Volume 72, Number 2, October 2005
|Page(s)||249 - 255|
|Section||Condensed matter: structural, mechanical and thermal properties|
|Published online||21 September 2005|
Dipole-field–induced spin disorder in a nanocomposite soft magnet
Paul Scherrer Institute - Villigen PSI, Switzerland
2 CNR-INFM-S, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Modena, Italy
3 School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University Melbourne, Australia
4 School of Physics, University of New South Wales - Sydney, Australia
5 GKSS Research Centre - Geesthacht, Germany
6 Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut für Nanotechnologie - Karlsruhe, Germany
7 Technische Physik, Universität des Saarlandes - Saarbrücken, Germany
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 17 August 2005
We report on a study of a magnetic nanocomposite of the Nanoperm type () by magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The understanding of the magnetic microstructure of these materials leaves much to be desired since we lack techniques capable of resolving the spin structure in the bulk with nanoscale resolution. Here, we present an analysis of the SANS signal by which one cannot only characterise the nanoscale structure of the spin system, but which allows to identify origin and structure of the perturbing field. In Nanoperm, an unusual angular anisotropy of the scattering suggests that the local spin misalignment decorates, as the most important perturbing field, dipole stray fields around the crystalline phase of the composite.
PACS: 61.12.Ex – Neutron scattering (including small-angle scattering) / 75.50.Tt – Fine-particle systems; nanocrystalline materials / 75.75.+a – Magnetic properties of nanostructures
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