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Title: Some crystal field effects in NdₓGd₁₋ₓCo₂
Author: Primavesi, G. J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2750 9739
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1972
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This work describes the design and construction of a self-balancing vibrating sample magnetometer. The instrument was used to study some of the magnetic properties of the pseudobinary compounds, (Nd(_x)Gd(_1-x))Co(_2). The structural and magnetic data for certain compositions within the series show deviations from the behaviour expected from a simple ferrimagnetic system. In particular one composition exhibits three apparent compensation points in its remenance versus temperature curve, a unique phenomenon. These anomalies are shown to arise from the effects of the crystal field and internal magnetic field upon the tripositive neodymium ion. A consistent semi-quantitative picture of the process is presented which accounts for the observations provided that the easy axis in the compounds is the 111 direction.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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