Mössbauer analysis of compositional tuning of magnetic exchange interactions in high entropy alloys
We measured the change in the average hyperfine field strength of several high entropy alloys in relation to small compositional deviations from the equiatomic alloy, FeCoNiCuMn. Mössbauer spectra of four psuedo-binary systems, in which Mn content is increased and another element was decreased in equal measure, reveal several discrete peaks in the hyperfine field distribution that show evidence of the discrete exchange interactions between magnetic elements in the alloy. A simple linear regression modelling the perturbation of the average hyperfine field when the composition is altered calculates the contribution of each atom to the overall average. The average hyperfine field is linear with Tc, so these values allow us to estimate Tc for alloys with more complex compositional variation within the window of linearity (<24% Mn based on other alloys). The results were confirmed experimentally by calculating Tc of two new alloys, Fe19Co20Ni19Cu19Mn23 and Fe19Co20Ni19Cu20Mn22.
Perrin, A., Sorescu, M., Ravi, V., Laughlin, D., & McHenry, M. (2019). Mössbauer analysis of compositional tuning of magnetic exchange interactions in high entropy alloys. AIP Advances, 9 (3). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5079744