Magnetic Properties of Zn0.8(Fe0.1,Co0.1)O Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors: Experimental and Theoretical Investigation
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- Mounkachi, O., Boujnah, M., Labrim, H. et al. J Supercond Nov Magn (2012) 25: 1515. doi:10.1007/s10948-012-1416-5
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Structural and magnetic properties of Zn0.8(Fe0.1, Co0.1)O bulk diluted magnetic semiconductor have been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and magnetic measurements. TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) images confirmed the high crystallinity and grain size of Zn0.8(Fe0.1,Co0.1)O powder, the samples were characterized by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) to confirm the expected stoichiometry. This sample has been synthesized by co-precipitation route. The study of magnetization hysteresis loop measurements infers that the bulk sample of Zn0.8(Fe0.1,Co0.1)O shows a well-defined hysteresis loop at Tc (200 K) temperature, which reflects its ferromagnetic behavior. Hydrogenation treatment was used for the control of phase separation. Based on first-principles spin-density functional calculations, using the Korringa–Kohn–Rostoker method (KKR) combined with the coherent potential approximation (CPA), the ferromagnetic state energy was calculated and compared with the local-moment-disordered (LMD) state energy. The mechanism of hybridization and interaction between magnetic ions in Zn0.8(Fe0.1,Co0.1)O is also investigated.