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See detailCurie temperature, exchange integrals, and magneto-optical properties in off-stoichiometric bismuth iron garnet epitaxial films
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Abell, J. S. et al

in Physical Review b (2008), 78(9), 094429

We have studied the influence of the stoichiometry on the structural, magnetic, and magneto-optical properties of bismuth iron garnet (Bi3Fe5O12) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition. Films with ... [more ▼]

We have studied the influence of the stoichiometry on the structural, magnetic, and magneto-optical properties of bismuth iron garnet (Bi3Fe5O12) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition. Films with different stoichiometries have been obtained by varying the Bi/Fe ratio of the target and the oxygen pressure during deposition. Stoichiometry variations influence the Curie temperature T-C by tuning the (Fe)-O-[Fe] geometry: TC increases when the lattice parameter decreases, contrary to what happens in the case of stoichiometric rare-earth iron garnets. The thermal variation of the magnetization, the Faraday rotation, and the Faraday ellipticity have been analyzed in the frame of the Neel two-sublattice magnetization model giving energies of -48 K (4.1 meV), -29 K (2.5 meV), and 84 K (7.3 meV) for the three magnetic exchange integrals j(aa), j(dd), and j(ad), respectively. Magneto-optical spectroscopy linked to compositional analysis by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy shows that Bi and/or Fe deficiencies also affect the spectral variation (between 1.77 and 3.1 eV). Our results suggest that bismuth deficiency has an effect on the magneto-optical response of the tetrahedral Fe sublattice, whereas small iron deficiencies affect predominantly the magneto-optical response of the octahedral sublattice. [less ▲]

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See detailOtolith crystals (in Carapidae): Growth and habit
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Warin, R. et al

in Journal of Structural Biology (2007), 159(3), 462-473

The biomineralization of otoliths results mainly from the release of soluble Ca(2+), which is in turn precipitated as CaCO(3) crystals. In some Carapidae, sagittae sections have been shown to reveal a ... [more ▼]

The biomineralization of otoliths results mainly from the release of soluble Ca(2+), which is in turn precipitated as CaCO(3) crystals. In some Carapidae, sagittae sections have been shown to reveal a three-dimensional asymmetry with a nucleus close to the sulcal side, an unusual position. This study seeks to understand otolith formation in Carapus boraborensis. The unusual shape of the otolith is partly explained by the distribution of the epithelium cells, and particularly the sensory epithelium. Experimental evidence shows for the first time that aragonite growth takes place along the c-axis. These aragonite needles present two different habits. On the sulcal side is found the acicular form resulting from rapid growth during a short period of time. On the anti-sulcal side, the prismatic form seen there is due to a slower growth speed over longer periods. The otolith surface was observed each hour during a period of 24h in fishes reared in similar conditions. This allowed for the first time the direct observation on the otolith surface of the deposition of the two layers (L-zone and D-zone). In C. boraborensis, the organic-rich layer (D-zone) develops during the day, whereas the CaCO(3) layer (L-zone) seems to be deposited during the night. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusual resistivity hysteresis in a bulk magnetoresistive ferromagnetic/ferrimagnetic composite (La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/Mn3O4): Role of demagnetization effects
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2007), 91(6), 062514

The authors report an intriguing resistivity versus magnetic field dependence in polycrystalline composite samples containing a magnetoresistive manganite (ferromagnetic/conducting La0.7Ca0.3MnO3) and a ... [more ▼]

The authors report an intriguing resistivity versus magnetic field dependence in polycrystalline composite samples containing a magnetoresistive manganite (ferromagnetic/conducting La0.7Ca0.3MnO3) and a magnetic manganese oxide (ferrimagnetic/insulating Mn3O4). At 10 K, when the magnetic field is scanned from positive to negative values, the resistance peak occurs at positive magnetic field, instead of zero or negative field as usually observed in polycrystalline manganite samples. The position of the resistance peak agrees well with the cancellation of the internal magnetic field, suggesting that the demagnetization effects are responsible for this behavior. (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurements of thermal effects in a bulk YBCO single domain superconductor submitted to a variable magnetic field
Laurent, Philippe ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Meslin, S. et al

in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (2007), 17(2, Part 3), 3036-3039

When YBCO single domains are subjected to a variable magnetic field, the motion of vortices may give rise to a significant temperature increase and a degradation of the superconducting properties. We have ... [more ▼]

When YBCO single domains are subjected to a variable magnetic field, the motion of vortices may give rise to a significant temperature increase and a degradation of the superconducting properties. We have experimentally investigated such effects in bulk melt-processed YBCO single domains. Several temperature sensors, a pick-up coil and two Hall probes were placed against the surface of a monolithic bulk YBCO pellet. Data were simultaneously recorded during the application of ac magnetic fields of various amplitudes, either with or without a pre-existing dc trapped flux. The measurement results agree well with to those obtained by numerical modeling. It was also found that a superimposed dc magnetic moment reduces the temperature increase caused by the ac magnetic field. (C) 2003 IEEE. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotodegradation of bacteria with TiO2 produced by sol-gel method
Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Pàez Martinez, Carlos ULg; Braconnier, Benoît et al

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See detailDoes the orbital degeneracy play any role in the high thermopower of lamellar cobaltites?
Pollet, M.; Doumerc, J. P.; Guilmeau, E. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2007), 101(8),

This article investigates the role of the CoO6 octahedron distortion on the electronic properties and more particularly on the high value of the Seebeck coefficient in the BiCaCoO lamellar cobaltites. Our ... [more ▼]

This article investigates the role of the CoO6 octahedron distortion on the electronic properties and more particularly on the high value of the Seebeck coefficient in the BiCaCoO lamellar cobaltites. Our measurements provide clues indicating that the t2g orbital degeneracy lifting has to be considered to account for the observed high temperature limit of the thermopower. They also provide experimental arguments for locating the a1g and eg′ orbitals levels on the energy scale, through the compression of the octahedron. These results are in agreement with recent ab initio calculation including the electronic correlations and concluding for the inversion of these levels as compared to the expectation from the crystal field theory. © 2007 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailNanoblock coupling effect in iodine intercalated [Bi0.82CaO 2]2[CoO2]1.69 layered cobaltite
Guilmeau, E.; Pollet, M.; Grebille, D. et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2007), 46(6), 2124-2131

We report on the structural, microstructural, and electronic properties of iodine intercalated [Bi0.82CaO2]2[CoO 2]1.69 misfit cobaltite. We first prove through a detailed and careful structural study ... [more ▼]

We report on the structural, microstructural, and electronic properties of iodine intercalated [Bi0.82CaO2]2[CoO 2]1.69 misfit cobaltite. We first prove through a detailed and careful structural study that the block layer structure can be modified in the desired way. Iodine enters the material between the [BiO] double layers, and the c-cell parameter of the pristine compound is elongated by 3.6 Å. On the basis of this result, we point out the coupling between the block-layer structure and the transport properties. Additionally, we provide in-depth commentary and discussion of some extra results, clarifying some doping effects in the quasi-2D studied phase. Finally, we also propose some expressions that might be useful to material scientists for the tuning of the properties of such compounds. © 2007 American Chemical Society. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of thermal treatment on YBa2Cu3O7-x thick films prepared by electrophoretic deposition on Ni and Ag substrates
Dusoulier, Laurent; Denis, Samuel; Dirickx, Michel et al

in Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings (2007), 1001E

We have studied the sintering parameters of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) coatings produced by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on Ag and Ni substrates. The maximal sintering temperature is ~ 930°C due to partial ... [more ▼]

We have studied the sintering parameters of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) coatings produced by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on Ag and Ni substrates. The maximal sintering temperature is ~ 930°C due to partial melting and chemical contamination for Ag and Ni substrates respectively. Increasing the sintering duration does not improve significantly the densification. When Ar sintering atmosphere is used, the coating density is strongly increased on Ag substrates while adhesion is poor on Ni substrates. The Ar-sintered YBCO coating deposited on planar Ag substrate displays a significant magnetic shielding effect for low frequency applied magnetic induction. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O2.85 by successive freeze-drying and self-ignition of a hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose solution
Traina, Karl ULg; Steil, M. C.; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2007), 27(12), 3469-3474

The present paper reports the synthesis of La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O2.85 perovskite powders by a method combining freeze-drying and self-ignition of an aqueous solution of metallic nitrates containing ... [more ▼]

The present paper reports the synthesis of La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O2.85 perovskite powders by a method combining freeze-drying and self-ignition of an aqueous solution of metallic nitrates containing hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose. The precursor powder obtained after self-ignition was submitted to various thermal treatments and the resulting powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm analysis, mercury porosimetry and laser granulometry. It turns out that this synthesis method yields single-phase powders with good homogeneity and sinterability properties. The precursor powder treated at 1200 degrees C presents a coral-like structure which collapses under application of low uniaxial pressure, resulting in a narrow grain size distribution suitable for sintering (98.8% relative density for a pellet sintered at 1400 degrees C during 1 h). The fact that no milling step is necessary is an additional advantage of this method, which shows promising prospects for the synthesis of other multicationic oxides. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrical transport and percolation in magnetoresistive manganite/insulating oxide composites: Case of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/Mn3O4
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Physical Review. B (2007), 75(16), 165112

We report the results of electrical resistivity measurements carried out on well-sintered La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/Mn3O4 composite samples with almost constant composition of the magnetoresistive manganite phase ... [more ▼]

We report the results of electrical resistivity measurements carried out on well-sintered La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/Mn3O4 composite samples with almost constant composition of the magnetoresistive manganite phase (La0.7Ca0.3MnO3). A percolation threshold (phi c) occurs when the La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 volume fraction is ~ 0.19. The dependence of the electrical resistivity rho as a function of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 volume fraction fLCMO can be described by percolationlike phenomenological equations. Fitting the conducting regime (fLCMO > phic) by the percolation power law rho # (fLCMO - phic)^(-t) returns a critical exponent value of 2.0±0.2 at room temperature and 2.6±0.2 at 5 K. The increase of t is ascribed to the influence of the grain boundaries on the electrical conduction process at low temperature. (C) 2007 The American Physical Society. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and characterization of inorganic, lamellar nanofillers with high aspect ratio
Henrist, Catherine ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2007), 27(2-3), 1023-1027

Mesostructured silica phases with lamellar structure were prepared by the liquid crystal templating (LCT) technique, from double chain alkylammonium surfactant and sodium silicate or ... [more ▼]

Mesostructured silica phases with lamellar structure were prepared by the liquid crystal templating (LCT) technique, from double chain alkylammonium surfactant and sodium silicate or tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) silica precursors. The structural characterization of these phases is presented and compared. Surface modification of the silica layers, together with elimination of the organic template, is considered. Finally, a representative model of the microstructural organization is proposed. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic shielding properties of high-temperature superconducting tubes subjected to axial fields
Denis, Samuel ULg; Dusoulier, Laurent; Dirickx, Michel ULg et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2007), 20(3), 192-201

We have experimentally studied the magnetic shielding properties of a cylindrical shell of BiPbSrCaCuO subjected to low frequency AC axial magnetic fields. The magnetic response has been investigated as a ... [more ▼]

We have experimentally studied the magnetic shielding properties of a cylindrical shell of BiPbSrCaCuO subjected to low frequency AC axial magnetic fields. The magnetic response has been investigated as a function of the dimensions of the tube, the magnitude of the applied field and the frequency. These results are explained quantitatively by employing the method of Brandt ( 1998 Phys. Rev. B 58 6506) with a Jc( B) law appropriate for a polycrystalline material. Specifically, we observe that the applied field can sweep into the central region either through the thickness of the shield or through the opening ends, the latter mechanism being suppressed for long tubes. For the first time, we systematically detail the spatial variation of the shielding factor ( the ratio of the applied field over the internal magnetic field) along the axis of a high-temperature superconducting tube. The shielding factor is shown to be constant in a region around the centre of the tube, and to decrease as an exponential in the vicinity of the ends. This spatial dependence comes from the competition between two mechanisms of field penetration. The frequency dependence of the shielding factor is also discussed and shown to follow a power law arising from the finite creep exponent n. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrical transport and magnetic properties of Mn3O4-La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 ceramic composites prepared by a one-step spray-drying technique
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of the European Ceramic Society (2007), 27(13-15), 3923-3926

La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/Mn3O4 composites can be synthesized in one step by thermal treatment of a spray-dried precursor, instead of mixing pre-synthesized powders. Another advantage of this composite system is ... [more ▼]

La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/Mn3O4 composites can be synthesized in one step by thermal treatment of a spray-dried precursor, instead of mixing pre-synthesized powders. Another advantage of this composite system is that a long sintering step can be used without leading to significant modification of the manganite composition. The percolation threshold is reached at ~ 20 vol% of manganite phase. The 77 K low field magnetoresistance is enhanced to ~ 11 % at 0.15 T when the composition is close to the percolation threshold. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural and electrical properties of tellurovanadate glasses containing Li2O
Krins, Natasha ULg; Rulmont, André ULg; Grandjean, Jean ULg et al

in Solid State Ionics (2006), 177(35-36 Sp. Iss. SI), 3147-3150

Glassy materials are promising intercalation compounds, due to their open network structure and absence of grain boundaries. Some glasses containing alkali ions and a high concentration of transition ... [more ▼]

Glassy materials are promising intercalation compounds, due to their open network structure and absence of grain boundaries. Some glasses containing alkali ions and a high concentration of transition metal ions can present mixed ionic-electronic conductivity and are therefore potential candidates for application as cathode material in Li-ion batteries. The present work is devoted to the ternary system xLi(2)O-(1-x)[0.3V(2)O(5)-0.7TeO(2)] with 0 <= x <= 0.4. These compounds were prepared by heat treatment in air at 800 degrees C followed by traditional quenching. Raman spectroscopy and V-51 nuclear magnetic resonance measurements were performed in order to highlight the structural short range order modifications induced by the introduction of the Li2O network modifier. These structural effects can be related to the electrical behaviour, as studied by complex impedance spectroscopy measurements. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Ga doping on magneto-transport properties in colossal magnetoresistive La0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xGaxO3 (0 < x < 0.1)
Pekala, M.; Mucha, Jan ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2006), 306(2), 181-190

Samples of La0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xGaxO3 with x = 0, 0.025, 0.05 and 0.10 were prepared by standard solid-state reaction. They were first characterized chemically, including the microstructure. The magnetic ... [more ▼]

Samples of La0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xGaxO3 with x = 0, 0.025, 0.05 and 0.10 were prepared by standard solid-state reaction. They were first characterized chemically, including the microstructure. The magnetic properties and various transport properties, i.e. the electrical resistivity, magnetoresistivity (for a field below 8 T), thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity measured each time on the same sample, are reported. The markedly different behaviour of the x = 0.1 sample from those with a smaller Ga content, is discussed. The dilution of the Mn3+/Mn4+ interactions with Ga doping considerably reduces the ferromagnetic double exchange interaction within the manganese lattice leading to a decrease of the Curie temperature. The polaron binding energy varies from 224 to 243 meV with increased Ga doping. (C) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLiMn2-xTixO4 spinel-type compounds (x <= 1): Structural, electrical and magnetic properties
Krins, Natasha ULg; Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Traina, Karl ULg et al

in Solid State Ionics (2006), 177(11-12), 1033-1040

LiMn2-xTixO4 compounds with 0.5 =<x =< 1 were prepared by solid state reaction and Pechini technique. Powder X-ray diffraction showed that all samples crystallize with the spinel crystal structure (S.G ... [more ▼]

LiMn2-xTixO4 compounds with 0.5 =<x =< 1 were prepared by solid state reaction and Pechini technique. Powder X-ray diffraction showed that all samples crystallize with the spinel crystal structure (S.G. Fd3m). The cubic unit-cell parameter increases with the Ti content. The influence of the Ti content and cationic distribution on the magnetic properties of the compounds was studied by measuring the temperature and magnetic field dependences of the magnetization: substitution by non-magnetic d(0) Ti4+ ions appeared to weaken the magnetic interactions between the manganese ions. The electrical properties of LiMnTiO4 were studied by AC impedance spectroscopy and DC polarisation measurements, which revealed the electronic character of the conduction process. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of Na doping and sintering temperature on increasing Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 superconducting phase content in powder-form materials
Rahier, Sébastien ULg; Stassen, S.; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Materials Letters (2006), 60(3), 298-300

This paper proposes a systematic way to explore the effects of Na on Bi-2212 phase formation. The influence of sodium metal is correlated with the 2212 fraction formed in the sample. The effect on the ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a systematic way to explore the effects of Na on Bi-2212 phase formation. The influence of sodium metal is correlated with the 2212 fraction formed in the sample. The effect on the sintering temperature and the importance of the substitution site is studied. Samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). Results clearly show that the 2212 phase content is enhanced and sintering temperatures can be lowered with regard to the undoped samples. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEBSD study on YBCO textured bulk samples: correlation between crystal growth and 'microtexture'
Grossin, D.; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Mathieu, J. P. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2006), 19(2), 190-199

This work describes an electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) study of the perovskite-derived structures YBa2Cu3O7-delta. After having pointed out the difficulties of EBSD analyses in resolving the ... [more ▼]

This work describes an electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) study of the perovskite-derived structures YBa2Cu3O7-delta. After having pointed out the difficulties of EBSD analyses in resolving the orientations of these pseudo-cubic structures, various YBaCuO bulk samples are analysed and the correlation between the microstructure, crystal growth and global texture, determined by neutron diffraction, is carried out. Homogeneous 'microtexture' with small subdomain misorientation of 12 degrees are measured for YBCO top seeding melt textured growth (TSMTG) samples. YBCO perforated samples also exhibit misoriented subdomains, giving rise to a heterogeneous 'microtexture' correlated to the YBCO growth front and to the pattern used for the perforating. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical interactions between Bi2Sr3CaO7(Bi-2310) and Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8 (Bi-2212(Dy))
Rahier, Sébastien ULg; Lafort, Adeline ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

in Superconductor Science & Technology (2006), 19(1), 39-43

The chemical interactions between Bi2Sr3CaO7 (Bi-2310) and Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8 (Bi-2212(Dy)) at 965 degrees C were investigated by means of: (i) an interdiffusion couple and (ii) layers deposited by dip ... [more ▼]

The chemical interactions between Bi2Sr3CaO7 (Bi-2310) and Bi2Sr2Ca0.8Dy0.2Cu2O8 (Bi-2212(Dy)) at 965 degrees C were investigated by means of: (i) an interdiffusion couple and (ii) layers deposited by dip coating on oxidized nickel Substrates. The samples were characterized by optical and electron microscopies, energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis and x-ray diffraction. It turns out that at the peritectic temperature Of Bi-2212(Dy), the Bi-2310 phase reacts with the liquid phase resulting from the peritectic decomposition of the Bi-2212(Dy) phase. Dissolution of Bi-2310 leads to an enrichment in Sr and an impoverishment in Cu of the liquid phase, resulting in a shift of the composition of the insoluble phase towards the Ca-rich end of the (Ca, Sr)O Solid Solution. [less ▲]

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