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Influence of cobalt doping on the physical properties of Zn 0.9Cd 0.1S Nanoparticles
, A.K. Chawla, H.O. Gupta, R. Chandra
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Volume: 5
Issue: 2
Pages: 323 - 331
Zn 0.9Cd 0.1S nanoparticles doped with 0.005-0.24 M cobalt have been prepared by co-precipitation technique in ice bath at 280 K. For the cobalt concentration >0.18 M, XRD pattern shows unidentified phases along with Zn 0.9Cd 0.1S sphalerite phase. For low cobalt concentration (≤0.05 M) particle size, d XRD is ~3.5 nm, while for high cobalt concentration (>0.05 M) particle size decreases abruptly (~2 nm) as detected by XRD. However, TEM analysis shows the similar particle size (~3.5 nm) irrespective of the cobalt concentration. Local strain in the alloyed nanoparticles with cobalt concentration of 0.18 M increases ~46% in comparison to that of 0.05 M. Direct to indirect energy band-gap transition is obtained when cobalt concentration goes beyond 0.05 M. A red shift in energy band gap is also observed for both the cases. Nanoparticles with low cobalt concentrations were found to have paramagnetic nature with no antiferromagnetic coupling. A negative Curie-Weiss temperature of -75 K with antiferromagnetic coupling was obtained for the high cobalt concentration. © 2009 to the authors.
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