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Room temperature ferromagnetism in pristine MgO thin films
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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2010 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 96, no 23, 232505- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Robust ferromagnetic ordering at, and well above room temperature is observed in pure transparent MgO thin films (<170 nm thick) deposited by three different techniques. Careful study of the wide scan x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy rule out the possible presence of any magnetic contaminants. In the magnetron sputtered films, we observe magnetic phase transitions as a function of film thickness. The maximum saturation magnetization of 5.7 emu/cm(3) is measured on a 170 nm thick film. The films above 500 nm are found to be diamagnetic. Ab initio calculations suggest that the ferromagnetism is mediated by cation vacancies.

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2010. Vol. 96, no 23, 232505- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136056DOI: 10.1063/1.3447376ISI: 000278695900048OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136056DiVA: diva2:376119
Available from: 2010-12-10 Created: 2010-12-09 Last updated: 2012-03-18Bibliographically approved

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