Robert McMichael, Chang H. Lee, Mark D. Stiles, F Serpa, P J. Chen, William F. Egelhoff Jr.
Because the memory of the bias direction is carried by the antiferromagnetic order in exchange bias films, the stability of the antiferromagnetic order is critical to the existence of the exchange bias field. Ferromagnetic resonance was used to measure the relaxation behavior of polycrystalline CoO films coupled to films of Ni80Fe20, probing the system on the time scale of the experiment, approximately equal to} 103 s, and the time scale of the magnetic precession, approximately equal to} 103s, and the time scale of the magnetic precession, approximately equal to10-10s. Unidirectional anisotropy (exchange biasing) and isotropic resonance field shifts are observed at the lowest temperatures. Above the apparent exchange bias blocking temperature, isotropic resonance field shifts persist. At still higher temperatures, diminishing resonance field shifts are accompanied by peaks in the FMR linewidth. The results highlight the effects of varying relaxation rates in the CoO relative to the two experimental time scales.