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Structure, magnetic, and magneto-optical properties of MnBi films grown on quartz and (001)GaAs substrates

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Harder, K.-U. ; Institut für Halbleiterphysik und Optik, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Mendelssohnstrasse 3, D-38106 Braunschweig, Germany ; Menzel, D. ; Widmer, T. ; Schoenes, J.

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MnBi films are prepared on quartz and on (001) orientated GaAs substrates by molecular beam epitaxy in ultrahigh vacuum environment. Both kinds of substrates are used simultaneously. The influence of the substrate material is investigated with respect to the structural, the magnetic, and magneto-optical properties of the MnBi films. By evaporating a 100 nm thick SiOx buffer layer the homogeneity of the composition is improved and a grain size of about 100 nm is achieved without adding other elements. In contrast to previous investigations, our measured magneto-optical Kerr rotation spectra show no Kerr rotation peak near 3.35 eV. These results confirm theoretical predictions whereupon this peak is attributed to oxygen which occupies interstitial sites in the regular MnBi lattice. © 1998 American Institute of Physics.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:84 ,  Issue: 7 )