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Enhancement of the magnetic anisotropy of Co clusters by Au capping

AuthorsLuis, Fernando; Bartolomé, Juan; Bartolomé, Fernando; Martínez Pérez, M. J.; García, L. M.
Ferromagnetic materials
Magnetic anisotropy
Sputter deposition
Particle size
Magnetisation reversal
Coercive force
Bonds (chemical)
Issue Date26-Apr-2006
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
CitationJournal of Applied Physics 99(8): 08G705-08G705-3 (2006)
AbstractWe study the magnetic properties of Co nanoparticles, prepared by sputtering, with diameters ranging from 1 to 3.5 nm. The effective anisotropy, which determines the activation energy for the magnetization reversal, increases with decreasing particle's size, showing the dominant role played by surface atoms. We find that the superparamagnetic blocking temperature and the coercive field are significatively enhanced when the clusters are capped by a thin Au layer. This enhancement is probably caused by the bonding or hybridization of Co and Au atoms at the interface between the two metals. It provides thus a method to modify the magnetic anisotropy, which can be of interest for the applications of magnetic nanoparticles.
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Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2172217
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