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Hydrogen assisted growth of Fe/V superlattices
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics.
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2006 (English)In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, E-ISSN 1361-648X, Vol. 18, no 35, L441-L445 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The functionality of magnetic heterostructures is strongly affected by the interface structure and morphology as well as by the crystalline quality. Using Fe/V superlattices, serving as model systems for exchange coupling and for superconducting spin valves, we show that the excellent interfacial properties can be further improved by hydrogen assisted growth. The role of the hydrogen thereby is twofold. It reduces thickness fluctuations and improves the crystalline quality. Sputter deposited Fe/V superlattices grown at a partial pressure of 2 x 10(-6) mbar are atomically flat and possess a residual resistivity ratio which is significantly improved as compared to those of conventionally grown samples.

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2006. Vol. 18, no 35, L441-L445 p.
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-96564DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/18/35/L02ISI: 000239922500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-96564DiVA: diva2:171181
Available from: 2007-12-18 Created: 2007-12-18 Last updated: 2011-06-23Bibliographically approved
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1. Amorphous, Nanocrystalline, Single Crystalline: Morphology of Magnetic Thin Films and Multilayers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Amorphous, Nanocrystalline, Single Crystalline: Morphology of Magnetic Thin Films and Multilayers
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Properties of magnetic thin film devices cannot be understood without detailed knowledge of their structure. For this purpose, a variety of thin film and multilayer systems have been studied. Both reciprocal space (low energy electron diffraction, reflection high energy electron diffraction, X-ray diffraction and reflectometry) and direct space (transmission electron microscopy) as well as Rutherford backscattering spectrometry have been applied.

To gain understanding of an oxidation procedure for the growth of magnetite layers, thermal stability of iron layers on molybdenum seed layers has been investigated.

Following the mosaicity and the out-of-plane coherence length over different ratios between the constituting layers allowed a deeper understanding of the limits of metallic superlattices. This, together with an approach to use hydrogen in the process gas during magnetron sputter epitaxy, opens routes for the growth of metallic superlattices of superior quality.

A non-isostructural multilayer/superlattice system, Fe/MgO, has been investigated. In turn, this gave more understanding how superlattice diffraction patterns are suppressed by strain fields.

As an alternative route to single-crystalline superlattices, amorphous multilayers present interesting opportunities. In this context, crystallization effects of iron/zirconium layers on alumiunium oxide were studied. Understanding these effects enables significant improvement in the quality of amorphous multilayers, and allows avoiding these, growing truly amorphous layers.

Both the substantial improvement in quality of metallic superlattices, approaching true single-crystallinity, as well as the improvements in the growth of amorphous multilayers give rise to opportunities in the field of magnetic coupling and superconducting spin valves.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2007. 77 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 378
Physics, Multilayer, Superlattice, X-ray diffraction, X-ray reflectometry, electron diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, Interdiffusion, thin film growth, transmission electron microscopy, Epitaxial growth, Fysik
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Physical Sciences
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-8355 (URN)978-91-554-7055-5 (ISBN)
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2008-01-18, Polhemssalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lagerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
Available from: 2007-12-18 Created: 2007-12-18 Last updated: 2010-03-09Bibliographically approved

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