Magnetic properties of compacted Sm0.1Ca0.9MnO 3 particles with 25 and 60 nm average sizes have been investigated. Particular attention has been paid to Griffiths-like features at temperatures above magnetic transition temperature TC and to the system glassiness at low temperatures. Griffiths-like features in inverse magnetic susceptibility of Sm0.1Ca0.9MnO3 nanoparticles have been linked to the presence of short range ferromagnetically correlated spin clusters above TC. Glassy behavior has been revealed in temperature and frequency dependence of ac-susceptibility, temperature and field dependence of thermoremanent and isothermoremanent magnetization, and time decay of the remanent magnetization. Experiments revealed the major impact of the glassy component on magnetic properties of investigated nanoparticles. The magnetic relaxation associated with glassy features was found to be much more pronounced in smaller particles, where a formation of collective state in an ensemble of phase separated nanoparticles may take place. Thermomagnetic irreversibility found in Sm0.1Ca0.9MnO3 nanoparticles has been linked to martensitic strain effects.
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