In-field heat treatments of a solid-liquid Mn/Ga diffusion couple were conducted at 573 and 673 K with and without a magnetic field of 5 T to investigate magnetic field effects on the phase formation. Formation of the β-Mn, Mn3Ga, γ-MnGa, λ-MnGa, Mn2Ga5, and MnGa4 phases was observed. The obtained results indicated that the reaction and phase growth of λ-MnGa and Mn2Ga5 proceeded by diffusion-controlled process for both heat treatments at 0 and 5 T. We confirmed that a magnetic field suppressed the phase growth of λ-MnGa and Mn2Ga5. The parabolic coefficients of the λ-MnGa and Mn2Ga5 phases were exponentially suppressed by applying magnetic field of 5 T. It is suggested that gain of Zeeman energy of Mn-rich phase played a key role for the magnetic-field-induced suppression of the formation of the λ-MnGa and Mn2Ga5 phases.
- High magnetic fields
- Liquid-solid reactions
- Magnetically ordered materials
- Transition metal alloys and compounds