Rotatable magnetic anisotropy of CoO/Fe/Ag(001) in ultrathin regime of the CoO layer

Park, J. S.; Wu, J.; Arenholz, E.; Liberati, M.; Scholl, A.; Meng, Y.; Hwang, Chanyong; Qiu, Z. Q.
July 2010
Applied Physics Letters;7/26/2010, Vol. 97 Issue 4, p042505
Academic Journal
CoO/Fe thin films were grown epitaxially onto vicinal Ag(001) and investigated using magneto-optic Kerr effect, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD), and x-ray magnetic linear dichroism (XMLD) techniques. We show that the CoO film in the ultrathin regime does not induce a uniaxial magnetic anisotropy but a coercivity enhancement. This result provides a mechanism for the microscopic origin of the rotatable magnetic anisotropy. XMLD measurement further reveals that the underlying mechanism is that the CoO spins are totally rotatable in the ultrathin regime to follow the Fe magnetization.


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