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Polycrystalline Pt–Co multilayers with intentionally alloyed layers were grown by e-beam evaporation on polyimide, Si, and glass substrates. X-ray diffraction spectra show that the multilayered structure of the samples degrades as compared to conventional Pt–Co multilayers. This degradation depends on the compositional variation of the intentionally alloyed layers. Magnetometry measurements reveal enhanced magnetization values for all samples, exceeding even by 90% the one of bulk Co, at a temperature of 10 K. This is attributed to both Pt-induced and enhanced Co magnetic moments, according to x-ray magnetic circular dichroism experiments. Spectroscopic magneto-optic measurements reveal large negative polar Kerr rotation maxima at photon energies between 4 and 4.4 eV due to the intense magneto-optic response of spin-polarized Pt. © 2003 American Institute of Physics.