Magnetic anisotropy and structure of epitaxial permalloy films sputter-deposited on Nb(110)

Loloee, R.; Urazhdin, S.; Pratt Jr., W.P.; Geng, H.; Crimp, M.A.
March 2004
Applied Physics Letters;3/29/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 13, p2364
Academic Journal
Epitaxial Permalloy™ (Py) thin films sputter-deposited onto epitaxial Nb with and without a Cu buffer layer have been investigated. Transmission electron microscopy was used to characterize the morphology of the Nb/Py/Cu and Nb/Cu/Py multilayers. Rotational magnetization measurements indicated significant differences in the magnetic anisotropy of the films. A phenomenological model taking into account uniaxial anisotropy agree well with the data, and provides a simple method for determinating the anisotropy strength. The correlations between the crystal structures and the magnetic properties are discussed. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.


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