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Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in Fe–N Thin Films: Threshold Field for Irreversible Magnetic Stripe Domain Rotation

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Abstract

The magnetic properties of an iron nitride thin film obtained by ion implantation have been investigated. N+22+ ions were implanted in a pristine iron layer epitaxially grown on ZnSe/GaAs(001). X-ray diffraction measurements revealed the formation of body-centered tetragonal N-martensite whose cc-axis is perpendicular to the thin film plane and cc-parameter is close to that of α′α′-Fe8N. Magnetic measurements disclosed a weak perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) whose energy density KPMAKPMA was assessed to about 105J/m3. A sharp decline of the in-plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) was also observed, in comparison with the body-centered cubic iron. The origin of the PMA is attributed to the MCA of N-martensite and/or stress-induced anisotropy. As a result of the PMA, weak magnetic stripe domains with a period of about 130nm aligned along the last saturating magnetic field direction were observed at remanence by magnetic force microscopy. The application of an increasing in-plane magnetic field transverse to the stripes HtransHtrans highlighted a threshold value (μ0Htrans≈0.1μ0Htrans≈0.1T) above which these magnetic domains irreversibly rotated. Interestingly, below this threshold, the stripes do not rotate, leading to a zero remanent magnetization along the direction of the applied field. The interest of this system for magnetization dynamics is discussed.
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hal-01479010 , version 1 (24-01-2023)

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Louis Charles Garnier, Mahmoud Eddrieff, Samuele Fin, D. Bisero, Franck Fortuna, et al.. Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in Fe–N Thin Films: Threshold Field for Irreversible Magnetic Stripe Domain Rotation. SPIN, 2016, 06, pp.1640014. ⟨10.1142/S2010324716400142⟩. ⟨hal-01479010⟩
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