Chinnasamy, CN and Narayanasamy, A and Ponpandian, N and Chattopadhyay, K (2001) The influence of Fe3+ ions at tetrahedral sites on the magnetic properties of nanocrystalline ZnFe2O4. In: Materials Science and Engineering: A, 304-6 . pp. 983-987.
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A systematic study on the variation of Mössbauer hyperfine parameters with grain size in nanocrystalline zinc ferrite is lacking. In the present study, nanocrystalline ZnFe2O4 ferrites with different grain sizes were prepared by ball-milling technique and characterised by X-ray, EDAX, magnetisation and Mössbauer studies. The grain size decreases with increasing milling time and lattice parameter is found to be slightly higher than the bulk value. Magnetisation at room temperature (RT) and at 77 K could not be saturated with a magnetic field of 7 kOe and the observed magnetisation at these temperatures can be explained on the basis of deviation of cation distribution from normal spinel structure. The Mössbauer spectra were recorded at different temperatures between RT and 16 K. The values of quadrupole splitting at RT are higher for the milled samples indicating the disordering of ZnFe2O4 on milling. The strength of the magnetic hyperfine interactions increases with grain size reduction and this can be explained on the basis of the distribution of Fe3+ ions at both tetrahedral and octahedral sites.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.|
|Keywords:||Nanocrystalline ZnFe2O4;Ball-milling;Magnetisation studies; Mössbauer studies;Hyperfine interactions.|
|Department/Centre:||Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)|
|Date Deposited:||02 Aug 2011 06:13|
|Last Modified:||02 Aug 2011 06:13|
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