We report on structural, magnetic, transport, and spin-polarization measurements of the Heusler alloys Co 2 MnSi and NiMnSb. Laue diffraction patterns confirm the single-crystal nature of Co 2 MnSi. Room-temperature transport measurements show a negative magnetoresistance in NiMnSb. Point-contact Andreev reflection measurements of the spin polarization yield polarization values for Co 2 MnSi and NiMnSb of 56% and 45%, respectively. Temperature dependence of resistivity for Co 2 MnSi reveals a relatively large residual resistivity ratio (ρ293 K/ρ5 K) typical of single-crystal Heusler alloys. In NiMnSb, resistivity and magnetization as a function of temperature show evidence of a magnetic phase transition near 90 K.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics