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Magnetic Properties of Co/GaAs(110)



T Monchesky, John Unguris


We observed three magnetic states of an ultrathin, atomically well-ordered Co film grown on a cleaved GaAs(110) substrate. For a Co thickness less than 3.4 monolayers (ML), we find a ferromagnetically dead layer associated with the formation of interfacial Co2GaAs. For thicknesses greater than 4.1 ML, the Co film grows with a bcc structure that contains 6 at. % Ga. The films are ferromagnetic with an easy axis along the [110] direction. This magnetic state persists up to a thickness of 7 ML, at which point an abrupt in-plane spin-reorientation transition reorients the magnetization along the [001] direction.
Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)


Monchesky, T. and Unguris, J. (2006), Magnetic Properties of Co/GaAs(110), Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics) (Accessed September 21, 2023)
Created December 3, 2006, Updated October 12, 2021