Bulk and Interfacial Effects in Co–Cr2O3 Nanocomposites
Abstract:The exchange bias field has been measured in a set of Co–Cr2O3 nanocomposites in order to distinguish between the bulk and interfacial contributions to Hex. The studies were carried out on a set of samples prepared by the sol gel technique in which the Co concentration was varied between 30 and 80 wt%. The particle sizes in all samples were carefully controlled so as to enable a comparison of their magnetic properties. Using thermal activation measurements we are able to distinguish between contributions to Hex arising from the thermal stability of the antiferromagnetic particles (bulk behaviour) and that due to changing interface density with increasing Co concentration. We have interpreted our results in terms of the independent particle volume model.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2011
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