Effects of misfit strain due to epitaxial growth on interface perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in ultrathin Co/Au/Cu(111) films

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

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Abstract

We observe a systematic increase in interface perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) with increasing Au-interlayer thickness tAu ranging from 1 to 5 monolayers (MLs) in Cu/Co/Au/Cu(111), where misfit strain in Co due to the epitaxial growth increases with increasing tAu. This result can be understood within the framework of the magneto-elastic contribution to the interface PMA. With a Cu overlayer, a constant contribution of interface PMA as well as of volume anisotropy is observed when the Co thicknesses are greater than 1.3 ML. However, we have found an unexpected suppression of this variation of interface PMA with the use of Au overlayers instead of Cu ones. With Au or Pd overlayers, the PMA starts to degrade as the Co thickness is reduced below 2.5 ML.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6107-6109
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume87
Issue number9 III
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2000
Event44th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 15 1999Nov 18 1999

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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