The results of magnetization and Mossbauer experiments are reported which give evidence for superparamagnetism in the quenched face centered cubic (gamma) phase of the ternary system Fe(0.34)C(0.52)V(0.14) (Vicalloy 2). while the magnetization data agree with the limited data of Nesbitt et al., this more complete study shows clearly that this alloy does not acquire long-range ferromagnetic order, nor does it indicate either antiferromagnetic long-range ordering or mictomagnetic behavior, down to 4.2 K. The data can best be described as resulting from ferromagnetic clusters in a weakly magnetic lattice. The Mossbauer data show a slightly broadened single line spectrum of 300 K which broadens with decreasing temperature without development of resolvable hyperfine splitting down to 4.2 K. The broadening is attributed to relaxation effects associated with magnetic cluster coalescence.
Intern. Symp. on Amorphous Magnetism; Aug 17, 1972 - Aug 18, 1972; Detroit