Magneto-optical properties of cobalt slanted columnar thin films

Daniel Schmidt, Tino Hofmann, Craig M. Herzinger, Eva Schubert, Mathias Schubert

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Magneto-optical properties of ferromagnetic slanted columnar thin films from cobalt made by electron-beam glancing angle deposition are reported. Magneto-optic ellipsometry in the polar Kerr effect configuration was employed to determine the field- and wavelength-dependent complex magneto-optic polarizability parameter within the spectral range from 0.74 to 3.0 eV. Kerr effect measurements and calculations reveal a strong azimuthal dependence for the incident linear polarization with peak Kerr rotation one order of magnitude larger than what has been reported for solid Co thin films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number091906
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2010

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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