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Calculations of Stable Domain Radii Produced by Thermomagnetic Writing

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1 Author(s)
B. G. Huth ; IBM Research Division Laboratory, Monterey and Cottle Roads, San Jose, California 95114, USA

Calculations are performed to determine the stable radius of a cylindrically symmetric domain nucleated in magneto-optical films during thermomagnetic writing with a laser beam. A critical bound on domain size is calculated which determines whether or not a domain of given radius, once nucleated, will be stable. The analysis shows that for a ferromagnetic material such as MnAlGe, the domain dimensions can grow beyond the local region of material that is heated above the Curie temperature. For ferrimagnetic thin films having a compensation point Tcomp, stability depends on the difference between ambient and compensation temperatures, ΔT = Ta − Tcomp. With ΔT ≈ 0, wall energy dominates and the critical radius can be calculated from Rc = σ/(2MHc).

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 2 )