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Calculation of the size dependence of the coercive force in fine particles

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2 Author(s)
Lyberatos, A. ; Lancashire Polytech., Preston, UK ; Chantrell, R.W.

A numerical micromagnetic model is employed to calculate the energy barrier for the reversal in a γFe2O3 particle of cubic shape. The model simulates magnetization reversal by coherent rotation and curling. It simulates the thermal fluctuations of the magnetization by a method or parametric optimization and gives the dependence of the coercive force on particle size. The size dependence of the switching field is a good qualitative fit to experimental data. A small reduction in the superparamagnetic size of γFe2O 3 particles is attributed to the surface imperfection. The flower magnetization configuration appears to be metastable over an intermediate size region, and a spontaneous transition to a vortex state of lower energy is expected at normal temperatures

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 5 )