Direct synthesis of large size ferromagnetic SmCo5 nanoparticles by a gas-phase condensation method

Shihai He, Ying Jing, Jian Ping Wang

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Ferromagnetic SmCo5 nanoparticles with large size have been directly synthesized by a magnetron-sputtering-based gas-phase condensation method. Based on this method, we studied the effect of thermodynamic environment for the growth of SmCo5 nanoparticles. It was found that the well-crystallized SmCo5 nanoparticle tends to form a hexagonal disk shape with its easy axis perpendicular to the disk plane. More importantly, under the condition of high sputtering current, well-crystallized nanoparticles were found to be formed through a three-stage growth process: aggregation, coalescence, and second crystallization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number134310
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number13
StatePublished - Apr 7 2013

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