Effects of gas damage on coupling and anisotropy in sputtered Co/Cu multilayers

Marrows, C.H., Hickey, B.J., Herrmann, M., McVitie, S. and Chapman, J.N. (1999) Effects of gas damage on coupling and anisotropy in sputtered Co/Cu multilayers. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 198-99, pp. 408-411. (doi:10.1016/S0304-8853(98)01136-6)

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Abstract

The giant magnetoresistance (GMR) of sputtered Co/Cu multilayers is reduced when they are not grown in clean vacuum conditions and earlier work has shown that the most easily damaged parts of the multilayer are the Cu spacer layers. We have prepared samples with clean and dirty spacers and examined the magnetisation reversal mechanism as a function of applied field direction by the magneto-optic Kerr effect and Lorentz electron microscopy. Whilst an uniaxial anisotropy is induced during the growth process, its effect on clean films with high GMR is small. By contrast the low field behaviour of low GMR gas damaged films is highly anisotropic. Quite different domain configurations are observed in the two kinds of film, indicative of different dominant coupling mechanisms.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McVitie, Professor Stephen and Chapman, Professor John
Authors: Marrows, C.H., Hickey, B.J., Herrmann, M., McVitie, S., and Chapman, J.N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science and Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0304-8853

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