Structure and magnetic properties of co-doped ZnO dilute magnetic semiconductors synthesized via hydrothermal method
Using X-Ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Superconducting Quantum Interference Device magnetometer, detailed structural, morphological, and magnetic properties are reported on undoped and cobalt doped ZnO Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors, which were prepared by the hydrothermal method. Synthesis of undoped ZnO and cobalt-doped ZnO nanorods was carried out using aqueous solutions of Zn(NO 3) 2.6H 2O, Co(C 2H 3OO) 2 .4H 2O, and NH 4OH as hydrolytic catalyst. Samples of different sizes and shapes were synthesized by varying process parameters such as solution molarity (0.05M, 0.15M, 0.3M, 0.5M), pH of the precursors in the range 8-11, growth temperature (100 -130 C), growth time (3-6 hrs), and annealing time. Optimum synthesis parameters to grow ZnO and cobalt-doped ZnO nanorods have been obtained. These nanorods show paramagnetic-like behavior. Our results do not indicate ferromagnetism behavior, unlike reported in thin films and nanocrystalline samples. The differences are likely due to the possible role of nanoparticle size, shape, and different oxygen vacancy concentrations. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.
Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science
Hydrothermal process, Magnetic semiconductors, Nanomaterials, ZnO
Ghosh, Kartik, P. K. Kahol, S. Bhamidipati, N. Das, S. Khanra, A. Wanekaya, and R. Delong. "Structure and magnetic properties of Co-doped ZnO dilute magnetic semiconductors synthesized via hydrothermal method." In AIP Conference Proceedings, vol. 1461, no. 1, pp. 87-97. American Institute of Physics, 2012.
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