X-ray magnetic circular dichroism in quasicrystals

Yasuhiro Watanabe, Junpei Tamura, Hironobu Shoji, Susumu Nanao, Tetsuya Nakamura, Yoshihiko Yokoyama

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The spectra of X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) were measured in the ferromagnetic quasicrystals (a stable decagonal phase of Al40Mn25Fe15Ge20, a unstrained icosahedral phase of Al50Pd15Mn20B15, a strained icosahedral phase of Al42.5Pd7.5Mn30B20) and the orthorhombic approximant crystalline phase of Al30Mn40B30. In Al40Mn25Fe15Ge20, the intensity of XMCD at Mn K-edge and Fe K-edge were -7×10-5 and -5×10-5, respectively, which are normalized by the edge jump of the normal absorption spectra. The values suggest that Mn and Fe in this alloy contribute to the magnetism to the same degree. From the result of EXAFS, the nearest neighbors of Mn atoms and Fe atoms were analyzed to be at the same distance. The environment around Mn and Fe were found not so similar except for the nearest neighbor distance. In Al50Pd15Mn20B15, Al42.5Pd7.5Mn30B20 and Al30Mn40B30 alloys, the intensity of XMCD around the Mn K-edge were about -3×10-4. The magnetic moments of Mn atoms in these alloys are roughly estimated to be 0.8 μB. The difference of a magnetic structure was detected between the quasicrystals and the approximant. The result of EXAFS analysis indicates that the distances from Mn to its first nearest neighbor and its second nearest neighbor are almost equal. The existence of phason strain field have no appreciable influence on the moment of Mn.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-620
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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