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Magnetic Properties of Magnetites at Low Temperatures
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Magnetic Properties of Magnetites at Low Temperatures
Hong, Hoa-Bin; Yu, Yong-Jae;
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Magnetic properties at low-temperatures can diagnose the presence of certain magnetic minerals in rocks. At the Verwey transition temperature (, ~105~120 K), magnetite transforms from monoclinic to cubic structure as the temperature increases. At the isotropic point (, ~135 K), magnetocrystalline anisotropic constant of magnetite passes through zero (from negative to positive) as the temperature decreases so that its optimal remanence acquisition axis changes from [111] to [001]. A sharp remanence drop was observed at during warming of LTSIRM (low-temperature saturation isothermal remanent magnetization). For cooling of RTSIRM (room-temperature saturation isothermal remanent magnetization), the remanence decreased on passing and . On warming of RTSIRM, remanence recovery becomes more prominent as the average grain size of magnetite increases. In summary, the SIRM memory decreases with increasing grain size of magnetite. A similar, but rather gradual, remanence transition occurs for natural samples due to contribution of cations other than Fe. As a non-destructive tool, low-temperature magnetic behavior is sensitive to unravel the magnetic remanence carriers in terrestrial rocks or meteorites.
Magnetite;saturation remanent magnetization;remanence memory;Verwey transition;isotropic point;
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