Ion induced magnetization reorientation in Co/Pt multilayers for patterned media

D. Weller, J. E.E. Baglin, A. J. Kellock, K. A. Hannibal, M. F. Toney, G. Kusinski, S. Lang, L. Folks, M. E. Best, B. D. Terris

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Co/Pt multilayer films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and large out-of-plane coercivities of 3.9-8.5 kOe have been found to undergo a spin reorientation transition from out-of-plane to in-plane upon irradiation with 700 keV nitrogen ions. X-ray reflectivity experiments show that the multilayer structure gets progressively disrupted with increasing ion dose, providing direct evidence for local atomic displacements at the Co/Pt interfaces. This effectively destroys the magnetic interface anisotropy, which was varied by about a factor of 2, between KS≅0.4 erg/cm2 and KS ≅ 0.85 erg/cm2 for two particular films. The dose required to initiate spin-reorientation, 6 × 1014N+/cm2 and 1.5 × 1015N+/cm2, respectively, scales with KS. It is roughly equal to the number of Co interface atoms per unit interface area contributing to KS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5768-5770
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9 II
StatePublished - May 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event44th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 15 1999Nov 18 1999

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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