Magnetic properties, anisotropy, and microstructure of sputtered rare-earth iron multilayers

Z. S. Shan, S. Nafis, K. D. Aylesworth, D. J. Sellmyer

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A study of compositionally modulated magnetic films of the form Fe/RE, particularly for RE=Nd and Dy, has been performed by vibrating sample magnetometry, ac susceptibility and x-ray diffraction. The relationship between the magnetic properties and the layer thickness was studied systematically for X-Å Fe/Y-Å Dy, as the layer thicknesses X and Y were varied from 1.8 to 20 Å. The ranges of layer thicknesses required for perpendicular anisotropy were determined. The interface and volume anisotropy energies were estimated for X-Å Fe/Y-Å Nd and the differences in the magnetic properties between X-Å Fe/7-Å Dy and X-Å Fe/7-Å Nd are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3218-3220
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1988

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