Origin of the Intrinsic Coercivity Field Variations of ε-Fe2O3
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Abstract: ε-Fe2O3 phase is recognized as an attractive material, in both technological and scientific point of view, since it can achieve very high room-temperature coercivity (10–20 kOe). In this paper, multi-phase samples Fe2O3/SiO2 with slightly different Fe/Si molar ratio were produced by sol–gel synthesis route. The obtained samples were characterized by various experimental techniques including XRD, TA, FTIR, and SQUID (DC and AC magnetic measurements). It was found that both samples consisted of α-Fe2O3 and ε‑Fe2O3 phases embedded in the silica matrix, and showed very similar structural and magnetic properties, except that displayed significantly different room-temperature intrinsic coercivity field values: HciS1 = 14.3 kOe and HciS2 = 7.5 kOe. We have discussed possible origin of thus high intrinsic coercivity field variation. © 2019, Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Keywords:epsilon-Fe2O3 / sol-gel / intrinsic coercivity field
Source:Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2019, 93, 2, 377-383
ISSN: 0036-0244 (print); 1531-863X (electronic)