Temperature dependence of magnetic properties in weakly exchange coupled Fe/V superlattices
2013 (English)In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, ISSN 0304-8853, Vol. 341, 142-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We use Fe(3)/V(x)Fe(3)/V(x) superlattices, x = 16-27 monolayers (ML) to explore the interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) as a function of both spacer layer thickness and temperature. Fe/V is a common model system for studies addressing the IEC, but the behavior in the weakly exchange coupled regime, complemented with the temperature dependence of the magnetic properties, have remained unexplored. We observe clear regions with ferro- and antiferromagnetic coupling, which is manifested in oscillations in the saturation field, the remanence and the critical temperature. The oscillation in the interlayer coupling (J') has a period of 5.8(1) ML. This is approximate to 0.8 ML smaller than observed for Fe(7)/V(x) superlattices which illustrates the influence of the magnetic layer thickness on the interlayer coupling. The temperature dependence of the remanent magnetization was proven to be significantly affected by the strength of the ferromagnetic coupling, leading to high values of the effective critical exponent beta(eff).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 341, 142-147 p.
Magnetic superlattice, Magnetic phase transition, Exchange interaction
Condensed Matter Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168308DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2013.04.058ISI: 000320583800026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-168308DiVA: diva2:503619