bilayer nanomagnets formed on a Cu(111) substrate with the alloy composition of , 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, and 1 were investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The islands with , 0.2, and 0.5 were further studied using spin-polarized STM. With , the nanoislands exhibit triangular shapes similar to the pure Co islands with an upward shift in the peak energy of the minority state. On the other hand, at , the appearance of the nanoislands evolve to a round shape, and the peak energy is distributed irregularly within the islands. A hexagonal shape and inhomogeneous electronic states similar to pure Fe islands are observed on the islands. The magnetic field dependence of the spin-sensitive signal revealed that the perpendicular anisotropy of the alloy islands is persistent up to half of the Fe alloy composition.
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