Magnetic force microscopy of thin Permalloy films

Mamin, H. J.; Rugar, D.; Stern, J. E.; Fontana, R. E.; Kasiraj, P.
July 1989
Applied Physics Letters;7/17/1989, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p318
Academic Journal
We have imaged naturally occurring domains in soft magnetic films using the force microscope. Classic closure structures were seen is both sputtered and plated Permalloy films. These structures were compared to optical Kerr micrographs of the same films, with generally good correspondence. The force microscope had sufficient sensitivity and resolution to observe magnetic details such as ripple structure arid a Bloch line. Clear evidence of tip-induced wall motion was seen when the tip-to-sample separation was less than about 100 nm.


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