The effects of biaxial strain on the electrical and magnetic properties of an antiferromagnetic Heusler compound Fe2VSi were systematically investigated. A series of epitaxial Fe2VSi thin films on MgAl 2O4 and MgO substrates were fabricated with different tensile strains by varying the substrate-lattice mismatch and the film thickness. The strain was characterized by the ratio of the out-of-plane lattice parameter c to the in-plane lattice parameter a; this ratio c/a varied from 0.987 to 0.998 at room temperature. The tensile epitaxial strain was found to increase the antiferromagnetic Neel temperature TN to 193 K, which is 70 K higher than that for the unstrained bulk material. A clear dependence of TN on c/a was observed, which is consistent with theoretical predictions in which the band Jahn-Teller effect plays a significant role.
|Journal||Journal of Applied Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Apr 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)