The substitution effect on half-metallicity for Co-based Heusler alloys Co2TiGa1-x Snx was investigated by experimental measurements and first-principles band calculations. The synthesized alloys crystalized in the ordered L21 crystal structure. The spontaneous magnetization obeyed the Slater-Pauling rule, indicating the possibility that Co2TiSn and Co2TiGa0.5Sn0.5 are half-metals. The first-principles band calculations revealed that Co2TiSn is half-metal and Co2TiGa0.5Sn0.5 is nearly half-metal. The spin polarization P was determined by the Andreev reflection technique. The intrinsic P values were 58.9% for Co2TiSn and 58.2% for Co2TiGa0.5 Sn0.5, respectively. The P values of Co2TiGa1-xSnx were relatively higher than other Co-based Heusler alloys. Thus, Co-based Heusler alloys Co2TiGa1-xSnx are possible candidates for half-metallic electrode materials in spintronic devices.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials