The effect of hydrogenation on a 14 nm Co14Pd86/Al2O3(0001) thin film was investigated on the basis of the magnetooptical Kerr effect. After exposure to H2 gas, the squareness of the hysteresis loop showed a large transition from approximately 10% to 100% and the saturation Kerr signal was reduced to nearly 30% of the pristine value. The reversibility of the transition was verified and the response time was within 2-3 s. These observations indicate that the hydride formation transformed the short-range coupled and disordered magnetic state of the Co14Pd86 film to a long-range-ordered ferromagnetic state and induced appreciable decrease in the magnetic moment. The enhanced long-range-ordering and the reduction of the magnetic moment were attributed to the change of electronic structure in Co14Pd86 with hydrogen uptake.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)