Surface magnetization processes investigated by the combined surface magneto-optical Kerr effects in Fe/Cu(100) thin films

Z. J. Yang, S. D. Healy, K. R. Heim, Jeffery Drucker, G. G. Hembree, M. R. Scheinfein

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Abstract

Surface and ultrathin-film anisotropies in epitaxial fcc Fe thin films grown on room temperature Cu(100) single crystals in an ultrahigh vacuum has been investigated, in situ, by the combined surface magneto-optical Kerr effects (SMOKE). When the applied field is perpendicular to the film surface, rotation processes occurring between out-of-plane and in-plane directions suggest the presence of an induced uniaxial (canted) anisotropy directed out of the plane of the film. This hypothesis is tested with a simple coherent rotation model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5589-5591
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume75
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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