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Morphology and Magnetic Coupling in ZnO:Co and ZnO:Ni Co-Doped with Li
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Material Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9050-5445
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2011 (English)In: Acta Physica Polonica. A, ISSN 0587-4246, Vol. 119, no 2, 95-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Zn0.95Co0.05O and Zn0.97Ni0.03O nanorods, prepared by a solvothermal method, show intriguing morphology and magnetic properties when co-doped with Li. At low and moderate Li incorporation (below 10 and 3 at.% Li in the Co- and Ni-doped samples, respectively) the rod aspect ratio is increased and room temperature ferromagnetic properties are enhanced, whereas the ferromagnetic coupling in Zn0.97Ni0.03O is decreased for Li concentrations > 3 at.%. First-principles theoretical analyses demonstrate that Li co-doping has primarily two effect 3 in bulk Zn1-xMxO (with M = Co or Ni). First, the Li-on-Zn acceptors increase the local magnetic moment by depopulating the M 3d minority spin-states. The magnetic coupling is Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida-like both without and with Li co-doping. Second, Li-on-Zn prefer to be close to the M atoms to compensate the M-O bonds and to locally depopulate the 3d states, and this will help forming high aspect nanostructures. The observed room temperature ferromagnetism in Li co-doped Zn1-xMxO nanorods can therefore be explained by the better rod morphology in combination with ionizing the magnetic M atoms.

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2011. Vol. 119, no 2, 95-98 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-31028ISI: 000287288500002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79751470665OAI: diva2:404726
QC 20110318Available from: 2011-03-18 Created: 2011-03-07 Last updated: 2011-03-18Bibliographically approved

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