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Electrical and magnetic properties of spherical SmFeO3 synthesized by aspartic acid assisted combustion method

Yuvaraj, S., Layek, S., Vidyavathy, S.M., Yuvaraj, S., Meyrick, D. and Selvan, R.K. (2015) Electrical and magnetic properties of spherical SmFeO3 synthesized by aspartic acid assisted combustion method. Materials Research Bulletin, 72 . pp. 77-82.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.materresbull.2015.07.0...
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Abstract

Samarium orthoferrite (SmFeO3) is synthesized by a simple combustion method using aspartic acid as fuel. Phase purity and functional groups are analyzed via X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) analysis, which confirms the single phase formation of orthorhombic SmFeO3. Approximately spherical particles with size range 150-300 nm is revealed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The conductivity of the material is identified by the single semicircle obtained in the solid state impedance spectra at elevated temperatures. The calculated electrical conductivity increases with increasing temperature, inferring the semiconducting nature of SmFeO3. A magnetic study at room temperature revealed weak ferromagnetic behaviour in SmFeO3 due to Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya antisymmetric exchange interaction mechanism. Mössbauer analysis confirmed the +3 oxidation state of iron and magnetic ordering of the sample at room temperature.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Copyright: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/28165
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