• R Chakravarthy

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    • A polarised neutron study of magnetic moment density in Cu2MnAl

      V C Rakhecha R Chakravarthy N S Satya Murthy

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      A polarised neutron study of the ferromagnetic Heusler alloy Cu2Mn0.863Al1.057 has been made. It has been concluded that the magnetic moment density is primarily situated on the Mn ions. On assigning the Mn-moment value, the observed magnetic form factor is found to be in good agreement with the Mn2+ free ion form factor calculated by Watson and Freeman. A slight asphericity has been observed in the moment density. It is estimated that there are about 3% excess 3d-electrons in the Eg states compared to spherical distribution. There is evidence of a very small positive polarisation of the Cu atoms. No appreciable conduction electron polarisation is found.

    • Magnetic moment distributions and form factors in ferromagnetic nickel-ruthenium alloys

      R Chakravarthy L Madhav Rao N S Satya Murthy

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      Using polarised neutrons, the full three-dimensional magnetic structure amplitudes in the Ni1−c Ruc single crystals forc = 0·027, 0·033 and 0·046 were measured. Moment density maps in various portions of the Wigner-Seitz cell were obtained. It is seen from these maps that unlike Ni-based alloys with 3d impurities, the introduction of Ru to the Ni matrix produces extensive perturbations in the diffuse moment density, giving rise to a netpositive diffuse moment which tends to increase with Ru concentration. The asphericity of the host moment at first increases and then decreases with increasing Ru content. Another significant outcome of the present study is the evidence for the reversal of the sign of the Ru moment, from negative to positive, obtained by comparing the shape of the spherical site form factors of the three-alloy concentrations with the Ni spherical form factor itself. The sign reversal of the impurity moment is confirmed by the form factor analyses. Strong local environmental effects seem to play a major role in this alloy system.

    • Reanalysis of polarised neutron data on NiRu using projection operator formalism

      R Chakravarthy L Madhav Rao

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      Projection operator formalism has been applied to analyse magnetic structure amplitudes in Ni1−xRux (x=0·027, 0·033 and 0·046) alloys. This method is suitable for metals and alloys as it does not assume any free ion form factor. A new prescription has been discussed for the local site moment and diffuse moment in this frame work. The results of the present analysis are compared with those obtained using form factor analysis.

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