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Multi-jump magnetization switching in Co2FeAl full Heusler alloy thin films: Experiments and simulations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Physics. Indian Inst Technol Delhi, Dept Phys, Thin Film Lab, New Delhi 110016, India.
Indian Inst Technol Delhi, Dept Phys, Thin Film Lab, New Delhi 110016, India.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6523-3161
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, ISSN 0304-8853, E-ISSN 1873-4766, Vol. 486, article id 165258Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Co2FeAl (CFA) thin films of 50 nm thickness have been grown on MgO (001) single crystal substrates at room temperature with and without post-annealing (PA) at 300 degrees C and 400 degrees C using dual ion-beam sputtering technique. The XRD pattern of the as-grown film revealed that CFA grows with preferred crystallographic orientation on the MgO (001) substrate. Temperature dependent anisotropy measurements on PA films revealed a dominating contribution from cubic anisotropy as confirmed by the analysis of azimuthal angle dependent longitudinal in-plane magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) measurements. The contributions from the cubic and uniaxial anisotropies have also been quantified employing ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy. Magnetization reversal is accompanied with a plateau in the MOKE hysteresis recorded at various azimuthal angles in the in-plane applied magnetic field configuration. The occurrence of the observed plateau is explained by the presence of a combination of domain walls such as 90 degrees, 135 degrees and 180 degrees domain walls and/or complex domains which is supported by results from micromagnetic simulations. These results demonstrate the feasibility of manipulating the magnetization switching in one of the two ferromagnetic electrodes of the magnetic tunnel junction devices based on Heusler alloy ferromagnetic films.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV , 2019. Vol. 486, article id 165258
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Hensler alloy, Magneto-optical Kerr effect, Cubic anisotropy, Micromagnetic simulations
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Condensed Matter Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390070DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2019.165258ISI: 000471859200024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390070DiVA, id: diva2:1340928
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KAW 2012.0031Available from: 2019-08-07 Created: 2019-08-07 Last updated: 2019-08-07Bibliographically approved

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