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Reversal mechanisms in perpendicular magnetic nanostructures



Justin M. Shaw, Stephen E. Russek, Michael J. Donahue, Thomas Thomson, Bruce Terris, Michael Schneider, Miles Olsen


We find that the reversal mechanism in magnetic nanostructures is highly dependent on the nature and condition of the edges. Temperature and size dependent reversal properties of fabricated perpendicularly magnetized nanostructures down to 25 nm in diameter with two distinct edge conditions were experimentally studied and modeled. We find that the reversal mechanism can be either a Stoner-Wohlfarth (S-W) center nucleation process or an edge nucleation process that does not strictly conform to the S-W model. Micromagnetic simulations reproduce the observed change in reversal mechanism.
Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)


bit patterned media, Magnetic nanostructures, magnetic reversal, nanodots


Shaw, J. , Russek, S. , Donahue, M. , Thomson, T. , Terris, B. , Schneider, M. and Olsen, M. (2008), Reversal mechanisms in perpendicular magnetic nanostructures, Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics), [online], (Accessed June 14, 2024)


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Created July 16, 2008, Updated February 19, 2017