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Author Attane, J. P. ♦ Samson, Y. ♦ Marty, A. ♦ Halley, D. ♦ Beigne, C.
Sponsorship (US)
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Publisher The American Physical Society
Language English
Subject Keyword CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS ♦ ANISOTROPY ♦ ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY ♦ DEFECTS ♦ DISLOCATIONS ♦ EPITAXY ♦ MICROSCOPY ♦ PHYSICS ♦ RELAXATION ♦ STRAINS ♦ THIN FILMS
Abstract Thin FePt (001) films, grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on Pt(001), exhibit a very large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (K{sub u}=5 x 10{sup 6}Jm{sup -3}) and a 100% magnetic remanence in perpendicular field. The lattice misfit between FePt and Pt (1.5%) relaxes through the pileup of a/6 <112> partial dislocations along {l_brace}111{r_brace} planes, leading to the formation of microtwins. Atomic force microscopy images demonstrate that this process induces a spontaneous rectangular nanostructuration of the sample, while magnetic force microscopy shows that the microtwins act as pinning sites for the magnetic walls. This leads to square magnetic domains and explains the large coercivity associated with the domain wall propagation. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.
ISSN 00036951
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-08-06
Publisher Place United States
Journal Applied Physics Letters
Volume Number 79
Issue Number 6


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