Magnetic-field-induced selective retardation of reaction in Mn/Ga diffusion couple

Yumi Watanabe, Ryota Kobayashi, Yoshifuru Mitsui, Rie Y. Umetsu, Keiichi Koyama

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number161310
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 20


  • Diffusion
  • High magnetic fields
  • Liquid-solid reactions
  • Magnetically ordered materials
  • Transition metal alloys and compounds


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