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Size-dependent magnetic properties of Iron Carbide nanoparticles embedded in a carbon matrix

Sajitha, EP and Prasad, V and Subramanyam, SV and Mishra, Ajay Kumar and Sarkar, Subhajit and Bansal, Chandrahaas (2006) Size-dependent magnetic properties of Iron Carbide nanoparticles embedded in a carbon matrix. In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter . (In Press)


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Here we report on the magnetic properties of iron carbide nanoparticles embedded in a carbon matrix. The granular distribution of nanoparticles in an inert matrix, of potential use in various application, were prepared by pyrolysis of organic precursors using thermal assisted chemical vapour deposition method. By varying the precursor concentration and preparation temperature, compositions with varying iron concentration and nanoparticle sizes were made. Powder X-ray diffraction, Transmission Electron Microscopy and MÄossbauer spectroscopy studies revealed, the nanocrystalline iron carbide (Fe3C) presence in the partially-graphitized matrix. The dependence of magnetic properties on the particle size and temperature (10 K<T<300 K) were studied using Superconducting Quantum Interference Device Magnetometery. Based on the effect of surrounding carbon spins, the observed magnetic behaviour of the nanoparticle compositions, such as temperature dependence of magnetization and coercivity, can be explained.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Institute of Physics.
Keywords: Nanocrystalline Magnetic materials;Mossbauer Spectroscopy; Magnetization
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: E.P Sajitha
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/9213

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