Indexed on: 25 Jan '17Published on: 25 Jan '17Published in: Dalton Transactions
The influence of Zn substitution on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of Cd1-xZnxCr2Se4 (0.35 ≤ x ≤ 0.45) spinel was investigated. All the samples exhibited two successive magnetic transitions associated with the reentrant spin glass at a freezing temperature (Tf) and Curie temperature (TC). It was demonstrated that Tf changed slightly with the Zn content; however, the TC value decreased with increasing Zn content due to the decrease of lattice constant. The magnetic entropy variation (-ΔSM) was found to exhibit two maxima at TC and Tf, which have an opposite trend as a function of Zn content. With increasing Zn content, (-ΔSM) was found to decrease at TC, whereas at Tf, (-ΔSM) increased. It was shown that the change of (-ΔSM) is closely correlated to the local exponent factor n at both transitions. The results showed that materials with double magnetic transitions could be integrated in a new class of magnetic refrigeration working in different temperature windows.