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Impact of interface structure on magnetic exchange coupling in MnBi/Fe_x Co_{1−x} bilayers

Sabet, S. and Moradabadi, Ashkan and Gorji, S. and Yi, Min and Gong, Q. and Fawey, Mohammed and Hildebrandt, E. and Wang, D. and Zhang, Hongbin and Xu, Bai-Xiang and Kübel, Christian and Alff, Lambert (2018):
Impact of interface structure on magnetic exchange coupling in MnBi/Fe_x Co_{1−x} bilayers.
In: Physical Review B, American Physical Society, p. 174440, 98, ISSN 1098-0121,
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.98.174440,
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Abstract

Magnetic exchange coupling behavior was investigated in MnBi/FeCo bilayer system at the hard/soft magnetic interface. We performed a combined study of cross-sectional high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), DFT calculations, and micromagnetic simulations to elucidate effect of interface structure on exchange coupling. Exchange spring MnBi/FexCo1-x (x = 0.65 and 0.35) bilayers with various thicknesses of the soft magnetic layer were deposited in a dc magnetron sputtering unit from alloy targets. According to magnetic measurements, using a Co-rich layer leads to a more coherent exchange coupling with optimum soft layer thickness of about 1 nm. Our DFT calculations predicted formation of a polycrystalline FeCo layer with coexisting crystalline and disordered (110) phases. The indexed FFTs from HR-TEM images confirmed a crystalline FeCo(110) layer, with slight misorientation in some areas, and a disordered region close to the interface which deteriorates interface exchange coupling. Moreover, our micromagnetic simulations showed how the thickness of the FeCo layer and the interface roughness both control the effectiveness of exchange coupling in MnBi/FeCo bilayer.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2018
Creators: Sabet, S. and Moradabadi, Ashkan and Gorji, S. and Yi, Min and Gong, Q. and Fawey, Mohammed and Hildebrandt, E. and Wang, D. and Zhang, Hongbin and Xu, Bai-Xiang and Kübel, Christian and Alff, Lambert
Title: Impact of interface structure on magnetic exchange coupling in MnBi/Fe_x Co_{1−x} bilayers
Language: English
Abstract:

Magnetic exchange coupling behavior was investigated in MnBi/FeCo bilayer system at the hard/soft magnetic interface. We performed a combined study of cross-sectional high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), DFT calculations, and micromagnetic simulations to elucidate effect of interface structure on exchange coupling. Exchange spring MnBi/FexCo1-x (x = 0.65 and 0.35) bilayers with various thicknesses of the soft magnetic layer were deposited in a dc magnetron sputtering unit from alloy targets. According to magnetic measurements, using a Co-rich layer leads to a more coherent exchange coupling with optimum soft layer thickness of about 1 nm. Our DFT calculations predicted formation of a polycrystalline FeCo layer with coexisting crystalline and disordered (110) phases. The indexed FFTs from HR-TEM images confirmed a crystalline FeCo(110) layer, with slight misorientation in some areas, and a disordered region close to the interface which deteriorates interface exchange coupling. Moreover, our micromagnetic simulations showed how the thickness of the FeCo layer and the interface roughness both control the effectiveness of exchange coupling in MnBi/FeCo bilayer.

Journal or Publication Title: Physical Review B
Volume: 98
Publisher: American Physical Society
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science > Advanced Thin Film Technology
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science > Mechanics of functional Materials
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science > Joint Research Laboratory Nanomaterials
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science > Theory of Magnetic Materials
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2019 12:20
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.98.174440
Funders: Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts (HMWK) of the state of Hessen, Germany
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