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    STUDIA PHYSICA - Issue no. 1-2 / 2021  
         
  Article:   XPS ON Mn0.95Dy0.05NiSb HEUSLER ALLOY.

Authors:  R. DUDRIC, R. GRASIN, M. NEUMANN, R. TETEAN.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  
DOI: 10.24193/subbphys.2021.04

Published Online: 2021-12-30
Published Print: 2021-12-30
pp. 39-46

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XPS results on Mn0.95Dy0.05NiSb Heusler alloy are presented. The compound is single phase with a C1b type cubic structure. All the experimental results suggest that the rare earth atoms entered in the lattice and they are not forming second phases. An exchange splitting of Mn 3s core-level spectrum of about 4.6 eV was shown, giving a direct evidence of the local magnetic moments on Mn sites. The Ni 3d states are giving the major contribution to the XPS valence band spectra. The Ni 3d satellite peak situated around 6 eV was attributed to the fact that the Ni 3d states in the valence band are not fully occupied. However, the Ni 3d band is almost full in this alloy and the Stoner criterion for the existence of a magnetic moment on Ni sites is no longer fulfilled.

Keywords: Heusler alloys, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, valence band spectra.
 
         
     
         
         
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