Hyperfine field distribution in the Heusler compound Co2FeAl probed by 59Co nuclear magnetic resonance

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The Heusler compound Co2FeAl is reported to occur in various structures ranging from the completely ordered L21 to the completely disordered A2 structure type. In this work, we use spin echo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to probe the local structure of Co2FeAl bulk samples. The study of Co2FeAl bulk samples provides the unique possibility to verify the intrinsic generic structural properties. The 59Co NMR measurements reveal a distribution of Fe and Al not only in the first neighbouring shells of the 59Co nuclei but also in more distant shells. The analysis of 59Co NMR main resonance lines with an underlying sub-structure confirms that the local structure of the as-cast Co2FeAl bulk samples consists of a B2 type structure with contributions of the L21 type structure of about 10%. The observed sub-lines, which are attributed to a distribution of Fe and Al atoms in more distant shells, were previously not resolved in NMR spectra of Co2FeAl thin films, pointing to better long range order in bulk material than in thin films. We also show that the individual contributions of the structure types can be influenced by annealing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115007-1/7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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