Magnetic anisotropy and spontaneous magnetostriction of RCuAl (R=Gd, Dy, Ho)

A. V. Andreev, P. Javorský, A. Lindbaum

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We have studied the magnetic anisotropy and the spontaneous magnetostriction of the hexagonal RCuAl (R = Gd, Dy and Ho) compounds by means of X-ray diffraction. A uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in DyCuAl and GdCuAl and a basal-plane type of magnetic anisotropy in HoCuAl have been found. The temperature development of lattice parameters revealed a considerable linear spontaneous magnetostriction both in the basal plane and along the c-axis. The mutual cancellation of these linear effects of opposite sign yields a tiny volume spontaneous magnetostriction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Magnetic properties
  • Rare earth intermetallic compounds
  • X-ray diffraction


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