Interlayer coupling enhanced by the interface roughness: A perturbative method

Ching Hao Chang, Tzay Ming Hong

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Previous experiment on Fe/Cr/Fe(001) trilayers reported a surprising observation that the interlayer exchange coupling could be enhanced drastically by the bombardment of irradiation even at low fluences. We propose that it is due to the resonant states in the spacer made possible when the topography of both interfaces is correlated and exhibits prominent Fourier components. A systematic procedure is developed to handle the interface roughness and predict on how to optimize the interlayer coupling. This method can be extended to bridge the gap between theories and experiments in other heterojunctions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054415
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Feb 11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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