[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chemically derived auto-combustion technique is employed to synthesize the Zn0.95-xFe0.05 AlxO (x=0, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07) nano-crystallites. The salient similarities between variation in lattice parameters, crystallite size, morphology, electrical resistivity and saturation magnetization designated a strong association between these properties. X-ray diffraction studies of all compositions revealed the phase pure wurtzite crystal structure with space group P63mc. The lattice parameters and crystallite size is changed with doping of Al attributed to the diversity in size of ionic radii. Scanning electron micrographs revealed that Al doping affect the size and shape of grains in synthesized compositions. Temperature dependent electrical resistivity shows a decreased trend with the rise of temperature, confirming the semiconductor nature of compositions. The lower resistivity and enhanced saturation magnetization values in Al doped compositions correspond to the increase in density of carriers. Carriers mediated RKKY interactions are found to observe for enhancement of magnetization.
Arabian Journal of Chemistry 03/2013; · 2.27 Impact Factor
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