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Tuning the magnetic properties of Co nanoparticles by Pt capping

By A. Ebbing, O. Hellwig, L. Agudo, G. Eggeler and O. Petracic


We show that by capping Co nanoparticles with small amounts of Pt strong changes of the magnetic properties can be induced. The Co nanoparticles have a mean diameter of 2.7 nm. From magnetometry measurements we find that for zero and for small amounts of Pt (nominal thickness t(Pt) < 0.7 nm) the nanoparticles behave superparamagnetic like. With increasing t(Pt) the blocking temperature is enhanced from 16 up to 108 K. Capping with Pd yields comparable results. However, for values t(Pt) > 1 nm a strongly coupled state is encountered resembling a ferromagnet with a T_c approx. 400

Topics: Condensed Matter - Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.012405
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