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The magnetocaloric properties of the Ni 50Mn 34.8In 14.2B Heusler alloy have been studied by direct measurements of the adiabatic temperature change (ΔT AD(T,H)) and indirectly by magnetization (M(T,H)), differential scanning calorimetry, and specific heat (C(T,H)) measurements. The presence of a first-order ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition has been detected for Ni 50Mn 34.8In 14.2B at 320 K. The magnetocaloric parameters, i.e., the magnetic entropy change (ΔS M (2.9-3.2) J/kgK) and the adiabatic temperature change (ΔT AD (1.3-1.52) K), have been evaluated for ΔH 1.8 T from C P(T,H) and M(T,H) data and from direct ΔT AD(T,H) measurements. The extracted magnetocaloric parameters are comparable to those of Gd. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.

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Applied Physics Letters