The growth of new magnetic materials on suitable insulating substrates is an important part of the development of spin-electronics devices for memory or information processing. Epitaxial thin films of Mn2PtSn were grown on a MgO  substrate by magnetron co-sputtering of the constituents. Structural, magnetic, and electron-transport properties were investigated. The epitaxial Mn2PtSn film has an inverse tetragonal structure with the c-axis aligned in the plane of the MgO substrate. The lattice constants determined using XRD and TEM analysis are c = 6.124 Å and a = b = 4.505 Å. The orientation of Mn2PtSn c-axis which is 45° away from the a-axis of MgO has resulted in a small lattice mismatch of about 2.8%. The measured saturation magnetization is 5.3 μB/f.u., which is smaller than the first-principles calculated value of 6.4 μB/f.u. for ferromagnetic spin arrangement. Magnetization measurements determined the bulk magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant Kv of about 11.3 Merg/cm3 (1.13 MJ/m3). The electron-transport behavior is similar to that of normal magnetic metals. These results indicate that Mn2PtSn may have promising applications in spintronic devices.
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