Modeling pseudo-elasticity in small-scale ThCr2Si2-type crystals
Crystals of the ThCr2Si2-type structure comprise a large class of known compounds, and observations of superconductivity in some of the compounds generated significant interest in these materials. Recently, nano-indentation experiments have shown that at room temperature, small-scale crystals of CaFe2As2 exhibit pseudo-elastic behavior with recoverable strains of over 10%. These experiments also demonstrate the potential for shape memory effects at cryogenic temperatures, behavior which has previously been related to its magnetic phase transitions. In this work, the phase transitions of CaFe2As2 ...
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