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Depth selective investigations of magnetic multilayers by X-ray resonant magnetic reflectivity
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics, Physics III.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics, Physics III.
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2006 (English)In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, ISSN 0304-8853, Vol. 300, no 1, e371-e374 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We have measured and analyzed the X-ray resonant Bragg reflectivity spectra from BCC [Fe/Co]n superstructure near the L2,3 absorption edges of iron. The developed general computer code for the reflectivity calculations from arbitrary anisotropic multilayers allows us to test the different approaches to the treatment of the Bragg reflectivity spectra. We have proved that the observed asymmetry of the spectrum shape at the first-order Bragg peak for the right and left circular polarizations is predominantly caused by the magnetization of the central part of iron layers. The influence of interfaces is almost negligible. The fit of the energy dependence of the integral intensity of the Bragg reflection for the [Fe6/Co6]50 sample gives the value of the magnetic moment of Fe atoms in the central parts of Fe layers ∼2.6 μB, that is larger than the volume value.

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2006. Vol. 300, no 1, e371-e374 p.
Keyword [en]
Magnetic circular reflectivity, Fe/Co superlattice, Magnetic moment, Interface roughness
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-83714DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2005.10.131OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-83714DiVA: diva2:111622
Available from: 2006-11-09 Created: 2006-11-09 Last updated: 2011-11-17Bibliographically approved
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1. A Structural Viewpoint of Magnetism in Fe and Co Based Superlattices
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Structural Viewpoint of Magnetism in Fe and Co Based Superlattices
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In order to understand the properties of thin film devices, knowledge of the material's structure is essential. The work presented here combines magnetic and structural characterization of the systems studied to gain a deeper physical understanding. The magnetic properties have been studied with a combination of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, SQUID magnetometry and magneto-optical Kerr effect. For the structural characterization, x-ray reflectivity and diffraction have been used, complemented by neutron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy.

One structural property that affects the magnetic moment in metal-on-metal superlattices is interdiffusion between the layers. This is discussed for bcc Fe/Co(001) and bcc Fe81Ni19/Co(001) superlattices. The effect of interdiffusion was seen as a large region of enhanced magnetic moments as compared to theoretical calculations, which assume perfectly sharp interfaces. For the Fe81Ni19/Co(001) superlattices the chemical interface region, as revealed by neutron diffraction, was in good agreement with the region of magnetic enhancement.

Another structural property that has been investigated is the strain in the magnetic layers. This does not affect the spin magnetic moment to a large extent. However the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and the orbital moment are affected by the presence of strain. The effects on the orbital moment from strain and interfaces for Fe in Fe/V superlattices was studied, and it was found that the two contributions were separable.

In this context the effect of strain on the out-of-plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy in FeCo/Pt has also been studied. The latter system is interesting from a technological perspective since tetragonally distorted FeCo alloys have the potential to be suitable new materials in computer hard drives.

Finally, a computer program, based on the Differential Evolution algorithm, to refine primarily x-ray reflectivity data, is presented.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2007. 92 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 308
Physics, Magnetism, Multilayer, Superlattice, X-ray magnetic circular dichroism, X-ray diffraction, X-ray reflectivity, Neutron diffraction, Structural refinement, Interfaces, Fysik
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Natural Sciences
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-7886 (URN)978-91-554-6891-0 (ISBN)
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2007-06-01, Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
Available from: 2007-05-08 Created: 2007-05-08 Last updated: 2011-11-17Bibliographically approved

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