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Chin. Phys. B, 2022, Vol. 31(7): 077102    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ac600f

Impact of composition ratio on the structure and optical properties of (1-x)MnFe2O4/(x)ZnMn2O4 nanocomposite

Zein K. Heiba1, Mohamed Bakr Mohamed1,2,†, Ali A. Alkathiri3, Sameh I. Ahmed3, A A Alhazime2
1 Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ain shams University, Cairo 11566, Egypt;
2 Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Taibah University, Al-Madina al Munawarah, Saudi Arabia;
3 Depatment of Physics, College of Science, Taif University, P. O. Box 11099, Taif 21944, Saudi Arabia
Abstract  ($1-x$)MnFe$_{2}$O$_{4}$ (MFO)/$x$ZnMn$_{2}$O$_{4}$ (ZMO) ($x=0$, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, and 1.0) nanocomposite samples were prepared using co-precipitation procedure. The phase percentage, cell parameters, and crystallite size of MFO and ZMO phases in each nanocomposite sample were calculated using Rietveld refinement procedure. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy techniques established the variation in the lattice parameters of each phase are due to permutation of all cations among the octahedral and tetrahedral sites of MFO and ZMO. The different oxidation states of different ions in all samples were determined using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) technique. The variation in absorbance of the nanocomposite samples with composition parameter ($x$) is dependent on the wavelength region. The optical bandgap of the nanocomposite samples is decreased as the content of ZMO phase increased. The effect of alloying on the refractive index, extinction coefficient, dielectric constant, optical conductivity, and the nonlinear optical behaviors of all samples were studied in detail. The nanocomposite sample $x=0.5$ disclosed upgraded optical parameters with the highest refractive index, optical conductivity, and PL intensity, which nominate it to be functional in various application fields.
Keywords:  MFO and ZMO composite      XPS      structure      optical  
Received:  12 December 2021      Revised:  13 March 2022      Accepted manuscript online:  23 March 2022
PACS:  71.20.Nr (Semiconductor compounds)  
  78.55.-m (Photoluminescence, properties and materials)  
  81.07.Bc (Nanocrystalline materials)  
Fund: The authors acknowledge Taif University Research Supporting Project number (TURSP-2020/66), Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.
Corresponding Authors:  Mohamed Bakr Mohamed     E-mail:

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Zein K. Heiba, Mohamed Bakr Mohamed, Ali A. Alkathiri, Sameh I. Ahmed, A A Alhazime Impact of composition ratio on the structure and optical properties of (1-x)MnFe2O4/(x)ZnMn2O4 nanocomposite 2022 Chin. Phys. B 31 077102

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