Dependence of exchange coupling on interfacial conditions in SmCo 5/Co system: A first-principles study

Dangxin Wu, Qiming Zhang, J. Ping Liu, Renat F. Sabirianov

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Scopus citations


We have performed first-principles calculations to study the interfacial exchange coupling in a SmCo 5/Co multilayer model system. The hard phase hcp SmCo 5 and the soft phase hcp Co (or Co 1-XFe x) stacking along (101̄0) direction are structurally well matched. The atomic structure, including the alignment and the separation between layers, were optimized first. Then the noncollinear magnetic structures were calculated to explore the exchange coupling dependence on the variation of the atomic composition across the interface. We found that the inter-phase exchange coupling strength is strongly dependent on the interface condition between the hard and soft phase by comparing the exchange coupling strengths in different interface conditions. The findings were further confirmed by the calculated site-to-site exchange parameters across the interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3036-3039
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Cobalt alloys
  • Ferromagnetic multilayer
  • First-Principle calculation
  • Interphase exchange-coupling
  • Noncollinear magnetic calculation
  • Permanent magnets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


Dive into the research topics of 'Dependence of exchange coupling on interfacial conditions in SmCo <sub>5</sub>/Co system: A first-principles study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this