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Title: Influence of Cr on the nanoclusters formation and superferromagnetic behavior of Fe-Cr-Nb-B glassy alloys

High resolution imaging and electron diffraction confirm that in the as-quenched state the structure of Fe{sub 79.7−x}Cr{sub x}Nb{sub 0.3}B{sub 20} (x = 11–13 at. %) melt-spun ribbons is completely amorphous, independent of the Cr content. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy mapping emphasizes clearly the presence of Fe and Cr clusters varying from approximately 1 to 2–3 nm in size with the increase of Cr content from 11 to 13 at. %. The Fe and Cr atoms segregate the atomic scale to form nanometer sized clusters, influencing strongly the macroscopic magnetic behavior. The Curie temperature of the system, T{sub C}{sup system}, confirmed by the magnetic susceptibility versus temperature measurements, gives the strength of the magnetic interactions between clusters. The inter-cluster interactions are much stronger for lower contents of Cr, the microstructure is less uniform, and T{sub C}{sup system} increases from 290 K for 13 at. % Cr to 330 K for 11.5 at. % Cr. The whole system transforms to a ferromagnetic state through interactions between the clusters. Zero-field cooling and field cooling curves confirm the cluster behavior with a blocking temperature, T{sub b}, of about 250 K. Above T{sub b}, the ribbons behave as a superferromagnetic system, whilst below the blocking temperature a classical ferromagnetic behavior is observed.
Authors:
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  1. National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, 700050 Iasi (Romania)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22409962
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 117; Journal Issue: 17; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; APPROXIMATIONS; BORON ALLOYS; CHANNELING; CHROMIUM ALLOYS; CURIE POINT; ELECTRON DIFFRACTION; FERROMAGNETIC MATERIALS; FERROMAGNETISM; IRON BASE ALLOYS; MAGNETIC SUSCEPTIBILITY; METALLIC GLASSES; MICROSTRUCTURE; NANOSTRUCTURES; NIOBIUM ALLOYS; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT; X-RAY SPECTROSCOPY