KAUST DepartmentImaging and Characterization Core Lab
Materials Science and Engineering Program
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Advanced Nanofabrication, Imaging and Characterization Core Lab
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AbstractWell and poorly crystallized iron oxide nanoshells (or hollow nanoparticles) were successfully fabricated using the Kirkendall effect in an oxygen and in an air environment using Fe nanoparticles. The low-field, zero-field-cooling (ZFC) and field-cooling (FC), measurements on these two samples indicated that the inter-particle interactions between the well-crystallized nanoshells were much stronger than those in the poorly crystallized nanoshell assembly. However, the memory experiments showed that there was no spin-glass phase in the well-crystallized nanoshell assembly, whereas the signature of the spin-glass phase (or the memory effect) was evident in the poorly crystallized nanoshell assembly. This result suggests that the origin of the spin-glass characteristic observed in the poorly crystallized nanoshells is the existence of the spinglass phase within those particular nanoshells. Copyright © EPLA, 2010.
JournalEPL (Europhysics Letters)