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Hopkinson Effect Study in Spinel and Hexagonal Ferrites

The magnetic susceptibility shows a Hopkinson peak just below the Curie temperature TC when heating the selected hexagonal and spinel ferrite samples. It is proposed that this peak can be associated with a transition from stable magnetic state to super-paramagnetic relaxation above the blocking temperature up to the TC. The Hopkinson effect results are compared with SEM micrographs of both studied hexagonal and spinel ferrites.


One of acknowledged methods remarkably improving structural, magnetic and electrical properties of spinel ferrite systems is the substitution of iron ions by some trivalent ions. In the family of spinel ferrites, thanks to its high saturation magnetization and electrical resistivity as well as low losses, the nickel-zinc ferrite is a very important magnetic material used in many applications in electrical engineering and electronics. The properties of these materials are in general dependent upon chemical composition, method of preparation, stoichiometry, sintering time, temperature as well as the atmosphere, etc. In this study the influence of appropriately selected ions (M = In3+, Nd3+, Dy3+ and Er3+), partly replacing Fe3+, on the microstructure and magnetic properties of spinel ferrite with the composition Ni0.42Zn0.58M0.02Fe1.98O4 fabricated by means of standard ceramic technology was investigated.


The metamagnetic properties of the manganese magnesium ferrites having the general formula Mn0.7Mg0.3Fe2O4 prepared by the standard ceramic technique have been studied. It is proposed that when a change of temperature at adequate magnetic field is applied in a Mn0.7Mg0.3Fe2O4 a magnetic phase transition will be generated, giving rise to an antiferromagnetic (AFM) state from ferrimagnetic (FM) phase. The critical transition field H ac = 300 A/m was estimated for critical magnetization curve of transition from the metamagnetic behavior to FM behavior of sample. The FM to AFM transition in these ferrites is accompanied by a Néel type to Yafet-Kittel type transition and gradual spin ordering changes of the unit cell volume. The application of an external magnetic field to the low-temperatures AFM state causes the sample to reset to the original FM state.