Enhanced orbital magnetic moment in FeCo nanogranules observed by Barnett effect

Y. Ogata, H. Chudo, B. Gu, N. Kobayashi, M. Ono, K. Harii, M. Matsuo, E. Saitoh, S. Maekawa

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The gyroscopic g factor, g, of FeCo nanogranules embedded in a matrix of MgF2 (FeCo-MgF2) was determined by measuring the magnetic-field generation from a rotating sample due to the Barnett effect. The g value of the FeCo-MgF2 is estimated to be 1.76 ± 0.11. The orbital contribution to the magnetic moment in the FeCo nanogranules was found to be quite large compared with that in bulk FeCo, being consistent with a density-functional-theory calculation that shows that the orbital magnetic moment may increase at the FeCo/MgF2 interfaces. The result suggests that the orbital magnetic moment is enhanced by symmetry breaking at the surface of the FeCo nanogranules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-331
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 15


  • 3D transition metal
  • Barnett effect
  • Gyroscopic g factor
  • Mechanical rotation
  • Nanogranule

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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