Structural evolution and magnetic properties of nano-granular metallic alloys

K. Sumiyama, K. Suzuki, S. A. Makhlouf, K. Wakoh, T. Kamiyama, S. Yamamuro, T. J. Konno, Y. F. Xu, M. Sakurai, T. Hihara

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Fe clusters have been dispersed in Ag matrices using cluster beam (CB) sources without any heat treatment. Their structure and morphology have been studied by comparison with those of the sputter-deposited FeAg alloys using small angle X-ray scattering, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and extended X-ray absorption fine structure measurements. In the granular alloys made by CB, bcc Fe clusters of a few nanometers dimension are detected, together with ten-nanometer scale geometrical and chemical fluctuations. In the sputter-deposited alloys, the Fe atoms are rather well mixed with the Ag atoms in the as-deposited state, and fcc Fe clusters are first formed and transform to larger bcc particles with increasing annealing temperature. The field-dependence of the magnetoresistance is well correlated with the growth mode of the Fe clusters in the granular alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-545
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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