Journal Article Mesoscopic bar magnet based on ε-Fe2O3 hard ferrite

Ohkoshi, Shin-ichi  ,  Namai, Asuka  ,  Yamaoka, Takehiro  ,  Yoshikiyo, Marie  ,  Imoto, Kenta  ,  Nasu, Tomomichi  ,  Anan, Shizuka  ,  Umeta, Yoshikazu  ,  Nakagawa, Kosuke  ,  Tokoro, Hiroko

6p.27212 , 2016-06-07 , Nature Publishing Group
ISSN:2045-2322 (online)
Ferrite magnets have a long history. They are used in motors, magnetic fluids, drug delivery systems, etc. Herein we report a mesoscopic ferrite bar magnet based on rod-shaped ε-Fe2O3 with a large coercive field (>25 kOe). The ε-Fe2O3–based bar magnet is a single crystal with a single magnetic domain along the longitudinal direction. A wide frequency range spectroscopic study shows that the crystallographic a-axis of ε-Fe2O3, which corresponds to the longitudinal direction of the bar magnet, plays an important role in linear and non-linear magneto-optical transitions, phonon modes, and the magnon (Kittel mode). Due to its multiferroic property, a magnetic-responsive non-linear optical sheet is manufactured as an application using an ε-Fe2O3–based bar magnet, resin, and polyethylene terephthalate. Furthermore, from the viewpoint of the large coercive field property, we demonstrate that a mesoscopic ε-Fe2O3 bar magnet can be used as a magnetic force microscopy probe.
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