Title

Magnetoresistance of a (γ-Fe2O3)80Ag20 Nanocomposite Prepared in Reverse Micelles

Abstract

The magnetic and transport properties of a (γ-Fe2O3)80Ag20 nanocomposite, prepared by a reverse micelle technique, have been studied, γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles and Ag particles were individually synthesized in reverse micelles. The nanocomposite material was then prepared by mixing the two different particles in a γ-Fe2O3/Ag molar ratio 80/20. The morphology of the nanoparticles was examined with transmission electron microscopy. Mössbauer spectra revealed no obvious presence of any divalent iron. Zero field cooled and field cooled magnetic susceptibilities indicated a blocking temperature of about 40 K. Negative magnetoresistance was observed resembling that in ball milled γ-Fe2O3/Ag nanocomposites. However, the magnitude of the negative magnetoresistance is smaller and is ~2.2% at 220 K and 9 T. Two possible mechanisms, spin-dependent hopping and tunneling across magnetic barriers, are discussed.

Department(s)

Chemistry

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0021-8979

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2000 American Institute of Physics (AIP), All rights reserved.

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