Memory effect and spin-glass-like behavior in Co-Ag granular films

J. Du, B. Zhang, R. K. Zheng, Xixiang Zhang*

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The memory effect was clearly observed in dc-sputtered metallic, magnetic Co-Ag granular films, which indicates the existence of a spin-glass-like phase at low temperatures. However, the memory effect diminished dramatically after the films were annealed at 300°C for 1 h. It was also found that the memory effect weakened gradually with increasing volume fraction of magnetic clusters. The experimental results indicate that the dipolar interaction is not the major origin for the formation of low-temperature spin-glass-like (SGL) phase in metallic, magnetic granular materials. On the other hand, a Ruderman-Kittel- Kasuya-Yosida-like exchange interaction between the nanoparticles may be responsible for the collective SGL dynamics and the resulting memory effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number014415
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 29 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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