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Perspective on Probing Metallic Ferromagnetism with Electrons



Daniel T. Pierce


This article presents a brief review of some of the many insights gained about metallic ferromagnetism using spin-polarized electrons as probes. Aspects of metallic ferromagnetism discussed include spin-dependent electronic structure, spin-dependent mean free paths, spin waves, surface and interface anisotropy, magnetic nanostructure, and coupling of magnetic layers. These aspects are probed with polarized electrons using experimental techniques are spin-polarized photoemission and inverse photoemission, secondary electron emission, spin-dependent electron scattering and energy loss spectroscopy, spin-polarized low energy electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis. I highlight the application of these insights and techniques to current research.
Journal of Applied Physics


spin polarized spectroscopies, ferromagnetism


Pierce, D. (2011), Perspective on Probing Metallic Ferromagnetism with Electrons, Journal of Applied Physics, [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created March 21, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017