The magnetic properties of some rare earth based Heusler alloys have been
investigated. Rare earth Heusler alloys of the form Pd2Reln exhibit magnetic
behaviour characterised by magnetic moments localised on the rare earth
atoms. X-ray and neutron diffraction investigation show that all alloys
crystallise in the cubic L21 Heusler structure with space group Fm3m. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.