Structure and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline ferrimagnetic CdFe2O4 spinel

C. N. Chinnasamy, A. Narayanasamy, N. Ponpandian, R. Justin Joseyphus, K. Chattopadhyay, K. Shinoda, B. Jeyadevan, K. Tohji, K. Nakatsuka, H. Guérault, J. M. Greneche

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The nanocrystalline CdFe2O4 with various grain sizes were synthesized by ball milling in bulk material. The magnetization measurements reveal a spin-glass like surface structure and the material is found to have a large anisotropy. Mossbauer effect experiment at 10 K in an external magnetic field of 6 T applied parallel to the direction of gamma rays could clearly show that CdFe2O4 behaves like a mixed spinel on reducing the grain size to a few nanometers and that it exhibits ferrimagnetic ordering. Fe3+ spins at both the sites exhibit spin canting. The cation inversion is found to increase with decrease in grain size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1411-1415
Number of pages5
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number8-9
Publication statusPublished - 2001 May 18


  • Ferrites
  • Mechanical alloying
  • Mössbauer effect
  • Nanostructure
  • Spin-glass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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