Tailoring magnetism at the nanometer scale in SmCo5 amorphous films
2013 (English)In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, E-ISSN 1361-648X, Vol. 25, no 41, 416004- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The thickness dependence of magnetic properties has been studied in SmCo5 amorphous films with imprinted in-plane anisotropy for thicknesses ranging down to the nanometer scale (2.5-100 nm). The field induced in-plane magnetic anisotropy decreases considerably when the film thickness is below 20 nm. Analysis of the magnetic anisotropy energy shows that the decrease of the induced in-plane anisotropy is accompanied by the development of an out-of-plane interface anisotropy. Two different regimes for the coercivity (H-c) change are found: below 3.75 nm, the H-c decreases continuously with decrease of the film thickness, whereas at above 3.75 nm, the H-c decreases with increase of the film thickness. This change in Hc can be understood by considering the decrease of the short range chemical order for the thinnest films (<3.75 nm) and the relative decrease of the interface contribution with increasing film thickness. The changes in anisotropy have a profound influence on the domain structure, in which the angle of the zigzag domain boundaries decreases with the inverse thickness of the layers.
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2013. Vol. 25, no 41, 416004- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-209842DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/25/41/416004ISI: 000324920400022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-209842DiVA: diva2:659940