ABSTRACT: We use a calorimetric technique operating in sweeping magnetic field to study the thermomagnetic history-dependence of the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in Mn0.985Fe0.015As. We study the magnetization history for which a “colossal” MCE has been reported when inferred indirectly via a Maxwell relation. We observe no colossal effect in the direct calorimetric measurement. We further examine the impact of mixed-phase state on the MCE and show that the first order contribution scales linearly with the phase fraction. This validates various phase-fraction based methods developed to remove the colossal peak anomaly from Maxwell-based estimates.
Applied Physics Letters 06/2012; 100:252409. · 3.84 Impact Factor