X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and Small Angle Neutron Scattering studies of thiol capped gold nanoparticles

J. De La Venta, V. Bouzas, A. Pucci, M. A. Laguna-Marco, D. Haskel, S. G.E. Te Velthuis, A. Hoffmann, J. Lal, M. Bleuel, G. Ruggeri, C. De Julián Fernandez, M. A. García

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Abstract

X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) measurements were performed on thiol capped Au nanoparticles (NPs) embedded into polyethylene. An XMCD signal of 0.8.10 ~4 was found at the Au L 3 edge of thiol capped Au NPs embedded in a polyethylene matrix for which Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) magnetometry yielded a saturation magnetization, M s, of 0.06 emu/g Au. SANS measurements showed that the 3.2 nm average-diameter nanoparticles are 28% polydispersed, but no detectable SANS magnetic signal was found with the resolution and sensitivity accessible with the neutron experiment. A comparison with previous experiments carried out on Au NPs and multilayers, yield to different values between XMCD signals and magnetization measured by SQUID magnetometer. We discuss the origin of those differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6434-6438
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)
  • X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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