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Oscillatory Exchange Coupling in Fe/Au/Fe(100)

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Author(s)

John Unguris, Robert Celotta, Daniel T. Pierce

Abstract

Scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis was used to investigate the interlayer exchange coupling in Fe/Au/Fe(100) sandwich structures. The films were epitaxially grown on single-crystal Fe(100) substrates. Electron diffraction measurements revealed that the Au spacer film grew with a surface reconstruction consistent with that observed for bulk Au crystals. The exchange coupling oscillates between primarily ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic coupling for Au spacer layers up to 65 layers (13 nm) thick, but a significant biquadratic coupling component was also observed. The oscillatory coupling exhibited two components with periods of 2.48plus or minus}0.05 layers (0.506plus or minus}0.010 nm) and 8.6plus or minus}0.3 layers (1.75plus or minus}0.06 nm). The measured periods are in excellent agreement with those calculated from spanning vectors of the Au Fermi surface.
Citation
Journal of Applied Physics
Volume
75
Issue
10

Citation

Unguris, J. , Celotta, R. and Pierce, D. (1994), Oscillatory Exchange Coupling in Fe/Au/Fe(100), Journal of Applied Physics (Accessed June 22, 2024)

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Created December 31, 1993, Updated October 12, 2021