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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-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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