Tuning of magnetocaloric effect in ferromagnetic La-Sr manganites through Er and Eu doping
authors Amaral, JS; Reis, MS; Amaral, VS; Mendonca, TM; Araujo, JP; Tavares, PB; Vieira, JM
editors Vilarinho, PM
nationality International
journal ADVANCED MATERIALS FORUM III, PTS 1 AND 2
author keywords magnetocaloric effect; manganites; room-temperature refrigeration
abstract Colossal magnetoresistive manganites have attracted renewed interest in research due to their potential application as active magnetic materials in magnetic refrigeration tech- niques. For optimal thermal performace, a careful control of the efficiency peak at the Curie temperature (TC) is needed. La0.70Sr0.30MnO3 (LSMO) is an optimally doped ferromagnetic material manganite that presents considerable magnetocaloric effect. However, the operating temperature (TC) of LSMO is near 375 K, which limits it's applicability in room-temperature refrigeration. In light of this, we have studied solid state and sol-gel produced samples of the LSMO system where La is substituted by Er and Eu, and show that the operating temperature can be significantly controlled by substitution to values near room temperature and also that the relative cooling power (RCP) of Er and Eu substituted samples is significantly increased. The regular dependence of TC with the amount of rare-earth substitution and the increase in RCP allow the creation of composites or thermal cascades of chemically similar compounds to produce an active magnetic element with a wide temperature interval of operation (from 260 to 370 K). This work presents relatively cost-efficient materials for application in room-temperature magnetic cooling.
publisher TRANS TECH PUBLICATIONS LTD
issn 0255-5476
year published 2006
volume 514-516
beginning page 299
ending page 303
web of science category Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
subject category Materials Science
unique article identifier WOS:000238056400062

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