Field-induced metastable states in ultrathin films of fcc Fe/Cu(100)

G. G. Hembree, Jeffery Drucker, S. D. Healy, K. R. Heim, Z. J. Yang, M. R. Scheinfein

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    The thickness dependence of both the perpendicular and in-plane magnetization is observed for pseudomorphic ultrathin, fcc Fe epitaxial films grown on room temperature Cu(100). Ferromagnetically ordered 3.5-monolayer-thick films display both in-plane and perpendicular remanence. Perpendicular remanence, lost after a 9.0 kOe static field is applied perpendicular to the film plane, can be restored by either heating or applying large in-plane fields. These field-induced metastable states are interpreted in terms of magnetoelastic effects which modify the exchange and anisotropy constants both perpendicular to and within the film plane.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1036-1038
    Number of pages3
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Issue number8
    StatePublished - 1994

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    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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