Hydrogen induced phase transitions in YMn2

H. Figiel, J. Przewoznik, V. Paul-Boncour, A. Lindbaum, E. Gratz, M. Latroche, M. Escorne, A. Percheron-Guégan, P. Mietniowski

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X-ray and magnetic investigations of the YMn2Hx hydrides at temperatures ranging from room temperature down to 4.2 K for the concentration range x≤1.2 are presented and analyzed. It is shown, that in the concentration range 0.5<x<0.8 the paramagnetic cubic phase of the hydrides transforms at 245 K into a tetragonally distorted (c/a <1) and magnetically ordered phase. This transition temperature is more than two times higher than for pure YMn2. Below ∼100 K a second transition into a phase also tetragonally distorted and magnetically ordered is observed, but with c/a>1. The observed phase transitions are interpreted as of martensitic type. In the border ranges for x<0.5 and x>0.8 a complex behaviour with several two phase ranges as a function of temperature is observed. For x<0.35 a spinodal decomposition is detected in the temperature range 100-130 K. For x≥1.2 no structural distortion is visible when crossing the temperature of the magnetic transition. On the basis of the presented data a phase diagram is proposed. The observed phase transitions are discussed and interpreted in terms of Mn-Mn magnetic interactions in dependence of the lattice expansion caused by hydrogen, taking into account the possible ordering of the hydrogen atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrides
  • Intermetallic compounds
  • Laves phases
  • Magnetic ordering
  • Phase diagram


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