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      Fe-Cu-Nb-Si-B; soft magnetic alloys; nanocrystalline; resistivity; quantum interference effects; electron-magnon scattering; electron-spin fluctuation scattering

    • Abstract


      X-ray diffraction patterns of nanocrystalline Fe-Cu-Nb-Si-B (FINEMET) alloys reveal that bcc α-Fe/α-FeSi crystallites with the average grain size of 20(5) nm are dispersed in amorphous matrix. Enhanced electron—electron interaction (EEI) and quantum interference (QI) effects as well as electron-magnon (and/or electron-spin fluctuation) scattering turn out to be the main mechanisms that govern the temperature dependence of resistivity. Of all the inelastic scattering processes, inelastic electron-phonon scattering is the most effective mechanism to destroy phase coherence of electron wave functions. The diffusion constant, density of states at the Fermi level and the inelastic scattering time have been estimated, for the first time, for the alloys in question

    • Author Affiliations


      K Balakrishnan1 Y Sundarayya1 M K Naidu1 S N Kaul1

      1. School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad - 500 046, India
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