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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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See detailThe influence of spin-misalignment scattering on the SANS data evaluation of martensitic age-hardening steels
Bischof, M.; Staron, P.; Michels, Andreas UL et al

in Acta Materialia (2007), 55(8), 2637-2646

Small-angle neutron scattering has proved to be a valuable technique for probing precipitates in steels. The investigated sample is thereby exposed to a large magnetic field and is assumed to consist of a ... [more ▼]

Small-angle neutron scattering has proved to be a valuable technique for probing precipitates in steels. The investigated sample is thereby exposed to a large magnetic field and is assumed to consist of a single domain with all the magnetic moments perfectly aligned with the external field. In this situation the dominating magnetic scattering contrast is expected to stem from the differences between the magnetization values of matrix and particles. However, the present work shows that strong additional scattering can be present which is due to spin misalignment. The effects of this spin-misalignment scattering are discussed as being exemplary for differently heat-treated martensitic steel samples. It is revealed that the amount of spin-misalignment scattering is very sensitive to the applied heat treatment and is most pronounced in the as-quenched condition. In particular, when considering nuclear scattering curves the influence of spin-misalignment scattering may be very large and must not be neglected. [less ▲]

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See detailCreating local contrast in small-angle neutron scattering by dynamic nuclear polarization
van den Brandt, B.; Glattli, H.; Hautle, P. et al

in Journal of Applied Crystallography (2007), 40(s), 106-110

Low-resolution small-angle neutron scattering measurements can benefit from polarized protons to generate scattering contrast profiles. In a recently developed technique, time-resolved polarized SANS ... [more ▼]

Low-resolution small-angle neutron scattering measurements can benefit from polarized protons to generate scattering contrast profiles. In a recently developed technique, time-resolved polarized SANS tries to make use of spatial polarization gradients created around paramagnetic centres at the onset of dynamic nuclear polarization. The time constants which describe the build-up of polarization around the paramagnetic centre and the subsequent diffusion of polarization in the solvent were determined by analysing the temporal evolution of the nuclear polarization. The possible use and the limitations of this technique as a spectroscopic tool are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailResonant microwave absorption determination of characteristic magnetic length in magnetic-field-annealed Vitroperm
Basheed, G. A.; Kaul, S. N.; Michels, Andreas UL

in Applied Physics Letters (2007), 91

The first direct resonant microwave absorption determination of the thermal renormalization of exchange stiffness, average magnetic anisotropy constant, and characteristic magnetic length in “field ... [more ▼]

The first direct resonant microwave absorption determination of the thermal renormalization of exchange stiffness, average magnetic anisotropy constant, and characteristic magnetic length in “field-annealed” Vitroperm samples with an initial magnetic permeability of μi = 20 000 and 150 000 has been presented and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of a nanorod ferrofluid and characterisation by magnetic-field-dependent small-angle X-ray scattering
Döbrich, Frank UL; Michels, Andreas UL; Birringer, R.

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (2007), 316(e), 779-782

Compared to conventional ferrofluids, which contain mostly spherical particles, a dispersion of highly anisometric particles such as rods or chains is expected to give rise to an enhancement or ... [more ▼]

Compared to conventional ferrofluids, which contain mostly spherical particles, a dispersion of highly anisometric particles such as rods or chains is expected to give rise to an enhancement or modification of well-known ferrofluid properties. This contribution reports on the synthesis of a ferrofluid containing stable chains of iron nanoparticles and on its microstructural characterisation by means of transmission electron microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The SAXS measurements develop a pronounced anisotropy of the scattering pattern as a function of an increasing external magnetic field. Evaluation of the radially averaged SAXS curves in terms of basic scattering functions is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of magnetic field annealing on the soft magnetic properties of nanocrystalline materials
Ito, N.; Michels, Andreas UL; Kohlbrecher, J. et al

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (2007), 316(2), 458-461

The effects of static- and rotating-magnetic-field annealing on the magnetic softness and the magnetization alignments in nanocrystalline Fe84Nb6B10 have been investigated by means of DC magnetometry and ... [more ▼]

The effects of static- and rotating-magnetic-field annealing on the magnetic softness and the magnetization alignments in nanocrystalline Fe84Nb6B10 have been investigated by means of DC magnetometry and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). At the remanent state, the SANS pattern obtained from the static-field annealed sample exhibited an enhanced SANS signal in the direction normal to the uniaxial anisotropy (Ku) field direction, indicating a well-developed long-range magnetization alignment along the direction of Ku. Contrarily, the SANS pattern for the rotating-field annealed sample is virtually isotropic at zero field, reflecting the lack of anisotropic magnetization alignments. The soft magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Fe84Nb6B10 are improved dramatically by rotating-field annealing due to the suppression of Ku. [less ▲]

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See detailTemperature dependence of dipole-field scattering in Nanoperm
Michels, Andreas UL; Vecchini, C.; Moze, O. et al

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (2007), 316(2), 448-450

We present small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data for the temperature variation of the recently observed dipole-field-induced spin-misalignment scattering in the soft magnetic nanocomposite Nanoperm ... [more ▼]

We present small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data for the temperature variation of the recently observed dipole-field-induced spin-misalignment scattering in the soft magnetic nanocomposite Nanoperm (Fe89Zr7B3Cu1). The associated clover-leaf-shaped angular anisotropy of the SANS pattern, which is due to spin disorder arising from dipolar stray fields of the iron nanoparticles, persists up to several hundred Kelvin above the decoupling point of the intergranular amorphous matrix phase. This observation, in conjunction with the q-dependence of the scattering, suggests the existence of long-range magnetic correlations between the iron particles through the paramagnetic matrix, in agreement with previous investigations. The characteristic wavelength of the dipole-field-induced spin disorder appears to be temperature independent. [less ▲]

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See detailProbing dipolar angles in soft magnetic nanocomposites by small-angle neutron scattering
Michels, Andreas UL; Weissmüller, J.

in Neutron News (2006), 71(6), 34-35

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See detailTime-resolved nuclear spin-dependent small-angle neutron scattering from polarised proton domains in deuterated solutions
van den Brandt, B.; Glättli, H.; Grillo, I. et al

in European Physical Journal B -- Condensed Matter (2006), 49(2), 157-165

We have investigated the process of dynamic proton polarisation by means of time-resolved polarised small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) on frozen solutions of EHBA-CrV molecules in glycerol-water ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the process of dynamic proton polarisation by means of time-resolved polarised small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) on frozen solutions of EHBA-CrV molecules in glycerol-water mixtures as a function of the concentration of EHBA-CrV and for different degrees of deuteration of the solvent. In the EHBA-CrV complex, the spins of the 20 protons which surround the paramagnetic CrV can be oriented using the method of dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP), thereby offering the possibility to create locally a nuclear spin-dependent contrast for SANS. The time constants which describe the build-up of polarisation around the paramagnetic centre and the subsequent diffusion of polarisation in the solvent were determined by analysing the temporal evolution of the nuclear polarisation, which in turn was obtained by fitting a core-shell model to the time-dependent SANS curves. The results on the spin dynamics obtained using the scattering function of a core-shell could be independently confirmed by evaluating the integrated SANS intensity. A thermodynamic one-centre model is presented which is able to reproduce the observed dependence of the proton polarisation times on the proton concentration of the solvent. [less ▲]

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See detailDipolar correlations in a nanocomposite: A neutron scattering study of Nanoperm Fe89Zr7B3Cu
Michels, Andreas UL; Vecchini, C.; Moze, O. et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2006), 74(13), 1344071-13440713

We present results for the magnetic-field, temperature, and neutron-polarization dependence of the small-angle neutron scattering intensity in the soft magnetic iron-based nanocomposite Nanoperm ... [more ▼]

We present results for the magnetic-field, temperature, and neutron-polarization dependence of the small-angle neutron scattering intensity in the soft magnetic iron-based nanocomposite Nanoperm (Fe89Zr7B3Cu). An unusual “clover-leaf-shaped” intensity distribution on the detector is attributed to the dipolar stray fields around the nanosized iron particles, which are embedded in an amorphous magnetic matrix of lesser saturation magnetization. The dipole field induces spin disorder, correlating the spin misalignment of neighboring particles and matrix over several particle spacings. The clover-leaf-shaped anisotropy is observed over a wide range of applied magnetic field and momentum transfer. It persists up to several hundred degrees Kelvin above the Curie temperature of the matrix phase, indicating that some degree of magnetic coupling persists even when the matrix is paramagnetic. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall angle neutron scattering investigations of spin disorder in nanocomposite soft magnets
Vecchini, C.; Moze, O.; Suzuki, K. et al

in Journal of Alloys & Compounds (2006), 423(1-2), 31-36

The technique of SANS (small angle neutron scattering) furnishes unique information on the characteristic magnetic length scales and local magnetic anisotropies at the nanoscale in nanocomposite ... [more ▼]

The technique of SANS (small angle neutron scattering) furnishes unique information on the characteristic magnetic length scales and local magnetic anisotropies at the nanoscale in nanocomposite ferromagnets. Such information is not presently available using any other microscopic technique. The basic principles and results of the technique will be presented with regard to a unique and unexpected observation of a dipole field controlled spin disorder in a prototypical soft nanocomposite ferromagnet of the Nanoperm type. [less ▲]

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See detailA neutron-scattering investigation of the magnetic structure and magnetic excitations in nanocrystalline Tb
Vecchini, C.; Moze, O.; Hoser, A. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2006), 99(8), 5021-5023

The magnetic structure and magnetic excitations in nanocrystalline Tb have been investigated by neutron diffraction and neutron spectroscopy. This is a report on the long-range magnetic order and the ... [more ▼]

The magnetic structure and magnetic excitations in nanocrystalline Tb have been investigated by neutron diffraction and neutron spectroscopy. This is a report on the long-range magnetic order and the magnetic excitations in a nanocrystalline elemental rare earth. Refinement of the neutron-diffraction data reveals an “average” magnetic structure of each crystallite which contains a significant out-of-plane component to the magnetic moment as well as a suppression of the high-temperature antiferromagnetic phase observed for coarse-grained Tb. The inelastic-neutron-scattering measurements reveal the presence of a magnetic excitation of approximately 10 meV at 2.5 K. The excitation energy decreases with increasing temperature. The origins of this excitation are discussed with particular reference to the magnetic modes at the zone center observed for single-crystal Tb. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and magnetic properties of cobalt nanocubes
Gräf, C. P.; Birringer, R.; Michels, Andreas UL

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2006), 73(21), 2124011-2124014

We report on the synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of cobalt nanoparticles with cubic shape. The nanoparticles with an average cube-edge length of about 50 nm were prepared by wet-chemical ... [more ▼]

We report on the synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of cobalt nanoparticles with cubic shape. The nanoparticles with an average cube-edge length of about 50 nm were prepared by wet-chemical processing and characterized by electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and magnetometry. The x-ray data indicate a mixture of hcp Co and ϵ-Co. From the magnetization measurements we deduce on the presence of a ferromagnet/antiferromagnet Co/CoO interface, which gives rise to a pronounced exchange-bias effect. Between 350 K and 5 K the coercivity HC increases by almost a factor of 6, whereas the exchange-bias field HE takes on a value of about 380 Oe at 5 K and vanishes above 75 K. The variation of HC with temperature cannot be understood in terms of the various conventional types of magnetic anisotropy. [less ▲]

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See detailDipole-field-induced spin disorder in a nanocomposite soft magnet
Michels, Andreas UL; Vecchini, C.; Moze, O. et al

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (2005), 72(2), 249-255

We report on a study of a magnetic nanocomposite of the Nanoperm type (Fe89Zr7B3Cu1) by magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The understanding of the magnetic microstructure of these materials ... [more ▼]

We report on a study of a magnetic nanocomposite of the Nanoperm type (Fe89Zr7B3Cu1) by magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The understanding of the magnetic microstructure of these materials leaves much to be desired since we lack techniques capable of resolving the spin structure in the bulk with nanoscale resolution. Here, we present an analysis of the SANS signal by which one cannot only characterise the nanoscale structure of the spin system, but which allows to identify origin and structure of the perturbing field. In Nanoperm, an unusual angular anisotropy of the scattering suggests that the local spin misalignment decorates, as the most important perturbing field, dipole stray fields around the crystalline phase of the composite. [less ▲]

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See detailNeutron scattering and modeling of dipole-field-induced spin disorder in Nanoperm
Vecchini, C.; Moze, O.; Suzuki, K. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2005), 87

We present magnetic-field-dependent small-angle neutron scattering data for the ferromagnetic nanocomposite Nanoperm (Fe89Zr7B3Cu1). The spin-misalignment scattering in the approach-to-saturation regime ... [more ▼]

We present magnetic-field-dependent small-angle neutron scattering data for the ferromagnetic nanocomposite Nanoperm (Fe89Zr7B3Cu1). The spin-misalignment scattering in the approach-to-saturation regime unexpectedly reveals pronounced lobes of high intensity at angles ±30−40° relative to the magnetic-field axis. Based on numerical calculations, the four-fold angular symmetry of the scattering pattern can be explained in terms of local spin misalignment, which originates from dipolar stray fields due to the mismatch of the saturation-magnetization values between the bcc Fe particles and the amorphous magnetic matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-accuracy measurement of the spin-dependent neutron scattering length of the deuteron
van den Brandt, B.; Hautle, P.; Kohlbrecher, J. et al

in Proceedings of the 16th International Spin Physics Symposium and Workshop on Polarized Electron Sources and Polarimeters (2005)

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See detailProduction of ultracold neutrons from a cold neutron beam on a 2H2 target
Atchison, F.; van den Brandt, B.; Brys, T. et al

in Physical Review. C : Nuclear Physics (2005), 71

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See detailSpin structure of nanocrystalline terbium
Weissmüller, J.; Michels, Andreas UL; Michels, D. et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2004), 69

We present an experimental study of the magnetic microstructure in the nanocrystalline hard magnet Tb. Field-dependent small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data are analyzed quantitatively in terms of ... [more ▼]

We present an experimental study of the magnetic microstructure in the nanocrystalline hard magnet Tb. Field-dependent small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data are analyzed quantitatively in terms of the correlation function of the spin misalignment. We find that up to applied fields of several tesla the magnetization remains “locked in” to the basal planes of the hcp crystal lattice of each individual crystallite, but that the in-plane orientation of the spins is highly nonuniform within each grain. This spin disorder at the nanoscale can be suppressed by a large applied field, but in the remanent state the disorder reduces the magnetization to values considerably below the Stoner limit. In field-dependent SANS, the intragrain spin disorder gives rise to a crossover of the scattering curves, and to the unusual finding that the scattering cross section at small scattering vector increases with increasing magnetic field. As the origin of the internal spin disorder within the grains, we propose an extra magnetic anisotropy energy at small grain size, presumably due to microstrain, a suggestion which is supported by analysis of ac-susceptibility data in the paramagnetic state. Our finding of a reduced remanence at small grain size is contrary to the remanence enhancement that is observed in other nanocrystalline hard magnets. We also report an unusual logarithmic field dependence of the magnetization over wide ranges of the applied field and temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailNeutronen sehen Spinorientierung auf Nanoskala
Weissmüller, J.; Michels, Andreas UL

in Physik in unserer Zeit (2004), 35

Die attraktiven magnetischen Eigenschaften nanokristalliner Weichmagnete werden darauf zurückgeführt, dass bei geringer Kristallitgröße die Orientierung der Spins den Sprüngen in den magnetisch leichten ... [more ▼]

Die attraktiven magnetischen Eigenschaften nanokristalliner Weichmagnete werden darauf zurückgeführt, dass bei geringer Kristallitgröße die Orientierung der Spins den Sprüngen in den magnetisch leichten Richtungen von Kristallit zu Kristallit nicht mehr folgen kann. Physiker am Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe konnten jüngst diese Vorhersage mit Neutronenstreuung überprüfen. [less ▲]

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See detailAn experimental approach to the dynamics of nuclear polarisation
van den Brandt, B.; Glättli, H.; Grillo, I. et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section A (2004), 526

In the past 3 years a series of experiments have shed new light on the mechanism of dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP). Time-resolved polarised small-angle neutron scattering and nuclear magnetic ... [more ▼]

In the past 3 years a series of experiments have shed new light on the mechanism of dynamic nuclear polarisation (DNP). Time-resolved polarised small-angle neutron scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance have been used simultaneously to study the nuclear polarisation build-up around paramagnetic centres during DNP. This approach, which aims at visualising the nuclear polarisation process on a microscopic scale, shall be exemplified and the experimental techniques used described in some detail. [less ▲]

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