Magnetization switching in single-domain ferromagnets

M. A. Novotny, Miroslav Kolesik, P. A. Rikvold

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Abstract

A model for single-domain uniaxial ferromagnetic particles with high anisotropy, the Ising model, is studied. Recent experimental observations have been made of the probability that the magnetization has not switched, PNOT. Here an approach is described in which it is emphasized that a ferromagnetic particle in an unfavorable field is, in fact, a metastable system, and the switching is accomplished through the nucleation and subsequent growth of localized droplets. Nucleation theory is applied to finite systems to determine the coercivity as a function of particle size and to calculate PNOT. Both of these quantities are modified by different boundary conditions, magnetostatic interactions, and quenched disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)917-918
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Volume177-181
Issue numberPART 2
StatePublished - Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Magnetization
Nucleation
Ising model
magnetization
Magnetostatics
Coercive force
nucleation
Anisotropy
Particle size
Boundary conditions
magnetostatics
coercivity
disorders
boundary conditions
anisotropy
interactions

Keywords

  • Ferromagnets - nanoscale
  • Magnetization - reversal
  • Metastable phases
  • Switching fields

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Magnetization switching in single-domain ferromagnets. / Novotny, M. A.; Kolesik, Miroslav; Rikvold, P. A.

In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Vol. 177-181, No. PART 2, 01.1998, p. 917-918.

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Novotny, MA, Kolesik, M & Rikvold, PA 1998, 'Magnetization switching in single-domain ferromagnets', Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, vol. 177-181, no. PART 2, pp. 917-918.
Novotny, M. A. ; Kolesik, Miroslav ; Rikvold, P. A. / Magnetization switching in single-domain ferromagnets. In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. 1998 ; Vol. 177-181, No. PART 2. pp. 917-918.
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