Imaging the antiparallel magnetic alignment of adjacent Fe and MnAs thin films

Breitwieser, R.; Marangolo, M.; Lüning, J.; Jaouen, N.; Joly, L.; Eddrief, M.; Etgens, V. H.; Sacchi, M.
September 2008
Applied Physics Letters;9/22/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 12, p122508
Academic Journal
The magnetic coupling between iron and α-MnAs in the epitaxial system Fe/MnAs/GaAs(001) has been studied at the submicron scale, using element-selective x-ray photoemission electron microscopy. At room temperature, MnAs layers display ridges and grooves, alternating α (magnetic) and β (nonmagnetic) phases. The self-organized microstructure of MnAs and the stray fields that it generates govern the local alignment between the Fe and α-MnAs magnetization directions, which is mostly antiparallel with a marked dependence upon the magnetic domain size.


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