We have investigated the magnetism of the grain boundary (GB) phase in a Nd14.0Fe79.7Cu0.1B6.2 sintered magnet using soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) at the Fe L2,3-edges. Soft XMCD spectra were measured from the fractured surface that was confirmed to be covered with a thin GB phase by Auger electron spectroscopy. The magnetic moment of Fe in the GB phase was estimated to be mGB = 1:4 μB at 30°C using the sum rule analysis for XMCD spectra, which is 60% of that of Fe in the Nd2Fe14B compound. The temperature dependence of mGB evaluated with reference to Fe in the Nd2Fe14B phase indicated that the Curie temperature of the GB phase is more than 50°C lower compared to that of Nd2Fe14B.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)