Ames Laboratory; Physics and Astronomy
Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
In this Article, the temperature-dependent magnetic properties of CuAgSe pellet sintered from surfactant-free CuAgSe nanoparticles synthesized by a wet chemistry method were investigated in the temperature range of 4–300 K. A magnetic transition between diamagnetism and weak ferromagnetism is observed at around 60–70 K. The results from magnetic measurements under different machines/magnetic fields, room-temperature X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and temperature-dependent nuclear magnetic resonance all demonstrate that this magnetic transition is an intrinsic property rather than an effect of impurities. Combining these results with temperature-dependent neutron diffraction, the origin of the weak ferromagnetism is ascribed to a structural crossover-induced canted antiferromagnetism and possible deviation of Cu valence. The transition is strongly dependent on the sintering temperature and pressure, which could induce the structural phase transition.
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