Tailoring Staircase-like Hysteresis Loops in Electrodeposited Trisegmented Magnetic Nanowires: A Strategy toward Minimization of Interwire Interactions

Jin Zhang, Sebastià Agramunt-Puig, Núria Del-Valle, Carles Navau, Maria D. Baró, Sònia Estradé, Francesca Peiró, Salvador Pané, Bradley J. Nelson, Alvaro Sanchez, Josep Nogués, Eva Pellicer, Jordi Sort

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Abstract

© 2016 American Chemical Society. A new strategy to minimize magnetic interactions between nanowires (NWs) dispersed in a fluid is proposed. Such a strategy consists of preparing trisegmented NWs containing two antiparallel ferromagnetic segments with dissimilar coercivity separated by a nonmagnetic spacer. The trisegmented NWs exhibit a staircase-like hysteresis loop with tunable shape that depends on the relative length of the soft- and hard-magnetic segments and the respective values of saturation magnetization. Such NWs are prepared by electrodepositing CoPt/Cu/Ni in a polycarbonate (PC) membrane. The antiparallel alignment is set by applying suitable magnetic fields while the NWs are still embedded in the PC membrane. Analytic calculations are used to demonstrate that the interaction magnetic energy from fully compensated trisegmented NWs with antiparallel alignment is reduced compared to a single-component NW with the same length or the trisegmented NWs with the two ferromagnetic counterparts parallel to each other. The proposed approach is appealing for the use of magnetic NWs in certain biological or catalytic applications where the aggregation of NWs is detrimental for optimized performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4109-4117
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • magnetic interactions
  • nanomagnetism
  • segmented nanowires
  • staircase hysteresis loops
  • template-assisted electrodeposition

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    Zhang, J., Agramunt-Puig, S., Del-Valle, N., Navau, C., Baró, M. D., Estradé, S., Peiró, F., Pané, S., Nelson, B. J., Sanchez, A., Nogués, J., Pellicer, E., & Sort, J. (2016). Tailoring Staircase-like Hysteresis Loops in Electrodeposited Trisegmented Magnetic Nanowires: A Strategy toward Minimization of Interwire Interactions. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8(6), 4109-4117. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b11747