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Atomic scale investigation of high-dielectric-constant nano-structured semiconductor oxides by means of a nuclear technique


The main purpose of this project is to use a nuclear technique for an atomic scale investigation of nanostructured materials of high-dielectric-constant semiconductor oxides by means of the measurements of hyperfine interactions (HFI). Pure or mainly metal doped semiconductor oxides present very interesting properties which make them good candidates for be used in technological applications which can have significant impact in several activities. The material to be investigated in this project are metallic oxides with large band-gap such as HfO2, an insulator material suitable for using in the next generations of microprocessors, or CeO2. In these materials, defects such as vacancies or impurities play a fundamental role in defining their properties. In order to carry out the experimental measurements, the perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy will be used. First-principles calculations using density functional theory will also be performed to calculate the hyperfine parameters. Because it is a nuclear technique, PAC has high precision and efficiency to measure local hyperfine fields in an atomic scale. By its nature, PAC spectroscopy is an ideal tool to investigate the atomic origin of phenomena as the influence of defects in the macroscopic properties of materials, the origin and nature of magnetic ordering or the local neighborhood of metallic atoms in the oxide structure. In the measurements of hyperfine interactions, PAC spectroscopy has the advantage over resonance techniques in being independent of temperature once temperature of the sample does not influence the resolution of measurements, which allows measurements at higher temperatures. The objective of this project is to establish preparation methodology for these oxides in order to improve their properties to be used in technological applications. (AU)

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BOSCH-SANTOS, B.; CABRERA-PASCA, G. A.; SAXENA, R. N.; BURIMOVA, A. N.; CARBONARI, A. W. Magnetic interactions at Ce impurities in REMn2Ge2 (RE = La, Ce, Pr, Nd) compounds. PHYSICA B-CONDENSED MATTER, v. 536, p. 137-141, MAY 1 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
EFFENBERGER, FERNANDO B.; CARBONARI, A. W.; ROSSI, L. M. The influence of 1,2-alkanediol on the crystallinity of magnetite nanoparticles. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, v. 417, p. 49-55, NOV 1 2016. Web of Science Citations: 2.
CAVALCANTE, F. H. M.; LEITE NETO, O. F. L. S.; SAITOVITCH, H.; CAVALCANTE, J. T. P. D.; CARBONARI, A. W.; SAXENA, R. N.; BOSCH-SANTOS, B.; PEREIRA, L. F. D.; MESTNIK-FILHO, J.; FORKER, M. Magnetic hyperfine interactions on Cd sites of the rare-earth cadmium compounds RCd (R=Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er). Physical Review B, v. 94, n. 6 AUG 15 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.
CAVALCANTE, F. H. M.; PEREIRA, L. F. D.; CARBONARI, A. W.; MESTNIK-FILHO, J.; SAXENA, R. N. A method to determine contributions to the hyperfine field at Ce probes in magnetic hosts: Application to Ce impurities at RE sites in REAg (RE = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho) compounds. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, v. 660, p. 148-158, MAR 5 2016. Web of Science Citations: 4.
SENA, C.; COSTA, M. S.; MUNOZ, E. L.; CABRERA-PASCA, G. A.; PEREIRA, L. F. D.; MESTNIK-FILHO, J.; CARBONARI, A. W.; COAQUIRA, J. A. H. Charge distribution and hyperfine interactions in the vicinity of impurity sites in In2O3 doped with Fe, Co, and Ni. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, v. 387, p. 165-178, AUG 1 2015. Web of Science Citations: 16.

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