Though the anomalous antiferromagnetism of zinc ferrite was a subject of intensive studies in the past, the unusually high magnetization of coprecipitated zinc ferrite at low temperatures has drawn renewed interest among researchers. The local structures of zinc ferrites around Fe and Zn atoms are measured using extended x-ray-absorption fine structure and the results are discussed in correlation with their magnetic properties. The structure around the Zn atom was found to differ between zinc ferrite produced by ceramic and coprecipitation techniques. The position of the second-nearest neighbor of the Zn atom for coprecipitated zinc ferrite was shorter than the one produced by the ceramic method. This suggests the possible occupation of the Zn atoms in the octahedral sites and the cause for the unusually high magnetization in coprecipitated zinc ferrite. Furthermore, the intensity of the peak is weak compared to the one produced by the ceramic method. This is thought to be due to the deformation induced by the occupation of zinc ions in the octahedral sites, causing a decrease in the structural periodicity.
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