We report our studies of exchange coupling in NiFe/Mo multilayers with and without Fe underlayer. The interlayer coupling of NiFe layers across the Mo spacer as well as the magnetic exchange coupling between Fe underlayer and the NiFe/Mo multilayers were observed: The interlayer coupling in NiFe/Mo multilayers exhibits the typical oscillations as a function of the Mo spacer with a period of about 11 Å, and the magnetic exchange coupling between Fe underlayer and the NiFe/Mo multilayers is strongly dependent on the thickness of the Mo spacer tMo and the bilayer number N of NiFe/Mo multilayers. For the [NiFe(20 Å)/Mo (tMo)]30 samples with a 100 Å Fe underlayer, the hysteresis loops with thinner Mo spacer (tMo < 4 Å) are single loops indicating that the Fe underlayer is strongly magnetic exchange coupled with the NiFe/Mo multilayers: whereas hysteresis loops with thicker Mo spacer (tMo ≥ 5 Å) show a two-magnetic-phase feature. For the [NiFe(20 Å)/Mo(10 Å)]30 sample with 100 Å Fe underlayer, the hysteresis loops are single loops for bilayer number N < 15, while hysteresis loops show the two-phase feature for N ≥ 15.
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