• Soma Das

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    • Role of spin polarized tunneling in magnetoresistance and low temperature minimum of polycrystalline La1–𝑥K𝑥MnO3 (𝑥 = 0.05, 0.1, 0.15) prepared by pyrophoric method

      Soma Das T K Dey

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      The low temperature resistivity and magnetoresistance of bulk samples of La1–𝑥K𝑥MnO3 has been investigated between 10 K and 300 K with and without the magnetic field (𝐻 = 0.8 T). All the samples show metal–insulator transitions with Curie temperature (𝑇C) ranging between 260 K and 309 K. At temperature below 60 K, the K-doped manganites exhibit a shallow minimum, which disappears under an applied field of 0.8 T. This field dependent minimum in resistivity, observed in K-doped lanthanum manganites is explained in the light of intergrain tunneling of the charge carriers between anti-ferromagnetically coupled grains of the polycrystalline samples. The field variation of magnetoresistance below 𝑇C follows a phenomenological model which considers spin polarized tunneling at the grain boundaries. The intergranular contribution to the magnetoresistance is separated out from that due to spin polarized tunneling part at the grain boundaries. The temperature dependence of intrinsic contribution to the magnetoresistance follows the prediction of the double exchange model for all values of field at 𝑇 < 𝑇C.

    • Growth of two-dimensional arrays of uncapped gold nanoparticles on silicon substrates

      Anindya Das Soma Das A K Raychaudhuri

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      A method of preparing large area patterned 2D arrays of uncapped gold (Au) nanoparticles has been developed. The pattern has been formed using self-assembly of uncapped Au nanoparticles. The Au nanoparticles were synthesized via toluene/water two phase systems using a reducing agent and colloidal solution of Au nanoparticles was produced. These nanoparticles have been prepared without using any kind of capping agent. Analysis by TEM showed discrete Au nanoparticles of 4 nm average diameter. AFM analysis also showed similar result. The TEM studies showed that these nanoparticles formed self-assembled coherent patterns with dimensions exceeding 500 nm. Spin coating on silicon substrate by suitably adjusting the speed can self-assemble these nanoparticles to lengths exceeding 1 𝜇m.

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