Critical evolution of spin-reorientation transition in magnetic CoxNi1-x/Cu(100) films upon precise variation of d-band filling

M. T. Lin, Wen-Chin Lin, C. C. Kuo, C. L. Chiu

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Abstract

The ultrathin CoxNi1-x/Cu(100) alloy films with low Co concentration x≤10% was prepared for probing the effect of the d-band filling on the magnetic behavior. The perpendicular magnetization was observed only for films with x<10%. The spin-reorientation transition from the in-plane to perpendicular orientation was found to be extremely sensitive to the Co concentration. The critical thickness for the spin reorientation transition was changed drastically from 7.5 to 17.5 ML by varying x from 0 to 8 %. Since no significant change in structure and surface morphology was accompanied, these findings may be attributed to the critical influence of the d-band filling on the magnetic anisotropy at variation of alloy composition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14268-14272
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume62
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec 1

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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