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Elastic torsion effects in magnetic nanoparticle diblock-copolymer structures

Schulz, Leander ; Schirmacher, W. ; Omran, A. ; Shah, V. R. ; Böni, P. ; Petry, W. ; Müller-Buschbaum, P.

In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 2010, vol. 22, no. 34, p. 346008

Magnetic properties of thin composite films, consisting of non-interacting polystyrene-coated γ-Fe₂O₃ (maghemite) nanoparticles embedded into polystyrene-block-polyisoprene P(S-b-I) diblock-copolymer films are investigated. Different particle concentrations, ranging from 0.7 to 43 wt%, have been used. The magnetization measured as a function of external field and temperature... Plus

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    Summary
    Magnetic properties of thin composite films, consisting of non-interacting polystyrene-coated γ-Fe₂O₃ (maghemite) nanoparticles embedded into polystyrene-block-polyisoprene P(S-b-I) diblock-copolymer films are investigated. Different particle concentrations, ranging from 0.7 to 43 wt%, have been used. The magnetization measured as a function of external field and temperature shows typical features of anisotropic superparamagnets including a hysteresis at low temperatures and blocking phenomena. However, the data cannot be reconciled with the unmodified Stoner–Wohlfarth–Néel theory. Applying an appropriate generalization we find evidence for either an elastic torque being exerted on the nanoparticles by the field or a broad distribution of anisotropy constants.