Neutron diffraction study of artificial CoO-NiO superlattices

Takano, M.; Terashima, T.; Bando, Y.; Ikeda, H.
July 1987
Applied Physics Letters;7/20/1987, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p205
Academic Journal
Neutron diffraction measurements were made on artificial superlattices of CoO-NiO, (CoO)m(NiO)n×l prepared on the (0001) surface of α-Al2O3. (111) layers of CoO and NiO, each less than 2 nm thick (2≤m,n≤8), were stacked alternatively to a total thickness of less than 70 nm (m+n≤15,l≤25). A well-defined magnetic Bragg peak indexed as (1/2 1/2 1/2) was observed for all the samples, and a magnetic structure of type FCC2 with the spin axis lying in the (111) planes grown was suggested. The temperature dependence of the magnetic peak intensity revealed a sharp, single magnetic transition. The Néel temperature was found to vary as a linear function of n/(m+n).


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