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Magnetic Anisotropy of Epitaxially Grown Fe/Mn/Co Trilayers

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7 Author(s)
Pessoa, M.S. ; Inst. de Fis., Univ. Fed. de Goias, Goiania, Brazil ; Pelegrini, F. ; de Freitas, T.C. ; Passamani, E.C.
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This paper reports a study of cubic magnetic anisotropies of bcc-Fe and bcc-Co structures in Fe/Mn/Co trilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy onto MgO(001) substrates. Parallel ferromagnetic resonance experiments, at microwave frequency of 33.9 GHz, reveal the presence of a large fourfold magnetic anisotropy in all studied films. Two uniform resonance modes, with fourfold magnetic anisotropy in both bcc-Fe and Co layers, are excited by the microwave field in samples with Mn thicknesses of 0.83 and 0.99 nm. Films with thick Mn layer (1.16-2.20 nm) do not exhibit independent Fe and Co uniform modes, a result associated with an enhancement of the roughness at the Mn/Co interface (Fe/Mn interface roughness was estimated by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy to be nearly constant for all films) at the Fe/Mn and Mn/Co interfaces. Magnetic anisotropy constants of bcc-Fe and bcc-Co layers of sample with 0.99 nm thick Mn layer were determined, respectively, as 4.5×105 and 6.4×105 erg/cm3.

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 8 )