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Spin-Other-Orbit Interaction and Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy

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Author(s)

Mark D. Stiles, S Halilov, R Hyman, A Zangwill

Abstract

We report the effect of the two-body, spin-other-orbit interaction on the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy of the 3d transition metals. The relevant energy differences were computed for bcc Fe, fcc Ni, and hcp Co using the linearized augmented plane wave method to solve the Kohn-Sham equations in the local spin-density approximation. The spin-other-orbit interaction was incorporated at the level of the Hartree approximation. Special care was taken to guarantee the correctness of our numerical procedures. We find that the spin-other-orbit interaction does indeed change the anisotropy energy, but the effect is too small to account for the disagreement with experiment found in previous calculations for all three elements.
Citation
Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)
Volume
64
Issue
10

Citation

Stiles, M. , Halilov, S. , Hyman, R. and Zangwill, A. (2001), Spin-Other-Orbit Interaction and Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy, Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics), [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=620534 (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created August 23, 2001, Updated June 2, 2021