INSTITUTO DE QUIMICA, FISICA DE LOS MATERIALES, MEDIOAMBIENTE Y ENERGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Anisotropy and relaxation processes of uniaxially oriented CoFe2O4 nanoparticles dispersed in PDMS
P. S. ANTONEL; R. M. NEGRI; A. G. LEYVA; G. A. JORGE
PHYSICA B - CONDENSED MATTER
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
When a uniaxialmagnetic field is applied to a non-magnetic dispersive medium filled with magneticnanoparticles, they auto-assemble into thin needles parallel to the field direction, due to the strongdipolar interaction among them.We have prepared in this way magnetically oriented nanocomposites of nanometer-size CoFe2O4 particles in a polydimethylsiloxane polymer matrix, with 10% w/w of magneticparticles. We present the characteristic magnetic relaxation curves measured after the application of a magnetic field forming an angle a with respect to the needle direction.We show that the magnetic viscosity (calculated from the logarithmic relaxation curves) as a function of a presents a minimum at alpha = 0, indicating slower relaxation processes associated with this configuration of fields.The results seems to point out that the local magnetic anisotropy of the nanoparticles is oriented along the needles, resulting in the macroscopic magnetica nisotropy observed in our measurements.