Grain structure and magnetic relaxation of self-assembled Co nanowires

Authors
Schio, P.; Bonilla, F. J.; Zheng, Y.; Demaille, D.; Milano, Julian; de Oliveira, A. J. A.; Vidal, F.
Publication Year
2013
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
The magnetic relaxation of Co nanowires assemblies embedded in CeO2/SrTiO3(001) epilayers has been investigated by magnetization decay measurements. Two different samples were studied, with nanowires having distinct crystallographic structures and diameters of 3 and 5 nm. The structure of the nanowires was derived from high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis. The 3 nm diameter nanowires are made of hcp Co grains with the c-axis pointing along one of the four h111i directions of the CeO2 matrix, separated by fcc Co regions. In the 5 nm diameter nanowires, the grains are smaller and the density of stacking faults is much higher. The magnetic viscosity coefficient (S) of these two systems was measured as a function of the applied field and of the temperature. Analysis of the variation of S and of the activation volume for magnetization reversal reveals distinct behaviors for the two systems. In the nanowires assembly with 5 nm diameter, the results can be described by considering an energy barrier distribution related to shape anisotropy and are consistent with a thermally activated reversal of the magnetization. In contrast, the anomalous behavior of the 3 nm diameter wires indicates that additional sources of anisotropy have to be considered in order to describe the distribution of energy barriers and the reversal process. The distinct magnetic behaviors observed in these two systems can be rationalized by considering the grain structure of the nanowires and the resulting effective magnetocrystalline anisotropy.
Fil: Schio, P.. Universite de Paris Vi. Institut Des Nanosciences de Paris; Francia. Universidade Federal do Sao Carlos; Brasil
Fil: Bonilla, F. J.. Universite de Paris Vi. Institut Des Nanosciences de Paris; Francia
Fil: Zheng, Y.. Universite de Paris Vi. Institut Des Nanosciences de Paris; Francia. Laboratoire International Franco-Argentin en Nanosciences; Argentina
Fil: Demaille, D.. Universite de Paris Vi. Institut Des Nanosciences de Paris; Francia
Fil: Milano, Julian. Universite de Paris Vi. Institut Des Nanosciences de Paris; Francia. Laboratoire International Franco-Argentin en Nanosciences; Argentina. Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica. Centro Atomico Bariloche; Argentina. Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica. Gerencia del Area de Energía Nuclear. Instituto Balseiro; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Argentina. Universidad Nacional de Cuyo; Argentina
Fil: de Oliveira, A. J. A. . Universidade Federal do Sao Carlos; Brasil
Fil: Vidal, F.. Laboratoire International Franco-Argentin en Nanosciences; Argentina. Universite de Paris Vi. Institut Des Nanosciences de Paris; Francia
Subject
Magnetic properties of nanostructures
Self-assembly
Quantum wires
Magnetic anisotropy
Magnetization reversal mechanisms
Física de los Materiales Condensados
Ciencias Físicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Nano-materiales
Nanotecnología
INGENIERÍAS Y TECNOLOGÍAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
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CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
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