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See detailPorosity-induced spin disorder in nanocrystalline inert-gas condensed iron
Michels, Andreas UL; Elmas, M.; Döbrich, Frank UL et al

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (2009), 85

We report magnetization and magnetic neutron scattering measurements on nanocrystalline Fe which was prepared by means of the inert-gas condensation technique. Depending on the compaction pressure applied ... [more ▼]

We report magnetization and magnetic neutron scattering measurements on nanocrystalline Fe which was prepared by means of the inert-gas condensation technique. Depending on the compaction pressure applied during the synthesis procedure (0.5–1.8 GPa), the resulting Fe samples contain porosity with volume fractions between about 20–35%. We provide evidence that the spin disorder which is associated with porosity has a strong influence on magnetic properties, and it gives rise to a characteristic clover-leaf–shaped angular anisotropy in the elastic-magnetic-scattering cross-section. [less ▲]

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See detailGrain-size-dependent magnetic susceptibility of nanocrystalline terbium
Philippi, S.; Markmann, J.; Birringer, R. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2009), 105(7), 7011-7013

This paper reports grain-size-dependent magnetic susceptibility data on nanocrystalline bulk Tb. We find that at small grain size Curie–Weiss behavior is not present for temperatures up to about 80 K ... [more ▼]

This paper reports grain-size-dependent magnetic susceptibility data on nanocrystalline bulk Tb. We find that at small grain size Curie–Weiss behavior is not present for temperatures up to about 80 K above the transition temperature and that the helical antiferromagnetic phase is absent. Possible origins for the suppression of the helix phase in nanoscaled Tb are discussed in terms of internal magnetostatic fields and competing length scales (grain size versus wavelength of the helix phase). [less ▲]

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See detailGrain-boundary-induced spin disorder in nanocrystalline gadolinium
Döbrich, Frank UL; Elmas, M.; Ferdinand, A. et al

in Journal of Physics : Condensed Matter (2009), 21(15), 1560031-1560035

Based on experimental magnetic-field-dependent neutron scattering data, we have calculated the autocorrelation function of the spin misalignment of nanocrystalline 160gadolinium. The analysis suggests the ... [more ▼]

Based on experimental magnetic-field-dependent neutron scattering data, we have calculated the autocorrelation function of the spin misalignment of nanocrystalline 160gadolinium. The analysis suggests the existence of two characteristic length scales in the spin system: the smaller one is about 5 nm and is attributed to the defect cores of the grain boundaries, whereas the larger length scale is of the order of the average crystallite size D = 21 nm and presumably describes the response of the magnetization to the magnetic anisotropy field of the individual crystallites. [less ▲]

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See detailSpin disorder at Gd grain boundaries
Döbrich, Frank UL; Elmas, M.; Ferdinand, A. et al

in Europhysics News (2009), 40/3

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See detailSpin structure of nanocrystalline gadolinium
Michels, Andreas UL; Döbrich, Frank UL; Elmas, M. et al

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (2008), 81

We report on magnetic-field–dependent small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments on nanocrystalline inert-gas condensed bulk Gd, which was synthesized using the low-capturing isotope 160Gd. The ... [more ▼]

We report on magnetic-field–dependent small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments on nanocrystalline inert-gas condensed bulk Gd, which was synthesized using the low-capturing isotope 160Gd. The angular dependency of the scattering cross-section is in very good agreement with recent theoretical predictions. Rather unexpected for this type of material, we observe a "clover-leaf–shaped" anisotropy in the SANS signal, the origin of which is attributed to the existence of longitudinal magnetization fluctuations associated with atomic site disorder and modified coupling inside the defect cores of grain boundaries. [less ▲]

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See detailUnraveling the nature of room temperature grain growth in nanocrystalline materials
Ames, M.; Markmann, J.; Karos, R. et al

in Acta Materialia (2008), 56

We report on the observation of real-time-resolved room temperature grain growth in nanocrystalline metals. We find that neither the time evolution of size can be modeled by standard growth theories nor ... [more ▼]

We report on the observation of real-time-resolved room temperature grain growth in nanocrystalline metals. We find that neither the time evolution of size can be modeled by standard growth theories nor are there any other systems aware to us that manifest a similar growth behaviour. We detect a transition from an initially self-similar slow growth to abnormal grain growth. Its onset seems to be associated with the simultaneous decrease of microstrain with increasing grain size. Abnormal grain growth is considered as a generic feature of nanocrystallinity but is a transient state since we observed in the late stage of coarsening, using orientational imaging microscopy, a monomodal grain size distribution. We empirically find a nonlinear-response-type of growth law which is in agreement with the observed coarsening kinetics. [less ▲]

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