Surface magnetoelastic coupling coefficients of single-crystal fcc Co thin films

Gabriel Bochi, Ohsung Song, R. C. O'Handley

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We propose a method of analysis that allows indirect determination of magnetoelastic coupling coefficients for thin magnetic films. The method is based on a general phenomenological equation describing the dependence of the effective magnetic anisotropy energy density on film thickness for a thin cubic ferromagnetic film sandwiched between two nonmagnetic layers of the same material. We show that by fitting the measured effective anisotropy energy density with this equation using independently measured elastic strain in the film and the saturation magnetization Ms, we can extract the Néel surface magnetic anisotropy energy density Ks and either of the surface magnetoelastic coupling coefficients B1s or B2s depending on the film orientation. The model is applied to published data for fcc Co/Cu(111) superlattices. We find that B2s=-23.5 erg/cm2 and Ks(Co/Cu)(111)=+0.47 erg/cm2. While such large values of Bs relative to Ks are surprising, recent direct measurements of Bs in polycrystalline Ni films show these values to be reasonable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2043-2046
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994


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