Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 765–776 | Cite as

Particle size effect on magnetotransport properties of nanocrystalline Nd0.7Sr0.3MnO3

  • C. Krishnamoorthy
  • K. Sethupathi
  • V. Sankaranarayanan
  • R. Nirmala
  • S. K. Malik


Nanocrystalline samples with an average particle size of 40 and 52 nm have been synthesized by citrate-complex auto-ignition method. Magnetic properties of the samples show para- to ferromagnetic transition at around 135 K. The electron magnetic resonance (EMR) study on these samples indicates the presence of coexistence of two magnetic phases below 290 K. Electrical resistivity follows variable range hopping (VRH) mechanism in the paramagnetic regime. The magnetoresistance (MR) data has been analysed by spin dependent hopping between the localized spin clusters together with the phase-separation phenomenon. These clusters are assumed to be formed by distribution of canted spins and defects all over the nanoparticle. In addition, the hopping barrier depends on the magnetic moment orientation of the clusters. The magnetic moments of the clusters are narrowly oriented in ferro- and are randomly oriented in paramagnetic phase. The ferromagnetic phase contributes to the total MR at low applied magnetic fields whereas the paramagnetic phase contributes at relatively high fields in both the samples. The average cluster size in ferromagnetic phase is bigger than that in paramagnetic phase. It is also observed that the cluster size, in ferromagnetic phase, in 52 nm sample is bigger than that in the 40 nm sample. However, the average cluster size in paramagnetic phase is almost same in both the samples.


nanoparticles CMR manganites spin dependent hopping nanostructure synthesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Krishnamoorthy
    • 1
  • K. Sethupathi
    • 1
  • V. Sankaranarayanan
    • 1
  • R. Nirmala
    • 2
  • S. K. Malik
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Tata Institute of Fundamental ResearchMumbaiIndia

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