Energy-loss near-edge fine structures of iron nanoparticles

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Journal titleMicron
Pages316323; # of pages: 8
SubjectEELS; ELNES; iron fluorides; iron nanoparticles; iron oxides; white lines
AbstractBody centered cubic (bcc) Fe nanoparticles were fabricated by in situ decomposition of iron fluoride films in a transmission electron microscope. Electron energy-loss near edge structure (ELNES) was used to characterize this exposure process. In particular, the L3/L2 white-line intensity ratio (WLR) was used to monitor the iron valence state during exposure, and as an indicator of other properties of the iron nanoparticles. Iron nanoparticles with sizes between 2 and 20 nm exhibit a constant WLR, whose value is same as that for a continuous bcc iron film, suggesting little or no dependence of the local magnetic moment or structure on the particle size. A broad but prominent peak which occurs 40 eV after the L3-ionization threshold in the iron fluoride, is absent for a metallic iron film but reappears when the iron is converted to an oxide. Long-range ferromagnetic coupling was observed in samples densely populated with iron nanoparticles. Because there is little interaction between particles and the supporting carbon substrate, these samples provide an ideal model system for studying the influence of particle size and interparticle distance on magnetic properties.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; National Institute for Nanotechnology
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NPARC number12332202
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