Structure and magnetism in Co/Pt multilayers

J. C.A. Huang, C. H. Lee, K. L. Yu

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The structure of [Co(tCo)/Pt(10 Å)]30 multilayers has been studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction using in-plane and out- of-plane polarized synchrotron radiation. The x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy shows that the Co layer is like a fcc pseudomorphic structure for tCo less than 4 Å. For tCo = 10Å, the spectra in both directions are separated and look closer to the bulk hcp Co. The extended x-ray absorption fine structure studies reveal that the Co-Pt interface of the multilayers fitted with a sharp boundary better than an interdiffusion model. The in-plane x-ray diffraction shows that the Pt layer in the multilayer possesses a 2%-3.5% compressible strain. Although the saturation magnetization Ms does not depend on tCo or interfacial roughness in any simple form, the Ms values scale quite linearly with the in-plane Pt strain. We conclude that the interfacial strain is important for the perpendicular magnetization in the Co/Pt multilayers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7059-7061
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number11 II
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jun 1
Event8th Joint Magnetism and Magnetic Materials-Intermag Conference - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: 2001 Jan 72001 Jan 11


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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