Publications in Scientific Journals:
S. Khmelevskyi, P. Mohn:
"Laves-phase (Zr,Nb)Fe2 alloys as model Invar systems without magnetic frustration: Comparison to Fe-Ni Invar";
Physical Review B,
We calculate the spontaneous volume magnetostriction and exchange interaction in C15 Laves-phase
Zr1−xNbx Fe2 alloys, which exhibit a distinctive Invar-type anomaly in their thermal expansion. Our firstprinciples study is based on the disordered local-moment approximation and the magnetic force theorem
applied in the framework of the local spin-density approximation and the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker bandstructure
method. The theory presented is able to predict the qualitative difference in the thermal expansion
between the systems considered. The exchange interactions in Zr1−xNbx Fe2 and in classical Fe-Ni Invar
alloys have been recalculated and compared in a wide range of volumes. We find that the magnetic interactions
in Zr1−xNbx Fe2 do not become frustrated at lower volumes contrary to the case of Fe-Ni Invar alloy. Thus, it
is explicitly shown that antiferromagnetism and magnetic noncollinearity at low volumes are not a prerequisite
for an Invar anomaly to occur.
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