Materials and Nanoscience, Nebraska Center for (NCMN)
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JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 109, 07A707 (2011)
Nanoparticles of YCo2, YCo3, and YCo5 are produced by cluster-deposition and investigated both structurally and magnetically. The nanoparticles have sizes of less than 10 nm and are superparamagnetic at 300 K, irrespective of stoichiometry. As-produced nanoparticles exhibit disordered structures with magnetic properties differing from those of the bulk particles. The temperature-dependent magnetization curves of the nanoparticles reveal blocking temperatures from 110 to 250 K, depending on stoichiometry. The magnetic anisotropy constant K1 of disordered YCo5 nanoparticles of 7.8 nm in size is 3.5×106ergs/cm3, higher than those of the disordered YCo2 (8.9×105ergs/cm3) and YCo3 (1.0×106ergs/cm3) nanoparticles.
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