Electron holography studies on magnetic domains in ferromagnetic shape memory alloys

Y. Murakami, H. S. Park, J. H. Yoo, D. Shindo, K. Oikawa, R. Kaimuma, K. Ishida

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Magnetization distribution in ferromagnetic shape memory alloys has been studied by electron holography and Lorentz microscopy. The observations have revealed that a martensite variant, which is a crystallographic domain in ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, is divided into several 180° magnetic domains in a Ni2MnGa alloy. The magnetization vectors of the 180° domains are basically oriented along the easy magnetization axis due to the high magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the martensite. Close relations between the magnetic domains and the antiphase domains in the parent phase of a Ni51Fe22Ga27 alloy were also revealed by in situ observations with electron holography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-211
Number of pages5
JournalMetals and Materials International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jun


  • Electron microscopy
  • Martensite
  • Martensitic transformation


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