The magnetoresistivity (MR) of nano-powdered magnetite has been measured under pressures up to 19.0 GPa and magnetic fields up to 15 kG. An unexpected quasi-linear positive MR below 6.0 GPa and an MR transition from positive to negative around 6.0 GPa have been found. The abnormal positive MR below 6.0 GPa originates from the confinement effect caused by nano-scale heterogeneity at the contact surface between Mo and Fe3O4 sample and the high negative spin polarization of magnetite. The MR transition at about 6.0 GPa comes from a phase transition from half-metal to metal induced by pressure.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)