In this paper, a simple spin-spin Ising interaction model for the surface ferromagnetism is combined with the bulk Au diamagnetic response to model the size dependence of the magnetization of a Au nanoparticle. Using the maximum entropy formalism, we obtain the average temperature dependent magnetization within a mean field model. Our results qualitatively reproduce recent experimental observations of size-dependent magnetization of Au nanoparticles in which the ferromagnetic moment of thiol-capped nanoparticles is seen to increase for diameters larger than 0.7 nm, peaking at approximately 3 nm, and subsequently decreasing as the particle diameter increases further.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Dec 12 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics