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Advanced magnetic anisotropy determination through isothermal remanent magnetization of nanoparticles

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We propose a theoretical framework enabling the simulation of isothermal remanence magnetization (IRM) curves, based on the Stoner-Wohlfarth model combined with the Néel macrospin relaxation time description. We show how low temperature IRM curves, which have many advantages compared to hysteresis loops, can be efficiently computed for realistic assemblies of magnetic particles with both a size and anisotropy constant distribution, and a biaxial anisotropy. The IRM curves, which probe the irreversible switching provoked by an applied field, are shown to be complementary to other usual measurements (in particular low-field susceptibility curves where a thermal switching is involved). As an application, the experimental IRM curve of Co clusters embedded in a carbon matrix is analyzed. We demonstrate how powerful such an analysis can be, which in the present case allows us to put into evidence an anisotropy constant dispersion among the Co nanoparticles.
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hal-03013769 , version 1 (11-02-2021)

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A. Hillion, Alexandre Tamion, Florent Tournus, O. Gaier, Edgar Bonet, et al.. Advanced magnetic anisotropy determination through isothermal remanent magnetization of nanoparticles. Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (1998-2015), 2013, 88 (9), pp.094419. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevB.88.094419⟩. ⟨hal-03013769⟩
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