Nanoparticles of YCo2, YCo3,and YCo5 are produced by cluster-deposition and investigated bothstructurally and magnetically. The nanoparticles have sizes of less than 10 nm and aresuperparamagnetic at 300 K, irrespective of stoichiometry. As-produced nanoparticles exhibitdisordered structures with magnetic properties differing from those of the bulk particles.The temperature-dependent magnetization curves of the nanoparticles reveal blocking temperatures from 110 to 250 K, depending on stoichiometry. The magnetic anisotropy constant K1 of disordered YCo5 nanoparticles of 7.8 nm in size is 3.5 × 106 ergs/cm3, higher than those of thedisordered YCo2 (8.9 × 105 ergs/cm3) and YCo3 (1.0 × 106 ergs/cm3) nanoparticles.
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