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Adv Mater. 2013 Mar 20;25(11):1639-45. doi: 10.1002/adma.201204135. Epub 2013 Jan 18.

Room-temperature ferromagnetism in ZnO-encapsulated 1.9 nm FePt3 nanoparticle-composite thin films with giant interfacial anisotropy.

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  • 1Data Storage Institute, Agency for Science Technology and Research, Singapore 117608, Singapore.


As synthesized 1.9-nm FePt3 nanoparticles are superparamagnetic at room temperature. Coating those nanoparticles with ZnO renders them permanently ferromagnetic with coercivity field of 650 Oe at room temperature. First-principles calculations indicate that giant interfacial anisotropy, induced by the strong spin-orbit interaction of enhanced orbit momentum of Fe, overcomes the superparamagnetic limit, leading to exceptional room-temperature permanent ferromagnetism. The findings are important for the understanding of the origin of permanent ferromagnetism at ultrasmall size and critical for ultrahigh density recording and information processing.

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