Effect of antiphase boundaries on electrical transport properties of Fe3O4 nanostructures

Li, Hongliang; Wu, Yihong; Guo, Zaibing; Wang, Shijie; Teo, Kie Leong; Veres, Teodor
June 2005
Applied Physics Letters;6/20/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 25, p252507
Academic Journal
Fe3O4 nanowires have been fabricated based on Fe3O4 thin films grown on α-Al2O3 (0001) substrates using the hard mask and ion milling technique. Compared with thin films, the Fe3O4 nanowire exhibits a slightly sharper Verwey transition but pronounced anisotropic magnetoresistance properties in the film plane at low magnetic field. Detailed bias-dependence study of both the conductance and magnetoresistance curves for both the thin films and nanowires suggests that the electrical conduction in magnetite near and above the Verwey transition temperature is dominated by a tunneling mechanism across antiphase boundaries.


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