Magnetic and structural properties of Ni–Mn–Al thin films are investigated. It is demonstrated that the annealed film shows L21 phase at room temperature. Magnetometry measurements reveal that the annealed film is ferromagnetic and a first order transition in magnetization versus temperature measurement confirms that the martensite to austenite transition occurs around room temperature. Transmission electron microscopy measurements confirm that this structural change occurs just below room temperature. The splitting of Mn 2p3/2 level in x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy core level spectra of the annealed Ni–Mn–Al film, confirms that the origin of magnetism is definitely correlated with the local magnetic moment at the Mn atoms.

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