Vertical gradient of magnetic anisotropy in the ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga,Mn)As film

Hyunji Son; Sunjae Chung; Sun-young Yea; Shinhee Kim; Taehee Yoo; Sanghoon Lee; Liu, X.; Furdyna, J. K.
March 2010
Applied Physics Letters;3/1/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 9, p092105
Academic Journal
The properties of magnetic anisotropy of GaMnAs films along the growth direction were studied by Hall effect measurements. The magnetic anisotropy fields were obtained by analyzing the angular dependence of the planar Hall resistance and the anomalous Hall resistance for in-plane and out-of plane components of the Hall signal, respectively. The magnetic anisotropy fields obtained by this process were used to construct a three-dimensional magnetic free energy diagram, which clearly shows that the out-of-plane characteristics of magnetic anisotropy become more pronounced as we approach the bottom part of the film.


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