Brillouin study of long-wavelength spin waves in quasimonatomic Co films with uniaxial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

Akihiro Murayama, Kyoko Hyomi, James Eickmann, Charles M. Falco

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We have observed spin-wave Brillouin light scattering from ultrathin Co/Au/Cu(111) films with Co thicknesses (Formula presented) down to 1 monolayer (ML) and with a 1-ML Au interlayer. The detection of a well-defined spin-wave spectrum and the field dependence of its frequency show directly long-range collective and ferromagnetic ordering in these films at room temperature. From the field dependence of the spin-wave frequency, we derive uniaxial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy constants as a function of (Formula presented) with various overlayer materials, including Cu, Pd, and Au. With a Cu overlayer, we observe that the first-order perpendicular anisotropy (Formula presented) obeys well a linear relation between (Formula presented) and (Formula presented) for (Formula presented) which indicates a constant contribution of the interface anisotropy of 0.16 (Formula presented) in addition to the volume anisotropy of 0.73 (Formula presented). With an Au or a Pd overlayer, we find that both the interface and volume anisotropies are significantly larger than those with the Cu overlayer. We quantify magnetic inhomogeneities from the field dependence of the spectrum width. With the Au or Pd overlayer, (Formula presented) shows a steep decrease with decreasing (Formula presented) for (Formula presented) which agrees well with a significant increase in the structure-related magnetic inhomogeneity. We show directly that long-ranged ferromagnetic ordering exists, with the perpendicular anisotropy, in our quasimonatomic Co films thinner than 1.5 ML. (Formula presented) for each overlayer tends to be zero at 1 ML of Co, accompanied by heavy damping of the spin wave. In addition, we find the second-order perpendicular anisotropy is still maintained with a comparable value to (Formula presented) in such quasimonatomic Co films, indicating significant deformation of the uniaxial anisotropy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8984-8992
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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