x system

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Liu, G.J. ; State Key Laboratory for Magnetism, Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, People’s Republic of China ; Sun, J.R. ; Lin, J. ; Xie, Y.W.
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Entropy changes due to magnetostructrual phase transition in Gd5SixGe4-x intermetallics have been studied based on a systematic analysis of experiment data and mean-field theory calculations. It is found that the magnetic and lattice entropy changes have the same sign. Further analysis indicates that the main entropy change (∼60%–∼80%) comes from the field-induced change of the magnetic order, while the rest arise from the entropy difference of the two crystallographic modifications joined by the structural transition, probably due to the variation of the lattice vibration mode. The present work reveals the importance of lattice entropy for a system experiencing a first-order transition.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:88 ,  Issue: 21 )