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Dr. Ken Podolak

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Ferromagnetic Granular Exchange Interactions Of Nickel And Iron, Ken Podolak Aug 2014

Ferromagnetic Granular Exchange Interactions Of Nickel And Iron, Ken Podolak

Dr. Ken Podolak

Micromagnetic grains of nickel and iron were blended to investigate whether the magnetic exchange interaction was significant to produce a bulk result in a measured deflection by a fixed applied magnetic field. The results follow the same trend as Slater-Pauling's magnetization density calculations for nickel iron films, most notably a stronger following with a finer grain. Furthermore, by adding chromium into nickel and iron blends, the Invar minimum shifts toward less iron in nickel. Hysteresis was determined for the same samples through a homemade vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Areas of each loop are determined that show a minimum around ...


Spin Scattering In Manganese Doped Nickel, Ken Podolak Dec 2012

Spin Scattering In Manganese Doped Nickel, Ken Podolak

Dr. Ken Podolak

Spin scattering characteristics of nickel doped with manganese are compared to nickel doped with iron and chromium in nickel. Conclusions are made based on the spin characteristics of the nickel samples doped with manganese with varying percentages in a host nickel crystal. Manganese doping increases the magnetic exchange splitting of nickel, similar to doping with iron and opposite to doping with chromium. On the other hand, manganese doping behaves different from iron with respect the ratio of the majority to minority spin carriers and the ratio of their lifetimes. While iron doping affects both ratios strongly, manganese and chromium doping ...