Structure and magnetism of Mn5Ge3 nanoparticles

Onur Tosun, Mohammed Salehi-Fashami, Balamurugan Balasubramanian, Ralph Skomski, David J. Sellmyer, George C. Hadjipanayis

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In this work, we investigated the magnetic and structural properties of isolated Mn5Ge3 nanoparticles prepared by the cluster-beam deposition technique. Particles with sizes between 7.2 and 12.6 nm were produced by varying the argon pressure and power in the cluster gun. X-ray diffraction (XRD)and selected area diffraction (SAD) measurements show that the nanoparticles crystallize in the hexagonal Mn5Si3-type crystal structure, which is also the structure of bulk Mn5Ge3. The temperature dependence of the magnetization shows that the as-made particles are ferromagnetic at room temperature and have slightly different Curie temperatures. Hysteresis-loop measurements show that the saturation magnetization of the nanoparticles increases significantly with particle size, varying from 31 kA/m to 172 kA/m when the particle size increases from 7.2 to 12.6 nm. The magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant K at 50 K, determined by fitting the high-field magnetization data to the law of approach to saturation, also increases with particle size, from 0.4 × 105 J/m3 to 2.9 × 105 J/m3 for the respective sizes. This trend is mirrored by the coercivity at 50 K, which increases from 0.04 T to 0.13 T. A possible explanation for the magnetization trend is a radial Ge concentration gradient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number241
JournalNanomaterials
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2018

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Magnetism
Magnetization
Particle size
Nanoparticles
Magnetocrystalline anisotropy
Argon
Saturation magnetization
Curie temperature
Hysteresis loops
Coercive force
Structural properties
Magnetic properties
Diffraction
Crystal structure
X ray diffraction
Temperature

Keywords

  • Cluster deposition
  • Magnetic nanoparticles
  • Magnetization

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  • Materials Science(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Tosun, O., Salehi-Fashami, M., Balasubramanian, B., Skomski, R., Sellmyer, D. J., & Hadjipanayis, G. C. (2018). Structure and magnetism of Mn5Ge3 nanoparticles. Nanomaterials, 8(4), [241]. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8040241

Structure and magnetism of Mn5Ge3 nanoparticles. / Tosun, Onur; Salehi-Fashami, Mohammed; Balasubramanian, Balamurugan; Skomski, Ralph; Sellmyer, David J.; Hadjipanayis, George C.

In: Nanomaterials, Vol. 8, No. 4, 241, 15.04.2018.

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Tosun, O, Salehi-Fashami, M, Balasubramanian, B, Skomski, R, Sellmyer, DJ & Hadjipanayis, GC 2018, 'Structure and magnetism of Mn5Ge3 nanoparticles', Nanomaterials, vol. 8, no. 4, 241. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8040241
Tosun O, Salehi-Fashami M, Balasubramanian B, Skomski R, Sellmyer DJ, Hadjipanayis GC. Structure and magnetism of Mn5Ge3 nanoparticles. Nanomaterials. 2018 Apr 15;8(4). 241. https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8040241
Tosun, Onur ; Salehi-Fashami, Mohammed ; Balasubramanian, Balamurugan ; Skomski, Ralph ; Sellmyer, David J. ; Hadjipanayis, George C. / Structure and magnetism of Mn5Ge3 nanoparticles. In: Nanomaterials. 2018 ; Vol. 8, No. 4.
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