Pseudo-single-domain effects and single-domain multidomain transition in natural pyrrhotite deduced from domain structure observations

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H. Soffel


The domain configuration of primary pyrrhotite in a Devonian diabase was studied using the Bitter pattern technique. Due to the uniaxial symmetry the multidomain grains have a rather simple domain structure. The single-domain — multidomain transition occurs at an average particle diameter of 1.6 μm. In the multidomain grains clusters of inclusions seem to produce pseudo-single-domain effects with complicated domain configurations. Such pseudo-single-domain effects are necessary for the interpretation of the magnetically hard component of remanence which cannot be explained by the observed abundance of true single-domain particles alone.

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Soffel, H. 1976. “Pseudo-Single-Domain Effects and Single-Domain Multidomain Transition in Natural Pyrrhotite Deduced from Domain Structure Observations”. Journal of Geophysics 42 (1), 351-59.
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