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Title: Realizing high magnetic moments in fcc Fe nanoparticles through atomic structure stretch.
Authors: Baker, SH
Roy, M
Thornton, SC
Binns, C
First Published: 2-May-2012
Citation: J PHYS CONDENS MATTER, 2012, 24 (17), pp. 176001-176001
Abstract: We describe the realization of a high moment state in fcc Fe nanoparticles through a controlled change in their atomic structure. Embedding Fe nanoparticles in a Cu(1-x)Au(x) matrix causes their atomic structure to switch from bcc to fcc. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements show that the structure in both the matrix and the Fe nanoparticles expands as the amount of Au in the matrix is increased, with the data indicating a tetragonal stretch in the Fe nanoparticles. The samples were prepared directly from the gas phase by co-deposition, using a gas aggregation source and MBE-type sources respectively for the nanoparticle and matrix materials. The structure change in the Fe nanoparticles is accompanied by a sharp increase in atomic magnetic moment, ultimately to values of ~2.5 ± 0.3 μ(B)/atom .
DOI Link: 10.1088/0953-8984/24/17/176001
eISSN: 1361-648X
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

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