Structural phase diagram, magnetism, and exchange-biased behavior of Fe films on Fex Mn1-x /Cu (001)

Wei Pan, Wen Chin Lin, Nai Yeou Jih, Cheng Hau Chuang, Yu Chun Chen, Chien Cheng Kuo, Po Chun Huang, Minn Tsong Lin

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The fcc-bcc structural phase transition and the interlayer exchange-bias coupling in a Fe/ Fex Mn1-x /Cu (001) system are studied in a wide x range with different growth temperatures. For depositions of Fe at 150 K on the Fex Mn1-x layer with x<0.35, the transition occurs below 15 ML and the resulting bcc Fe films are ferromagnetic with exchange bias. The fcc Fe is stabilized up to 20 and 25 ML for the depositions on the Fex Mn1-x layer with x>0.35 at 150 and 300 K, respectively. Both fcc Fe films show no magnetic signal. The relation comprising the structure and magnetic coupling of the Fe films might be attributed to the x -dependent interface roughness at Fe/ Fex Mn1-x.

Original languageEnglish
Article number224430
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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