The optical and magneto-optical properties of Fe nanoparticles with sizes ranging from 2 to 8 nm, embedded in amorphous Al2O3, are studied as a function of their size and shape. The optical properties were measured using spectroscopic ellipsometry, whereas the magneto-optical properties were determined in two different Kerr configurations: polar and transverse. A generalization of different effective medium approximations is used to describe and analyze experimental data in nanocomposite media. In this generalization, the shapes of the nanoparticles are considered as an input parameter. The optical and magneto-optical parameters show clearly different values as a function of the nanoparticle size. A reasonable agreement between the theoretical calculations and experimental data is found when the average size of the nanoparticles is larger than 4 nm. On the other hand, the experimental and theoretical curves differ for smaller sizes, implying that below 4 nm the optical and magneto-optical constants of the particles deviate from the bulk behavior.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - May 15 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics