Determination of size and interface hyperfine field of Co nanosized precipitates in Ag by Mössbauer spectroscopy
Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysika, University of Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium
2 Soreq Nuclear Research Centre - Yavne 70600, Israel
3 Shanghai Institute of Nuclear Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800, P. R. China
Accepted: 15 November 1996
We induced Co to form inclusions in Ag by ion implantation of Co into Ag and by coevaporation of both elements in a MBE system. Mössbauer spectroscopy at 4.2 K reveals the hyperfine fields present in the bulk and at the interface of the precipitates. By post-implanting the activity into the coevaporated samples, we strongly enhanced this interface population, which facilitates the determination of the associated magnetic hyperfine field. The dependence of the precipitate size on the Co concentration and annealing treatment is monitored. We propose a simple model which allows to estimate the precipitate size in the case of preferential interface population.
PACS: 75.50.Tt – Fine-particle systems / 33.45.+x – Moessbauer spectra / 31.30.Gs – Hyperfine interactions and isotope effects
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