Size effects of the magnetic anisotropy of fcc cobalt nanoparticles embedded in copper


Cobalt nanoparticles embedded in copper matrices show strong size effects in the magnetic anisotropy with a non-monotonous dependence on the particle diameter. In this article we discuss quantitative values of the magnetic anisotropy in the frame of two models: in small clusters the surface anisotropy contribution dominates whereas larger particles ( >3 nm diameter) have an elliptic shape leading to increased shape anisotropy. The crystalline structure of the particles is shown to be face-centered cubic, justifying that the magneto-crystalline anisotropy can be neglected.

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Hillenkamp, M., Oyarzún, S., Troc, N. et al. Size effects of the magnetic anisotropy of fcc cobalt nanoparticles embedded in copper. Eur. Phys. J. D 71, 330 (2017).

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