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  1. Magnetic properties and magnetization reversal of CoSm ∥ Cr thin films

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    Shan, Z. S.; Malhotra, S. S.; Liou, S. H.; Liu, Yi; Yu, M.; Sellmyer, D. J.

    1996-08-01

    In this paper the magnetic and structural properties of CoSm thin films with a Cr underlayer (CoSm‖Cr) are presented, with emphasis on the measurements of anisotropy at room and low temperature and magnetization reversal. The grain size of the Cr underlayer is about 250 Å and the thin CoSm layer (e.g., 240 Å) inherits this grain size. The CoSm layer consists of nanocrystallites, about 50 Å in diameter, embedded in an amorphous matrix. The Ar pressure, CoSm layer-thickness, and temperature dependencies of magnetic properties including magnetization, coercivity and especially the anisotropy were investigated systematically. CoSm‖Cr with coercivity up to 4.2 kOe at room temperature has been prepared. The intrinsic anisotropy is 4 × 10 6 and 1.4 × 10 7 erg/cm 3 at room temperature for CoSm(240 Å)‖Cr and CoSm(960 Å)‖Cr, respectively, and both increase to 3.9 × 10 7 erg/cm 3 at 10 K. Magnetization reversal studies indicate that the coercivity mechanism changes from wall pinning for samples prepared at lower Ar pressure (5-12 mT) to single-particle coherent rotation for samples prepared at higher pressure (30 mT). The correlations between the microstructure and magnetic properties are discussed.

  2. Magnetic properties of isolated Co nanoparticles in SiO 2 capsule prepared with reversed micelle

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    Haeiwa, Tetsuji; Segawa, Kazuhiro; Konishi, Kenji

    Magnetic properties and thermal stability of cobalt nanoparticles encapsulated in SiO 2 prepared with the reversed micelle technique with various w were investigated. The average diameters of the Co nanoparticles and SiO 2 capsules were about 2.9 and about 5.2 nm. The magnetization curves of Co nanoparticles exhibit superparamagnetic nature. After annealing up to 673 K in vacuum, the magnetization increases by a factor of 2.4 and the average diameter of the Co particles increases by a factor of 1.3, although shape and size of the SiO 2 capsules were kept.

  3. Magnetic properties of iron-based soft magnetic composites with SiO2 coating obtained by reverse microemulsion method

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    Wu, Shen; Sun, Aizhi; Lu, Zhenwen; Cheng, Chuan; Gao, Xuexu

    2015-05-01

    In this work, iron-based soft magnetic composites coated with the amorphous SiO2 layer have been fabricated by utilizing tetraethoxysilane in the reverse microemulsion method, and then the effects of addition amount of SiO2 and annealing temperature on the magnetic properties were investigated. The results show that the surface of iron powders contains a thin amorphous SiO2 insulation layer, which effectively decreases the magnetic loss of synthesized magnets. The magnetic loss of coated samples decreased by 87.8% as compared with that of uncoated samples at 150 kHz. Magnetic measurements show that the sample with 1.25 wt% SiO2 has an acceptable real part and minimum imaginary part of permeability in comparison with other samples. Also, the annealing treatment increased the initial permeability, the maximum permeability and the magnetic induction and decreased the coercivity with increasing temperature in the range 300-600 °C. The results of the loss separation imply that the annealed SMCs have a higher hysteresis loss coefficient (k2) and lower eddy current loss coefficient (k3) as compared with the pure iron compacts after the same heat treatment due to the preservation of the SiO2 layer.

  4. Nanosecond magnetization reversal in nanocrystalline magnetic films

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    Rahman, I. Z.; Gandhi, A. A.; Khaddem-Mousavi, M. V.; Lynch, T. F.; Rahman, M. A.

    2007-03-01

    This paper reports on the investigation of dynamic magnetization reversal process in electrodeposited nanocrystalline Ni and Ni80Fe20 films by employing nanosecond magnetic pulse technique. The surface morphology has been investigated using SEM, EDAX, XRD and AFM analyses and static magnetic properties of the films are characterized by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Two different techniques are designed and employed to study the nanosecond magnetization reversal process in nanocrystalline thin films: Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect (MOKE) and nanosecond pulsed field magnetometer. Results of dynamical behavior as a function of several variables such as magnitude of applied bias magnetic field, amplitude and width of the pulsed magnetic field are analyzed in detail using both techniques. A computer simulation package called Object Oriented Micro-Magnetic Framework (OOMMF) has been used to simulate the magnetic domain patterns of the samples.

  5. Magnetic properties of pulse-reverse electrodeposited nanocrystalline NiFe/Cu composite wires in relation to the anodic current

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    Seet, H. L.; Li, X. P.; Lee, K. S.; Chia, H. Y.; Zheng, H. M.; Ng, W. C.

    2007-12-01

    Ni80Fe20/Cu composite wires were developed using the pulse-reverse electrodeposition technique with the cathodic (positive) current Ic fixed at 1 mA and the anodic (negative) current IA varied from 10 to 90% of Ic. The relationship between the magnetic properties of pulse reverse electrodeposited nanocrystalline NiFe/Cu composite wires and the anodic current was investigated. The results showed that the smaller the magnitude of the anodic current, the smaller was the average nanocrystalline grain size of the deposited material and the better was the uniformity of the surface, and consequently, the better the magnetic properties.

  6. Reversible collisionless magnetic reconnection

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    Ishizawa, A.; Watanabe, T.-H.

    2013-10-15

    Reversible magnetic reconnection is demonstrated for the first time by means of gyrokinetic numerical simulations of a collisionless magnetized plasma. Growth of a current-driven instability in a sheared magnetic field is accompanied by magnetic reconnection due to electron inertia effects. Following the instability growth, the collisionless reconnection is accelerated with development of a cross-shaped structure of current density, and then all field lines are reconnected. The fully reconnected state is followed by the secondary reconnection resulting in a weakly turbulent state. A time-reversed simulation starting from the turbulent state manifests that the collisionless reconnection process proceeds inversely leading to the initial state. During the reversed reconnection, the kinetic energy is reconverted into the original magnetic field energy. In order to understand the stability of reversed process, an external perturbation is added to the fully reconnected state, and it is found that the accelerated reconnection is reversible when the deviation of the E × B streamlines due to the perturbation is comparable with or smaller than a current layer width.

  7. Effect of reversible adsorption on the magnetic properties of iron garnet films

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    Zubov, V. E. Kudakov, A. D.; Levshin, N. L.; Vlasov, M. A.

    2013-05-15

    The reversible change in the domain structure and the magnetic domain width in bismuth-containing iron garnet films with an easy magnetization axis oriented normal to their surface during adsorption caused by hydrogen bonds is studied by a magnetooptical method. The dependence of the domain width on the vapor pressure of methyl alcohol or water in a cell with a sample is determined, and the time dependence of the domain width induced by the adsorption-desorption processes occurring between methyl alcohol molecules or water molecules on the film surface is studied. A model is proposed to explain the detected effects.

  8. Effects of strain-induced martensite and its reversion on the magnetic properties of AISI 201 austenitic stainless steel

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    Souza Filho, I. R.; Sandim, M. J. R.; Cohen, R.; Nagamine, L. C. C. M.; Hoffmann, J.; Bolmaro, R. E.; Sandim, H. R. Z.

    2016-12-01

    Strain-induced martensite (SIM) and its reversion in a cold-rolled AISI 201 austenitic stainless steel was studied by means of magnetic properties, light optical (LOM) and scanning electron (SEM) microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), texture measurements, and Vickers microhardness testing. According to Thermo-calc© predictions, the BCC phase (residual δ-ferrite and SIM) is expected to be stable until 600 °C. The current material was cold rolled up to 60% thickness reduction and submitted to both isothermal and stepwise annealing up to 800 °C. Magnetic measurements were taken during annealing (in situ) of the samples and also for their post mortem conditions. The Curie temperatures (Tc) of residual δ-ferrite and SIM have similar values between 550 and 600 °C. Besides Tc, the focused magnetic parameters were saturation magnetization (Ms), remanent magnetization (MR), and coercive field (Hc). SIM reversion was found to occur in the range of 600-700 °C in good agreement with Thermo-calc© predictions. The microstructures of the material, annealed at 600 and 700 °C for 1 h, were investigated via EBSD. Microtexture measurements for these samples revealed that the texture components were mainly those found for the 60% cold rolled material. This is an evidence that the SIM reversion occurred by an athermal mechanism.

  9. Structural and magnetic properties of nano nickel zinc ferrite synthesized by reverse micelle technique

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    Thakur, Sangeeta; Katyal, S. C.; Singh, M.

    2009-01-01

    Nanocrystalline nickel-zinc ferrites (Ni 0.58Zn 0.42Fe 2O 4) at different pH values (less than 9.6, 9.6, 10.96, and 11.40) for the alkali-precipitating reaction were synthesized by reverse micelle technique. X-ray diffraction reveals a well-defined nickel-zinc ferrite crystal phase at pH=9.6. Increase in pH value obstructs pure-phase formation and results in partial formation of α-Fe 2O 3. The magnetic behaviour of the samples was studied by superconducting quantum interference device. All the samples show superparamagnetic behaviour at room temperature (300 K) and negligible hysteresis at low temperature (5 K). The low value of saturation magnetization is explained on the basis of spin canting. The high-field irreversibility and shifting of the hysteresis loop detected in single-phase sample has been assigned to a spin-disordered phase, which has a spin-freezing temperature of approximately 42 K and other two samples have an antiferromagnetic phase (α-Fe 2O 3) coupled to the ferromagnetic phase.

  10. Magnetic reversals and mass extinctions

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    Raup, D. M.

    1985-01-01

    The results of a study of reversals of the earth's magnetic field over the past 165 Myr are presented. A stationary periodicity of 30 Myr emerges which predicts pulses of increased reversal activity centered at 10, 40, 70, . . . Myr before the present. The correlation between the reversal intensity and biological extinctions is examined, and a nontrivial discrepancy is found between the magnetic and extinction periodicity.

  11. Periodicity of the earth's magnetic reversals

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    Stothers, R. B.

    1986-01-01

    Results are presented from an attempt to perform a relatively comprehensive analysis of the evidence for a periodicity, with harmonics, of the observed regular reversals of the earth's magnetic field. The database considered covers 296 reversals over the past 165 Myr. Histograms with bins 1 Myr apart reveal only 30 Myr reversal patterns. The reversal dates are fitted to a linear periodic function and a spectrum is computed for the residuals at the adopted dates. The possible presence of multiple periodicities is evaluated and over various time intervals. The analysis shows that a recently observed 15 Myr periodicity is probably a harmonic of the 29.5-30.5 Myr period. The calculations do not confirm an inherent magnetic reversal property of the earth. The reversals may arise from tectonic events or from impacts from extraterrestrial objects.

  12. Influence of the properties of soft collective spin wave modes on the magnetization reversal in finite arrays of dipolarly coupled magnetic dots

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    Stebliy, Maxim; Ognev, Alexey; Samardak, Alexander; Chebotkevich, Ludmila; Verba, Roman; Melkov, Gennadiy; Tiberkevich, Vasil; Slavin, Andrei

    2015-06-01

    Magnetization reversal in finite chains and square arrays of closely packed cylindrical magnetic dots, having vortex ground state in the absence of the external bias field, has been studied experimentally by measuring static hysteresis loops, and also analyzed theoretically. It has been shown that the field Bn of a vortex nucleation in a dot as a function of the finite number N of dots in the array's side may exhibit a monotonic or an oscillatory behavior depending on the array geometry and the direction of the external bias magnetic field. The oscillations in the dependence Bn(N) are shown to be caused by the quantization of the collective soft spin wave mode, which corresponds to the vortex nucleation in a finite array of dots. These oscillations are directly related to the form and symmetry of the dispersion law of the soft SW mode: the oscillation could appear only if the minimum of the soft mode spectrum is not located at any of the symmetric points inside the first Brillouin zone of the array's lattice. Thus, the purely static measurements of the hysteresis loops in finite arrays of coupled magnetic dots can yield important information about the properties of the collective spin wave excitations in these arrays.

  13. Ancient Magnetic Reversals: Clues to the Geodynamo.

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    Hoffman, Kenneth A.

    1988-01-01

    Discusses the question posed by some that the earth's magnetic field may reverse. States that rocks magnetized by ancient fields may offer clues to the underlying reversal mechanism in the earth's core. (TW)

  14. Kondorski reversal in magnetic nanowires

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    Skomski, Ralph; Schubert, Eva; Enders, Axel; Sellmyer, D. J.

    2014-05-01

    Magnetization reversal in nanowire systems, such as alnico-type permanent magnets, slanted columns produced by glancing-angle deposition, and nanowires embedded in alumina templates, is investigated by model calculations. The angular dependence of the domain-wall propagation is Kondorski-like, reminiscent of Kondorski pinning in bulk materials but with a somewhat different physics and consistent with Kerr hysteresis-loop measurements. Criss-cross patterning of alnicos improves the coercivity but reduces the remanence, with virtually zero net effect on energy product. Finally, we briefly discuss the wire-radius dependence of the coercivity in the context of "shape anisotropy" and the occurrence of interaction domains in alnico.

  15. Chemical and magnetic properties of rapidly cooled metastable ferri-ilmenite solid solutions - IV: the fine structure of self-reversed thermoremanent magnetization

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    Robinson, Peter; McEnroe, S. A.; Fabian, K.; Harrison, R. J.; Thomas, C. I.; Mukai, H.

    2014-03-01

    Magnetic experiments, a Monte Carlo simulation and transmission electron microscopy observations combine to confirm variable chemical phase separation during quench and annealing of metastable ferri-ilmenite compositions, caused by inhomogeneous Fe-Ti ordering and anti-ordering. Separation begins near interfaces between growing ordered and anti-ordered domains, the latter becoming progressively enriched in ilmenite component, moving the Ti-impoverished hematite component into Fe-enriched diffusion waves near the interfaces. Even when disordered regions are eliminated, Fe-enriched waves persist and enlarge on anti-phase boundaries between growing and shrinking ordered and anti-ordered domains. Magnetic results and conceptual models show that magnetic ordering with falling T initiates in the Fe-enriched wave crests. Although representing only a tiny fraction of material, identified at highest Ts on a field-cooling curve, they control the `pre-destiny' of progressive magnetization at lower T. They can provide a positive magnetic moment in a minority of ordered ferrimagnetic material, which, by exchange coupling, then creates a self-reversed negative moment in the remaining majority. Four Ts or T ranges are recognized on typical field-cooling curves: TPD is the T range of `pre-destination'; TC is the predominant Curie T where major positive magnetization increases sharply; TMAX is where magnetization reaches a positive maximum, beyond which it is outweighed by self-reversed magnetization and TZM is the T where total magnetization passes zero. Disposition of these Ts on cooling curves indicate the fine structure of self-reversed thermoremanent magnetization. These results confirm much earlier suspicions that the `x-phase' responsible for self-reversed magnetization resides in Fe-enriched phase boundaries.

  16. Magnetization reversal in exchange biased nanocap arrays

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    Guhr, I. L.; van Dijken, S.; Malinowski, G.; Fischer, P.; Springer, F.; Hellwig, O.; Albrecht, M.

    2007-05-01

    Arrays of self-assembled polystyrene spheres with various particle sizes have been used as a substrate to study the exchange bias effect along the out-of-plane direction of Pt/Co multilayers capped with IrMn layers. The evolution of the reversal process of the resulting magnetic nanocaps was investigated by magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and magnetic transmission x-ray microscopy (M-TXM). Tip-sample interaction-induced irreversible and reversible switching events have been observed during multiple scanning cycles in MFM imaging which are ascribed to the so-called training effect. During M-TXM imaging a drastic change in morphology has been found due to the x-ray exposure, leading to the formation of much larger spherical particles. Interestingly, these merged particles reveal again an exchange coupled single-domain magnetic cap with magnetic behaviour similar to magnetic films deposited directly on spheres of similar size. This paper was presented at the Materials Research Society Fall 2006 Meeting, 27 November-1 December 2006, as part of Symposium P: Nanoscale Magnets-Synthesis, Self-assembly, Properties and Applications, organized by J Fassbender, J Chapman and C A Ross.

  17. Micromagnetic simulations of thermally activated magnetization reversal of nanoscale magnets

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    Brown, Gregory; Novotny, M. A.; Rikvold, Per Arne

    2000-05-01

    Numerical integration of a stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation is used to study dynamic processes in single-domain nanoscale magnets at nonzero temperatures. Special attention is given to including thermal fluctuations as a Langevin term, and the fast multipole method is used to calculate dipole-dipole interactions. It is feasible to simulate these dynamics on the nanosecond time scale for spatial discretizations that involve on the order of 104 nodes using a desktop workstation. The nanoscale magnets considered here are single pillars with large aspect ratio. Hysteresis-loop simulations are employed to study the stable and metastable configurations of the magnetization. Each pillar has magnetic end caps. In a time-dependent field the magnetization of the pillars is observed to reverse via nucleation, propagation, and coalescence of the end caps. In particular, the end caps propagate into the magnet and meet near the middle. A relatively long-lived defect is formed when end caps with opposite vorticity meet. Fluctuations are more important in the reversal of the magnetization for fields weaker than the zero-temperature coercive field, where the reversal is thermally activated. In this case, the process must be described by its statistical properties, such as the distribution of switching times, averaged over a large number of independent thermal histories.

  18. Magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Ni-Zn, Zn-Mn, and Ni-Mn ferrites synthesized by reverse micelle technique

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    Gubbala, S.; Nathani, H.; Koizol, K.; Misra, R. D. K.

    2004-05-01

    Nanocrystalline nickel-zinc, zinc-manganese, and nickel-manganese ferrites synthesized by reverse micelle synthesis technique were characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction, and the magnetic behavior studied by Superconducting Quantum Interference Device. The mixed (Ni-Zn, Zn-Mn, and Ni-Mn) ferrites exhibit blocking temperatures of 11, 20, and 15 K, respectively. The small differences in the blocking temperatures are attributed to the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and L-S coupling. The saturation magnetization of nanocrystalline Ni-Zn, Zn-Mn, and Ni-Mn at 300 K was 4.5, 9, and 7 emu/g, respectively, and at 2 K was 15, 19, and 14 emu/g, respectively. The lower saturation magnetization of the nanocrystalline ferrites compared to their bulk counterparts is attributed to the core-shell morphology of the particles consisting of ferromagnetically aligned core spins and a spin-glass-like surface layer.

  19. Non-uniform magnetization reversal in nanocomposite magnets

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    Li, Z. B.; Zhang, M.; Shen, B. G.; Sun, J. R.

    2013-03-01

    Magnetization reversal and exchange coupling are investigated in Pr-Fe-B melt-spun ribbons. In nanocomposite magnets, not only does the coercivity decrease but also magnetization reversal becomes more non-uniform in hard grains. The non-uniform magnetization reversal, resulting in a deterioration of squareness in hysteresis loop and a drop of the maximum Henkel plot value, mainly is caused by random arrangement of easy axes and intergranular soft regions among hard grains even with well exchange coupling between soft-hard grains in these ribbons. It is expected that the uniformity in magnetization reversal could be improved with the perfection of easy axes alignment in anisotropy nanocomposites.

  20. Chemical and magnetic properties of rapidly cooled metastable ferri-ilmenite solid solutions: implications for magnetic self-reversal and exchange bias—I. Fe-Ti order transition in quenched synthetic ilmenite 61

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    Fabian, Karl; Miyajima, Nobuyoshi; Robinson, Peter; McEnroe, Suzanne A.; Ballaran, Tiziana Boffa; Burton, Benjamin P.

    2011-09-01

    Quenched ferri-ilmenite solid solutions X FeTiO3+ (1 -X) Fe2O3 with X≈ 0.60 contain chemical and magnetic structures important for understanding the unusual magnetic properties in this series, including self-reversal in igneous rocks and exchange bias. Here we study a composition X= 0.61, annealed at 1055 °C, above the Fe-Ti ordering temperature, then quenched. Presence of two interface-coupled phases is established by pot-bellied character of the room-temperature magnetic hysteresis loop, and large negative magnetic exchange bias below 30 K. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) dark-field imaging with the 003 reflection shows dominant Fe-Ti disordered antiferromagnetic and lesser ordered ferrimagnetic phases, the latter in lenses ≤8 nm thick. Parts of the ordered phase are in antiphase relationship, shown by high-resolution TEM imaging of Fe-rich and Ti-rich layers. TEM-EDX analyses indicate chemical phase separation during quench, with dominant compositions X= 0.56-0.63, extremes 0.50 and 0.70. Thermomagnetic experiments indicate compositions X= 0.56-0.61 are antiferromagnetic, X= 0.61-0.64 are ferrimagnetic. A sample held ˜5 min at 1063 K, increased in order, demonstrated by twofold increase in induced moment at 1 T. This then acquired self-reversed thermoremanent magnetization between 490 and 440 K. Progressive annealings of another sample at 773 K, 973 K, 1023 K and 1063 K, followed by cooling in a 1 T field, produced positive room-temperature magnetic exchange bias, only for 1023 K and 1063 K runs. These properties suggest growth of ordered regions from disordered regions, and expansion of some ordered domains against others across antiphase boundaries, thus creating self-organized structures essential for magnetic self-reversal and magnetic exchange bias.

  1. Partial spin reversal in magnetic deflagration

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    Vélez, S.; Subedi, P.; Macià, F.; Li, S.; Sarachik, M. P.; Tejada, J.; Mukherjee, S.; Christou, G.; Kent, A. D.

    2014-04-01

    The reversal of spins in a magnetic material as they relax toward equilibrium is accompanied by the release of Zeeman energy, which can lead to accelerated spin relaxation and the formation of a well-defined self-sustained propagating spin-reversal front known as magnetic deflagration. To date, studies of Mn12-acetate single crystals have focused mainly on deflagration in large longitudinal magnetic fields, and they found a fully spin-reversed final state. We report a systematic study of the effect of a transverse magnetic field on magnetic deflagration, and we demonstrate that in small longitudinal fields the final state consists of only partially reversed spins. Further, we measured the front speed as a function of applied magnetic field. The theory of magnetic deflagration, together with a modification that takes into account partial spin reversal, fits the transverse field dependence of the front speed but not its dependence on the longitudinal field. The most significant result of this study is the finding of a partially spin-reversed final state, which is evidence that the spins at the deflagration front are also only partially reversed.

  2. Magnetization ground state and reversal modes of magnetic nanotori

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    Vojkovic, Smiljan; Nunez, Alvaro S.; Altbir, Dora; Carvalho-Santos, Vagson L.

    2016-07-01

    In this work, and by means of micromagnetic simulations, we study the magnetic properties of toroidal nanomagnets. The magnetization ground state for different values of the aspect ratio between the toroidal and polar radii of the nanotorus has been obtained. Besides, we have shown that the vortex and the in-plane single domain states can appear as ground states for different ranges of the aspect ratio, while a single domain state with an out-of-plane magnetization is not observed. The hysteresis curves are also obtained, evidencing the existence of two reversal modes depending on the geometry: a vortex mode and a coherent rotation. A comparison between toroidal and cylindrical nanoparticles has been performed evidencing that nanotori can accommodate a vortex as the ground state for smaller volume than cylindrical nanorings.

  3. Magnetization reversal properties of Pr{sub 1-x}(Gd/Nd){sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x=0.3, 0.5, 0.7)

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    Biswas, Sanjay; Pal, Sudipta; Bose, Esa

    2015-06-24

    We report measurements of the temperature dependent magnetic properties of single phase orthorhombic perovskites system associated with space group Pbnm compounds Pr{sub 1-x}(Gd/Nd){sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x=0.3, 0.5, 0.7). Magnetic properties radically changes with the doping of Gd or Nd. A magnetization reversal is observed below the Neel temperature (T{sub N}), in DC magnetization measurements (at 50 Oe) in the doped compounds. The reversal of magnetization may be due to the antiparallel coupling between the two magnetic sublattices (|Pr+ Gd/ Nd | and Mn). The hysteresis plot taken at 50K indicates a ferrimagnetic characteristic and existence of spin canting of ions in the magnetic sublattices.

  4. Intrinsic anisotropy-defined magnetization reversal in submicron ring magnets

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    Li, S. P.; Lew, W. S.; Bland, J. A. C.; Natali, M.; Lebib, A.; Chen, Y.

    2002-12-01

    We report a study of the effect of magnetocrystalline anisotropy in the magnetization reversal of submicron Co rings fabricated by nanoimprint lithography. For weak magnetocrystalline anisotropy, the complete reversal takes place via a transition from saturation at large negative fields, into a vortex configuration at small fields, and back to reverse saturation at large positive fields. When the anisotropy strength is increased to a critical value, the intermediate vortex configuration no longer exists in the magnetization reversal along the easy axis; instead, the reversal occurs through a rapid jump. However, when the applied field direction is far from the easy axis, the presence of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy favors local vortex nucleation, and this leads to a similar switching process as found for low anisotropy. Micromagnetic simulations indicate that the magnetization reversal process of the rings, starts from a buckling-like reverse domain nucleation, followed by local vortex formation and an avalanche process of local vortex nucleation.

  5. Magnetization reversal in single ferromagnetic rectangular nanowires

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    de Oliveira, Alexandre B.; da Silva, Gilvânia L.; Rezende, Sergio M.; Azevedo, Antonio

    2010-01-01

    We report on the magnetoresistance (MR) investigation of the magnetization reversal processes in single rectangular nanowire of Permalloy. A set of nanowires with lengths ranging from 6 to 20 μm, thicknesses fixed in 10 nm, and widths between 250 nm and 1.2 μm, was fabricated by means of AFM local anodic oxidation lithography. Magnetoresistive hysteresis loops show an abrupt jump corresponding to the magnetization reversal that depends on the angle between the wire axis and the applied magnetic field direction. The field value corresponding to the abrupt jump of the MR was associated to the nucleation field deduced from the Brown equations. By the angular dependence of this magnetization reversal field we were able to identify the nucleation mode as the magnetization buckling. We have investigated the temperature dependence of the switching field as well as its stochastic nature as a function of the in-plane angle.

  6. Magnetic vortex state stability, reversal and dynamics in restricted geometries.

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    Guslienko, K Yu

    2008-06-01

    Magnetic vortices are typically the ground states in geometrically confined ferromagnets with small magnetocrystalline anisotropy. In this article I review static and dynamic properties of the magnetic vortex state in small particles with nanoscale thickness and sub-micron and micron lateral sizes (magnetic dots). Magnetic dots made of soft magnetic material shaped as flat circular and elliptic cylinders are considered. Such mesoscopic dots undergo magnetization reversal through successive nucleation, displacement and annihilation of magnetic vortices. The reversal process depends on the stability of different possible zero-field magnetization configurations with respect to the dot geometrical parameters and application of an external magnetic field. The interdot magnetostatic interaction plays an important role in magnetization reversal for dot arrays with a small dot-to-dot distance, leading to decreases in the vortex nucleation and annihilation fields. Magnetic vortices reveal rich, non-trivial dynamical properties due to existance of the vortex core bearing topological charges. The vortex ground state magnetization distribution leads to a considerable modification of the nature of spin excitations in comparison to those in the uniformly magnetized state. A magnetic vortex confined in a magnetically soft ferromagnet with micron-sized lateral dimensions possesses a characteristic dynamic excitation known as a translational mode that corresponds to spiral-like precession of the vortex core around its equilibrium position. The translation motions of coupled vortices are considered. There are, above the vortex translation mode eigenfrequencies, several dynamic magnetization eigenmodes localized outside the vortex core whose frequencies are determined principally by dynamic demagnetizing fields appearing due to restricted dot geometry. The vortex excitation modes are classified as translation modes and radially or azimuthally symmetric spin waves over the vortex

  7. Thermodynamics and magnetization reversal in artificial brickwork spin ice

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    Li, Y.; Wang, T. X.; Hou, Z. T.; Liu, H. Y.; Dai, X. F.; Liu, G. D.

    2016-05-01

    The thermodynamics and magnetization reversal behavior of three artificial frustrated brickwork systems are investigated by means of the Monte Carlo method. Three frustrated systems have different array patterns of ferromagnetic nanoislands, and consequently different geometry symmetry and magnetic properties. The simulated results show that two brickwork systems which have only 'three-spins' vertex exhibit the long-range ordered magnetic ground state, and one brickwork system that contains mixed 'two-spins' and 'four-spins' vertex as well as 'three-spins' vertex has a high degeneracy of ground state and no long-range order. In all three frustrated systems, there occurs the phase transition from the magnetic ground order to disorder. Three frustrated brickwork lattices show significant differences in the reversal mechanism in the presence of magnetic field for different lattice spacings.

  8. Origin of self-reversed thermoremanent magnetization.

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    Harrison, Richard J; Kasama, Takeshi; White, Thomas A; Simpson, Edward T; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E

    2005-12-31

    The ability of certain magnetic minerals to acquire a remanent magnetization that opposes the direction of the Earth's magnetic field has fascinated rock magnetists since its discovery in 1951. Here, we determine the origin of this phenomenon, which is termed self-reversed thermoremanent magnetization (SR-TRM). We present direct transmission electron microscopy observations of negative exchange coupling across antiphase domain boundaries (APBs) in ilmenite-hematite. This coupling is linked intrinsically to the origin of SR-TRM and is responsible for the formation of two new classes of magnetic domain wall at APBs. We present simulations of the chemical and magnetic structure of the APBs and show that SR-TRM is generated by coupling between strongly ferrimagnetic Ti-rich domains and weakly ferrimagnetic Fe-rich domains, which form during the transition from short- to long-range cation order. PMID:16486415

  9. Atomic structure and magnetic properties of MnFe2O4 nanoparticles produced by reverse micelle synthesis

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    Carpenter, Everett E.; O'Connor, Charles J.; Harris, Vincent G.

    1999-04-01

    Using the aqueous cores of reverse micelles as nanoreactors, nanoparticles (d˜10 nm) of the mixed ferrite MnFe2O4 were produced. Seven processing trials were performed where the concentration of ammonium hydroxide, reaction temperature, and the oxidizing agent were varied. All trials result in Mn-ferrite particles with varying chemistry and structure. The Mn concentration in the resulting ferrite is strongly enhanced by both the presence of H2O2 as an oxidizing agent and a surplus of ammonium hydroxide. The increased Mn concentration correlates with a higher fraction of octahedrally coordinated Mn cations. When near-stoic amounts of ammonium hydroxide are used, the resulting ferrites are nearly stoichiometric with a more equitable distribution of Mn cations on the octahedral and tetrahedral sublattices. In all ferrite nanoparticles, the Mn cations have a preference for octahedral site occupancy that is larger than the 20% measured in bulk Mn-ferrite. We attribute the cation filling trends to the stabilization of excess trivalent Mn during processing.

  10. Magnetic stripes and skyrmions with helicity reversals.

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    Yu, Xiuzhen; Mostovoy, Maxim; Tokunaga, Yusuke; Zhang, Weizhu; Kimoto, Koji; Matsui, Yoshio; Kaneko, Yoshio; Nagaosa, Naoto; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2012-06-01

    It was recently realized that topological spin textures do not merely have mathematical beauty but can also give rise to unique functionalities of magnetic materials. An example is the skyrmion--a nano-sized bundle of noncoplanar spins--that by virtue of its nontrivial topology acts as a flux of magnetic field on spin-polarized electrons. Lorentz transmission electron microscopy recently emerged as a powerful tool for direct visualization of skyrmions in noncentrosymmetric helimagnets. Topologically, skyrmions are equivalent to magnetic bubbles (cylindrical domains) in ferromagnetic thin films, which were extensively explored in the 1970s for data storage applications. In this study we use Lorentz microscopy to image magnetic domain patterns in the prototypical magnetic oxide-M-type hexaferrite with a hint of scandium. Surprisingly, we find that the magnetic bubbles and stripes in the hexaferrite have a much more complex structure than the skyrmions and spirals in helimagnets, which we associate with the new degree of freedom--helicity (or vector spin chirality) describing the direction of spin rotation across the domain walls. We observe numerous random reversals of helicity in the stripe domain state. Random helicity of cylindrical domain walls coexists with the positional order of magnetic bubbles in a triangular lattice. Most unexpectedly, we observe regular helicity reversals inside skyrmions with an unusual multiple-ring structure. PMID:22615354

  11. Fingerprinting Magnetic Nanostructures by First Order Reversal Curves

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    Liu, Kai

    2007-03-01

    Realistic systems of magnetic nanostructures inevitably have inhomogeneities, which are manifested in distributions of magnetic properties, mixed magnetic phases, different magnetization reversal mechanisms, etc. The first order reversal curve (FORC) method [1-3] is ideally suited for ``fingerprinting'' such systems, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Here we present recent FORC studies on a few technologically important systems. In arrays of Fe nanodots [4], as the dot size decreases from 67 to 52nm, we have observed a vortex state to single-domain transition. Despite subtle changes in the major hysteresis loops, striking differences are seen in the FORC diagrams. The FORC method also gives quantitative measures of the magnetic phase fractions and vortex nucleation and annihilation fields. Furthermore, with decreasing temperature, it is more difficult to nucleate vortices within the dots and the single domain phase fraction increases. In exchange spring magnets [3], we have investigated the reversibility of the soft and hard layers and the interlayer exchange coupling. In FeNi/polycrystalline-FePt films, the FeNi and FePt layers reverse in a continuous process via a vertical spiral. In Fe/epitaxial-SmCo films, the reversal proceeds by a reversible rotation of the Fe soft layer, followed by an irreversible switching of the SmCo hard layer. As the SmCo partially demagnetizes, the Fe layer still remains reversible, as revealed by second order reversal curves (SORC). The exchange coupling between the two layers can be extracted as a function of the SmCo demagnetization state. These results demonstrate that FORC is a powerful method for magnetization reversal studies, due to its capability of capturing magnetic inhomogeneities, sensitivity to irreversible switching, and the quantitative phase information it can extract. Work done in collaboration with J. E. Davies, R. K. Dumas, J. Olamit, C. P. Li, I. V. Roshchin, I. K. Schuller, O. Hellwig, E. E. Fullerton, J. S

  12. Thermal magnetization reversal in arrays of nanoparticles

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    Brown, Gregory; Novotny, M. A.; Rikvold, Per Arne

    2001-06-01

    The results of large-scale simulations investigating the dynamics of magnetization reversal in arrays of single-domain nanomagnets after a rapid reversal of the applied field at nonzero temperature are presented. The numerical micromagnetic approach uses the Landau{endash}Lifshitz{endash}Gilbert equation including contributions from thermal fluctuations and long-range dipole{endash}dipole demagnetizing effects implemented using a fast-multipole expansion. The individual model nanomagnets are 9 nm{times}9 nm{times}150 nm iron pillars similar to those fabricated on a surface with scanning tunneling microscope assisted chemical vapor deposition [S. Wirth , J. Appl. Phys. 85, 5249 (1999)]. Nanomagnets oriented perpendicular to the surface and spaced 300 nm apart in linear arrays are considered. The applied field is always oriented perpendicular to the surface. When the magnitude of the applied field is less than the coercive value, about 2000 Oe for an individual nanomagnet, magnetization reversal in the nanomagnets can only occur by thermally activated processes. Even though the interaction from the dipole moment of neighboring magnets in this geometry is only about 1 Oe, less than 1% of the coercive field, it can have a large impact on the switching dynamics. What determines the height of the free-energy barrier is the difference between the coercive and applied fields, and 1 Oe can be a significant fraction of that. The magnetic orientations of the neighbors are seen to change the behavior of the nanomagnets in the array significantly. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  13. Magnetization reversal driven by a spin torque oscillator

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    Sbiaa, R.

    2014-09-01

    Magnetization reversal of a magnetic free layer under spin transfer torque (STT) effect from a magnetic hard layer with a fixed magnetization direction and an oscillating layer is investigated. By including STT from the oscillating layer with in-plane anisotropy and orthogonal polarizer, magnetization-time dependence of free layer is determined. The results show that the frequency and amplitude of oscillations can be varied by adjusting the current density and magnetic properties. For an optimal oscillation frequency (f{sub opt}), a reduction of the switching time (t{sub 0}) of the free layer is observed. Both f{sub opt} and t{sub 0} increase with the anisotropy field of the free layer.

  14. Magnetic reversals of Jupiter and Saturn

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    Hathaway, D. H.; Dessler, A. J.

    1986-01-01

    The possibility that the gas-giant planets Jupiter and Saturn undergo solar-type magnetic reversals is examined using dynamo theory and radiotelescope data on decametriic emissions from Jupiter. Possible values are found for the effects of the fluctuating velocity field, the magnetic diffusivity, and change in the rotation rate of a dynamo over a characteristic length. The radio emissions from Jupiter decreased in intensity from 1961-72 and rose steadily to the end of 1978, which could have been caused by a change in the Jovian magnetic field. Since Jupiter may have a small rocky core embedded in metallic hydrogen which comprises 75 percent of the radius of the planet, the planetary magnetic field may extend into the cores of its satellites. The dynamo characteristics, like those of Saturn, would be chaotic, although quasi-periodic reversals could occur over intervals on the order of centuries instead of decades such as with the sun and much longer periods such as with the earth.

  15. Magnetic reversals in a modified shell model for magnetohydrodynamics turbulence.

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    Nigro, Giuseppina; Carbone, Vincenzo

    2010-07-01

    The aim of the paper is the study of dynamo action using a simple nonlinear model in the framework of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence. The nonlinear behavior of the system is described by using a shell model for velocity field and magnetic field fluctuations, modified for the magnetic field at the largest scale by a term describing a supercritical pitchfork bifurcation. Turbulent fluctuations generate a dynamical situation where the large-scale magnetic field jumps between two states which represent the opposite polarities of the magnetic field. Despite its simplicity, the model has the capability to describe a long time series of reversals from which we infer results about the statistics of persistence times and scaling laws of cancellations between opposite polarities for different magnetic diffusivity coefficients. These properties of the model are compared with real paleomagnetic data, thus revealing the origin of long-range correlations in the process. PMID:20866731

  16. Magnetic reversals in a modified shell model for magnetohydrodynamics turbulence

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    Nigro, Giuseppina; Carbone, Vincenzo

    2010-07-01

    The aim of the paper is the study of dynamo action using a simple nonlinear model in the framework of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence. The nonlinear behavior of the system is described by using a shell model for velocity field and magnetic field fluctuations, modified for the magnetic field at the largest scale by a term describing a supercritical pitchfork bifurcation. Turbulent fluctuations generate a dynamical situation where the large-scale magnetic field jumps between two states which represent the opposite polarities of the magnetic field. Despite its simplicity, the model has the capability to describe a long time series of reversals from which we infer results about the statistics of persistence times and scaling laws of cancellations between opposite polarities for different magnetic diffusivity coefficients. These properties of the model are compared with real paleomagnetic data, thus revealing the origin of long-range correlations in the process.

  17. Effect of high-frequency driving current on magnetization reversal in Co-rich amorphous microwires

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    Chizhik, A.; Zhukov, A.; Gonzalez, J.; Blanco, J.M.

    2004-09-20

    Influence of high frequency electric current on the magnetization reversal in Co-rich glass covered amorphous microwires has been studied. The strong correlation between the coercivity and the circular magnetization in the outer shell of the wire has been found. The change of the mechanism of magnetization reversal in the presence of high-frequency circular magnetic field, which is related with the impedance properties, is presented.

  18. Lightweight Magnetic Cooler With a Reversible Circulator

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    Chen, Weibo; McCormick, John

    2011-01-01

    A design of a highly efficient and lightweight space magnetic cooler has been developed that can continuously provide remote/distributed cooling at temperatures in the range of 2 K with a heat sink at about 15 K. The innovative design uses a cryogenic circulator that enables the cooler to operate at a high cycle frequency to achieve a large cooling capacity. The ability to provide remote/distributed cooling not only allows flexible integration with a payload and spacecraft, but also reduces the mass of the magnetic shields needed. The active magnetic regenerative refrigerator (AMRR) system is shown in the figure. This design mainly consists of two identical magnetic regenerators surrounded by their superconducting magnets and a reversible circulator. Each regenerator also has a heat exchanger at its warm end to reject the magnetization heat to the heat sink, and the two regenerators share a cold-end heat exchanger to absorb heat from a cooling target. The circulator controls the flow direction, which cycles in concert with the magnetic fields, to facilitate heat transfer. Helium enters the hot end of the demagnetized column, is cooled by the refrigerant, and passes into the cold-end heat exchanger to absorb heat. The helium then enters the cold end of the magnetized column, absorbing heat from the refrigerant, and enters the hot-end heat exchanger to reject the magnetization heat. The efficient heat transfer in the AMRR allows the system to operate at a relatively short cycle period to achieve a large cooling power. The key mechanical components in the magnetic cooler are the reversible circulator and the magnetic regenerators. The circulator uses non-contacting, self-acting gas bearings and clearance seals to achieve long life and vibration- free operation. There are no valves or mechanical wear in this circulator, so the reliability is predicted to be very high. The magnetic regenerator employs a structured bed configuration. The core consists of a stack of thin

  19. Recording-media-related morphology and magnetic properties of crystalline CoPt3 and CoPt3-Au core-shell nanoparticles synthesized via reverse microemulsion

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    Bahmanrokh, Ghazaleh; Hashim, Mansor; Matori, Khamirul Amin; Navasery, Manizheh; Soltani, Nayereh; Vaziri, Parisa; Kanagesan, Samikannu; Sabbaghizadeh, Rahim; Ezzad Shafie, Mohd Shamsul

    2014-09-01

    A comparative experimental study of the magnetic properties of CoPt3 and CoPt3/Au nanoparticles as well as a detailed study of the structural properties of the samples by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer is presented in this work. In addition, the effect of particle size on the structure and magnetic properties of nanoparticles prepared by microemulsion is studied. The correlation between particle size, crystallinity, and magnetization was studied as well. CoPt nanoparticles have been studied intensively over the last decade because of their increased magnetic anisotropy in the ordered phase that can be interesting for high density magnetic recording. A significant high coercivity for as-prepared CoPt3 and CoPt3-Au nanoparticles was obtained at room temperature and enhanced after annealing. The focused aim of our study is to obtain high coercivity at room temperature that follows the Curie-Weiss law. This indicates an interacting system in which the nanoparticles behave like single domain ferromagnetic materials in the particle size range of 8 to 35 nm. In addition, the interaction increases by cooling the samples to low temperature around 15 K. Temperature dependence 1/M graph was obtained to investigate the behavior of nanoparticles at low temperature and shows the best fit with Curie-Weis mode.

  20. Asymmetric Magnetization Reversal in Exchange Bias Systems*

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    Fitzsimmons, Michael

    2001-03-01

    Polarized neutron reflectometry measured the in-plane projection of the net-magnetization vector of polycrystalline Fe films exchange-coupled to (110) FeF2 antiferromagnetic (AF) films of controlled crystalline quality. For the sample with the single crystal AF film, we observed perpendicular exchange coupling across the ferromagnetic (F)-AF interface on either side of the hysteresis loop at coercivity. Perpendicular exchange coupling was observed regardless of cooling field orientation parallel or perpendicular to the AF anisotropy axis. Yet, for one orientation the exchange bias was zero; thus, perpendicular exchange coupling is not a sufficient condition for exchange bias. For samples with twinned AF films, an asymmetry in the spin flip scattering on either side of the hysteresis loop, and consequently in the magnetization reversal process, was observed. The origin of the asymmetry is explained by frustration of perpendicular exchange coupling, which enhances exchange bias and leads to 45° exchange coupling across the F-AF interface. The easy axis in the ferromagnet, which gives rise to asymmetric magnetization reversal in the twinned samples, is not present in samples with (110) textured polycrystalline AF films; and consequently exchange bias is reduced. *Work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, BES-DMS under Contract No. W-7405-Eng-36, Grant No. DE-FG03-87ER-45332 and funds from the University of California Collaborative University and Laboratory Assisted Research. ÝWork in collaboration with A. Hoffmann, P. Yashar, J. Groves, R. Springer, P. Arendt (LANL), C. Leighton, K. Liu, Ivan K. Schuller (UCSD), J. Nogués (UAB), C.F. Majkrzak, J.A. Dura (NIST), H. Fritzsche (HMI), V. Leiner, H. Lauter (ILL).

  1. Numerical simulations of magnetic reversal in layered spring magnets.

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    Jiang, J.S.; Kaper, H.G.; Leaf, G.K.

    2001-01-24

    This report summarizes the results of numerical investigations of magnetic reversal in layered spring magnets. A one-dimensional model is used of a film consisting of several atomic layers of soft material on top of several atomic layers of hard material. Each atomic layer is taken to be uniformly magnetized, and spatial inhomogeneities within an atomic layer are neglected. The state of such a system is described by a chain of magnetic spin vectors. Each spin vector behaves like a spinning top driven locally by the effective magnetic field and subject to damping (Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation). A numerical integration scheme for the LLG equation is presented that is unconditionally stable and preserves the magnitude of the magnetization vector at all times. The results of numerical investigations for a bilayer in a rotating in-plane magnetic field show hysteresis with a basic period of 2{pi} at moderate fields and hysteresis with a basic period of {pi} (or any multiple thereof) at strong fields.

  2. Intercalation-driven reversible control of magnetism in bulk ferromagnets.

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    Dasgupta, Subho; Das, Bijoy; Knapp, Michael; Brand, Richard A; Ehrenberg, Helmut; Kruk, Robert; Hahn, Horst

    2014-07-16

    An extension in magnetoelectric effects is proposed to include reversible chemistry-controlled magnetization variations. This ion-intercalation-driven magnetic control can be fully reversible and pertinent to bulk material volumes. The concept is demonstrated for ferromagnetic iron oxide where the intercalated lithium ions cause valence change and partial redistribution of Fe(3+) cations yielding a large and fully reversible change in magnetization at room temperature. PMID:24591165

  3. Control of magnetization reversal in oriented strontium ferrite thin films

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    Roy, Debangsu Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2014-02-21

    Oriented Strontium Ferrite films with the c axis orientation were deposited with varying oxygen partial pressure on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrate using Pulsed Laser Deposition technique. The angle dependent magnetic hysteresis, remanent coercivity, and temperature dependent coercivity had been employed to understand the magnetization reversal of these films. It was found that the Strontium Ferrite thin film grown at lower (higher) oxygen partial pressure shows Stoner-Wohlfarth type (Kondorsky like) reversal. The relative importance of pinning and nucleation processes during magnetization reversal is used to explain the type of the magnetization reversal with different oxygen partial pressure during growth.

  4. Theoretical limit in the magnetization reversal of stoner particles.

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    Wang, X R; Sun, Z Z

    2007-02-16

    Magnetization reversal of uniaxial Stoner particles under the Slonczewski spin-transfer torques of polarized electric currents is investigated. Based on the modified Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation of magnetization dynamics, the theoretical limit of critical currents required to reverse a magnetization with an arbitrary polarized current is obtained. Under a constant polarization degree and constant current amplitude, the optimal current pulse for the fastest magnetization reversal is derived. These results can be used as benchmarks to evaluate different reversal strategies besides other possible usages. PMID:17359053

  5. Magnetic properties of electrodeposited nanowires

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    Heydon, G. P.; Hoon, S. R.; Farley, A. N.; Tomlinson, S. L.; Valera, M. S.; Attenborough, K.; Schwarzacher, W.

    1997-04-01

    Electrodeposited multilayered nanowires grown within a polycarbonate membrane constitute a new medium in which giant magnetoresistance (GMR) perpendicular to the plane of the multilayers can be measured. These structures can exhibit a perpendicular GMR of at least 22% at ambient temperature. We performed detailed studies both of reversible magnetization and of irreversible remanent magnetization curves for CoNiCu/Cu/CoNiCu multilayered and CoNiCu pulse-deposited nanowire systems with Co:Ni ratios of 6:4 and 7:3 respectively in the range 10 - 290 K, allowing the magnetic phases of these structures to be identified. Shape anisotropy in the pulse-deposited nanowire and inter-layer coupling in the multilayered nanowire are shown to make important contributions to the magnetic properties. Dipolar-like interactions are found to predominate in both nanowire systems. Magnetic force microscope (MFM) images of individual multilayered nanowires exhibit a contrast consistent with there being a soft magnetization parallel to the layers. Switching of the magnetic layers in the multilayered structure into the direction of the MFM tip's stray field is observed.

  6. Geometric control of the magnetization reversal in antidot lattices with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Gräfe, Joachim; Weigand, Markus; Träger, Nick; Schütz, Gisela; Goering, Eberhard J.; Skripnik, Maxim; Nowak, Ulrich; Haering, Felix; Ziemann, Paul; Wiedwald, Ulf

    2016-03-01

    While the magnetic properties of nanoscaled antidot lattices in in-plane magnetized materials have widely been investigated, much less is known about the microscopic effect of hexagonal antidot lattice patterning on materials with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. By using a combination of first-order reversal curve measurements, magnetic x-ray microscopy, and micromagnetic simulations we elucidate the microscopic origins of the switching field distributions that arise from the introduction of antidot lattices into out-of-plane magnetized GdFe thin films. Depending on the geometric parameters of the antidot lattice we find two regimes with different magnetization reversal processes. For small antidots, the reversal process is dominated by the exchange interaction and domain wall pinning at the antidots drives up the coercivity of the system. On the other hand, for large antidots the dipolar interaction is dominating which leads to fragmentation of the system into very small domains that can be envisaged as a basis for a bit patterned media.

  7. Ultralow field magnetization reversal of two-body magnetic nanoparticles

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    Li, Fei; Lu, Jincheng; Lu, Xiaofeng; Tang, Rujun; Sun, Z. Z.

    2016-08-01

    Field induced magnetization reversal was investigated in a system of two magnetic nanoparticles with uniaxial anisotropies and magnetostatic interaction. By using the micromagnetic simulation, ultralow switching field strength was found when the separation distance between the two particles reaches a critical small value (on nanometer scale) in the perpendicular configuration where the anisotropic axes of the two particles are perpendicular to the separation line. The switching field increases sharply when the separation is away from the critical distance. The ultralow field switching phenomenon was missed in the parallel configuration where both the anisotropic axes are aligned along the separation line of the two particles. The micromagnetic results are consistent with the previous theoretical prediction [J. Appl. Phys. 109, 104303 (2011)] where dipolar interaction between two single-domain magnetic particles was considered. Our present simulations offered further proofs and possibilities for the low-power applications of information storage as the two-body magnetic nanoparticles might be implemented as a composite information bit.

  8. Magnetization reversal in TmCrO{sub 3}

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    Yoshii, Kenji

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: ► We observed two magnetization reversals in TmCrO{sub 3}. ► The reversal at 28 K is attributed to antiparallel coupling between Cr{sup 3+} and Tm{sup 3+}. ► The other reversal originates from spin reorientation. ► Magnetocaloric effect is observed at the spin reorientation temperature. ► Characteristic magnetization switching is demonstrated. -- Abstract: The perovskite chromite TmCrO{sub 3} shows magnetization reversal at two temperatures. The reversal at ∼28 K is attributed to the antiparallel coupling between Tm{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} moments, while that at the lower temperature (∼6–7 K) is rooted in a rotation of the magnetic moments. Magnetocaloric measurements offer a relatively large entropy change (∼4–5 J kg{sup −1} K{sup −1}) at the lower temperature. The reversal at ∼28 K is accompanied by a sign change of an exchange-bias-like field. The absence of the training effect suggests that this behavior is rooted in unidirectional magnetic anisotropy. The existence of the two magnetization reversals offers the characteristic switching of magnetization. For example, the magnetization is flipped without changing the direction of the applied magnetic field.

  9. Magnetization Reversal and Thermal Activation in Co/Pt Multilayers

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    Meldrim, J. Mark; Kirby, Roger; Sellmyer, David

    2000-03-01

    Co/Pt multilayers not only display interesting intrinsic magnetic properties such as perpendicular anisotropy but also have technological applications. As grain sizes become smaller and smaller, the role of thermal activation becomes important in understanding magnetization reversal [1,2]. We have prepared [Co 3 Å/Pt 9 Å] x N thin films where N ranges from 6 to 24 by DC magnetron sputtering at various Ar pressures. As the sputtering gas pressure is changed, we find the lateral grain size changes from 20 nm to 45 nm. At the same time, the hysteresis loops become less square and the coercivity increases from a few hundred Oe to above 5 kOe. Activation volumes were determined for the samples both by the field sweep rate method and viscosity measurements. These results will be discussed in terms of simple models of thermally assisted magnetization reversal. This work is supported by NFS grant DMR 9623992 and CMRA. [1] J. S. Shen, R. D. Kirby, K. Wierman, Z. S. Shan, and D. J. Sellmyer, J. App. Phys. 73, 6418 (1993). [2] X. Chen and M. H. Kryder. J. App. Phys. 85, 5006 (1999).

  10. Full 180° Magnetization Reversal with Electric Fields

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    Wang, J. J.; Hu, J. M.; Ma, J.; Zhang, J. X.; Chen, L. Q.; Nan, C. W.

    2014-01-01

    Achieving 180° magnetization reversal with an electric field rather than a current or magnetic field is a fundamental challenge and represents a technological breakthrough towards new memory cell designs. Here we propose a mesoscale morphological engineering approach to accomplishing full 180° magnetization reversals with electric fields by utilizing both the in-plane piezostrains and magnetic shape anisotropy of a multiferroic heterostructure. Using phase-field simulations, we examined a patterned single-domain nanomagnet with four-fold magnetic axis on a ferroelectric layer with electric-field-induced uniaxial strains. We demonstrated that the uniaxial piezostrains, if non-collinear to the magnetic easy axis of the nanomagnet at certain angles, induce two successive, deterministic 90° magnetization rotations, thereby leading to full 180° magnetization reversals. PMID:25512070

  11. Chondrule magnetic properties

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    Wasilewski, P. J.; Obryan, M. V.

    1994-01-01

    The topics discussed include the following: chondrule magnetic properties; chondrules from the same meteorite; and REM values (the ratio for remanence initially measured to saturation remanence in 1 Tesla field). The preliminary field estimates for chondrules magnetizing environments range from minimal to a least several mT. These estimates are based on REM values and the characteristics of the remanence initially measured (natural remanence) thermal demagnetization compared to the saturation remanence in 1 Tesla field demagnetization.

  12. Magnetically Responsive Nanostructures with Tunable Optical Properties.

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    Wang, Mingsheng; Yin, Yadong

    2016-05-25

    Stimuli-responsive materials can sense specific environmental changes and adjust their physical properties in a predictable manner, making them highly desired components for designing novel sensors, intelligent systems, and adaptive structures. Magnetically responsive structures have unique advantages in applications, as external magnetic stimuli can be applied in a contactless manner and cause rapid and reversible responses. In this Perspective, we discuss our recent progress in the design and fabrication of nanostructured materials with various optical responses to externally applied magnetic fields. We demonstrate tuning of the optical properties by taking advantage of the magnetic fields' abilities to induce magnetic dipole-dipole interactions or control the orientation of the colloidal magnetic nanostructures. The design strategies are expected to be extendable to the fabrication of novel responsive materials with new optical effects and many other physical properties. PMID:27115174

  13. Magnetization reversal modes in fourfold Co nano-wire systems

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    Blachowicz, T.; Ehrmann, A.

    2015-09-01

    Magnetic nano-wire systems are, as well as other patterned magnetic structures, of special interest for novel applications, such as magnetic storage media. In these systems, the coupling between neighbouring magnetic units is most important for the magnetization reversal process of the complete system, leading to a variety of magnetization reversal mechanisms. This article examines the influence of the magnetic material on hysteresis loop shape, coercive field, and magnetization reversal modes. While iron nano-wire systems exhibit flat or one-step hysteresis loops, systems consisting of cobalt nano-wires show hysteresis loops with several longitudinal steps and transverse peaks, correlated to a rich spectrum of magnetization reversal mechanisms. We show that changing the material parameters while the system geometry stays identical can lead to completely different hysteresis loops and reversal modes. Thus, especially for finding magnetic nano-systems which can be used as quaternary or even higher-order storage devices, it is rational to test several materials for the planned systems. Apparently, new materials may lead to novel and unexpected behaviour - and can thus result in novel functionalities.

  14. Reversible magnetization process and magnetoresistance of soft-magnetic (NiFe) /hard-magnetic (CoSm) bilayers

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    Mibu, K.; Nagahama, T.; Shinjo, T.

    1996-10-01

    The magnetization process and magnetoresistance were studied for soft-magnetic (NiFe)/hard-magnetic (CoSm) bilayers. In the course of the magnetization reversal, the magnetic moments in the soft magnetic layer rotate reversibly, while they are pinned by the hard magnetic layer at the interface; consequently, the direction of the magnetic moment distributes successively as in a Bloch wall. The magnetoresistance also shows a reversible change, reflecting the magnetization process. The change is explained by means of the anisotropic magnetoresistance due to angle distributed magnetic moments.

  15. Magnetization reversal mechanism of a sintered Nd-Fe-B magnet with Dy segregation

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    Suzuki, Hiroyuki; Satsu, Yuichi; Komuro, Matahiro; Kohashi, Teruo; Motai, Kumi

    2011-04-01

    The magnetization reversal mechanism of a sintered Nd-Fe-B magnet with Dy segregation near grain boundaries (GB) was studied using spin polarized scanning electron spectroscopy and magnetization measurements. More fine magnetic domains near GB were found in the magnet with Dy segregation than in the magnet without treatment. Magnetic modifications near the GB had no effect on the magnetization development. The domain wall motion of a quasihard magnetic component in the magnet with Dy segregation was suppressed in comparison with those in the magnet without treatment; this could also be confirmed in the different behaviors of asymmetry components toward a magnetic field direction between both magnets. From analyzing the probability of rotating magnetization near the GB, the magnetization reversal of the magnet with Dy segregation was more difficult to produce than those of the magnet without treatment.

  16. A study on dynamic heat assisted magnetization reversal mechanisms under insufficient reversal field conditions

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    Chen, Y. J.; Yang, H. Z.; Leong, S. H.; Yu Ko, Hnin Yu; Wu, B. L.; Ng, V.; Asbahi, M.; Yang, J. K. W.

    2014-10-20

    We report an experimental study on the dynamic thermomagnetic (TM) reversal mechanisms at around Curie temperature (Tc) for isolated 60 nm pitch single-domain [Co/Pd] islands heated by a 1.5 μm spot size laser pulse under an applied magnetic reversal field (Hr). Magnetic force microscopy (MFM) observations with high resolution MFM tips clearly showed randomly trapped non-switched islands within the laser irradiated spot after dynamic TM reversal process with insufficient Hr strength. This observation provides direct experimental evidence by MFM of a large magnetization switching variation due to increased thermal fluctuation/agitation over magnetization energy at the elevated temperature of around Tc. The average percentage of non-switched islands/magnetization was further found to be inversely proportional to the applied reversal field Hr for incomplete magnetization reversal when Hr is less than 13% of the island coercivity (Hc), showing an increased switching field distribution (SFD) at elevated temperature of around Tc (where main contributions to SFD broadening are from Tc distribution and stronger thermal fluctuations). Our experimental study and results provide better understanding and insight on practical heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) process and recording performance, including HAMR writing magnetization dynamics induced SFD as well as associated DC saturation noise that limits areal density, as were previously observed and investigated by theoretical simulations.

  17. Reverse draining of a magnetic soap film

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    Moulton, D. E.; Pelesko, J. A.

    2010-04-01

    We investigate the draining of a vertical magnetic soap film in the presence of a strong, nonuniform magnetic field. A colloidal suspension of magnetic nanoparticles in a regular soap solution yields a magnetic soap solution, from which a soap film is formed across an isolated frame. Experiments demonstrate that with a strong magnet placed above the frame, the film may be made to flow upward against gravity. The amount of film draining upward is altered by varying the distance between the frame and magnet. A first mathematical model is developed for the evolution of the film. Simulations demonstrate qualitative agreement with the experiment.

  18. Reversible electric-field control of magnetization at oxide interfaces.

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    Cuellar, F A; Liu, Y H; Salafranca, J; Nemes, N; Iborra, E; Sanchez-Santolino, G; Varela, M; Garcia Hernandez, M; Freeland, J W; Zhernenkov, M; Fitzsimmons, M R; Okamoto, S; Pennycook, S J; Bibes, M; Barthélémy, A; te Velthuis, S G E; Sefrioui, Z; Leon, C; Santamaria, J

    2014-01-01

    Electric-field control of magnetism has remained a major challenge which would greatly impact data storage technology. Although progress in this direction has been recently achieved, reversible magnetization switching by an electric field requires the assistance of a bias magnetic field. Here we take advantage of the novel electronic phenomena emerging at interfaces between correlated oxides and demonstrate reversible, voltage-driven magnetization switching without magnetic field. Sandwiching a non-superconducting cuprate between two manganese oxide layers, we find a novel form of magnetoelectric coupling arising from the orbital reconstruction at the interface between interfacial Mn spins and localized states in the CuO2 planes. This results in a ferromagnetic coupling between the manganite layers that can be controlled by a voltage. Consequently, magnetic tunnel junctions can be electrically toggled between two magnetization states, and the corresponding spin-dependent resistance states, in the absence of a magnetic field. PMID:24953219

  19. Angular-dependent magnetization reversal processes in artificial spin ice

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    Burn, D. M.; Chadha, M.; Branford, W. R.

    2015-12-01

    The angular dependence of the magnetization reversal in interconnected kagome artificial spin ice structures has been studied through experimental MOKE measurements and micromagnetic simulations. This reversal is mediated by the propagation of magnetic domain walls along the interconnecting bars, which either nucleate at the vertex or arrive following an interaction in a neighboring vertex. The physical differences in these processes show a distinct angular dependence allowing the different contributions to be identified. The configuration of the initial magnetization state, either locally or on a full sublattice of the system, controls the reversal characteristics of the array within a certain field window. This shows how the available magnetization reversal routes can be manipulated and the system can be trained.

  20. Sun's Polar Magnetic Field Reversals in Solar Cycle 24

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    Pishkalo, M. I.; Leiko, U. M.

    It is known that polar magnetic field of the Sun changes its sign at the maximum of solar cycle. These changes were called as polar field reversals. We investigated dynamics of high-latitude solar magnetic fields separately in northern and southern hemispheres. Solar polar field strength measurements from the Wilcox Solar Observatory and low-resolution synoptic magnetic maps from the SOLIS project and from Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) onboard Solar Dynamics Observatory were used. We analyzed total magnetic flux at near-polar zones, starting from 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 and 85 degrees of latitude, and found time points when the total magnetic flux changed its sign. It was concluded that total magnetic flux changed its sign at first at lower latitudes and finally near the poles. Single polar magnetic field reversal was found in the southern hemisphere. The northern hemisphere was characterized by three-fold magnetic field reversal. Polar magnetic field reversals finished in northern and southern hemispheres by CR 2150 and CR 2162, respectively.

  1. Site-specific magnetization reversal studies of magnetite

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    Cady, A.; Haskel, D.; Lang, J. C.; Islam, Z.; Srajer, G.; Ankudinov, A.; Subias, G.; Garcia, J.

    2006-04-01

    The mechanism of magnetization reversal in magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) single crystals was studied using site-specific magnetic sensitive diffraction anomalous near-edge structure. By exploiting the angular dependence of the cross section, we are able to show that the mechanism of reversal involves a mixture of coherent rotation and domain formation. The results reveal additional details to that provided by XMCD measurements, which average over nonequivalent sites.

  2. Reversible and Irreversible Magnetization Switching in Co/Pt Multilayers

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    Davies, J. E.; Liu, Kai; Hellwig, O.; Fullerton, E. E.

    2004-03-01

    The magnetization reversal processes in [Co(4ÅPt(7ÅN multilayers (N=5-150) with perpendicular anisotropy^1 have been investigated by a first order reversal curve (FORC) technique^2. In most samples, the resultant FORC distributions have three distinct regions: as the reversal magnetic field increases, the magnetization first goes through an irreversible switching process, the onset of which corresponds to the nucleation of reverse domains; interestingly a mostly reversible process is then observed, indicating the propagation of domains; finally a second irreversible process brings the sample to negative saturation, corresponding to the final annihilation of domains. For samples with larger numbers of repeats (N), the major loop becomes more and more slanted as the reverse domains form a labyrinth stripe domain state. Correspondingly, in the FORC distribution, the reversible region spans over a larger and larger field range. These irreversible and reversible processes are direct manifestations of reversal via domain nucleation and propagation, as well as rotation processes. ^1O. Hellwig, G. P. Denbeaux, J. B. Kortright, and E. E. Fullerton, Physica B 336, 136 (2003). ^2H. G. Katzgraber, F. Pázmándi, C. R. Pike, Kai Liu, R. T. Scalettar, K. L. Verosub, and G. T. Zimányi, Phys. Rev. Lett., 89, 257202 (2002).

  3. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Analytical model for reverse characteristics of 4H-SiC merged PN-Schottky (MPS) diodes

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    Song, Qing-Wen; Zhang, Yu-Ming; Zhang, Yi-Men; Lü, Hong-Liang; Chen, Feng-Ping; Zheng, Qing-Li

    2009-12-01

    A new analytical model for reverse characteristics of 4H-SiC merged PN-Schottky diodes (MPS or JBS) is developed. To accurately calculate the reverse characteristics of the 4H-SiC MPS diode, the relationship between the electric field at the Schottky contact and the reverse bias is analytically established by solving the cylindrical Poisson equation after the channel has pinched off. The reverse current density calculated from the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) theory is verified by comparing it with the experimental result, showing that they are in good agreement with each other. Moreover, the effects of P-region spacing (S) and P-junction depth (Xj) on the characteristics of 4H-SiC MPS are analysed, and are particularly useful for optimizing the design of the high voltage MPS diodes.

  4. Dynamic origin of first and second order phase transitions in magnetization reversal of elliptical nanodots.

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    Montoncello, F.; Giovannini, L.; Nizzoli, F.; Vavassori, P.; Grimsditch, M.; Materials Science Division; Univ. di Ferrara; CNISM; CNR-INFM; CIC nanoGUNE Res. Ctr.

    2008-06-01

    We study the magnetization reversal in elliptical nanodots with the external field applied exactly along the minor (hard) axis. By varying the magnitude of the applied field, several first and second order transitions take place and the system proceeds through magnetic configurations characterized by different symmetry properties. The dynamical matrix method is used to calculate the spin excitations as function of the applied field. This model system allows us to investigate the relationship between the singularities of the magnetization, the presence of soft spin excitations, and the symmetry properties of the static and dynamic magnetization fields. Rules that govern the transitions are formulated.

  5. Reversible magnetism switching in graphene-based systems via the decoration of photochromic molecules

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    Nurbawono, Argo; Zhang, Chun

    2013-11-01

    By first principles calculations, we demonstrate that when decorated with photochromic molecules, it is possible to use light to reversibly control the magnetic properties of a nanoscale magnetic system. The combination of a graphene-based magnetic system and a photochromic azobenzene molecule is chosen as a model system. The trans and cis isomers of the azobenzene molecule that can be converted between each other by means of photoexcitations are found to have drastically different effects on the magnetic properties of the system. The results may pave the way for the future design of light controllable molecular-scale spintronic devices.

  6. Particle Dynamics Discrimination Between Current Sheet Magnetic Field Reversal and Magnetic Neutral Line Fields

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    Martin, R. F., Jr.; Holland, D. L.; Svetich, J.

    2014-12-01

    We consider dynamical signatures of ion motion that discriminate between a current sheet magnetic field reversal and a magnetic neutral line field. These two related dynamical systems have been studied previously as chaotic scattering systems with application to the Earth's magnetotail. Both systems exhibit chaotic scattering over a wide range of parameter values. The structure and properties of their respective phase spaces have been used to elucidate potential dynamical signatures that affect spacecraft measured ion distributions. In this work we consider the problem of discrimination between these two magnetic structures using charged particle dynamics. For example we show that signatures based on the well known energy resonance in the current sheet field provide good discrimination since the resonance is not present in the neutral line case. While both fields can lead to fractal exit region structuring, their characteristics are different and also may provide some field discrimination. Application to magnetotail field and particle parameters will be presented

  7. Stochastic nature of domain nucleation process in magnetization reversal

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    Im, Mi-Young; Lee, S.-H.; Kim, D.-H.; Fischer, Peter; Shin, S.-C.

    2007-06-01

    Whether domain configurations that occur during magnetization reversal processes on a nanoscale are deterministic or nondeterministic is both fundamentally of great interest and technologically of utmost relevance[1]. However, due to the limited spatial resolution of the microscopic measurement techniques employed so far, no direct observation on the stochastic behavior of local domain nucleation during magnetization reversal in real space at the nanometer scale has yet been reported. In this work, we have investigated a stochastic nature of domain nucleation process during magnetization reversal by utilizing magnetic soft X-ray transmission microscopy with high spatial resolution of 15 nm [2]. The sample used in our study is CoCrPt alloy film,which is the promising candidate for high-density perpendicular magnetic recording media. Typical domain configurations of (Co{sub 83}Cr{sub 17}){sub 87}Pt{sub 13} taken at an applied magnetic field of 383 Oe during three successive hysteretic cycles are illustrated in Fig. 1. Interestingly enough, one clearly notes that the domain nucleation process of CoCrPt alloy film is not deterministic, but stochastic for repeated hysteretic cycles. The stochastic nature was quantitatively confirmed by correlation coefficient, where the correlation coefficients increase as magnetization reversal was progressed. Nanomagnetic simulations considering thermal fluctuations of the magnetic moments of the grains explains the stochastic nature of the domain nucleation behavior observed in CoCrPt alloy film.

  8. Microscopic reversal behavior of magnetically capped nanospheres

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    Guenther, C. M.; Pfau, B.; Eisebitt, S.; Hellwig, O.; Menzel, A.; Radu, F.; Makarov, D.; Albrecht, M.; Goncharov, A.; Schrefl, T.; Schlotter, W. F.; Rick, R.; Luening, J.

    2010-02-01

    The magnetic switching behavior of Co/Pd multilayer-capped nanospheres is investigated by x-ray spectro-holography. Images of the magnetic state of individual nanocaps are recorded as a function of externally applied magnetic field and the angle under which the field is applied, pertaining to magnetic data storage applications with patterned, tilted, and perpendicular storage media. Dispersed nanospheres with different coverage in the submonolayer regime are investigated simultaneously in a multiplexed experiment. In clustered nanosphere arrangements, we find that individual switching events are influenced by dipolar magnetostatic interactions. Micromagnetic simulations of the switching behavior complement the experimental observations, corroborating the influence of thermal activation processes and magnetostatic interactions in this system. Such magnetostatic interactions could lead to undesired cross-talk between bits in ultrahigh-density magnetic recording applications.

  9. Magnetization reversal process in elongated Co rings with engineered defects

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    Gao, X. S.; Adeyeye, A. O.; Ross, C. A.

    2008-03-01

    We report a significant modification of the magnetization reversal process in thin film rings with engineered defects created by a focused ion beam. Using magnetic force microscopy, with in situ in-plane field, we observe that the traditional onion-vortex transition that occurs in defect-free rings can be suppressed, and the reversal instead takes place through domain wall motion. We have also investigated the effects of defect size, location, and distribution on the overall magnetization state. The results are explained in terms of pinning of domain walls by the engineered defects.

  10. Fast chirality reversal of the magnetic vortex by electric current

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    Lim, W. L. Liu, R. H.; Urazhdin, S.; Tyliszczak, T.; Erokhin, S. G.; Berkov, D.

    2014-12-01

    The possibility of high-density information encoding in magnetic materials by topologically stable inhomogeneous magnetization configurations such as domain walls, skyrmions, and vortices has motivated intense research into mechanisms enabling their control and detection. While the uniform magnetization states can be efficiently controlled by electric current using magnetic multilayer structures, this approach has proven much more difficult to implement for inhomogeneous states. Here, we report direct observation of fast reversal of magnetic vortex by electric current in a simple planar structure based on a bilayer of spin Hall material Pt with a single microscopic ferromagnetic disk contacted by asymmetric electrodes. The reversal is enabled by a combination of the chiral Oersted field and spin current generated by the nonuniform current distribution in Pt. Our results provide a route for the efficient control of inhomogeneous magnetization configurations by electric current.

  11. Magnetic Helicity Reversals in a Cyclic Convective Dynamo

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    Miesch, Mark S.; Zhang, Mei; Augustson, Kyle C.

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the role of magnetic helicity in promoting cyclic magnetic activity in a global, 3D, magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulation of a convective dynamo. This simulation is characterized by coherent bands of toroidal field that exist within the convection zone, with opposite polarities in the northern hemisphere (NH) and southern hemisphere (SH). Throughout most of the cycle, the magnetic helicity in these bands is negative in the NH and positive in the SH. However, during the declining phase of each cycle, this hemispheric rule reverses. We attribute this to a global restructuring of the magnetic topology that is induced by the interaction of the bands across the equator. This band interaction appears to be ultimately responsible for, or at least associated with, the decay and subsequent reversal of both the toroidal bands and the polar fields. We briefly discuss the implications of these results within the context of solar observations, which also show some potential evidence for toroidal band interactions and helicity reversals.

  12. Physical properties of magnetizable structure-reversible media

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    Kordonsky, V. I.; Shulman, Z. P.; Gorodkin, S. R.; Demchuk, S. A.; Prokhorov, I. V.; Zaltsgendler, E. A.; Khusid, B. M.

    1990-04-01

    Consideration is made of the effect of applied magnetic fields on the rheological, magnetic and thermophysical properties of magnetorheological suspensions (MRS). In a field, the shear stress highly increases, and the thermal conductivity grows and becomes anisotropic. Also, specific features of magnetization due to the mechanical mobility of the magnetic moment media are shown. An invariant dependence of viscosity is obtained, the effects of mechanical memory and reversing of shear stresses in a rotating field are revealed. The results are presented on the development of the magnetorheological effect model, on the structuring kinetics and on the methods of controlling the flow, heat and mass transfer. The possibility is shown of the purposeful impact on turbulent flow in an immersed jet and in a channel. Also, the results are given of theoretical and experimental studies of the rheology of systems with a nonmagnetic dispersed phase, i.e. of suspensions of nonmagnetic particles in a magnetic fluid and of particles of high-temperature superconducting ceramic. In both cases, the increase of shear stress in a field can be compared with that in MRS.

  13. Magnetic flux trapping during field reversal in the formation of a field-reversed configuration

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    Steinhauer, Loren C.

    1985-11-01

    The flow of plasma and magnetic flux toward a wall is examined in a slab geometry where the magnetic field is parallel to the wall. Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flow with a quasisteady approximation is assumed that reduces the problem to three coupled ordinary differential equations. The calculated behavior shows that a thin current sheath is established at the wall in which a variety of phenomena appear, including significant resistive heating and rapid deceleration of the plasma flow. The sheath physics determines the speed at which flux and plasma flow toward the wall. The model has been applied to the field-reversal phase of a field-reversed theta pinch, during which the reduced magnetic field near the wall drives an outward flow of plasma and magnetic flux. The analysis leads to approximate expressions for the instantaneous flow speed, the loss of magnetic flux during the field reversal phase, the integrated heat flow to the wall, and the highest possible magnetic flux retained after reversal. Predictions from this model are compared with previous time-dependent MHD calculations and with experimental results from the TRX-1 [Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on the Physics and Technology of Compact Toroids, 27-29 October 1981 (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, 1982), p. 61] and TRX-2 [Proceedings of the 6th U.S. Symposium on Compact Toroid Research, 20-23 February, 1984 (Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, 1984), p. 154] experiments.

  14. The topology of intrasector reversals of the interplanetary magnetic field

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    Kahler, S. W.; Crooker, N. U.; Gosling, J. T.

    1996-11-01

    A technique has been developed recently to determine the polarities of interplanetary magnetic fields relative to their origins at the Sun by comparing energetic electron flow directions with local magnetic field directions. Here we use heat flux electrons from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) plasma detector on the ISEE 3 spacecraft to determine the field polarities. We examine periods within well-defined magnetic sectors when the field directions appear to be reversed from the normal spiral direction of the sector. About half of these intrasector field reversals (IFRs) are cases in which the polarities match those of the surrounding sectors, indicating that those fields have been folded back toward the Sun. The more interesting cases are those with polarity reversals. We find no clear cases of isolated reverse polarity fields, which suggests that islands of reverse polarity in the solar source dipole field probably do not exist. The IFRs with polarity reversals are strongly associated with periods of bidirectional electron flows, suggesting that those fields occur only in conjunction with closed fields. We propose that both those IFRs and the bidirectional flows are signatures of coronal mass ejections (CMEs). In that case, many interplanetary CMEs are larger and more complex than previously thought, consisting of both open and closed field components.

  15. Combined first-order reversal curve and x-ray microscopy investigation of magnetization reversal mechanisms in hexagonal antidot lattices

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    Gräfe, Joachim; Weigand, Markus; Stahl, Claudia; Träger, Nick; Kopp, Michael; Schütz, Gisela; Goering, Eberhard J.; Haering, Felix; Ziemann, Paul; Wiedwald, Ulf

    2016-01-01

    The magnetization reversal in nanoscaled antidot lattices is widely investigated to understand the tunability of the magnetic anisotropy and the coercive field through nanostructuring of thin films. By investigating highly ordered focused ion beam milled antidot lattices with a combination of first-order reversal curves and magnetic x-ray microscopy, we fully elucidate the magnetization reversal along the distinct orientations of a hexagonal antidot lattice. This combination proves especially powerful as all partial steps of this complex magnetization reversal can be identified and subsequently imaged. Through this approach we discovered several additional steps that were neglected in previous studies. Furthermore, by imaging the microscopic magnetization state during each reversal step, we were able to link the coercive and interaction fields determined by the first-order reversal curve method to true microscopic magnetization configurations and determine their origin.

  16. Magnetization reversal in arrays of Co rings

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    Welp, U.; Vlasko-Vlasov, V. K.; Hiller, J. M.; Zaluzec, N. J.; Metlushko, V.; Ilic, B.

    2003-08-01

    The magnetization behavior of arrays of individual and coupled Co rings has been studied using superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry, magneto-optical imaging, and Lorentz transmission and scanning transmission electron microscopy. The transition from the polarized into the vortex state of isolated rings is shown to occur through the motion and annihilation of head-to-head domain boundaries. The chirality of the vortex state is fixed on subsequent magnetization cycles, indicating that it is predetermined by structural imperfections of the rings. The effect of interactions between the rings has been investigated in arrays of chains of touching rings. For fields applied parallel to the chains rings in extended sections of the chains are found to switch simultaneously. Neighboring rings in these sections can display alternating chirality as well as the same chirality accompanied by a 180° boundary on the nodes. For fields perpendicular to the chain direction the switching occurs pairwise. This coupling introduces a broad distribution of switching fields and correspondingly a magnetization curve that is significantly broader than that for the parallel orientation.

  17. Orientational, kinetic, and magnetic energy of geodynamo, reversals, and asymmetries

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    Starchenko, S. V.

    2015-07-01

    Integral laws describing the evolution of the kinetic, magnetic, and orientational energy in the liquid core of the Earth, which are also valid in the interiors of the other terrestrial planets, are derived, simplified, and analyzed. These laws are coarsely approximated by a system of ordinary differential equations with a given energy of the convection. The characteristic velocities, magnetic fields, periods, and scales as the functions of the power of the convection are estimated for the states beyond and close to the reversal or excursion. With the assumed simplifications, the convection power should be close to a certain value in order to enable a relatively short reversal or excursion; significant deviation of the convection energy from this value will render the system into a long-term steady state. Here, two types of steady state are possible: the codirectional state with the magnetic field oriented along the velocity vector, and contradirectional state with the opposing orientations of the magnetic field and velocity. These states are not symmetric with respect to each other since, other factors being equal, the energy support of the convection and the average intensity of the magnetic field are typically higher in the contradirectional rather than codirectional state. The total duration of codirectional states is somewhat shorter than contradirectional states in the case when the convection power grows with time; in the case of a long-decreasing convection power, the situation is opposite. This asymmetry in the duration of steady states is confirmed by the paleomagnetic data on the timescale of the magnetic reversals. The length of the average interval between the reversals is controlled by the turbulent, thermal, electromagnetic, and visco-compositional diffusion. The predominant type of the diffusion can be in many cases identified from the dependence of the reversal frequency on the intensity of the magnetic field based on the paleomagnetic data. The

  18. Magnetization reversal and negative volume thermal expansion in Fe doped Ca2RuO4

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    Qi, T. F.; Yuan, S. J.; Ye, F.; Chi, S.; Terzic, J.; Zhang, H.; Zhao, Z.; Liu, X.; Parkin, S.; Mao, W. L.; Cao, G.

    We report structural, magnetic, transport and thermal properties of single-crystal Ca2Ru1-xFexO4 (0 <= x <= 0.2) as functions of pressure, magnetic field and temperature. The central findings of this work are a pronounced magnetization reversal and a negative thermal expansion that are induced by Fe doping. Our results including neutron diffraction data suggest that the magnetization reversal is primarily a result of different temperature dependences of two antiparallel, competing Ru and Fe sublattices and that the negative thermal expansion is achieved via magnetic and metal-insulator transitions. We will present and discuss our results with comparison drawn with relevant systems. This work was supported by the NSF via Grant No. DMR-1265162.

  19. Liquid-crystalline elastomer-nanoparticle hybrids with reversible switch of magnetic memory.

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    Haberl, Johannes M; Sánchez-Ferrer, Antoni; Mihut, Adriana M; Dietsch, Hervé; Hirt, Ann M; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2013-03-25

    A stimuli-responsive material is synthesized that combines the actuation potential of liquid-crystalline elastomers with the anisotropic magnetic properties of ellipsoidal iron oxide nanoparticles. The resulting nanocomposite exhibits unique shape-memory features with magnetic information, which can be reversibly stored and erased via parameters typical of soft materials, such as high deformations, low stresses, and liquid-crystalline smectic-isotropic transition temperatures. PMID:23359417

  20. Magnetic field reversals: the geodynamo, laboratory experiments and models (Lewis Fry Richardson Medal Lecture)

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    Fauve, S.

    2009-04-01

    I will first compare reversals of Earth's magnetic field known from palaeomagnetic data to the ones observed in a laboratory experiment for the magnetic field generated by a turbulent flow of liquid sodium (VKS experiment). Despite major differences between the flow in Earth's core and in the experiment, both systems display reversals that share a lot of similar properties. I will understand them using a simple model in the framework of low dynamical system theory. Finally, I will discuss what can be learnt from numerical simulations.

  1. Electrical detection of magnetization reversal without auxiliary magnets

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    Olejník, K.; Novák, V.; Wunderlich, J.; Jungwirth, T.

    2015-05-01

    First-generation magnetic random access memories based on anisotropic magnetoresistance required magnetic fields for both writing and reading. Modern all-electrical read/write memories use instead nonrelativistic spin transport connecting the storing magnetic layer with a reference ferromagnet. Recent studies have focused on electrical manipulation of magnetic moments by relativistic spin torques requiring no reference ferromagnet. Here we report the observation of a counterpart magnetoresistance effect in such a relativistic system which allows us to electrically detect the sign of the magnetization without an auxiliary magnetic field or ferromagnet. We observe the effect in a geometry in which the magnetization of a uniaxial (Ga,Mn)As epilayer is set either parallel or antiparallel to a current-induced nonequilibrium spin polarization of carriers. In our structure, this linear-in-current magnetoresistance reaches 0.2% at current density of 106Acm -2 .

  2. Magnetization reversal using excitation of collective modes in nanodot matrices

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    Elyasi, Mehrdad; Bhatia, Charanjit S.; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2015-01-01

    The large arrays of magnetic dots are the building blocks of magnonic crystals and the emerging bit patterned media for future recording technology. In order to fully utilize the functionalities of high density magnetic nanodots, a method for the selective reversal of a single nanodot in a matrix of dots is desired. We have proposed a method for magnetization reversal of a single nanodot with microwave excitation in a matrix of magneto-statically interacting dots. The method is based on the excitation of collective modes and the spatial anomaly in the microwave power absorption. We perform numerical simulations to demonstrate the possibility of switching a single dot from any initial state of a 3 by 3 matrix of dots, and develop a theoretical model for the phenomena. We discuss the applicability of the proposed method for introducing defect modes in magnonic crystals as well as for future magnetic recording. PMID:25601554

  3. Purely electric-field-driven perpendicular magnetization reversal.

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    Hu, Jia-Mian; Yang, Tiannan; Wang, Jianjun; Huang, Houbing; Zhang, Jinxing; Chen, Long-Qing; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2015-01-14

    If achieved, magnetization reversal purely with an electric field has the potential to revolutionize the spintronic devices that currently utilize power-dissipating currents. However, all existing proposals involve the use of a magnetic field. Here we use phase-field simulations to study the piezoelectric and magnetoelectric responses in a three-dimensional multiferroic nanostructure consisting of a perpendicularly magnetized nanomagnet with an in-plane long axis and a juxtaposed ferroelectric nanoisland. For the first time, we demonstrate a full reversal of perpendicular magnetization via successive precession and damping, driven purely by a perpendicular electric-field pulse of certain pulse duration across the nanoferroelectric. We discuss the materials selection and size dependence of both nanoferroelctrics and nanomagnets for experimental verification. These results offer new inspiration to the design of spintronic devices that simultaneously possess high density, high thermal stability, and high reliability. PMID:25549019

  4. Field orientation dependence of magnetization reversal in thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Fallarino, Lorenzo; Hovorka, Ondrej; Berger, Andreas

    2016-08-01

    The magnetization reversal process of hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) (0001) oriented Co and C o90R u10 thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) has been studied as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field angle. Room temperature pure cobalt exhibits two characteristic reversal mechanisms. For angles near in-plane field orientation, the magnetization reversal proceeds via instability of the uniform magnetic state, whereas in the vicinity of the out-of-plane (OP) orientation, magnetization inversion takes place by means of domain nucleation. Temperature dependent measurements enable the modification of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and reveal a gradual disappearance of the domain nucleation process during magnetization reversal for elevated temperatures. Ultimately, this suppression of the domain nucleation process leads to the exclusive occurrence of uniform state instability reversal for all field orientations at sufficiently high temperature. Comparative magnetic measurements of C o90R u10 alloy samples allow the identification and confirmation of the high temperature remanent magnetization state of cobalt as an OP stripe domain state despite the reduction of magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Detailed micromagnetic simulations supplement the experimental results and corroborate the physical understanding of the temperature dependent behavior. Moreover, they enable a comprehensive identification of the complex energy balance in magnetic films with PMA, for which three different magnetic phases occur for sufficiently high anisotropy values, whose coexistence point is tricritical in nature.

  5. Paleomagnetic Study of a Reversal of the Earth's Magnetic Field.

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    Dunn, J R; Fuller, M; Ito, H; Schmidt, V A

    1971-05-21

    A detailed record of a field reversal has been obtained from the natural remanent magnetization of the Tatoosh intrusion in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. The reversal took place at 14.7 +/- 1 million years and is interpreted to be from reverse to normal. A decrease in the intensity of the field of about an order of magnitude occurs immediately before the reversal, while its orientation remains substantially unchanged. The onset of the reversal is marked by abrupt swinging of the virtual geomagnetic pole along an arc of a great circle. During the reversal the pole traces a path across the Pacific. In the last stage of the process recorded in the sections, the succession of virtual geomagnetic poles is very similar to those generated by secular variation in the recent past. Although the cooling rate of the intrusion is not sufficiently well known to permit a useful calculation of the duration of the reversal process, an estimate based on the length of the supposed secular variation cycles gives 1 to 4 x 103 years for the reversal of field direction and approximately 1 x 104 years for the time scale of the intensity changes. PMID:17792941

  6. Effect of reverse flotation on magnetic separation concentrates

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    Bada, S. O.; Afolabi, A. S.; Makhula, M. J.

    2012-08-01

    Reverse flotation studies on magnetite samples have revealed that the use of starch as a depressant of Fe-oxides has a hydrophilic effect on the surface of Fe-bearing silicates and significantly decreases Fe in the silica-rich stream when used in combination with an amine (Lilaflot D817M). In this study, the effect of reverse flotation on the optimization of products obtained from magnetic separation was investigated. Two different magnetic samples, zones 1 and 2, were milled to <75 μm and then subjected to low intensity magnetic separation (LIMS). The LIMS test conducted on the <75 μm shown an upgrade of 46.40wt% Fe, 28.40wt% SiO2 and 2.61wt% MnO for zone 1 and 47.60wt% Fe, 29.17wt% SiO2 and 0.50wt% MnO for zone 2. Further milling of the ore to <25 μm resulted in a higher magnetic-rich product after magnetic separation. Reverse flotation tests were conducted on the agitated magnetic concentrate feed, and the result shows a significant upgrade of Fe compared to that obtained from the non-agitated feed. Iron concentrations greater than 69%, and SiO2 concentrations less than 2% with overall magnetite recoveries greater than 67% and 71% were obtained for zones 1 and 2, respectively.

  7. Magnetization reversal in 3D nano-structures of different shapes

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    Blachowicz, T.; Ehrmann, A.

    2016-04-01

    Magnetic nano-particles have been intensively studied during the last decade due to their potential utilization in various applications. An important topic is the dependence of magnetic properties on the exact samples shape. After demonstrating the influence of shape distortions in magnetic nano half-spheres on magnetization reversal processes and hysteresis shapes, a series of different 3D nano-objects from permalloy with shape modifications has been examined with respect to their magnetic properties. Modifications are performed by cutting parts of diverse samples between the extrema of a cuboid and a half-sphere. Simulations of these samples have been performed by Magpar, using external magnetic fields along two different axes, swept with two different speeds. Depending on the original particle shape and its modifications, several phenomena can be found: Cutting a hole in a cuboid can switch the hard axis from out-of-plane to the in-plane direction. In some nano-particles, strong oscillations occur which can be suppressed by appropriate shape modifications. In some of the nano-objects, the magnetization reversal mechanism is completely altered by a change in the field sweeping speed. The article gives an overview of the different possibilities to tailor magnetic properties of nano-systems.

  8. Temperature effect on vortex-core reversals in magnetic nanodots

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    Kim, Bosung; Yoo, Myoung-Woo; Lee, Jehyun; Kim, Sang-Koog

    2015-05-07

    We studied the temperature effect on vortex-core reversals in soft magnetic nanodots by micromagnetic numerical calculations within a framework of the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert scheme. It was determined that vortex-core-switching events at non-zero temperatures occur stochastically, and that the threshold field strength increases with temperature for a given field frequency. The mechanism of core reversals at elevated temperatures is the same as that of vortex-antivortex-pair-mediated core reversals found at the zero temperature. The reversal criterion is also the out-of-plane component of a magnetization dip that should reach −p, which is to say, m{sub z,dip} = −p, where p is the original polarization, p = +1 (−1), for the upward (downward) core. By this criterion, the creation of a vortex-antivortex pair accompanies complete vortex-antivortex-annihilation-mediated core reversals, resulting in the maximum excess of the exchange energy density, ΔE{sub ex}{sup cri} ≈ 15.4 ± 0.2 mJ/cm{sup 3}. This work provides the underlying physics of vortex-core reversals at non-zero temperatures, and potentiates the real application of vortex random access memory operating at elevated temperatures.

  9. Temperature effect on vortex-core reversals in magnetic nanodots

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    Kim, Bosung; Yoo, Myoung-Woo; Lee, Jehyun; Kim, Sang-Koog

    2015-05-01

    We studied the temperature effect on vortex-core reversals in soft magnetic nanodots by micromagnetic numerical calculations within a framework of the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert scheme. It was determined that vortex-core-switching events at non-zero temperatures occur stochastically, and that the threshold field strength increases with temperature for a given field frequency. The mechanism of core reversals at elevated temperatures is the same as that of vortex-antivortex-pair-mediated core reversals found at the zero temperature. The reversal criterion is also the out-of-plane component of a magnetization dip that should reach -p, which is to say, m z , dip = -p, where p is the original polarization, p = +1 (-1), for the upward (downward) core. By this criterion, the creation of a vortex-antivortex pair accompanies complete vortex-antivortex-annihilation-mediated core reversals, resulting in the maximum excess of the exchange energy density, Δ Eex cri ≈ 15.4 ± 0.2 mJ/cm3. This work provides the underlying physics of vortex-core reversals at non-zero temperatures, and potentiates the real application of vortex random access memory operating at elevated temperatures.

  10. Magnetic reversals in a simple model of magnetohydrodynamics.

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    Benzi, Roberto; Pinton, Jean-François

    2010-07-01

    We study a simple magnetohydrodynamical approach in which hydrodynamics and MHD turbulence are coupled in a shell model, with given dynamo constraints in the large scales. We consider the case of a low Prandtl number fluid for which the inertial range of the velocity field is much wider than that of the magnetic field. Random reversals of the magnetic field are observed and it shown that the magnetic field has a nontrivial evolution--linked to the nature of the hydrodynamics turbulence. PMID:20867710

  11. Dual polarity directions in basaltic-andesitic dykes—reversal record or self-reversed magnetization?

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    Liebke, U.; Appel, E.; Neumann, U.; Ding, L.

    2012-08-01

    Rock magnetic analyses were performed on basaltic-andesitic dyke samples from the Lhasa Block, which were previously used for palaeomagnetic investigations of the India-Asia collision. The aim of the study is to prove whether antipodal directions separated in these samples represent different polarities of the Earth's magnetic field or a self-reversal magnetization. Reflected light microscopy, domain pattern observations and energy dispersive X-ray analyses revealed two generations of titanomagnetite (TM) grains, one consisting of large-sized (˜20 μm to more than 100 μm) and inhomogeneous Ti-poor TM, and another with small (smaller than ˜10 μm) and rather homogeneous Ti-rich TM grains. Partial thermoremant magnetization experiments and reflected light microscopy show that magnetostatic or superexchange interaction between these two phases is unlikely. Temperature dependence of saturation magnetization and low-temperature curves of isothermal remanent magnetization disprove a possible N-type behaviour of the samples. A self-reversal due to ionic reordering can be ruled out as it requires a high degree of oxidation of the Ti-rich TMs, which was not observed. In summary, a self-reversal magnetization is very unlikely in the studied dyke samples, and therefore the observed antipodal directions most probably represent a record of different polarity epochs of the Earth's magnetic field. This conclusion implies that the time of remanence acquisition in the studied dykes was sufficiently long to average out paleosecular variation, supporting the significance and reliability of the palaeomagnetic results.

  12. Magnetization reversal of an individual exchange-biased permalloy nanotube

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    Buchter, A.; Wölbing, R.; Wyss, M.; Kieler, O. F.; Weimann, T.; Kohlmann, J.; Zorin, A. B.; Rüffer, D.; Matteini, F.; Tütüncüoglu, G.; Heimbach, F.; Kleibert, A.; Fontcuberta i Morral, A.; Grundler, D.; Kleiner, R.; Koelle, D.; Poggio, M.

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the magnetization reversal mechanism in an individual permalloy (Py) nanotube (NT) using a hybrid magnetometer consisting of a nanometer-scale SQUID (nanoSQUID) and a cantilever torque sensor. The Py NT is affixed to the tip of a Si cantilever and positioned in order to optimally couple its stray flux into a Nb nanoSQUID. We are thus able to measure both the NT's volume magnetization by dynamic cantilever magnetometry and its stray flux using the nanoSQUID. We observe a training effect and a temperature dependence in the magnetic hysteresis, suggesting an exchange bias. We find a low blocking temperature TB=18 ±2 K, indicating the presence of a thin antiferromagnetic native oxide, as confirmed by x-ray absorption spectroscopy on similar samples. Furthermore, we measure changes in the shape of the magnetic hysteresis as a function of temperature and increased training. These observations show that the presence of a thin exchange-coupled native oxide modifies the magnetization reversal process at low temperatures. Complementary information obtained via cantilever and nanoSQUID magnetometry allows us to conclude that, in the absence of exchange coupling, this reversal process is nucleated at the NT's ends and propagates along its length as predicted by theory.

  13. Self-reversal and apparent magnetic excursions in Arctic sediments

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    Channell, J. E. T.; Xuan, C.

    2009-06-01

    The Arctic oceans have been fertile ground for the recording of apparent excursions of the geomagnetic field, implying that the high latitude field had unusual characteristics at least over the last 1-2 Myrs. Alternating field demagnetization of the natural remanent magnetization (NRM) of Core HLY0503-6JPC from the Mendeleev Ridge (Arctic Ocean) implies the presence of primary magnetizations with negative inclination apparently recording excursions in sediments deposited during the Brunhes Chron. Thermal demagnetization, on the other hand, indicates the presence of multiple (often anti-parallel) magnetization components with negative inclination components having blocking temperatures predominantly, but not entirely, below ~ 350 °C. Thermo-magnetic tests, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicate that the negative inclination components are carried by titanomaghemite, presumably formed by seafloor oxidation of titanomagnetite. The titanomaghemite apparently carries a chemical remanent magnetization (CRM) that is partially self-reversed relative to the detrital remanent magnetization (DRM) carried by the host titanomagnetite. The partial self-reversal could have been accomplished by ionic ordering during oxidation, thereby changing the balance of the magnetic moments in the ferrimagnetic sublattices.

  14. Laser-induced magnetization dynamics and reversal in ferrimagnetic alloys.

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    Kirilyuk, Andrei; Kimel, Alexey V; Rasing, Theo

    2013-02-01

    This review discusses the recent studies of magnetization dynamics and the role of angular momentum in thin films of ferrimagnetic rare-earth-transition metal (RE-TM) alloys, e.g. GdFeCo, where both magnetization and angular momenta are temperature dependent. It has been experimentally demonstrated that the magnetization can be manipulated and even reversed by a single 40 fs laser pulse, without any applied magnetic field. This switching is found to follow a novel reversal pathway, that is shown however to depend crucially on the net angular momentum, reflecting the balance of the two opposite sublattices. In particular, optical excitation of ferrimagnetic GdFeCo on a time scale pertinent to the characteristic time of the exchange interaction between the RE and TM spins, i.e. on the time scale of tens of femtoseconds, pushes the spin dynamics into a yet unexplored regime, where the two exchange-coupled magnetic sublattices demonstrate substantially different dynamics. As a result, the reversal of spins appears to proceed via a novel transient state characterized by a ferromagnetic alignment of the Gd and Fe magnetic moments, despite their ground-state antiferromagnetic coupling.Thus, optical manipulation of magnetic order by femtosecond laser pulses has developed into an exciting and still expanding research field that keeps being fueled by a continuous stream of new and sometimes counterintuitive results. Considering the progress in the development of plasmonic antennas and compact ultrafast lasers, optical control of magnetic order may also potentially revolutionize data storage and information processing technologies. PMID:23377279

  15. Investigation of the magnetization reversal mechanism of electrolessly deposited Co-B nanotubes

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    Richardson, David; Kingston, Samuel; Rhen, Fernando M. F.

    2016-05-01

    Co-B nanotubes were prepared via an electroless deposition method. The morphology, magnetic properties and the magnetization reversal mechanism of the nanotubes were investigated. Deposition was carried out in porous polycarbonate membranes leading to the formation of Co-B nanotubes with an average external diameter of 400 nm and lengths up to 6 μm. Electroless deposition resulted in the formation of alloys with composition Co70B30 and a specific magnetization of 65.6 J T-1kg-1, which is about 40 % of that of pure Co (161 J T-1kg-1). The transversal and vortex modes were identified as the mechanisms responsible for magnetization reversal in the nanotubes. A crossover between the two modes is observed at low angles and the results are in line with current models for switching mechanisms of nanotubes.

  16. Control over magnetic properties in bulk hybrid materials

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    Urban, Christian; Quesada, Adrian; Saerbeck, Thomas; Rubia, Miguel Angel De La; Garcia, Miguel Angel; Fernandez, Jose Francisco; Schuller, Ivan K.; UCSD Collaboration; Instituto de Ceramica, Madrid Collaboration; Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble Collaboration

    We present control of coercivity and remanent magnetization of a bulk ferromagnetic material embedded in bulk vanadium sesquioxide (V2O3) by using a standard bulk synthesis procedure. The method generalizes the use of structural phase transitions of one material to control structural and magnetic properties of another. A structural phase transition (SPT) in the V2O3 host material causes magnetic properties of Ni to change as function of temperature. The remanent magnetization and the coercivity are reversibly controlled by the SPT without additional external magnetic fields. The reversible tuning shown here opens the pathway for controlling the properties of a vast variety of magnetic hybrid bulk systems. This Work is supported by the Office of Basic Energy Science, U.S. Department of Energy, BES-DMS funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Science, DMR under grant DE FG02 87ER-45332.

  17. Magnetic Resonance Reversals in Optically Pumped Alkali-Metal Vapor

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    Gong, Fei; Jau, Yuan-Yu; Happer, William

    2007-06-01

    We report an unusual new phenomenon, peculiar sign reversals of the ground-state magnetic resonances and of the ``zero-dip" resonance (Zeeman resonance at zero field) of optically-pumped, alkali-metal vapors. These anomalies occur when a ``weak" circular polarized D1 laser light is tuned to pump atoms predominantly from the lower ground-state hyperfine multiplet. One can understand the signal reversals in simple, semi-quantitative way with reference to this distribution. uantitative computer simulations are in excellent greement with observations.

  18. Magnetic resonance reversals in optically pumped alkali-metal vapor

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    Gong, F.; Jau, Y.-Y.; Happer, W.

    2007-05-01

    We report an unusual phenomenon, peculiar sign reversals of the ground-state magnetic resonances and of the zero-dip resonance (Zeeman resonance at zero field) of optically pumped, alkali-metal vapors. These anomalies occur when a weak circularly polarized D1 laser light is tuned to pump atoms predominantly from the lower ground-state hyperfine multiplet. One can understand the signal reversals in a simple, semiquantitative way with reference to the spin-temperature distribution. Quantitative computer simulations are in excellent agreement with observations.

  19. Voltage controlled core reversal of fixed magnetic skyrmions without a magnetic field.

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    Bhattacharya, Dhritiman; Al-Rashid, Md Mamun; Atulasimha, Jayasimha

    2016-01-01

    Using micromagnetic simulations we demonstrate core reversal of a fixed magnetic skyrmion by modulating the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of a nanomagnet with an electric field. We can switch reversibly between two skyrmion states and two ferromagnetic states, i.e. skyrmion states with the magnetization of the core pointing down/up and periphery pointing up/down, and ferromagnetic states with magnetization pointing up/down, by sequential increase and decrease of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The switching between these states is explained by the fact that the spin texture corresponding to each of these stable states minimizes the sum of the magnetic anisotropy, demagnetization, Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) and exchange energies. This could lead to the possibility of energy efficient nanomagnetic memory and logic devices implemented with fixed skyrmions without using a magnetic field and without moving skyrmions with a current. PMID:27506159

  20. Size and shape dependence study of magnetization reversal in magnetic antidot lattice arrays

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    Mallick, Sougata; Bedanta, Subhankar

    2015-05-01

    Magnetic Antidot Lattice (MAL) arrays of Co have been prepared in micron range using ultraviolet (UV) lithography technique with different shapes and sizes. Magnetization reversal in such MAL systems has been studied by magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) based microscopy by varying the angle between the easy axis and the external magnetic field. The domain images evidence that the magnetization reversal along easy axis is highly dominated by nucleation of domains which is subsequently accompanied by domain wall motion. We have observed that with increase in active magnetic area domain size increases but on the contrary coercivity decreases. The presence of periodic holes turns the MALs magnetically hard when compared to similar thickness of continuous thin film. The magnetization relaxation along easy axis for the Co MAL at constant dc field fits very well with the exponential law of Fatuzzo-Labrune indicating domain nucleated dominant process.

  1. Voltage controlled core reversal of fixed magnetic skyrmions without a magnetic field

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    Bhattacharya, Dhritiman; Al-Rashid, Md Mamun; Atulasimha, Jayasimha

    2016-08-01

    Using micromagnetic simulations we demonstrate core reversal of a fixed magnetic skyrmion by modulating the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of a nanomagnet with an electric field. We can switch reversibly between two skyrmion states and two ferromagnetic states, i.e. skyrmion states with the magnetization of the core pointing down/up and periphery pointing up/down, and ferromagnetic states with magnetization pointing up/down, by sequential increase and decrease of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The switching between these states is explained by the fact that the spin texture corresponding to each of these stable states minimizes the sum of the magnetic anisotropy, demagnetization, Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) and exchange energies. This could lead to the possibility of energy efficient nanomagnetic memory and logic devices implemented with fixed skyrmions without using a magnetic field and without moving skyrmions with a current.

  2. Voltage controlled core reversal of fixed magnetic skyrmions without a magnetic field

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    Bhattacharya, Dhritiman; Al-Rashid, Md Mamun; Atulasimha, Jayasimha

    2016-01-01

    Using micromagnetic simulations we demonstrate core reversal of a fixed magnetic skyrmion by modulating the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of a nanomagnet with an electric field. We can switch reversibly between two skyrmion states and two ferromagnetic states, i.e. skyrmion states with the magnetization of the core pointing down/up and periphery pointing up/down, and ferromagnetic states with magnetization pointing up/down, by sequential increase and decrease of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The switching between these states is explained by the fact that the spin texture corresponding to each of these stable states minimizes the sum of the magnetic anisotropy, demagnetization, Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) and exchange energies. This could lead to the possibility of energy efficient nanomagnetic memory and logic devices implemented with fixed skyrmions without using a magnetic field and without moving skyrmions with a current. PMID:27506159

  3. Magnetic Bistability and Controllable Reversal of Asymmetric Ferromagnetic Nanorings

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    Zhu, F. Q.; Chern, G. W.; Tchernyshyov, O.; Zhu, X. C.; Zhu, J. G.; Chien, C. L.

    2006-01-01

    Magnetization reversals through the formation of a vortex state and the rotation of an onion state are two processes with comparable probabilities for symmetric magnetic nanorings with a radius of about 50 nanometers. This magnetic bistability is the manifestation of the competition between the exchange energy and the magnetostatic energy in nanomagnets. The relative probability of the two processes in symmetric nanorings is dictated by the ring geometry and cannot be altered after fabrication. In this work, we report a novel type of nanorings—asymmetric nanorings. By tuning the asymmetry, we can control the fraction of the vortex formation process from about 40% to nearly 100% by utilizing the direction of the external magnetic field. The observed results have been accounted for by the dependence of the domain-wall energy on the local cross-section area for which we have provided theoretical calculations.

  4. Solar Magnetic Field Reversals and the Role of Dynamo Families

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    DeRosa, M. L.; Brun, A. S.; Hoeksema, J. T.

    2012-09-01

    The variable magnetic field of the solar photosphere exhibits periodic reversals as a result of dynamo activity occurring within the solar interior. We decompose the surface field as observed by both the Wilcox Solar Observatory and the Michelson Doppler Imager into its harmonic constituents, and present the time evolution of the mode coefficients for the past three sunspot cycles. The interplay between the various modes is then interpreted from the perspective of general dynamo theory, where the coupling between the primary and secondary families of modes is found to correlate with large-scale polarity reversals for many examples of cyclic dynamos. Mean-field dynamos based on the solar parameter regime are then used to explore how such couplings may result in the various long-term trends in the surface magnetic field observed to occur in the solar case.

  5. SOLAR MAGNETIC FIELD REVERSALS AND THE ROLE OF DYNAMO FAMILIES

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    DeRosa, M. L.

    2012-09-20

    The variable magnetic field of the solar photosphere exhibits periodic reversals as a result of dynamo activity occurring within the solar interior. We decompose the surface field as observed by both the Wilcox Solar Observatory and the Michelson Doppler Imager into its harmonic constituents, and present the time evolution of the mode coefficients for the past three sunspot cycles. The interplay between the various modes is then interpreted from the perspective of general dynamo theory, where the coupling between the primary and secondary families of modes is found to correlate with large-scale polarity reversals for many examples of cyclic dynamos. Mean-field dynamos based on the solar parameter regime are then used to explore how such couplings may result in the various long-term trends in the surface magnetic field observed to occur in the solar case.

  6. Transition states of magnetization reversal in ferromagnetic nanorings

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    Chaves-O'Flynn, Gabriel; Kent, Andrew; Stein, Daniel

    2008-03-01

    Thin ferromagnetic rings are of interest for fundamental studies of magnetization reversal, in part, because they are a rare example of a geometry for which an analytical solution for the rate of thermally induced switching has been determined [1]. The theoretical model predicts the transition state to be either a global magnetization rotation of constant azimuthal angle or a localized fluctuation, denoted the instanton saddle. Numerically we have confirmed that for a range of values of external magnetic field and ring size the instanton saddle is energetically favored [2]. The model takes the annular width to be small compared to the mean radius of the annulus; in which case the main contribution to the magnetization energy comes from the surface magnetostatic energy. We present numerical micromagnetic calculations of the activation energy for thermally induced magnetization reversal for the two different transition states for the case when the annular width is equal in magnitude to the mean radius of the ring. Results of the total and surface magnetostatic energies are compared for different ring sizes. [1] K. Martens, D.L. Stein, A.D. Kent, PRB 73, 054413 (2006) [2] G.D. Chaves-O'Flynn, K. Xiao, D.L. Stein, A. D. Kent, arXiv:0710.2546 (2007)

  7. Magnetic reversal spurts: Rain gauges for comet showers

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    Lutz, T. M.

    1988-01-01

    Abrupt increases in the rate of magnetic reversals (magnetic reversal spurts) were first studied by many others. They hypothesized that spurts result from increased turbulence in the earth's core dynamo during episodes of intense bolide bombardment of the earth. Mechanisms for creating episodes of intense bombardment of the earth involve gravitational perturbation of the Oort cloud of comets, either by a hidden planet, a solar companion, or massive matter in the galactic plane. Herein, the time variation in reversal rate is analyzed using methods of statistical density estimation. A smooth, continuous estimate of reversal rate is obtained using an adaptive kernel method, in which the kernel width is adjusted as a function of reversal rate. The estimates near the ends of the data series (at 165 my ago and the present) are obtained by extending the data by reflection. The results show that the reversal spurts are not associated demonstrably with extinctions or well-dated impacts. If the spurts do record episodes of intense bombardment of the earth, then the mass extinctions do not, in general, occur at times of impacts. Furthermore, the large impact craters seen are not obviously related to the spurts, suggesting that the craters may have been caused by bolides of a different nature and with a different temporal pattern. However, the most simple explanation seems to be that the spurts do not record comet showers, either because the recording mechanism suggested by Muller and Morris is not effective or because comet showers are not triggered in the ways considered by Hut et al.

  8. Magnetization reversal in magnetic dot arrays: Nearest-neighbor interactions and global configurational anisotropy

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    Van de Wiele, Ben; Fin, Samuele; Pancaldi, Matteo; Vavassori, Paolo; Sarella, Anandakumar; Bisero, Diego

    2016-05-01

    Various proposals for future magnetic memories, data processing devices, and sensors rely on a precise control of the magnetization ground state and magnetization reversal process in periodically patterned media. In finite dot arrays, such control is hampered by the magnetostatic interactions between the nanomagnets, leading to the non-uniform magnetization state distributions throughout the sample while reversing. In this paper, we evidence how during reversal typical geometric arrangements of dots in an identical magnetization state appear that originate in the dominance of either Global Configurational Anisotropy or Nearest-Neighbor Magnetostatic interactions, which depends on the fields at which the magnetization reversal sets in. Based on our findings, we propose design rules to obtain the uniform magnetization state distributions throughout the array, and also suggest future research directions to achieve non-uniform state distributions of interest, e.g., when aiming at guiding spin wave edge-modes through dot arrays. Our insights are based on the Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect and Magnetic Force Microscopy measurements as well as the extensive micromagnetic simulations.

  9. Magnetically induced enhancement of reversibly responding conductometric sensors

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    Baker, Caitlin; Laminack, William; Tune, Travis; Gole, James

    2014-04-28

    Small magnetic fields are found to greatly enhance the reversible room temperature conductometric responses of n and p- type porous silicon (PS) interfaces, treated with nanostructured island sites containing paramagnetic Co(II) and Fe(II). At concentrations sufficiently low so as to avoid cross talk between the nanostructured island sites, the response to NO concentrations demonstrates the significant effect which the Co(II) and Fe(II) have on the decorated extrinsic semiconductor majority charge carriers as they direct a dominant electron transduction process for reversible electron transduction and chemical sensing (Inverse Hard and Soft acid/base principle) in the absence of significant chemical bond formation. Co(II) and Fe(II) oxide sites enhance response and provide a means for small magnetic fields to interact with and enhance the sensor interface response. For p-type systems, the interaction is with small virtually constant thermal electron populations lying above the Fermi energy at 0 K. The electron removal rate increases with magnetic field strength. At the highest magnetic fields and NO analyte concentrations the available electron population is depleted, and the response to the analyte decreases at higher concentrations. At lower magnetic fields (<1000 G), the response faithfully follows concentration. For n-type systems, the magnetic field interaction increases resistance. This increase in response may be attributed to the interaction with donor levels ∼0.025 eV below the conduction band. A substantial enhancement of sensor response relative to that for the Co(II) and Fe(II) treated PS interfaces is observed, with the introduction of a small magnetic field greatly increasing an already enhanced conductometric response.

  10. Nonstochastic magnetic reversal in artificial quasicrystalline spin ice

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    Farmer, B.; Bhat, V. S.; Woods, J.; Teipel, E.; Smith, N.; De Long, L. E.; Sklenar, J.; Ketterson, J. B.; Hastings, J. T.

    2014-05-07

    We have measured the isothermal DC magnetization of Penrose P2 tilings (P2T) composed of wire segments of permalloy thin film. Micromagnetic simulations reproduce the coercive fields and “knee anomalies” observed in experimental data and show magnetic shape anisotropy constrains segments to be single-domain (Ising spins) at low fields, similar to artificial spin ice (ASI). Mirror symmetry controls the initial reversal of individual segments oriented parallel to the applied field, followed by complex switching of multiple adjacent segments (“avalanches”) of various orientations such that closed magnetization loops (“vortices”) are favored. Ferromagnetic P2T differ from previously studied ASI systems due to their aperiodic translational symmetry and numerous inequivalent pattern vertices, which drive nonstochastic switching of segment polarizations.

  11. Origins of Asymmetric Magnetization Reversal in Exchange Biased Multilayers

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    Liu, Yang; Wang, Shuoguo; Li, Yang; Chen, Ning; Liu, Shuai; Li, Minghua; Yu, Guanghua; Department of Materials Physics; Chemistry, University of Science; Technology Beijing Team; State Key Laboratory Of Magnetism, Beijing National LaboratoryCondensed Matter Physics, Institu Team; University of Puerto Rico At Mayaguez Team

    2011-03-01

    Novel asymmetric magnetization reversal behaviors (ARBs) as well as positive exchange bias (EB) are observed by using the alternating gradient force magnetometer (AGM) in both Co/FeMn bilayer with an oblique out-of-plane exchange anisotropy and the Co/FeMn bilayer in which Co layer has a quite heavy thickness. There are two different ARBs, arised from the ferromagnetic and the antiferromagnetic layer respectively under the perpendicular magnetization. Our results show that two intrinsic origins of the ARBs (i.e. the competing anisotropy and the inhomogeneity of the magnetic structure) coexist. Both of them are indispensable for the development of the ARBs in our Co/FeMn multilayers. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant no. DMR-0821284, NASA under Grant Nos. NNX10AM80H and NNX07AO30A.

  12. Magnetization reversal in permalloy ferromagnetic nanowires investigated with magnetoresistance measurements

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    Oliveira, A. B.; Rezende, S. M.; Azevedo, A.

    2008-07-01

    The magnetization reversal process in single Permalloy (Ni81Fe19) nanowires has been investigated by magnetoresistance measurements as a function of the angle between the applied field and the wire direction. The Permalloy nanostructures fabricated on an ultrathin film by atomic force microscopy consist of two large rectangular pads connected by a nanowire with the shape of a long thin narrow tape. For each field direction in the plane of the film the dependence of the magnetoresistance on the field value exhibits two main contributions: one from the pads and one from the nanowire. The contribution from the pads is due to a usual anisotropic magnetoresistance characteristic of coherent magnetization rotation, whereas the contribution from the nanowire is an abrupt transition at the switching field. The dependence of the switching field on the in-plane field angle is quantitatively described by a model of nucleation field with the buckling magnetization rotation mode.

  13. Tokamak equilibria with toroidal current reversal: properties and computational issues

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    Rodrigues, Paulo; Bizarro, Joao P. S.

    2006-11-30

    Several properties of axisymmetric plasma equilibria with toroidal-current reversal (TCR) are discussed using some unifying concepts from catastrophe theory. Namely, those of structural stability of functions near critical points, singularity unfolding by small perturbations, and model parameter-space division by bifurcation sets are found to be of particular usefulness. Magnetic configurations displaying, simultaneously, TCR and nested flux surfaces are thence shown to be necessarily degenerate and structurally unstable, meaning that they are easily transformed into non-nested ones by small perturbations in the model parameter set. This should lead to a new paradigm when discussing TCR equilibria, as most of present knowledge relies mainly on the properties of nested solutions, which is expected to favor the study of the broader class of non-nested configurations that recently attracted a considerable discussion in the fusion community. In addition, it is also shown how TCR imposes some constraints on plasma profiles, and how these may be dealt with computationally while keeping the ability to manipulate the shape of the inner island system.

  14. Controlling the magnetization reversal in planar nanostructures with wire-ring morphology

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    Corona, R. M.; Aranda, A.; Palma, J. L.; Lopez, C. E.; Escrig, J.

    2014-08-01

    Magnetization reversal in planar nanowires has been controlled using structures with a larger area pad connected to a nanowire or by means of patterned variations in the planar nanowire such as notches. In this letter, we have introduced a magnetic nanostructure defined as a planar nanostructure with wire-ring morphology. In particular, we have performed micromagnetic simulations to investigate how the magnetic properties (coercivity and remanence) change as a function of the geometric parameters of the nanostructure. Additionally, we observe that when the ring is very thin, the system reverses its magnetization by nucleation and propagation of domain walls along the nanowire. Conversely, when the ring has very thick walls, or directly turns into a solid cylinder, the system nucleates a vortex in the ring/cylinder, and then propagates the domain walls toward the nanowire sections. This reversal process is characterized by a step or plateau in the hysteresis curve, that is, a region in which differential magnetic susceptibility presents a local minimum or, ideally, vanishes. Finally, this nanostructure can be used in many potential applications related to the control of domain walls in planar nanowires.

  15. Distinguishing magnetic particle size of iron oxide nanoparticles with first-order reversal curves

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    Kumari, Monika; Hirt, Ann M.; Widdrat, Marc; Faivre, Damien; Tompa, Éva; Pósfai, Mihály; Uebe, Rene; Schüler, Dirk

    2014-09-28

    Magnetic nanoparticles encompass a wide range of scientific study and technological applications. The success of using the nanoparticles in various applications demands control over size, dispersibility, and magnetics. Hence, the nanoparticles are often characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction, and magnetic hysteresis loops. TEM analysis requires a thin layer of dispersed particles on the grid, which may often lead to particle aggregation thus making size analysis difficult. Magnetic hysteresis loops on the other hand provide information on the bulk property of the material without discriminating size, composition, and interaction effects. First order reversal curves (FORCs), described as an assembly of partial hysteresis loops originating from the major loop are efficient in identifying the domain size, composition, and interaction in a magnetic system. This study presents FORC diagrams on a variety of well-characterized biogenic and synthetic magnetite nanoparticles. It also introduces deconvoluted reversible and irreversible components from FORC as an important method for obtaining a semi-quantitative measure of the effective magnetic particle size. This is particularly important in a system with aggregation and interaction among the particles that often leads to either the differences between physical size and effective magnetic size. We also emphasize the extraction of secondary components by masking dominant coercivity fraction on FORC diagram to explore more detailed characterization of nanoparticle systems.

  16. Distinguishing magnetic particle size of iron oxide nanoparticles with first-order reversal curves

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    Kumari, Monika; Widdrat, Marc; Tompa, Éva; Uebe, Rene; Schüler, Dirk; Pósfai, Mihály; Faivre, Damien; Hirt, Ann M.

    2014-09-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles encompass a wide range of scientific study and technological applications. The success of using the nanoparticles in various applications demands control over size, dispersibility, and magnetics. Hence, the nanoparticles are often characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction, and magnetic hysteresis loops. TEM analysis requires a thin layer of dispersed particles on the grid, which may often lead to particle aggregation thus making size analysis difficult. Magnetic hysteresis loops on the other hand provide information on the bulk property of the material without discriminating size, composition, and interaction effects. First order reversal curves (FORCs), described as an assembly of partial hysteresis loops originating from the major loop are efficient in identifying the domain size, composition, and interaction in a magnetic system. This study presents FORC diagrams on a variety of well-characterized biogenic and synthetic magnetite nanoparticles. It also introduces deconvoluted reversible and irreversible components from FORC as an important method for obtaining a semi-quantitative measure of the effective magnetic particle size. This is particularly important in a system with aggregation and interaction among the particles that often leads to either the differences between physical size and effective magnetic size. We also emphasize the extraction of secondary components by masking dominant coercivity fraction on FORC diagram to explore more detailed characterization of nanoparticle systems.

  17. Magnetization reversal in individual micrometer-sized polycrystalline Permalloy rings

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    Moore, T. A.; Hayward, T. J.; Tse, D. H. Y.; Bland, J. A. C.; Castaño, F. J.; Ross, C. A.

    2005-03-01

    The magnetization reversal of individual 2 μm and 5 μm diameter polycrystalline Permalloy rings, with respective widths 0.75 μm and 1 μm, thickness 45 nm, has been investigated by focused magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) magnetometry. Micromagnetic simulation of the reversal in the 2 μm diameter ring reveals that the onion-to-vortex state switching occurs by nucleation and subsequent annihilation of vortex walls that span the width of the ring, and that the vortex-to-reverse-onion state switching occurs by expansion of a reverse domain. The hysteresis loop shows good agreement with the experimental MOKE loop. Measurements of the switching through one-half of a 5 μm diameter ring enable the determination of the circulation of the vortex states accessed during one applied field cycle. The rings switch via one vortex state (either clockwise or anticlockwise) on both downward and upward applied field sweeps. The number of applied field cycles spent switching via one vortex state before changing to switch via the opposite vortex state is random, likely to be due to the history of the spin configuration and thermal fluctuations.

  18. Magnetic field reversals, polar wander, and core-mantle coupling.

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    Courtillot, V; Besse, J

    1987-09-01

    True polar wander, the shifting of the entire mantle relative to the earth's spin axis, has been reanalyzed. Over the last 200 million years, true polar wander has been fast (approximately 5 centimeters per year) most of the time, except for a remarkable standstill from 170 to 110 million years ago. This standstill correlates with a decrease in the reversal frequency of the geomagnetic field and episodes of continental breakup. Conversely, true polar wander is high when reversal frequency increases. It is proposed that intermittent convection modulates the thickness of a thermal boundary layer at the base of the mantle and consequently the core-to-mantle heat flux. Emission of hot thermals from the boundary layer leads to increases in mantle convection and true polar wander. In conjunction, cold thermals released from a boundary layer at the top of the liquid core eventually lead to reversals. Changes in the locations of subduction zones may also affect true polar wander. Exceptional volcanism and mass extinctions at the Cretaceous-Tertiary and Permo-Triassic boundaries may be related to thermals released after two unusually long periods with no magnetic reversals. These environmental catastrophes may therefore be a consequence of thermal and chemical couplings in the earth's multilayer heat engine rather than have an extraterrestrial cause. PMID:17801638

  19. Langevin simulation of thermally activated magnetization reversal in nanoscale pillars

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    Brown, Gregory; Novotny, M. A.; Rikvold, Per Arne

    2001-10-01

    Numerical solutions of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert micromagnetic model incorporating thermal fluctuations and dipole-dipole interactions (calculated by the fast multipole method) are presented for systems composed of nanoscale iron pillars of dimension 9nm x 9nm x 150nm. Hysteresis loops generated under sinusoidally varying fields are obtained, while the coercive field is estimated to be 1979{+-}14 Oe using linear field sweeps at T=0 K. Thermal effects are essential to the relaxation of magnetization trapped in a metastable orientation, such as happens after a rapid reversal of an external magnetic field less than the coercive value. The distribution of switching times is compared to a simple analytic theory that describes reversal with nucleation at the ends of the nanomagnets. Results are also presented for arrays of nanomagnets oriented perpendicular to a flat substrate. Even at a separation of 300 nm, where the field from neighboring pillars is only {approx}1 Oe, the interactions have a significant effect on the switching of the magnets.

  20. The Radial Electric Field in Tokamak with Reversed Magnetic Shear

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    Zhu, Ping; Horton, Wendell; Sugama, Hideo

    1998-10-01

    Neoclassical theory with the impurity rotational velocity is used to evaluate the radial electric field Er in tokamaks. The result of the complete matrix method for the deuterium-carbon plasma is compared with a reduced analytic formula for determining Er [Ernst et al., (1998)]. The analytic formula is shown to overestimate the Er magnitude and its gradient. Then two transport measures of the effect of the Er shear are compared for the reverse shear and enhanced reversed shear discharges in TFTR [Mazzucato et al., (1996)]. We show that the combined Er and magnetic shear measure Υs from linear stability theory gives a higher correlation with the observed transition between the two discharges than the vorticity measure ωs from Er shear alone.

  1. Ballistic conductance of Ni nanowire with a magnetization reversal

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    Smogunov, Alexander; Dal Corso, Andrea; Tosatti, Erio

    2004-09-01

    The approach proposed by Choi and Ihm for calculating the ballistic conductance of open quantum systems is generalized to deal with magnetic transition metals. The method has been implemented with ultrasoft pseudopotentials and plane wave basis set in a DFT-LSDA ab initio scheme. We present the quantum-mechanical conductance calculations for monoatomic Ni nanowire with a single spin reversal. We find that a spin reversal blocks the conductance of d electrons at the Fermi energy of the Ni nanowire. On the other hand, two s electrons (one per each spin) are perfectly transmitted in the whole energy window giving 2 G0 for the total conductance. The relevance of these results in connection with recent experimental data is discussed.

  2. Parallel heat transport in reversed shear magnetic field configurations

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    Blazevski, D.; Del-Castillo-Negrete, D.

    2012-03-01

    Transport in magnetized plasmas is a key problem in controlled fusion, space plasmas, and astrophysics. Three issues make this problem particularly challenging: (i) The extreme anisotropy between the parallel (i.e., along the magnetic field), χ, and the perpendicular, χ, conductivities (χ/χ may exceed 10^10 in fusion plasmas); (ii) Magnetic field lines chaos; and (iii) Nonlocal parallel transport. We have recently developed a Lagrangian Green's function (LG) method to solve the local and non-local parallel (χ/χ->∞) transport equation applicable to integrable and chaotic magnetic fields. footnotetext D. del-Castillo-Negrete, L. Chac'on, PRL, 106, 195004 (2011); D. del-Castillo-Negrete, L. Chac'on, Phys. Plasmas, APS Invited paper, submitted (2011). The proposed method overcomes many of the difficulties faced by standard finite different methods related to the three issues mentioned above. Here we apply the LG method to study transport in reversed shear configurations. We focus on the following problems: (i) separatrix reconnection of magnetic islands and transport; (ii) robustness of shearless, q'=0, transport barriers; (iii) leaky barriers and shearless Cantori.

  3. Model for Heat Pinch in Reversed Magnetic Shear Tokamak Plasmas

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    Qiu, Xiao-ming; X, Qiu M.; Wang, Ai-ke

    1998-10-01

    A simple model is proposed to explain the recent experiment in TFTR and the more recent one in JT-60U. In the model the significant reduction of effective thermal diffusivities of ions and electrons (χieff and χeeff) is attributed to the inward flows of drift wave energy, induced by the synergistic effects of the reversed magnetic shear and E × B velocity shear, where E is due to ion pressure gradient. Numerical results demonstrate the predictions of the present model, in particular, the numerical results for χieff are in good agreement with experimental trents.

  4. Synthesis and magnetic reversal of bi-conical Ni nanostructures

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    Biziere, N.; Lassalle Ballier, R.; Clochard, M. C.; Viret, M.; Wade, T. L.; Balanzat, E.; Wegrowe, J. E.

    2011-09-01

    Template synthesis in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) membranes has been used to grow hour glass shaped nickel nanowires with a constriction in the range of tens of nanometers at the center. Anisotropic magnetoresistance measurements have been performed on a single nanowire to follow magnetization reversal of the structure. The results are explained via 3D micromagnetic simulations showing the appearance of a complex vortex state close to the constriction whose propagation depends on the angle between the cone axis and the applied field. The interest of this original growth process for spintronics is discussed.

  5. Error-field penetration in reversed magnetic shear configurations

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    Wang, H. H.; Wang, Z. X.; Wang, X. Q.; Wang, X. G.

    2013-06-15

    Error-field penetration in reversed magnetic shear (RMS) configurations is numerically investigated by using a two-dimensional resistive magnetohydrodynamic model in slab geometry. To explore different dynamic processes in locked modes, three equilibrium states are adopted. Stable, marginal, and unstable current profiles for double tearing modes are designed by varying the current intensity between two resonant surfaces separated by a certain distance. Further, the dynamic characteristics of locked modes in the three RMS states are identified, and the relevant physics mechanisms are elucidated. The scaling behavior of critical perturbation value with initial plasma velocity is numerically obtained, which obeys previously established relevant analytical theory in the viscoresistive regime.

  6. Effect of the shape and lateral dimensions on the magnetization reversal in permalloy nanofilms

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    Ponomareva, A. K.; Egorov, S. V.; Uspenskaya, L. S.

    2016-04-01

    Kinetics of magnetization reversal in patterned permalloy films with nanometer thickness is studied by means of magneto-optic visualization technique, Bitter technique and micromagnetic simulations. The reversal modes and critical dimensions at which a change of the magnetization scenario in the structures takes place are determined. The experimentally observed critical dimensions are shown to differ from the calculated ones by two orders of magnitude. The crucial influence of the ferro-fluid on magnetic patterns and magnetization reversal parameters is found.

  7. Magnetic domain wall gratings for magnetization reversal tuning and confined dynamic mode localization

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    Trützschler, Julia; Sentosun, Kadir; Mozooni, Babak; Mattheis, Roland; McCord, Jeffrey

    2016-08-01

    High density magnetic domain wall gratings are imprinted in ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic thin films by local ion irradiation by which alternating head-to-tail-to-head-to-tail and head-to-head-to-tail-to-tail spatially overlapping domain wall networks are formed. Unique magnetic domain processes result from the interaction of anchored domain walls. Non-linear magnetization response is introduced by the laterally distributed magnetic anisotropy phases. The locally varying magnetic charge distribution gives rise to localized and guided magnetization spin-wave modes directly constrained by the narrow domain wall cores. The exchange coupled multiphase material structure leads to unprecedented static and locally modified dynamic magnetic material properties.

  8. Introducing artificial length scales to tailor magnetic properties

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    Fassbender, J.; Strache, T.; Liedke, M. O.; Markó, D.; Wintz, S.; Lenz, K.; Keller, A.; Facsko, S.; Mönch, I.; McCord, J.

    2009-12-01

    Magnetism is a collective phenomenon. Hence, a local variation on the nanoscale of material properties, which act on the magnetic properties, affects the overall magnetism in an intriguing way. Of particular importance are the length scales on which a material property changes. These might be related to the exchange length, the domain wall width, a typical roughness correlation length, or a length scale introduced by patterning of the material. Here we report on the influence of two artificially created length scales: (i) ion erosion templates that serve as a source of a predefined surface morphology (ripple structure) and hence allow for the investigation of roughness phenomena. It is demonstrated that the ripple wave length can be easily tuned over a wide range (25-175 nm) by varying the primary ion erosion energy. The effect of this ripple morphology on the induced uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in soft magnetic Permalloy films is studied. Only below a ripple wavelength threshold (≈60 nm) is a significant induced magnetic anisotropy found. Above this threshold the corrugated Permalloy film acts as a flat film. This cross-over is discussed in the frame of dipolar interactions giving rise to the induced anisotropies. (ii) Ion implantation through a lithographically defined mask, which is used for a magnetic property patterning on various length scales. The resulting magnetic properties are neither present in non-implanted nor in homogeneously implanted films. Here new insight is gained by the comparison of different stripe patterning widths ranging from 1 to 10 μm. In addition, the appearance of more complicated magnetic domain structures, i.e. spin-flop domain configurations and head-on domain walls, during hard axis magnetization reversal is demonstrated. In both cases the magnetic properties, the magnetization reversal process as well as the magnetic domain configurations depend sensitively on the artificially introduced length scale.

  9. Reversible "triple-Q" elastic field structures in a chiral magnet.

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    Hu, Yangfan; Wang, Biao

    2016-01-01

    The analytical solution of the periodic elastic fields in chiral magnets caused by presence of periodically distributed eigenstrains is obtained. For the skyrmion phase, both the periodic displacement field and the stress field are composed of three "triple-Q" structures with different wave numbers. The periodic displacement field, obtained by combining the three "triple-Q" displacement structures, is found to have the same lattice vectors with the magnetic skyrmion lattice. We find that for increasing external magnetic field, one type of "triple-Q" displacement structure and stress structure undergo a "configurational reversal", where the initial and the final field configuration share similar pattern but with opposite direction of all the field vectors. The solution obtained is of fundamental significance for understanding the emergent mechanical properties of skyrmions in chiral magnets. PMID:27457629

  10. Improved confinement with reversed magnetic shear in TFTR

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    Levinton, F.M.; Batha, S.H.; Zarnstorff, M.C.

    1995-07-01

    Highly peaked density and pressure profiles in a new operating regime have been observed on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR). The q-profile has a region of reversed magnetic shear extending from the magnetic axis to r/a {approximately}0.3-0.4. The central electron density rises from 0.45 x 10{sup 20} m{sup {minus}3} to nearly 1.2 x 10{sup 20} m{sup {minus}3} during neutral beam injection. The electron particle diffusivity drops precipitously in the plasma core with the onset of the improved confinement mode and can be reduced by a factor of {approximately}50 to near the neoclassical particle diffusivity level.

  11. Asymmetric magnetization reversal process in Co nanohill arrays

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    Rosa, W. O.; Martinez, L.; Jaafar, M.; Asenjo, A.; Vazquez, M.

    2009-11-15

    Co thin films deposited by sputtering onto nanostructured polymer [poly(methyl methacrylate)] were prepared following replica-antireplica process based on porous alumina membrane. In addition, different capping layers were deposited onto Co nanohills. Morphological and compositional analysis was performed by atomic force microscopy and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy techniques to obtain information about the surface characteristics. The observed asymmetry in the magnetization reversal process at low temperatures is ascribed to the exchange bias generated by the ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic interface promoted by the presence of Co oxide detected in all the samples. Especially relevant is the case of the Cr capping, where an enhanced magnetic anisotropy in the Co/Cr interface is deduced.

  12. Suppression/Reversal of Natural Convection by Exploiting the Temperature/Composition Dependence of Magnetic Susceptibility

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    Seybert, C. D.; Evans, J. W.; Leslie, F.; Jones, W. K., Jr.

    2000-01-01

    Natural convection, driven by temperature-or concentration gradients or both, is an inherent phenomenon during solidification of materials on Earth. This convection has practical consequences (e.g effecting macrosegregation) but also renders difficult the scientific examination of diffusive/conductive phenomena during solidification. It is possible to halt, or even reverse, natural convection by exploiting the variation (with temperature, for example) of the susceptibility of a material. If the material is placed in a vertical magnetic field gradient, a buoyancy force of magnetic origin arises and, at a critical field gradient, can balance the normal buoyancy forces to halt convection. At higher field gradients the convection can be reversed. The effect has been demonstrated in experiments at Marshall Space Flight Center where flow was measured by PIV in MnCl2 solution in a superconducting magnet. In auxiliary experiments the field in the magnet and the properties of the solution were measured. Computations of the natural convection, its halting and reversal, using the commercial software FLUENT were in good agreement with the measurements.

  13. Polarity reversals and tilt of the Earth's magnetic dipole

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    Dolginov, A. Z.

    1993-01-01

    There is evidence that the terrestrial magnetic field is connected with the Earth's mantle: (1) there are magnetic anomalies that do not take part in the westward drift of the main field, but are fixed with respect to the mantle; (2) the geomagnetic pole position flips in a particular way by preferred meridional paths during a reversal; and (3) magnetic polarity reversals are correlated with the activations of geological processes. These facts may be explained if we take into account that a significant horizontal temperature gradient can exist in the top levels of the liquid core because of the different thermoconductivity of the different areas of the core-mantle boundary. These temperature inhomogeneities can penetrate the core because fluxes along the core boundary (the thermal wind) can be strongly suppressed by a small redistribution of the chemical composition in the top of the core. The nonparallel gradients of the temperature, density, and composition on the top of the core create a curled electric field that produces a current and a magnetic field. This seed-field can be amplified by motions in the core. The resulting field does not forget the seed-field distribution and in this way the field on the Earth surface (that can be created only in regions with high conductivity, i.e. in the core) is connected with the core-mantle boundary. Contrary to the usual approach to the dynamo problem, we will take into account that the seed field of thermoelectric origin is acting not only at some initial moment of time but permanently.

  14. Magnetic properties of nanomagnets

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    Mamiya, Hiroaki

    With recent progress of nanotechnology for spin-electronic devices, a rich potential for nanomagnets has attracted considerable attention. Some fundamental issues, however, are still open to question. This study throws a new light on the issues by using the techniques: preparation techniques for uniform nanomagnets and techniques for estimation of equilibrium states. The results show that conventional models for classical phenomena of individual nanomagnets should be renewed in some respects. In addition, it is shown that existence of macroscopic quantum phenomena is doubtful in the Kelvin regime, even if magnetization of the individual nanomagnet is considerably small. On the other hand, we can find that assembled nanomagnets show cooperative phenomena: spin glasslike order in randomly assembled nanomagnets and some phase transitions in dipolar-coupled nanomagnets with sufficient mobility. Some references are appended for English-speaking readers.

  15. Diffusion properties of active particles with directional reversal

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    Großmann, R.; Peruani, F.; Bär, M.

    2016-04-01

    The diffusion properties of self-propelled particles which move at constant speed and, in addition, reverse their direction of motion repeatedly are investigated. The internal dynamics of particles triggering these reversal processes is modeled by a stochastic clock. The velocity correlation function as well as the mean squared displacement is investigated and, furthermore, a general expression for the diffusion coefficient for self-propelled particles with directional reversal is derived. Our analysis reveals the existence of an optimal, finite rotational noise amplitude which maximizes the diffusion coefficient. We comment on the relevance of these results with regard to biological systems and suggest further experiments in this context.

  16. On the magnetization reversal of the oxide-based exchange spring magnet

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    Roy, Debangsu; Shivakumara, C.; Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2011-04-01

    The role of the soft phase (Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4) on the magnetization reversal and coercivity mechanism of the Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4/BaFe12O19 nanocomposite has been investigated. The presence of the interacting field and the disorder in the nanocomposite has been confirmed by the variation of Jr/Jr(∞) vs Jd/Jr(∞) and the irreversible magnetization. To understand the relative strength of the pinning and the nucleation, the magnetic viscosity measurement has been done and the thermal activation volume has been estimated. From the Barbier plot and the activation volume measurement, the dominant mechanism governing the magnetization reversal process has been proposed.

  17. Dipping Magnetic Reversal Boundaries at Endeavor Deep: Implications for Crustal Accretion

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    Pockalny, R. A.; Shields, A. C.; Larson, R. L.; Popham, C.

    2005-12-01

    Endeavor Deep, created by ongoing rifting along the northeastern boundary of the Juan Fernandez Microplate, provides a generous 75-km long view of the upper 1-3 km of oceanic crust created ~3 Ma at a fast-spreading ridge (~80 km/Myr, half-rate). Recent near-bottom surveys with the ROV Jason collected high-resolution video, rock samples, and 3-component magnetometer data along a 5 km-wide section of the southern wall of the deep. The video and rock samples define a crustal section with 300-500 m of primarily pillows and flows overlying a 400-500 m transition zone of extrusives and dykes. Forward modeling of the total magnetic intensity calculated from the 3-component magnetometer data identifies a magnetic polarity reversal that corresponds to a reversal boundary within magnetic anomaly 2a (C2An.2r - C2AN.3n , ~3.33 Ma). The location of the modeled polarity transition suggests the reversal boundary dips downward toward the original ridge axis with shallow dips (15 degrees) in the extrusive layer becoming increasingly steeper (25 degrees) in the deeper transition zone. The dipping character of the reversal boundary has also been observed along the walls of the Blanco Fracture Zone and is consistent with evolving crustal accretion models for seafloor created at intermediate- and fast-spreading rates, which predicts the rotation of the upper extrusive layer back toward the ridge axis. As a consequence of this rotation, originally horizontal flow boundaries will dip back toward the ridge axis and the magnitude of the dip will increase with depth into the crustal section. A small reversed magnetic polarity is also observed deeper within normally magnetized C2AN.3n chron, but with a very shallow dip (3-5 degrees). We doubt this is another normal-reverse-normal polarity transition, since the anomaly suspiciously coincides with the transition from dykes to extrusives. Therefore, we believe this anomaly is either the result of an edge-effect created by the different magnetic

  18. Magnetic Reconnection in the MST Reversed Field Pinch

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    Crocker, N.E.

    2001-06-01

    Magnetic field line reconnection is a process whereby magnetic field lines which are otherwise topologically preserved by, and frozen into, a plasma can break and reconnect to form field lines with different topologies. It plays a significant role in a wide variety of plasmas, including stellar, space and laboratory plasmas. The focus of this dissertation is the underlying dynamics of reconnection in one particular kind of laboratory plasma: the Reversed Field Pinch (RFP). Specifically, this dissertation reports measurements, made using a pair of insertable diagnostics in conjunction with arrays of magnetic sensing coils positioned near the plasma surface, of the spatial structure of the magnetic and parallel current density fluctuations associated with reconnection in the edge of MST. At least 4 significant results are obtained form such measurements. First we observe direct evidence of reconnection which takes the form of tearing modes in an RFP. Specifically we measure a (radial) magnetic field fluctuation that causes reconnection in the so-called reversal surface, or q = 0 surface, in the edge of MST. Notably this evidence of reconnection at the reversal surface is the first of its kind in an RFP. Second, we measure the radial width of the associated current sheet, or fluctuation in the component of the current density parallel to the equilibrium magnetic field. Such current sheets are a characteristic feature of the reconnection process but their radial widths are sensitive to the specific effects that allow reconnection to occur sometimes call non-ideal effects because reconnection is forbidden by ideal MHD. We compare the observed width to those expected from models of reconnection that incorporate different non-ideal effects in Ohm's law. In particular we see that the observed width is significantly larger than those expected form resistivity in the context of linearly unstable tearing modes and electron inertia. It is a factor of a few larger than the

  19. Recording-media-related morphology and magnetic properties of crystalline CoPt{sub 3} and CoPt{sub 3}-Au core-shell nanoparticles synthesized via reverse microemulsion

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    Bahmanrokh, Ghazaleh Hashim, Mansor; Matori, Khamirul Amin; Kanagesan, Samikannu; Sabbaghizadeh, Rahim; Ezzad Shafie, Mohd Shamsul; Navasery, Manizheh; Soltani, Nayereh; Vaziri, Parisa

    2014-09-07

    A comparative experimental study of the magnetic properties of CoPt{sub 3} and CoPt{sub 3}/Au nanoparticles as well as a detailed study of the structural properties of the samples by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer is presented in this work. In addition, the effect of particle size on the structure and magnetic properties of nanoparticles prepared by microemulsion is studied. The correlation between particle size, crystallinity, and magnetization was studied as well. CoPt nanoparticles have been studied intensively over the last decade because of their increased magnetic anisotropy in the ordered phase that can be interesting for high density magnetic recording. A significant high coercivity for as-prepared CoPt{sub 3} and CoPt{sub 3}-Au nanoparticles was obtained at room temperature and enhanced after annealing. The focused aim of our study is to obtain high coercivity at room temperature that follows the Curie-Weiss law. This indicates an interacting system in which the nanoparticles behave like single domain ferromagnetic materials in the particle size range of 8 to 35 nm. In addition, the interaction increases by cooling the samples to low temperature around 15 K. Temperature dependence 1/M graph was obtained to investigate the behavior of nanoparticles at low temperature and shows the best fit with Curie-Weis mode.

  20. Inhomogeneities in spin states and magnetization reversal of geometrically identical elongated Co rings

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    Gao, X. S.; Adeyeye, A. O.; Goolaup, S.; Singh, N.; Jung, W.; Castaño, F. J.; Ross, C. A.

    2007-05-01

    The magnetic configurations and magnetic reversal processes in arrays of geometrically identical rounded rectangular Co rings have been investigated. Magnetic imaging reveals a range of configurations, including diagonal onion, horseshoe onion, and vortex states. Reversal from the onion to the vortex state can occur via different routes involving domain wall motion within the rings, and the mechanism depends on the applied field orientation.

  1. Do micromagnetic simulations correctly predict hard magnetic hysteresis properties?

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    Toson, P.; Zickler, G. A.; Fidler, J.

    2016-04-01

    Micromagnetic calculations using the finite element technique describe semi-quantitatively the coercivity of novel rare earth permanent magnets in dependence on grain size, grain shape, grain alignment and composition of grain boundaries and grain boundary junctions and allow the quantitative prediction of magnetic hysteretic properties of rare earth free magnets based on densely packed elongated Fe and Co nanoparticles, which depend on crystal anisotropy, aspect ratio and packing density. The nucleation of reversed domains preferentially takes place at grain boundary junctions in granular sintered and melt-spun magnets independently on the grain size. The microstructure and the nanocompostion of the intergranular regions are inhomogeneous and too complex in order to make an exact model for micromagnetic simulations and to allow a quantitative prediction. The incoherent magnetization reversal processes near the end surfaces reduce and determine the coercive field values of Co- and Fe-based nanoparticles.

  2. Rotating magnetic quadrupole current drive for field-reversed configurations

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    Milroy, Richard D.; Guo, H.Y.

    2005-07-15

    In the translation, confinement, and sustainment experiment [A. L. Hoffman, H. Y. Guo, J. T. Slough, S. J. Tobin, L. S. Schrank, W. A. Reass, and G. A. Wurden, Fusion Sci. Technol. 41, 92 (2002)], field-reversed configurations (FRCs) are created and sustained using a rotating magnetic field (RMF). The RMF is usually in the form of a rotating dipole, which in vacuum penetrates uniformly to the axis of symmetry. However, plasma conditions in the FRC normally adjust so that the RMF only partially penetrates the plasma column. We have investigated the possibility of using a rotating quadrupole rather than a rotating dipole magnetic field. The vacuum field from a quadrupole is proportional to radius and cannot penetrate to the axis of symmetry; however, this is not a disadvantage if the current drive is confined to the outer region of the FRC. It was found that the quadrupole drive efficiency is comparable to that of a dipole, but the rotating dipole is more effective at stabilizing the n=2 rotational instability. A strong internal oscillation in B{sub {theta}} is often observed in FRCs sustained by a quadrupole field. The spectral content of the signals indicates that an internal n=1 magnetic structure forms and corotates with the electrons. Similar but much lower amplitude structures can form when a rotating dipole is employed (edge-driven mode)

  3. Perpendicular magnetization reversal mechanism of functional FePt films for magnetic storage medium

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    Wei, Da-Hua; Chi, Po-Wei; Chao, Chung-Hua

    2014-11-01

    Magnetization reversal mechanism and related surface morphology of functional FePt(001) alloy films with large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy have been explored by alternate-atomic-layer deposition onto Pt/MgO(100) substrates via electron beam evaporation, and all evaporated films have been kept at in-situ substrate heating temperature of 400 °C. The FePt alloy film was composed of ultrathin [Fe (0.5 nm)/Pt (0.5 nm)]n Fe/Pt multilayer structures. The corresponding thickness of multilayer films was controlled by the periodic bilayer numbers (n) and varied in the range from 15 nm (n = 15) to 30 nm (n = 30). The surface topography was observed and varied from granular-like island to continuous microstructures with increasing the periodic numbers of Fe/Pt bilayer films. The measurement of angular dependent coercivity showed a tendency of the near rotation of reverse-domain type (n = 15) shift towards the domain-wall motion as a typical peak behavior (n = 30) with increasing the periodic bilayer numbers of Fe/Pt multilayers. On the basis of all magnetic measurements and corresponding magnetization analysis, indicating that the perpendicular magnetization reversal mechanism and related surface morphology of ordered FePt(001) alloy films could be systematically controlled by varying the periodic bilayer numbers accompanied with the thickness dependence.

  4. Low temperature magnetic force microscope study of magnetization reversal in patterned nanoislands of SrRuO3

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    Landau, Livnat; Reiner, James W.; Klein, Lior

    2012-04-01

    SrRuO3 is an itinerant ferromagnet (Tc˜150K) characterized by large uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy (K1˜7.7×106erg/cm3) and relatively low saturation magnetization (Ms=213emu /cm3) - properties which make SrRuO3 an extremely hard magnetic material. We have patterned arrays of rectangular nanoislands of a high quality epitaxial film of SrRuO3 with sides ranging between 50 and 500 nm, and studied their magnetization reversal at 4 K using a low temperature magnetic force microscope. We find that the nucleation field for many of the nanoislands is very close to that expected by the Stoner-Wohlfarth model (˜3.8T) and from nanoislands which exhibit partial reversals we can determine an upper bound for the nucleation volume on the order of 100×100×10nm3. We also find that domain wall pinning in the nanoislands is extremely high and in some cases the depinning field exceeds ˜3T.

  5. Field Reversed Configuration Translation and the Magnetized Target Fusion Collaboration

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    Intrator, T. P.; Wurden, G. A.; Sieck, P. E.; Waganaar, W. J.; Dorf, L.; Kostora, M.; Cortez, R. J.; Degnan, J. H.; Ruden, E. L.; Domonkos, M.; Adamson, P.; Grabowski, C.; Gale, D. G.; Kostora, M.; Sommars, W.; Frese, M.; Frese, S.; Camacho, J. F.; Parks, P.; Siemon, R. E.; Awe, T.; Lynn, A. G.; Gribble, R.

    2009-06-01

    After considerable design and construction, we describe the status of a physics exploration of magnetized target fusion (MTF) that will be carried out with the first flux conserving compression of a high pressure field-reversed configuration (FRC). The upgraded Los Alamos (LANL) high density FRC experiment FRXL has demonstrated that an appropriate FRC plasma target can be created and translated on a time scale fast enough to be useful for MTF. Compression to kilovolt temperature is expected to form a Mbar pressure, high energy density laboratory plasma (HEDLP). Integrated hardware on the new Field Reversed Compression and Heating Experiment (FRCHX) at the Air Force Research Laboratory Shiva Star facility, has formed initial FRC's and will radially compress them within a cylindrically symmetric aluminum "liner". FRXL has shown that time scales for FRC translation to the target region are significantly shorter than the typical FRC lifetime. The hardware, diagnostics, and design rationales are presented. Pre-compression plasma formation and trapping experimental data from FRXL and FRCHX are shown.

  6. Magnetic-field-induced ferroelectric polarization reversal in the multiferroic Ge(1-x)Mn(x)Te semiconductor.

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    Przybylińska, H; Springholz, G; Lechner, R T; Hassan, M; Wegscheider, M; Jantsch, W; Bauer, G

    2014-01-31

    Ge(1-x)Mn(x)Te is shown to be a multiferroic semiconductor, exhibiting both ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties. By ferromagnetic resonance we demonstrate that both types of order are coupled to each other. As a result, magnetic-field-induced ferroelectric polarization reversal is achieved. Switching of the spontaneous electric dipole moment is monitored by changes in the magnetocrystalline anisotropy. This also reveals that the ferroelectric polarization reversal is accompanied by a reorientation of the hard and easy magnetization axes. By tuning the GeMnTe composition, the interplay between ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity can be controlled. PMID:24580486

  7. Magnetic reversal dynamics of a quantum system on a picosecond timescale

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    Kuznetsov, Alexey V; Soloviev, Igor I; Bakurskiy, Sergey V; Tikhonova, Olga V

    2015-01-01

    Summary We present our approach for a consistent, fully quantum mechanical description of the magnetization reversal process in natural and artificial atomic systems by means of short magnetic pulses. In terms of the simplest model of a two-level system with a magnetic moment, we analyze the possibility of a fast magnetization reversal on the picosecond timescale induced by oscillating or short unipolar magnetic pulses. We demonstrate the possibility of selective magnetization reversal of a superconducting flux qubit using a single flux quantum-based pulse and suggest a promising, rapid Λ-scheme for resonant implementation of this process. In addition, the magnetization reversal treatment is fulfilled within the framework of the macroscopic theory of the magnetic moment, which allows for the comparison and explanation of the quantum and classical behavior. PMID:26665066

  8. Magnetic reversal dynamics of a quantum system on a picosecond timescale.

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    Klenov, Nikolay V; Kuznetsov, Alexey V; Soloviev, Igor I; Bakurskiy, Sergey V; Tikhonova, Olga V

    2015-01-01

    We present our approach for a consistent, fully quantum mechanical description of the magnetization reversal process in natural and artificial atomic systems by means of short magnetic pulses. In terms of the simplest model of a two-level system with a magnetic moment, we analyze the possibility of a fast magnetization reversal on the picosecond timescale induced by oscillating or short unipolar magnetic pulses. We demonstrate the possibility of selective magnetization reversal of a superconducting flux qubit using a single flux quantum-based pulse and suggest a promising, rapid Λ-scheme for resonant implementation of this process. In addition, the magnetization reversal treatment is fulfilled within the framework of the macroscopic theory of the magnetic moment, which allows for the comparison and explanation of the quantum and classical behavior. PMID:26665066

  9. Large reversible magnetocaloric effect in a Ni-Co-Mn-In magnetic shape memory alloy

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    Huang, L.; Cong, D. Y.; Ma, L.; Nie, Z. H.; Wang, Z. L.; Suo, H. L.; Ren, Y.; Wang, Y. D.

    2016-01-01

    Reversibility of the magnetocaloric effect in materials with first-order magnetostructural transformation is of vital significance for practical magnetic refrigeration applications. Here, we report a large reversible magnetocaloric effect in a Ni49.8Co1.2Mn33.5In15.5 magnetic shape memory alloy. A large reversible magnetic entropy change of 14.6 J/(kg K) and a broad operating temperature window of 18 K under 5 T were simultaneously achieved, correlated with the low thermal hysteresis (˜8 K) and large magnetic-field-induced shift of transformation temperatures (4.9 K/T) that lead to a narrow magnetic hysteresis (1.1 T) and small average magnetic hysteresis loss (48.4 J/kg under 5 T) as well. Furthermore, a large reversible effective refrigeration capacity (76.6 J/kg under 5 T) was obtained, as a result of the large reversible magnetic entropy change, broad operating temperature window, and small magnetic hysteresis loss. The large reversible magnetic entropy change and large reversible effective refrigeration capacity are important for improving the magnetocaloric performance, and the small magnetic hysteresis loss is beneficial to reducing energy dissipation during magnetic field cycle in potential applications.

  10. Magnetization reversal studies in structurally tailored cobalt nanowires

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    Kaur, Daljit; Chaudhary, Sujeet; Pandya, Dinesh K.; Gupta, Rekha; Kotnala, R. K.

    2013-10-01

    Cobalt nanowires (NWs) having hcp crystal structure are structurally tailored for different preferred orientations (PO) of (0002), (101¯0), (112¯0) and (101¯1) by varying bath temperature and bath concentration in commercially available 50 nm pore diameter polycarbonate (PCT) and 20 nm pore diameter anodic alumina (AAO) membranes. The magnetization studies show orientation dependent competition of magneto-crystalline anisotropy with shape anisotropy. The large effective anisotropy, Keff (along longitudinal direction) of 1.42×106 erg/cc is observed in (0002) PO NWs, which changes sign (-1.50×106 erg/cc) in (101¯0) PO NWs. The angular dependence of coercivity [HC(θ)] in (0002) oriented Co NWs exhibits a non-monotonic behavior in both the 50 nm and 20 nm samples. The fitting of HC(θ) data reveals that the magnetization reversal mechanism initially takes place by curling and subsequently changes to coherent rotation mode after a certain transition angle, which is higher in case of denser NW array. This increase in transition angle can be attributed to the increased magneto-static interactions in the AAO membrane array having 103 times higher NW areal-density than that in PCT membrane array. Role of dipolar/ magnetostatic anisotropy studied by varying NW areal-density and NW diameter.

  11. Numerical Studies of Magnetization Reversal in Thin Annular Nanorings

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    Chaves-O'Flynn, Gabriel; Kent, Andrew; Stein, Daniel; Bedau, Daniel

    2009-03-01

    The rate of thermally activated magnetization reversal in thin ferromagnetic nanorings has been found analytically in a 1D model in which the demagnetization energy is approximated by a local surface term [1]. Numerical micromagnetic calculations confirm all aspects of the analytic model for narrow thin rings, such as permalloy rings of 200 nm mean radius, 40 nm width and 2 nm thickness [2]. However, the model breaks down in for extremely wide rings, when the ring width approaches its mean diameter. Here we present numerical micromagnetic results for the transition states between the clockwise and counterclockwise state in this limit. We describe how the two transition configurations of narrow rings cease to be saddles of the energy functional. Also, a new low energy metastable state is found to exist for a narrow range of fields. We discuss the results of applying the String Method [3] to determine the transition states and energy barriers between the lowest magnetization configurations of rings. [1] K. Martens, D.L. Stein, and A.D. Kent, PRB 73, 054413 (2006) [2] G. D. Chaves-O'Flynn, D.L. Stein, and A.D. Kent, arXiv:0811.0440 (2008) [3] W. E, W. Ren, E. Vanden-Eijnden, J. Chem. Phys 126, 164103 (2007)

  12. Observation of two step magnetization reversal in Fe0 . 25 TaS 2

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    Park, S.; Kim, S. B.; Choi, Y. J.; Horibe, Y.; Cheong, S.-W.; Wu, Weida

    2011-03-01

    Understanding magnetic coercivity mechanisms in strong ferromagnets is crucial for new technologies. We studied domain wall pinning in a highly anisotropic ferromagnet of single crystalline Fe 0 . 25 Ta S2 by utilizing variable temperature magnetic force microscopy (VT-MFM). Magnetic domain structure and the magnetization reversal were investigated in magnetic fields up to 8 tesla at several temperature. Our results revealed the existence of two step magnetization reversal in Fe 0 . 25 Ta S2 . The real space images of magnetic domains, showing this intriguing phenomenon, will be presented.

  13. Magnetic domain wall gratings for magnetization reversal tuning and confined dynamic mode localization.

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    Trützschler, Julia; Sentosun, Kadir; Mozooni, Babak; Mattheis, Roland; McCord, Jeffrey

    2016-01-01

    High density magnetic domain wall gratings are imprinted in ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic thin films by local ion irradiation by which alternating head-to-tail-to-head-to-tail and head-to-head-to-tail-to-tail spatially overlapping domain wall networks are formed. Unique magnetic domain processes result from the interaction of anchored domain walls. Non-linear magnetization response is introduced by the laterally distributed magnetic anisotropy phases. The locally varying magnetic charge distribution gives rise to localized and guided magnetization spin-wave modes directly constrained by the narrow domain wall cores. The exchange coupled multiphase material structure leads to unprecedented static and locally modified dynamic magnetic material properties. PMID:27487941

  14. Magnetic domain wall gratings for magnetization reversal tuning and confined dynamic mode localization

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    Trützschler, Julia; Sentosun, Kadir; Mozooni, Babak; Mattheis, Roland; McCord, Jeffrey

    2016-01-01

    High density magnetic domain wall gratings are imprinted in ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic thin films by local ion irradiation by which alternating head-to-tail-to-head-to-tail and head-to-head-to-tail-to-tail spatially overlapping domain wall networks are formed. Unique magnetic domain processes result from the interaction of anchored domain walls. Non-linear magnetization response is introduced by the laterally distributed magnetic anisotropy phases. The locally varying magnetic charge distribution gives rise to localized and guided magnetization spin-wave modes directly constrained by the narrow domain wall cores. The exchange coupled multiphase material structure leads to unprecedented static and locally modified dynamic magnetic material properties. PMID:27487941

  15. Magnetic reversal phenomena of perpendicular magnetic islands fabricated by block copolymer lithography

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    Ilievski, Filip; Ross, C. A.; Vancso, G. J.

    2008-04-01

    Templated block copolymer lithography has been proposed as a method of fabricating patterned magnetic media. This paper discusses the magnetic properties of perpendicular CoCrPt magnetic uniaxial islands in a range of sizes (5-15nm thick, 20-35nm diameter) fabricated by this method. Sputter-deposited films of perpendicular CoCrPt films were patterned in a series of reactive and ion beam etches. The magnetic islands maintain the perpendicular magnetization from the film, but show increased coercivity (800-1650Oe) as compared to the film (150Oe). Time-scale-dependent magnetic measurements show switching volumes (V*) on the order of the physical volume of the dots (˜5000nm3), suggesting that the dots switch their magnetization coherently and independently of each other. Last, we demonstrate selectively removable topographic templates for imposing long-range order to the system.

  16. Watermelon-like iron nanoparticles: Cr doping effect on magnetism and magnetization interaction reversal

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    Kaur, Maninder; Dai, Qilin; Bowden, Mark E.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Wu, Yaqiao; Tang, Jinke; Qiang, You

    2013-06-26

    Chromium (Cr) forms a solid solution with iron (Fe) lattice when doped in core-shell iron -iron oxide nanocluster (NC) and shows a mixed phase of sigma (σ) FeCr and bcc Fe. The Cr dopant affects heavily the magnetization and magnetic reversal process, and causes the hysteresis loop to shrink near the zero field axis. Dramatic transformation happens from dipolar interaction (0 at. % Cr) to strong exchange interaction (8 at. % of Cr) is confirmed from the Henkel plot and delta M plot, and is explained by a water-melon model of core-shell NC system.

  17. Microwave assisted magnetization reversal in cylindrical antidot arrays with in-plane and perpendicular anisotropy

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    Yumak, Mehmet; Ture, Kerim; Aktas, Gulen; Vega, Victor; Prida, Victor; Garcia, Carlos

    2012-02-01

    Porous anodic alumina is a particularly attractive self-ordered system used as template to fabricate nanostructures. The anodic film contains a self-ordered hexagonal array of parallel pores with tunable pore size and interpore distance, and whose pore locations can be templated. Deposition of magnetic films onto porous alumina leads to the formation of porous magnetic films, whose properties differ significantly from those of unpatterned films. The study of antidot arrays has both technological and fundamental importance. Although porous alumina films are typically synthesized in a planar geometry, in this work we deposited NiFe and Ti/CoCrPt magnetic films with in-plane and out-of-plane anisotropy onto cylindrical-geometry porous anodic alumina substrates to achieve cylindrical antidot arrays. The effect of both, the magnitude of the AC current and the circular magnetic field on the magnetization reversal has been studied for in-plane and perpendicular anisotropies. The level of reduction in the switching field was found to be dependent on the power, the frequency of the microwave pulses and the circular applied magnetic field. Such a reduction is associate with the competition between pumping and damping processes.

  18. Magnetic anisotropy and reversal mechanisms in dual layer exchanged coupled perpendicular media

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    Thomson, T.; Lengsfield, B.; Do, H.; Terris, B. D.

    2008-04-01

    We report the magnetic properties of perpendicular media with a layered structure in which a high anisotropy, segregated, granular CoCrPt-oxide base layer is capped by a lower anisotropy CoCrPt-based film. Anisotropy field (Hk) data show that for the thickness of oxide media studied here, the measured value of Hk remains constant as cap thickness increases. This provides strong evidence that the anisotropy of the composite grain is controlled by the hard oxide layer and is not a simple average of the anisotropy of the oxide and cap layers. The reversal mechanism is explored by determining the angle dependent switching as a function of cap thickness. In the absence of a cap layer, the media show a Stoner-Wohlfarth-like reversal which becomes more Kondorsky-like [1/cos(θ)] when a critical cap thickness is reach, which we interpret as indicating greater lateral exchange coupling.

  19. Anomalous magnetization reversal due to proximity effect of antiphase boundaries

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    Sofin, R. G. S.; Wu, Han-Chun; Shvets, I. V.

    2011-12-01

    Here we report anomalous double switching hysteresis loop and high coercivity (˜0.1 T) in Fe3O4(110) thin films. Our analytical model based on spin chains confined within small antiphase boundary domains (APBDs) suggests a significant proximity effect of antiferromagnetic antiphase boundaries (APBs). Furthermore, the calculated domain size (D) follows the well-known scaling relation D=Ct. The results suggest that the interface exchange coupling between neighboring magnetic domains through antiferromagnetic APBs is responsible for the double switching hysteresis. Our findings could help advance the studies of anomalous properties of magnetic materials originating from growth defects. This effect can be utilized for the tunability of exchange bias in devices.

  20. Reversible assembly of magnetized particles: Application to water-borne pathogen enumeration

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    Ramadan, Qasem

    2009-12-01

    Reversible assembly of magnetized particles and cells has been proposed and implemented. The approach is based on magnetized particles or magnetically labeled cell immobilization in an array of individual particle/cell for optical counting. The device has been tested for few types of magnetic particles and one water-borne pathogen: Giardia Lamblia. An individual particle immobilization efficiency of 92% was achieved.

  1. Magnetic properties of multisegmented cylindrical nanoparticles with alternating magnetic wire and tube segments

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    Salazar-Aravena, D.; Corona, R. M.; Goerlitz, D.; Nielsch, K.; Escrig, J.

    2013-11-01

    The magnetic properties in multisegmented cylindrical nanostructures comprised of nanowire and nanotube segments are investigated numerically as a function of their geometry. In this work we report systematic changes in the coercivity and remanence in these systems. Besides, we have found the ideal conditions for a magnetic configuration with two antiparallel domains that could be used to help to stabilize magnetic nanoparticles inside ferromagnetic multisegmented cylindrical nanoparticles. This magnetic behavior is due to the fact that the tube segment reverses its magnetization before the wire segment, allowing the control of the magnetic domain walls motion between two segments. In this way, these magnetic nanoobjects can be an alternative to store information or even perform logic functions.

  2. Magnetic interaction reversal in watermelon nanostructured Cr-doped Fe nanoclusters

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    Kaur, Maninder; Dai, Qilin; Bowden, Mark; Engelhard, Mark; Wu, Yaqiao; Tang, Jinke; Qiang, You

    2013-01-01

    Cr-doped core-shell Fe/Fe-oxide nanoclusters (NCs) were synthesized at varied atomic percentages of Cr from 0 at. % to 8 at. %. The low concentrations of Cr (<10 at. %) were selected in order to inhibit the complete conversion of the Fe-oxide shell to Cr2O3 and the Fe core to FeCr alloy. The magnetic interaction in Fe/Fe-oxide NCs (rv25 nm) can be controlled by antiferromagnetic Cr-dopant. We report the origin of r-FeCr phase at very low Cr concentration (2 at. %) unlike in previous studies, and the interaction reversal from dipolar to exchange interaction in watermelon-like Cr-doped core-shell NCs. The giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect,1,2 where an antiferromagnetic (AFM) exchange coupling exists between two ferromagnetic (FM) layers separated by a certain type of magnetic or non-magnetic spacer,3 has significant potential for application in the magnetic recording industry. Soon after the discovery of the GMR, the magnetic properties of multilayer systems (FeCr) became a subject of intensive study. The application of bulk iron-chromium (Fe-Cr) alloys has been of great interest, as these alloys exhibit favorable prop- erties including corrosion resistance, high strength, hardness, low oxidation rate, and strength retention at elevated temper- ature. However, the structural and magnetic properties of Cr-doped Fe nanoclusters (NCs) have not been investigated in-depth. Of all NCs, Fe-based clusters have unique magnetic properties as well as favorable catalytic characteristics in reactivity, selectivity, and durability.4 The incorporation of dopant of varied type and concentration in Fe can modify its chemical ordering, thereby optimizing its electrical, optical, and magnetic properties and opening up many new applications. The substitution of an Fe atom (1.24 A°) by a Cr atom (1.25 A° ) can easily modify the magnetic properties, since (i) the curie temperature (Tc ) of Fe is 1043 K, while Cr is an itinerant AFM with a bulk Neel temperature TN =311 K, and (ii) Fe

  3. Electrodeposition and magnetic properties of FeCo alloy films

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    Zhou, Dong; Zhou, Mingge; Zhu, Minggang; Yang, Xu; Yue, Ming

    2012-04-01

    FeCo alloys thin films have been successfully electrodeposited on Ag films. The morphology, structure, composition, and magnetic property of the FeCo films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, induction-coupled plasma spectrometry, vibrating sample magnetometer and network analyzer. The use of reverse pulse current in the process of electrodepostion can reduce the surface roughness obviously. The effects of anodic current density and thickness are studied. The results show that the film fabricated under appropriate conditions has low coercivity and excellent high-frequency magnetic property.

  4. Reverse osmosis membrane of high urea rejection properties. [water purification

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    Johnson, C. C.; Wydeven, T. J. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    Polymeric membranes suitable for use in reverse osmosis water purification because of their high urea and salt rejection properties are prepared by generating a plasma of an unsaturated hydrocarbon monomer and nitrogen gas from an electrical source. A polymeric membrane is formed by depositing a polymer of the unsaturated monomer from the plasma onto a substrate, so that nitrogen from the nitrogen gas is incorporated within the polymer in a chemically combined form.

  5. Exchange bias effect modified asymmetric magnetization reversal in Ni/YMnO3 multiferroic bilayers

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    Gong, Junlu; Zheng, Dongxing; Li, Dong; Jin, Chao; Li, Peng; Feng, Liefeng; Bai, Haili

    2016-04-01

    Exchange bias (EB) effect modified asymmetric magnetization reversal in Ni/YMnO3 multiferroic bilayers was investigated by combining anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) with free energy methods. The promotion and inhibition effects of EB field on magnetization rotation result in the asymmetry of magnetization reversal. The AMR curves exhibit shape transition from arc-like to sin2θH-dependence with increasing external fields due to the competition between Zeeman energy and interfacial coupling energy. The phase shift and asymmetric behaviors become weak as the EB field decreases. Our work suggests that controlling the EB effect can be an alternative way to manipulate the magnetization reversal in exchange biased systems.

  6. Magnetic polarity stratigraphy of the Permian and Carboniferous: The extension of the magnetic reversal record into the Paleozoic

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    Opdyke, N.D. )

    1991-03-01

    Magnetic polarity stratigraphy has revolutionized stratigraphic studies in Jurassic to Pleistocene sediments. These studies have been greatly facilitated by the reversal record that is recorded in rocks of the ocean floor. For times prior to the Jurassic, the reversal history of the magnetic field must be determined and eventually related through the type section concept. The magnetic reversal history of the late Paleozoic is dominated by the Permo-Carboniferous reversed superchron (PCRS), which extends from the late Permian to the Carboniferous (Westphalian). Recent studies by the author and his students in Middle Carboniferous sediments of eastern Canada, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada reveal that the magnetic field has reversed frequently in late Mississippian and early Pennsylvanian times (Meramecian through late Morrowan). The polarity of the magnetic field over this interval is approximately 50% normal and 50% reversed. The frequency of reversal appears to be about one reversal per m.y. The possibility, therefore, exists that this pattern may be used for continental and intercontinental correlation. Attempts are currently underway to correlate this magnetic stratigraphy to fossiliferous marine sections. The base of the PCRS is probably of Atokan age.

  7. Magnetic field reversals in the Milky Way- "cherchez le champ magnetique".

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    Vallee, J. P.

    1996-04-01

    Radio observations of nearby spiral galaxies have tremendously enhanced our knowledge of their global magnetic field distributions. Recent theoretical developments in the area of dynamos have also helped in the interpretation of magnetic field data in spiral galaxies. When it comes to the magnetic field in the Milky Way galaxy, our position in the Milky Way's galactic disk hinders our attempts at interpreting the observational data. This makes the proposition of "cherchez le champ magnetique" a difficult one to follow. Some recent papers have attempted to fit magnetic field models to spiral galaxies, and in particular to the Milky Way galaxy. Magnetic field reversals in the Milky Way are crucial to all interpretations, be they axisymmetric spiral (ASS) or bisymmetric spiral (BSS) global magnetic field models. Magnetic field reversals can be found in both ASS and BSS magnetic field models, not just BSS ones. The axisymmetric spiral (ASS) magnetic field models produced by the dynamo theory already predict magnetic field reversals, and they are of the type observed in the Milky Way. The small number of magnetic field reversals observed in the Milky Way is compatible with the ASS magnetic field models. The bisymmetric spiral (BSS) magnetic field models as applied to the pulsar RM data and to the QSO and galaxies data have many problems, due to the many pitfalls in model fitting the magnetic field reversals observed in the Milky Way. Many pitfalls are discussed here, including the incomplete comparisons of BSS versus ASS models, the number of spiral arms to be used in modelling, and the proper distance to pulsars via the more accurate distribution of thermal electrons within spiral arms. The two magnetic field reversals in our Milky Way are clearly located in the interarm regions. Predicted magnetic field reversals are periodic, while observed ones are not periodic. Magnetic field reversals cannot be masked effectively by local interstellar magnetised shells. The

  8. Magnetization reversal of FePt hard/soft stacked nanocomposite particle assembly

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    Takahashi, Y. K.; Hono, K.; Okamoto, S.; Kitakami, O.

    2006-10-01

    Microstructure and magnetic properties of interfacially disordered FePt nanoparticles with a diameter of about 10 nm were investigated. Sputter deposition of amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlayer caused the disordering of L1{sub 0}-FePt particles at the interface. The assembly of these partially disordered FePt nanoparticles is equivalent to the composite medium consisting of the exchange coupled soft and hard layers. Coercivity H{sub c} of the interfacially disordered FePt nanoparticles significantly decreased with increasing thickness of the disordered layer. Comparison with theoretical calculations has shown that this reduction of H{sub c} is attributed to the so-called spin flop state during the magnetization reversal. The interfacial disordering method has been demonstrated to be a promising technique for fabricating FePt-based soft/hard stacked composite media.

  9. Magnetization reversal of FePt hard/soft stacked nanocomposite particle assembly

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    Takahashi, Y. K.; Hono, K.; Okamoto, S.; Kitakami, O.

    2006-10-01

    Microstructure and magnetic properties of interfacially disordered FePt nanoparticles with a diameter of about 10nm were investigated. Sputter deposition of amorphous Al2O3 overlayer caused the disordering of L10-FePt particles at the interface. The assembly of these partially disordered FePt nanoparticles is equivalent to the composite medium consisting of the exchange coupled soft and hard layers. Coercivity Hc of the interfacially disordered FePt nanoparticles significantly decreased with increasing thickness of the disordered layer. Comparison with theoretical calculations has shown that this reduction of Hc is attributed to the so-called spin flop state during the magnetization reversal. The interfacial disordering method has been demonstrated to be a promising technique for fabricating FePt-based soft/hard stacked composite media.

  10. Strain-assisted current-induced magnetization reversal in magnetic tunnel junctions: A micromagnetic study with phase-field microelasticity

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    Huang, H. B.; Hu, J. M.; Yang, T. N.; Chen, L. Q.; Ma, X. Q.

    2014-09-22

    Effect of substrate misfit strain on current-induced in-plane magnetization reversal in CoFeB-MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions is investigated by combining micromagnetic simulations with phase-field microelasticity theory. It is found that the critical current density for in-plane magnetization reversal decreases dramatically with an increasing substrate strain, since the effective elastic field can drag the magnetization to one of the four in-plane diagonal directions. A potential strain-assisted multilevel bit spin transfer magnetization switching device using substrate misfit strain is also proposed.

  11. Sputtering Pressure Effects on Magnetization Reversal Mechanism and Magnetic Switching Volumes of CoSm/Cr Films

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    Jeong, Soon Young; Kim, Sung Bong; Kim, Sang In; Shan, Z. S.; Sellmyer, David J.

    2002-08-01

    The sputtering pressure effects on magnetization reversal and magnetic switching volumes of CoSm/Cr films have been investigated. It is found that the magnetization reversal changed from wall pinning for samples prepared at low pressure to single particle rotation for samples prepared at high pressure. The magnetic switching volumes increased with increasing the Ar pressure to values in the range of 5.2{\\mathendash}9.0 × 10-18 cm3. These switching volumes satisfy Sharrock’s requirement for the thermal stability of high-density magnetic recording.

  12. Structural and magnetic properties with large reversible magnetocaloric effect in (La1-xPrx)0.85Ag0.15MnO3 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) compounds

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    Osman Ayaş, Ali; Akyol, Mustafa; Ekicibil, Ahmet

    2016-04-01

    We report on the effect of Pr doping on structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties in (La1-xPrx)0.85Ag0.15MnO3 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) compounds. The main crystal structure has been studied by performing X-ray diffraction method and structural analysis based on Rietveld method where it is found that although samples at low concentration level (x ≤ 0.2) have rhombohedral phase ?, others (x ≥ 0.3) have orthorhombic (Pbnm) phase. Scanning electron microscope images show that the average particle size decreases by increasing Pr amount in the main structure. It is observed that the second-order transition temperature from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase is dramatically decreased from 262 to 138 K by increasing Pr concentration in (La1-xPrx)0.85Ag0.15MnO3. On the other hand, all samples have also antiferromagnetic coupling observed below TN ~ 50 K. The maximum magnetic entropy change (-ΔSM)max and relative cooling power values were found in the range of 7.90-2.88 J/kg K and 213.32-153.50 J/kg, respectively, under 50 kOe field change in our samples. It can be argued that particularly the compounds LPAM with x = 0.0, 0.1 and 0.2 are expected to be promising candidate for magnetic refrigeration.

  13. Magnetic Structure, Magnetization Reversal and Spin Dynamics of Micron-sized Permalloy Ring

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    Zhu, Xiaobin; Liu, Zhigang; Malac, Marek; Qian, Hui; Freeman, Mark; Metlushko, Vitali; Ilic, Bojan

    2004-03-01

    The magnetic ring structure is currently of great interest due to its potential application for magnetic storage and sensors [1]. In this talk, we present a study of 2 μm sized Permalloy rings on 25 nm SiN membrane prepared by electron beam lithography. The magnetic structures are examined by Lorentz microscopy. The Lorentz microscopy images indicate that the demagnetized state is the expected circulation of the magnetization. The head-to-head or tail-to-tail domains in the onion states (remanence after saturation) are found to be vortices. Diffractional magnetooptic Kerr effect magnetometry [2] is used (in zero, first, and second orders) to study the magnetization reversal, and the results are compared to the micromagnetic modeling based on Landau-Liftshitz-Gilbert equation. Finally, ultrafast scanning Kerr microscopy in spectroscopic mode is used to study the spin dynamics of the ring [3]. The ultrafast transient field is applied perpendicular to the rings, while a dc bias is applied in the plane. We find that the processional frequency in the circulating magnetization state is almost bias field-independent, while it splits into two field-dependent frequencies at larger bias (>100 Oe). These results will also be discussed in relation to micromagnetic modeling. [1] J.-G. Zhu, et al., JAP 87, 6668 (2000). [2] P. Vavassori, et al., PRB 67, 134429 (2003). [3] W. K. Hiebert, et al., PRL 79, 1134 (1997).

  14. Modeling Magnetic Properties in EZTB

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    Lee, Seungwon; vonAllmen, Paul

    2007-01-01

    A software module that calculates magnetic properties of a semiconducting material has been written for incorporation into, and execution within, the Easy (Modular) Tight-Binding (EZTB) software infrastructure. [EZTB is designed to model the electronic structures of semiconductor devices ranging from bulk semiconductors, to quantum wells, quantum wires, and quantum dots. EZTB implements an empirical tight-binding mathematical model of the underlying physics.] This module can model the effect of a magnetic field applied along any direction and does not require any adjustment of model parameters. The module has thus far been applied to study the performances of silicon-based quantum computers in the presence of magnetic fields and of miscut angles in quantum wells. The module is expected to assist experimentalists in fabricating a spin qubit in a Si/SiGe quantum dot. This software can be executed in almost any Unix operating system, utilizes parallel computing, can be run as a Web-portal application program. The module has been validated by comparison of its predictions with experimental data available in the literature.

  15. The Magnetic Properties Experiments on Mars Pathfinder

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    Knudsen, J. M.; Gunnlaugsson, H. P.; Hviid, S. F.; Madsen, M. B.

    1996-09-01

    A remarkable result from the Viking missions was the discovery that the Martian soil is highly magnetic, in the sense that the soil is attracted by permanent magnets. Both the strong and weak magnets on the Viking landers were saturated with dust throughout the mission. Appropriate limits for the spontaneous magnetization sigma_S were advanced: 1 Am(2) (kg soil)(-1) < sigma_S < 7 Am(2) (kg soil)(-1) . The essential difference between the Magnet Arrays for Mars Pathfinder and the Viking Magnetic Properties Experiment is that Magnet Arrays on Pathfinder will include magnets of lower strengths that the weakest Viking magnet. The five magnets consist of small ring magnets concentric with oppositely polarized cylindrical magnets. The outer diameter of the ring magnets is 18 mm. Discrete (single phase) particles of strongly magnetic minerals (gamma -Fe2O3 or Fe3O4) will stick to all five magnets, while composite (multiphase) particles will stick preferentially to the strongest magnets. Two Magnet Arrays are placed on the Pathfinder lander, with a distance of 1180 and 1450 mm, respectively, from the Imager for Mars Pathfinder (IMP). The magnets will attract airborne dust, and the dust on the magnets will be periodically viewed by the IMP. The images transmitted to Earth are the data on which conclusions on the magnetic properties of the dust will be based. Besides the Magnet Arrays the Pathfinder lander carries two other types of magnets. The Tip Plate Magnet is placed at a distance of 10 cm from the IMP, and thus allows a rather high resolution imaging of the dust clinging to the magnet. The Ramp Magnets are placed near the end of the ramps by which the micro-rover will descend to the surface. The dust on the Ramp Magnets will be studied by the APX-spectrometer of the micro-rover.

  16. Obtaining Magnetic Properties of Meteorites Using Magnetic Scanner

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    Kletetschka, G.; Nabelek, L.; Mazanec, M.; Simon, K.; Hruba, J.

    2015-12-01

    Magnetic images of Murchison meteorite's and Chelyabinsk meteorite's thin section have been obtained from magnetic scanning system from Youngwood Science and Engineering (YSE) capable of resolving magnetic anomalies down to 10-3 mT range from about 0.3 mm distance between the probe and meteorite surface (resolution about 0.15 mm). Anomalies were produced repeatedly, each time after application of magnetic field pulse of varying amplitude and constant, normal or reversed, direction. This process resulted in both magnetizing and demagnetizing of the meteorite thin section, while keeping the magnetization vector in the plane of the thin section. Analysis of the magnetic data allows determination of coercivity of remanence (Bcr) for the magnetic sources in situ. Value of Bcr is critical for calculating magnetic forces applicable during missions to asteroids where gravity is compromised. Bcr was estimated by two methods. First method measured varying dipole magnetic field strength produced by each anomaly in the direction of magnetic pulses. Second method measured deflections of the dipole direction from the direction of magnetic pulses (Nabelek et al., 2015). Nabelek, L., Mazanec, M., Kdyr, S., and Kletetschka, G., 2015, Magnetic, in situ, mineral characterization of Chelyabinsk meteorite thin section: Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

  17. Exchange coupling, antiphase boundaries, and the origin of self-reversed thermoremanent magnetization

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    Harrison, R. J.; Kasama, T.; White, T. A.; Simpson, E. T.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.

    2005-12-01

    /antiordered APDs, with enhanced enrichment observed in simulations performed within the hematite-ilmenite miscibility gap. Simulations show no evidence of SR-TRM in systems containing two equally well-ordered ferrimagnetic (FM) domains separated by Fe-enriched AF boundaries. Systems displaying partial long-range order, however, do display SR-TRM. Partial long-range order is characterized by a mixture of highly ordered Ti-rich FM domains and poorly (anti)ordered Fe-rich domains with a weak FM moment. The Fe-enriched antiordered regions fulfill all of the requirements of the x-phase: they are the first to become magnetically ordered on cooling; they are very close to being antiferromagnetic, but carry a small net moment due to partial cation order; they are negatively exchanged-coupled to the neighbouring ordered APDs; they are metastable, appearing only in systems that are partway through the transformation from short- to long-range order. These properties lead to a self-reversal in net magnetisation on cooling.

  18. Magnetization reversal mechanism of Nd-Fe-B films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Liu Xiaoxi; Ishida, Go; Morisako, Akimitsu

    2011-04-01

    The microstructure and magnetic properties of Nd-Fe-B films with thicknesses from 100 nm to 3 nm have been investigated. All the films show excellent perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with a squareness ratio of 1 in the perpendicular direction and almost zero coercivity in the in-plane direction. Of particular interest is that the initial magnetization curves sensitively depended on the film thickness. Films thicker than 15 nm show steep initial magnetization curve. Although the films have coercivities larger than 21 kOe, the films can be fully magnetized from the thermally demagnetized state with a field as small as 5 kOe. With the decrease of film thickness to 5 nm, the initial magnetization curve becomes flat. The evolution of initial magnetization curves with film thickness can be understood by the microstructure of the films. Films with thickness of 15 nm show close-packed grains without any intergranular phases. Such microstructures lead to steep initial magnetization curves. On the other hand, when the film thickness decreased to 3 nm, the film thickness became nonuniform. Such microstructure leads to flat initial magnetization curves.

  19. A detailed study of magnetization reversal in individual Ni nanowires

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    Vilanova Vidal, Enrique; Ivanov, Yurii P.; Mohammed, Hanan; Kosel, Jürgen

    2015-01-19

    Magnetic nanowires have emerged as essential components for a broad range of applications. In many cases, a key property of these components is the switching field, which is studied as a function of the angle between the field and the nanowire. We found remarkable differences of up to 100% between the switching fields of different nanowires from the same fabrication batch. Our experimental results and micromagnetic simulations indicate that the nanowires exhibit a single domain behavior and that the switching mechanism includes vortex domain wall motion across the nanowire. The differences between the switching fields are attributed to different cross-sections of the nanowires, as found by electron microscopy. While a circular cross-section yields the smallest switching field values, any deviation from this shape results in an increase of the switching field. The shape of the nanowires' cross-sections is thus a critical parameter that has not been previously taken into account.

  20. Magnetic domain structure and magnetization reversal in submicron-scale Co dots

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    Cerjan, C J; Fernandez, A; Gibbons, M; Wall, M A

    1998-09-24

    We present a magnetic force microscopy (MFM) analysis of arrays of submicron-scale Co dots fabricated by interference lithography. The dots are thin (180--300 Å) and elliptical in shape. MFM reveals that these structures relax into highly ordered remanent states whose symmetry and configuration are governed by their shape anisotropy. In particular, when the dots are saturated along their long-axis, a uniformly magnetized state persists at remanence. However, when the dots are saturated along their short-axis, they relax into a single-vortex state in which the circulation can have either sign. Both states are characterized by smoothly varying magnetization patterns and a high degree of uniformity across the array. We attribute the ordered behavior of these.structures to the film microstructure, which allows the shape anisotropy to dominate over magnetocrystalline anjsotropy. By imaging a series of minor-loop remanent states, we show that magnetization reversal in these structures occurs via the nucleation and annihilation of a single vortex. Magnetic hysteresis loop measurements are consistent with these observations and provide additional details. Furthermore, we present the results of micromagnetic simulations, which are in excellent agreement with both the MFM images and the hysteresis loop measurements. © 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Magnetic phase transitions and magnetization reversal in MnRuP

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    Lampen-Kelley, P.; Mandrus, D.

    The ternary phosphide MnRuP is an incommensurate antiferromagnetic metal crystallizing in the non-centrosymmetric Fe2P-type crystal structure. Below the Neel transition at 250 K, MnRuP exhibits hysteretic anomalies in resistivity and magnetic susceptibility curves as the propagation vectors of the spiral spin structure change discontinuously across T1 = 180 K and T2 = 100 K. Temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction data indicate that the first-order spin reorientation occurs in the absence of a structural transition. A strong magnetization reversal (MR) effect is observed upon cooling the system through TN in moderate dc magnetic fields. Positive magnetization is recovered on further cooling through T1 and maintained in subsequent warming curves. The field dependence and training of the MR effect in MnRuP will be discussed in terms of the underlying magnetic structures and compared to anomalous MR observed in vanadate systems. This work is supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation GBMF4416 and U.S. DOE, Office of Science, BES, Materials Science and Engineering Division.

  2. Electric-field-driven magnetization reversal in square-shaped nanomagnet-based multiferroic heterostructure

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    Peng, Ren-Ci; Nan, Ce-Wen E-mail: cwnan@tsinghua.edu.cn; Wang, J. J. E-mail: cwnan@tsinghua.edu.cn; Chen, Long-Qing; Hu, Jia-Mian

    2015-04-06

    Based on phase field modeling and thermodynamic analysis, purely electric-field-driven magnetization reversal was shown to be possible in a multiferroic heterostructure of a square-shaped amorphous Co{sub 40}Fe{sub 40}B{sub 20} nanomagnet on top of a ferroelectric layer through electrostrain. The reversal is made possible by engineering the mutual interactions among the built-in uniaxial magnetic anisotropy, the geometry-dependent magnetic configuration anisotropy, and the magnetoelastic anisotropy. Particularly, the incorporation of the built-in uniaxial anisotropy made it possible to reverse magnetization with one single unipolar electrostrain pulse, which is simpler than previous designs involving the use of bipolar electrostrains and may alleviate ferroelectric fatigue. Critical conditions for triggering the magnetization reversal are identified.

  3. Bio-inspired artificial cilia with magnetic dynamic properties

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    Sun, Leilei; Zheng, Yongmei

    2015-04-01

    Inspired by the structure and properties of natural cilia, we focused on a facile template-free approach to prepare magnetic artificial cilia grown on the substrate (glass, PDMS, or others). In an applied magnetic field, the cilia formed spontaneously and immediately from magnetic nanoparticles and elastomeric polymer in a liquid solvent by bottom-up self-assembly. The length of prepared cilia could be in the scale of millimeter and reach a high aspect ratio of even over 100. We studied the effect of the magnetic strength applied and the size of nanoparticles to get tunable scale of cilia. The cilia show reversibly bending in an external magnetic field and this bending actuation gave some important functions: to transport macroscopic nonmagnetic materials on the cilia and to mix liquids.

  4. Nucleation of reversed domain and pinning effect on domain wall motion in nanocomposite magnets

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    Li, Z. B.; Shen, B. G.; Niu, E.; Sun, J. R.

    2013-08-01

    The magnetization behaviors show a strong pinning effect on domain wall motion in optimally melt-spun Pr8Fe87B5 ribbons at room temperature. According to analysis, the coercivity is determined by the nucleation field of reversed domain, and the pinning effect, which results from the weak exchange coupling at interface, makes domain nucleation processes independent and leads to non-uniform magnetization reversals. At a temperature of 60 K, owing to the weak exchange coupling between soft-hard grains, magnetization reversal undergoes processes of spring domain nucleation in soft grains and irreversible domain nucleation in hard grains, and the pinning effect remains strong among hard grains.

  5. Hysteresis of the magnetic properties of soft magnetic gels.

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    Zubarev, A Yu; Chirikov, D N; Borin, D Yu; Stepanov, G V

    2016-08-14

    We present results of an experimental and theoretical study of the magnetic properties of soft magnetic gels consisting of micron-sized magnetizable particles embedded in a polymer matrix. Experiments demonstrate hysteretic dependences of composite magnetization on an applied magnetic field and non-monotonic, with maximum, dependence of the sample susceptibilities on the field. We propose a theoretical approach which describes the main physical features of these experimental results. PMID:27406554

  6. Robust Magnetic Properties of a Sublimable Single-Molecule Magnet.

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    Kiefl, Evan; Mannini, Matteo; Bernot, Kevin; Yi, Xiaohui; Amato, Alex; Leviant, Tom; Magnani, Agnese; Prokscha, Thomas; Suter, Andreas; Sessoli, Roberta; Salman, Zaher

    2016-06-28

    The organization of single-molecule magnets (SMMs) on surfaces via thermal sublimation is a prerequisite for the development of future devices for spintronics exploiting the richness of properties offered by these magnetic molecules. However, a change in the SMM properties due to the interaction with specific surfaces is usually observed. Here we present a rare example of an SMM system that can be thermally sublimated on gold surfaces while maintaining its intact chemical structure and magnetic properties. Muon spin relaxation and ac susceptibility measurements are used to demonstrate that, unlike other SMMs, the magnetic properties of this system in thin films are very similar to those in the bulk, throughout the full volume of the film, including regions near the metal and vacuum interfaces. These results exhibit the robustness of chemical and magnetic properties of this complex and provide important clues for the development of nanostructures based on SMMs. PMID:27139335

  7. Magnetization reversal assisted by half antivortex states in nanostructured circular cobalt disks

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    Lara, A.; Aliev, F. G.; Dobrovolskiy, O. V.; Prieto, J. L.; Huth, M.

    2014-11-03

    The half antivortex, a fundamental topological structure which determines magnetization reversal of submicron magnetic devices with domain walls, has been suggested also to play a crucial role in spin torque induced vortex core reversal in circular disks. Here, we report on magnetization reversal in circular disks with nanoholes through consecutive metastable states with half antivortices. In-plane anisotropic magnetoresistance and broadband susceptibility measurements accompanied by micromagnetic simulations reveal that cobalt (Co) disks with two and three linearly arranged nanoholes directed at 45° and 135° with respect to the external magnetic field show reproducible step-like changes in the anisotropic magnetoresistance and magnetic permeability due to transitions between different intermediate states mediated by vortices and half antivortices confined to the dot nanoholes and edges, respectively. Our findings are relevant for the development of multi-hole based spintronic and magnetic memory devices.

  8. Magnetization reversal assisted by half antivortex states in nanostructured circular cobalt disks

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    Lara, A.; Dobrovolskiy, O. V.; Prieto, J. L.; Huth, M.; Aliev, F. G.

    2014-11-01

    The half antivortex, a fundamental topological structure which determines magnetization reversal of submicron magnetic devices with domain walls, has been suggested also to play a crucial role in spin torque induced vortex core reversal in circular disks. Here, we report on magnetization reversal in circular disks with nanoholes through consecutive metastable states with half antivortices. In-plane anisotropic magnetoresistance and broadband susceptibility measurements accompanied by micromagnetic simulations reveal that cobalt (Co) disks with two and three linearly arranged nanoholes directed at 45° and 135° with respect to the external magnetic field show reproducible step-like changes in the anisotropic magnetoresistance and magnetic permeability due to transitions between different intermediate states mediated by vortices and half antivortices confined to the dot nanoholes and edges, respectively. Our findings are relevant for the development of multi-hole based spintronic and magnetic memory devices.

  9. Electron thermal transport within magnetic islands in the reversed-field pinch

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    Stephens, H. D.; Reusch, J. A.; Den Hartog, D. J.; Hegna, C. C.

    2010-05-15

    Tearing mode induced magnetic islands have a significant impact on the thermal characteristics of magnetically confined plasmas such as those in the reversed-field pinch (RFP). New Thomson scattering diagnostic capability on the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) RFP has enabled measurement of the thermal transport characteristics of islands. Electron temperature (T{sub e}) profiles can now be acquired at 25 kHz, sufficient to measure the effect of an island on the profile as the island rotates by the measurement point. In standard MST plasmas with a spectrum of unstable tearing modes, remnant islands are present in the core between sawtoothlike reconnection events. Associated with these island remnants is flattening of the T{sub e} profile inside the island separatricies. This flattening is characteristic of rapid parallel heat conduction along helical magnetic field lines. In striking contrast, a temperature gradient within an m=1, n=5 island is observed in these same plasmas just after a sawtooth event when the m=1, n=5 mode may briefly come into resonance near the magnetic axis. This suggests local heating and relatively good confinement within the island. Local power balance calculations suggest reduced thermal transport within this island relative to the confinement properties of standard MST discharges between reconnection events. The magnetic field and island structure is modeled with three-dimensional nonlinear resistive magnetohydrodynamic simulations (DEBS code) with Lundquist numbers matching those in MST during standard discharges. During improved confinement plasmas with reduced tearing mode activity, temperature fluctuations correlated with magnetic signals are small with characteristic fluctuation amplitudes of order T-tilde{sub e}/T{sub e}approx2%.

  10. Onset of a Propagating Self-Sustained Spin Reversal Front in a Magnetic System

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    Subedi, P.; Vélez, S.; Macià, F.; Li, S.; Sarachik, M. P.; Tejada, J.; Mukherjee, S.; Christou, G.; Kent, A. D.

    2013-05-01

    The energy released in a magnetic material by reversing spins as they relax toward equilibrium can lead to a dynamical instability that ignites self-sustained rapid relaxation along a deflagration front that propagates at a constant subsonic speed. Using a trigger heat pulse and transverse and longitudinal magnetic fields, we investigate and control the crossover between thermally driven magnetic relaxation and magnetic deflagration in single crystals of Mn12-acetate.

  11. Magnetization Reversal Process of Single Crystal α-Fe Containing a Nonmagnetic Particle

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    Li, Yi; Xu, Ben; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Li, Yulan; Li, Qiu-Lin; Liu, Wei

    2015-09-25

    The magnetization reversal process and hysteresis loops in a single crystal α-iron with nonmagnetic particles are simulated in this work based on the Landau-Lifshitz–Gilbert equation. The evolutions of the magnetic domain morphology are studied, and our analyses show that the magnetization reversal process is affected by the interaction between the moving domain wall and the existing nonmagnetic particles. This interaction strongly depends on the size of the particles, and it is found that particles with a particular size contribute the most to magnetic hardening.

  12. Magnetic Reversal of Electric Polarization with Fixed Chirality of Magnetic Structure in a Chiral-Lattice Helimagnet MnSb_{2}O_{6}.

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    Kinoshita, M; Seki, S; Sato, T J; Nambu, Y; Hong, T; Matsuda, M; Cao, H B; Ishiwata, S; Tokura, Y

    2016-07-22

    The correlation between magnetic and dielectric properties has been investigated for the single crystal of the chiral triangular-lattice helimagnet MnSb_{2}O_{6}. We found that the spin-spiral plane in the ground state has a considerable tilting from the (110) plane and that the sign of the spin-spiral tilting angle is coupled to the clockwise or counterclockwise manner of spin rotation and accordingly to the sign of magnetically induced electric polarization. This leads to unique magnetoelectric responses such as the magnetic-field-induced selection of a single ferroelectric domain as well as the reversal of electric polarization just by a slight tilting of the magnetic field direction, where the chiral nature of the crystal structure plays a crucial role through the coupling of the chirality between the crystal and magnetic structures. Our results demonstrate that crystallographic chirality can be an abundant source of novel magnetoelectric functions with coupled internal degrees of freedom. PMID:27494497

  13. Magnetic Reversal of Electric Polarization with Fixed Chirality of Magnetic Structure in a Chiral-Lattice Helimagnet MnSb2 O6

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    Kinoshita, M.; Seki, S.; Sato, T. J.; Nambu, Y.; Hong, T.; Matsuda, M.; Cao, H. B.; Ishiwata, S.; Tokura, Y.

    2016-07-01

    The correlation between magnetic and dielectric properties has been investigated for the single crystal of the chiral triangular-lattice helimagnet MnSb2 O6 . We found that the spin-spiral plane in the ground state has a considerable tilting from the (110) plane and that the sign of the spin-spiral tilting angle is coupled to the clockwise or counterclockwise manner of spin rotation and accordingly to the sign of magnetically induced electric polarization. This leads to unique magnetoelectric responses such as the magnetic-field-induced selection of a single ferroelectric domain as well as the reversal of electric polarization just by a slight tilting of the magnetic field direction, where the chiral nature of the crystal structure plays a crucial role through the coupling of the chirality between the crystal and magnetic structures. Our results demonstrate that crystallographic chirality can be an abundant source of novel magnetoelectric functions with coupled internal degrees of freedom.

  14. Polarity reversal of a magnetic vortex core by a unipolar, non-resonant in-plane pulsed magnetic field.

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    Keavney, D. J.; Cheng, X. M.; Buchanan, K. S.

    2009-06-24

    We report the polarity reversal of a magnetic vortex core using a nonresonant in-plane pulsed magnetic field of arbitrary waveform studied using time-resolved x-ray photoemission electron microscopy and micromagnetic simulations. The imaging and simulations show that a 5 mT pulse, higher than the critical field for nonlinear effects, effectively leads to the randomization of the vortex core polarity. The micromagnetic simulations further show that the onset of stochastic core polarity randomization does not necessarily coincide with the critical reversal field, leading to a field window for predictable core reversal.

  15. Magnetic and electrical properties of Martian particles

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    Olhoeft, G. R.

    1991-01-01

    The only determinations of the magnetic properties of Martian materials come from experiments on the two Viking Landers. The results suggest Martian soil containing 1 to 10 percent of a highly magnetic phase. Though the magnetic phase mineral was not conclusively identified, the predominate interpretation is that the magnetic phase is probably maghemite. The electrical properties of the surface of Mars were only measured remotely by observations with Earth based radar, microwave radiometry, and inference from radio-occultation of Mars orbiting spacecraft. No direct measurements of electrical properties on Martian materials have been performed.

  16. Magnetization-reversal processes in an ultrathin Co/Au film

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    Ferré, J.; Grolier, V.; Meyer, P.; Lemerle, S.; Maziewski, A.; Stefanowicz, E.; Tarasenko, S. V.; Tarasenko, V. V.; Kisielewski, M.; Renard, D.

    1997-06-01

    Magnetization-reversal processes in a ferromagnetic cobalt film structure (Au/Co/Au), with perpendicular anisotropy, were investigated by magneto-optical magnetometry and microscopy. In the considered ultrathin Co film, the magnetization reversal between the two Ising-spin equilibrium states is dominated by the domain-wall motion mechanism. We focused our studies on processes initiated from a given demagnetized state. Starting from a magnetically saturated state generated under a large field HS, applied perpendicular to the film, this demagnetized state is created through magnetic aftereffects in a field Hd antiparallel but smaller than HS and applied during a selected time. Direct (RD) and indirect (RI) magnetization processes are then studied from this state for application of the field parallel and antiparallel to Hd, respectively. The dynamics of the magnetization reversal is much faster for the RI process since it is initiated from a quasihomogeneous 'Swiss cheese' domain state with small nonreversed regions. The magnetic accommodation phenomenon is studied, and a domain-shape memory effect evidenced. A theoretical analysis of the dynamics of magnetization processes is proposed, starting from the model of a patchy inhomogeneous media with a realistic distribution of local coercivities. The pertinent parameters for calculations are deduced from our experimental data using appropriate analytical expressions of the magnetic relaxation time and domain-wall velocity under a field. Computer simulations using these parameters reproduce well the time evolution of the magnetic domain pattern and different magnetization curves both for RD and RI magnetization processes.

  17. Glucose biosensor based on multisegment nanowires exhibiting reversible magnetic control.

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    Gerola, Gislaine P; Takahashi, Giovanna S; Perez, Geraldo G; Recco, Lucas C; Pedrosa, Valber A

    2014-11-01

    We describe the amperometric detection of glucose using oriented nanowires with magnetic switching of the bioelectrochemical process. The fabrication process of the nanowires was prepared through controlled nucleation and growth during a stepwise electrochemical deposition, and it was characterized using scanning electron microscopy. Cyclic voltammetry and amperometry were used to study the magnetoswitchable property; this control was accomplished by changing the surface orientation of nanowires. Under the optimal condition, the amperometric response was also linear up to a glucose concentration of 0.1-16.0 mmol L(-1) with a sensitivity of 81 μA mM(-1). The detection limit was estimated for 4.8×10(-8) mol L(-1), defined from a signal/noise ratio of 3. It also exhibits good reproducibility and high selectivity with insignificant interference from ascorbic acid, acetoaminophen, and uric acid. The resulting biosensor was applied to detect the blood sugar in human serum samples without any pretreatment, and the results were comparatively in agreement with the clinical assay. PMID:25127595

  18. Polarity Reversal Time of the Magnetic Dipole Component of the Sun in Solar Cycle 24

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    Hakamada, Kazuyuki

    2013-04-01

    The Sun's general magnetic field has shown polarity reversal three times during the last three solar cycles. We attempt to estimate the upcoming polarity reversal time of the solar magnetic dipole by using the coronal field model and synoptic data of the photospheric magnetic field. The scalar magnetic potential of the coronal magnetic field is expanded into a spherical harmonic series. The long-term variations of the dipole component (g01) calculated from the data of National Solar Observatory/Kitt Peak and Wilcox Solar Observatory are compared with each other. It is found that the two g01 values show a similar tendency and an approximately linear increase between the Carrington rotation periods CR 2070 and CR 2118. The next polarity reversal is estimated by linear extrapolation to be between CR 2132.2 (December 2012) and CR2134.8 (March 2013).

  19. Micromagnetic modeling of the effects of stress on magnetic properties

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    Zhu, B.; Lo, C. C. H.; Lee, S. J.; Jiles, D. C.

    2001-06-01

    A micromagnetic model has been developed for investigating the effect of stress on the magnetic properties of thin films. This effect has been implemented by including the magnetoelastic energy term into the Landau{endash}Lifshitz{endash}Gilbert equation. Magnetization curves of a nickel film were calculated under both tensile and compressive stresses of various magnitudes applied along the field direction. The modeling results show that coercivity increased with increasing compressive stress while remanence decreased with increasing tensile stress. The results are in agreement with the experimental data in the literature and can be interpreted in terms of the effects of the applied stress on the irreversible rotation of magnetic moments during magnetization reversal under an applied field. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  20. Electric field controlled reversible magnetic anisotropy switching studied by spin rectification

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    Zhou, Hengan; Fan, Xiaolong Wang, Fenglong; Jiang, Changjun; Rao, Jinwei; Zhao, Xiaobing; Xue, Desheng; Gui, Y. S.; Hu, C.-M.

    2014-03-10

    In this letter, spin rectification was used to study the electric field controlled dynamic magnetic properties of the multiferroic composite which is a Co stripe with induced in-plane anisotropy deposited onto a Pb(Mg{sub 1∕3}Nb{sub 2∕3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} substrate. Due to the coupling between piezoelectric and magnetoelastic effects, a reversible in-plane anisotropy switching has been realized by varying the history of the applied electric field. This merit results from the electric hysteresis of the polarization in the nonlinear piezoelectric regime, which has been proved by a butterfly type electric field dependence of the in-plane anisotropy field. Moreover, the electric field dependent effective demagnetization field and linewidth have been observed at the same time.

  1. A Stable Pentagonal Bipyramidal Dy(III) Single-Ion Magnet with a Record Magnetization Reversal Barrier over 1000 K.

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    Liu, Jiang; Chen, Yan-Cong; Liu, Jun-Liang; Vieru, Veacheslav; Ungur, Liviu; Jia, Jian-Hua; Chibotaru, Liviu F; Lan, Yanhua; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang; Gao, Song; Chen, Xiao-Ming; Tong, Ming-Liang

    2016-04-27

    Single-molecule magnets (SMMs) with a large spin reversal barrier have been recognized to exhibit slow magnetic relaxation that can lead to a magnetic hysteresis loop. Synthesis of highly stable SMMs with both large energy barriers and significantly slow relaxation times is challenging. Here, we report two highly stable and neutral Dy(III) classical coordination compounds with pentagonal bipyramidal local geometry that exhibit SMM behavior. Weak intermolecular interactions in the undiluted single crystals are first observed for mononuclear lanthanide SMMs by micro-SQUID measurements. The investigation of magnetic relaxation reveals the thermally activated quantum tunneling of magnetization through the third excited Kramers doublet, owing to the increased axial magnetic anisotropy and weaker transverse magnetic anisotropy. As a result, pronounced magnetic hysteresis loops up to 14 K are observed, and the effective energy barrier (Ueff = 1025 K) for relaxation of magnetization reached a breakthrough among the SMMs. PMID:27054904

  2. Magnetization reversal of in-plane uniaxial Co films and its dependence on epitaxial alignment

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    Idigoras, O. Suszka, A. K.; Berger, A.; Vavassori, P.; Obry, B.; Hillebrands, B.; Landeros, P.

    2014-02-28

    This work studies the influence of crystallographic alignment onto magnetization reversal in partially epitaxial Co films. A reproducible growth sequence was devised that allows for the continuous tuning of grain orientation disorder in Co films with uniaxial in-plane anisotropy by the controlled partial suppression of epitaxy. While all stable or meta-stable magnetization states occurring during a magnetic field cycle exhibit a uniform magnetization for fully epitaxial samples, non-uniform states appear for samples with sufficiently high grain orientation disorder. Simultaneously with the occurrence of stable domain states during the magnetization reversal, we observe a qualitative change of the applied field angle dependence of the coercive field. Upon increasing the grain orientation disorder, we observe a disappearance of transient domain wall propagation as the dominating reversal process, which is characterized by an increase of the coercive field for applied field angles away from the easy axis for well-ordered epitaxial samples. Upon reaching a certain disorder threshold level, we also find an anomalous magnetization reversal, which is characterized by a non-monotonic behavior of the remanent magnetization and coercive field as a function of the applied field angle in the vicinity of the nominal hard axis. This anomaly is a collective reversal mode that is caused by disorder-induced frustration and it can be qualitatively and even quantitatively explained by means of a two Stoner-Wohlfarth particle model. Its predictions are furthermore corroborated by Kerr microscopy and by Brillouin light scattering measurements.

  3. Improving magnetic properties of ultrasmall magnetic nanoparticles by biocompatible coatings

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    Costo, R.; Morales, M. P.; Veintemillas-Verdaguer, S.

    2015-02-01

    This paper deals with the effect of a biocompatible surface coating layer on the magnetic properties of ultrasmall iron oxide nanoparticles. Particles were synthesized by laser pyrolysis and fully oxidized to maghemite by acid treatment. The surface of the magnetic nanoparticles was systematically coated with either phosphonate (phosphonoacetic acid or pamidronic acid) or carboxylate-based (carboxymethyl dextran) molecules and the binding to the nanoparticle surface was analyzed. Magnetic properties at low temperature show a decrease in coercivity and an increase in magnetization after the coating process. Hysteresis loop displacement after field cooling is significantly reduced by the coating, in particular, for particles coated with pamidronic acid, which show a 10% reduction of the displacement of the loop. We conclude that the chemical coordination of carboxylates and phosphonates reduces the surface disorder and enhances the magnetic properties of ultrasmall maghemite nanoparticles.

  4. High temperature structural and magnetic properties of cobalt nanorods

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    Ait Atmane, Kahina; Zighem, Fatih; Soumare, Yaghoub; Ibrahim, Mona; Boubekri, Rym; Maurer, Thomas; Margueritat, Jeremie; Piquemal, Jean-Yves; Ott, Frederic; Chaboussant, Gregory; Schoenstein, Frederic; Jouini, Noureddine; Viau, Guillaume

    2013-01-15

    We present in this paper the structural and magnetic properties of high aspect ratio Co nanoparticles ({approx}10) at high temperatures (up to 623 K) using in-situ X ray diffraction (XRD) and SQUID characterizations. We show that the anisotropic shapes, the structural and texture properties are preserved up to 500 K. The coercivity can be modelled by {mu}{sub 0}H{sub C}=2(K{sub MC}+K{sub shape})/M{sub S} with K{sub MC} the magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant, K{sub shape} the shape anisotropy constant and M{sub S} the saturation magnetization. H{sub C} decreases linearly when the temperature is increased due to the loss of the Co magnetocrystalline anisotropy contribution. At 500 K, 50% of the room temperature coercivity is preserved corresponding to the shape anisotropy contribution only. We show that the coercivity drop is reversible in the range 300-500 K in good agreement with the absence of particle alteration. Above 525 K, the magnetic properties are irreversibly altered either by sintering or by oxidation. - Graphical abstract: We present in this paper the structural and magnetic properties of high aspect ratio Co nanorods ({approx}10) at high temperatures (up to 623 K) using in-situ X-ray diffraction and SQUID characterizations. We show that the anisotropic shapes, the structural and texture properties are preserved up to 500 K. Above 525 K, the magnetic properties are irreversibly altered either by sintering or by oxidation. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ferromagnetic Co nanorods are prepared using the polyol process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structural and texture properties of the Co nanorods are preserved up to 500 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The magnetic properties of the Co nanorods are irreversibly altered above 525 K.

  5. Development of Field-Reversed Configuration Plasma Gun Formation Techniques for Magnetized Target Fusion

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    Lynn, Alan; Gilmore, Mark; Wynkoop, Tyler; Intrator, Thomas; Weber, Thomas

    2012-10-01

    Magnetized Target Fusion (MTF) is an innovative approach for a relatively fast and cheap path to the production of fusion energy that utilizes magnetic confinement to assist in the compression of a hot plasma to thermonuclear conditions by an external driver. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is currently pursing demonstration of the MTF concept via compression of an FRC (field-reversed configuration) plasma by a metal liner z-pinch in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. A key physics issue for the FRC as an MTF target lies in the initial pre-ionization (PI) stage. The PI formation process determines the amount of magnetic flux that can be trapped to form the FRC. This trapped flux plays an important role in the FRC's final equilibrium, transport, and stability properties. It also provides the route to greatest potential gains in FRC lifetime, which is essential to provide enough time to translate and compress the FRC effectively. In conjunction with LANL we plan to test and characterize a new system to improve the initial PI plasma formation. This system will use an array of plasma guns to form the initial plasma. Initial characterization of the plasma gun behavior will be presented.

  6. Magnetic compensation, field-dependent magnetization reversal, and complex magnetic ordering in Co2TiO4

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    Nayak, S.; Thota, S.; Joshi, D. C.; Krautz, M.; Waske, A.; Behler, A.; Eckert, J.; Sarkar, T.; Andersson, M. S.; Mathieu, R.; Narang, V.; Seehra, M. S.

    2015-12-01

    The complex nature of magnetic ordering in the spinel C o2Ti O4 is investigated by analyzing the temperature and magnetic field dependence of its magnetization (M ), specific heat (Cp), and ac magnetic susceptibilities χ' and χ″. X-ray diffraction of the sample synthesized by the solid-state reaction route confirmed the spinel structure whereas x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows its electronic structure to be C o2Ti O4=[C o2 +] [C o3 +T i3 +] O4 . From analysis of the temperature dependence of the dc paramagnetic susceptibility, the magnetic moments μ (A ) =3.87 μB and μ (B ) =5.19 μB on the A and B sites are determined with μ (B ) in turn yielding μ (T i3 +) =1.73 μB and μ (C o3 +) =4.89 μB . Analysis of the dc and ac susceptibilities combined with the weak anomalies observed in the Cp vs T data shows the existence of a quasi-long-range ferrimagnetic state below TN˜47.8 K and a compensation temperature Tcomp˜32 K , the latter characterized by sign reversal of magnetization with its magnitude depending on the applied magnetic field and the cooling protocol. Analysis of the temperature dependence of M (field cooled) and M (zero field cooled) data and the hysteresis loop parameters is interpreted in terms of large spin clusters. These results in C o2Ti O4 , significantly different from those reported recently in isostructural C o2Sn O4=[C o2 +] [C o2 +S n4 +] O4 , warrant further investigations of its magnetic structure using neutron diffraction.

  7. Low-Noise YBa2Cu3O7 Nano-SQUIDs for Performing Magnetization-Reversal Measurements on Magnetic Nanoparticles

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    Schwarz, T.; Wölbing, R.; Reiche, C. F.; Müller, B.; Martínez-Pérez, M. J.; Mühl, T.; Büchner, B.; Kleiner, R.; Koelle, D.

    2015-04-01

    We fabricate YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) direct-current nano- superconducting quantum-interference devices (nano-SQUIDs) based on grain-boundary Josephson junctions by focused-ion-beam patterning. Characterization of electric transport and noise properties at 4.2 K in a magnetically shielded environment yields a very small inductance L of a few pH for an optimized device geometry. This, in turn, results in very low values of flux noise <50 n Φ0/Hz1 /2 in the thermal white-noise limit, which yields spin sensitivities of a few μB/Hz1 /2 (Φ0 is the magnetic flux quantum, and μB is the Bohr magneton). We observe frequency-dependent excess noise up to 7 MHz, which can be eliminated only partially by bias reversal readout. This behavior indicates the presence of fluctuators of unknown origin, possibly related to defect-induced spins in the SrTiO3 substrate. We demonstrate the potential of using YBCO nano-SQUIDs for the investigation of small spin systems, by placing a 39-nm-diameter Fe nanowire encapsulated in a carbon nanotube on top of a nonoptimized YBCO nano-SQUID and by measuring the magnetization reversal of the Fe nanowire via the change of magnetic flux coupled to the nano-SQUID. The measured flux signals upon magnetization reversal of the Fe nanowire are in very good agreement with estimated values, and the determined switching fields indicate magnetization reversal of the nanowire via curling mode.

  8. Magnetization reversal induced by in-plane current in Ta/CoFeB/MgO structures with perpendicular magnetic easy axis

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    Zhang, C.; Yamanouchi, M. Ikeda, S.; Sato, H.; Fukami, S.; Matsukura, F.; Ohno, H.

    2014-05-07

    We investigate in-plane current-induced magnetization reversal under an in-plane magnetic field in Hall bar shaped devices composed of Ta/CoFeB/MgO structures with perpendicular magnetic easy axis. The observed relationship between the directions of current and magnetization switching and Ta thickness dependence of magnetization switching current are accordance with those for magnetization reversal by spin transfer torque originated from the spin Hall effect in the Ta layer.

  9. Magnetization reversal of a single cobalt cluster using a RF field pulse

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    Tamion, A.; Raufast, C.; Bonet, E.; Dupuis, V.; Fournier, T.; Crozes, T.; Bernstein, E.; Wernsdorfer, W.

    2010-05-01

    Technological improvements require the understanding of dynamical magnetization reversal processes at the nanosecond time scales. In this paper, we present the first magnetization reversal measurements performed on a single cobalt cluster (counting only a thousand of spins), using the micro-superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) technique by applying a constant magnetic field combined with a radio-frequency (RF) field pulse. First of all, we present the different technical steps necessary to detect the magnetic reversals at low temperature ( T=35 mK) of a well-defined nanoparticle prepared by low energy clusters beam deposition (LECBD). We previously showed that the three-dimensional (3D)-switching Stoner-Wohlfarth astroid represents the magnetic anisotropy of the nanoparticle. Then, an improved device coupled with a gold stripe line, allow us to reverse such macrospin, using a RF pulse. A qualitative understanding of the magnetization reversal by non-linear resonance has been obtained with the Landau-Lifschitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation.

  10. Formation of reverse shocks in magnetized high energy density supersonic plasma flows

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    Lebedev, Sergey

    2013-10-01

    There has been considerable effort in developing experiments for studies of both collisionless and radiative shocks in high energy density plasmas (HEDP), but there is still very limited experimental information the concerning properties of HEDP shocks in the presence of a magnetic field. A new experimental platform, based on the use of supersonic ablation plasma flows in inverse wire array z-pinches, was developed for studies of shocks in magnetized HEDP plasmas in a well-defined and diagnosable 1-D interaction geometry. The mechanism of flow generation ensures that the plasma flow (MA ~ 5 - 6 , Vflow 100 km/s, ni ~ 1017 cm-3) has a frozen-in magnetic field at a level sufficient to affect the shocks formed in the interaction with conducting obstacles. Experiments show that in addition to the formation of a ``standard'' reverse shock in a stagnated HEDP plasma, the presence of the magnetic field leads to the formation of an additional shock-like feature in the upstream plasma. This shock is triggered by the pile-up of magnetic flux diffusing into the upstream flow, despite a relatively small initial level of the frozen-in magnetic field (the flow ram pressure being much greater than the magnetic field pressure). The thickness of this shock is much smaller than the m.f.p. for the ion-ion collisions, the shock is formed at a distance of ~c/ωpi from the foil and remains stationary for the duration of the experiment (~100 ns). The plasma parameters in the flow and in the shock are measured using optical Thomson scattering, two-color laser interferometry, monochromatic X-ray radiography and miniature magnetic probes. The quantitative data from this experiment, especially the spatial profiles of the density and of the flow velocity measured simultaneously in the upstream and downstream of the shock, will allow detailed verification of MHD and PIC codes used by the HEDP community. Supported by EPSRC Grant EP/G001324/1 and by the OFES under DOE Cooperative Agreement DESC

  11. Lattice distortion accompanied by magnetization reversal in A-type antiferromagnetic manganites

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    Jung, Jong-Suck; Iyama, Ayato; Nakamura, Hiroyuki; Wakabayashi, Yusuke; Kimura, Tsuyoshi

    2012-05-01

    Magnetostriction was investigated for layered A-type antiferromagnetic SmMnO3 showing large magnetocapacitive effects around a temperature (TTP) where ferrimagnetically coupled Mn 3d and Sm 4f moments were reversed simultaneously. Upon sweeping temperature or a magnetic field, a significant lattice distortion was observed at TTP or the coercive field, respectively. This indicates that the lattice is strongly coupled with the magnetic configuration. We discuss the lattice distortion accompanied by the magnetization reversal in terms of a partial change in the orbital state of Mn eg electrons.

  12. Antiphase domains and reverse thermoremanent magnetism in ilmenite-hematite minerals

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    Lawson, C.A.; Nord, G.L., Jr.; Dowty, Eric; Hargraves, R.B.

    1981-01-01

    Examination of synthetic ilmenite-hematite samples by transmission electron microscopy has for the first time revealed the presence of well-defined antiphase domains and antiphase domain boundaries in this mineral system. Samples quenched from 1300??C have a high density of domain boundaries, whereas samples quenched from 900??C have a much lower density. Only the high-temperature samples acquire reverse thermoremanent magnetism when cooled in an applied magnetic field. The presence of a high density of domain boundaries seems to be a necessary condition for the acquisition of reverse thermoremanent magnetism.

  13. Polar cap magnetic field reversals during solar grand minima: could pores play a role?

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    Švanda, Michal; Brun, Allan Sacha; Roudier, Thierry; Jouve, Laurène

    2016-02-01

    We study the magnetic flux carried by pores located outside active regions with sunspots and investigate their possible contribution to the reversal of the global magnetic field of the Sun. We find that they contain a total flux of comparable amplitude to the total magnetic flux contained in polar caps. The pores located at distances of 40-100 Mm from the closest active region systematically have the correct polarity of the magnetic field to contribute to the polar cap reversal. These pores can be found predominantly in bipolar magnetic regions. We propose that during grand minima of solar activity, such a systematic polarity trend, which is akin to a weak magnetic (Babcock-Leighton-like) source term, could still be operating but was missed by the contemporary observers because of the limited resolving power of their telescopes.

  14. Magnetic-field-induced ferroelectric polarization reversal in magnetoelectric composites revealed by piezoresponse force microscopy

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    Miao, Hongchen; Zhou, Xilong; Dong, Shuxiang; Luo, Haosu; Li, Faxin

    2014-07-01

    Controlling electric polarization (or magnetization) in multiferroic materials with external magnetic fields (or electric fields) is very important for fundamental physics and spintronic devices. Although there has been some progress on magnetic-field-induced polarization reversal in single-phase multiferroics, such behavior has so far never been realized in composites. Here we show that it is possible to reverse ferroelectric polarization using magnetic fields in a bilayer Terfenol-D/PMN-33%PT composite. We realized this by ferroelectric domain imaging using piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) under applied magnetic field loading. The internal electric field caused by the magnetoelectric (ME) effect in the PMN-PT crystal is considered as the driving force for the 180° polarization switching, and its existence is verified by switching spectroscopy PFM testing under a series of external magnetic fields. A quantitative method is further suggested to estimate the local ME coefficient based on the switching spectroscopy PFM testing results.

  15. Magnetic-field-induced ferroelectric polarization reversal in magnetoelectric composites revealed by piezoresponse force microscopy.

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    Miao, Hongchen; Zhou, Xilong; Dong, Shuxiang; Luo, Haosu; Li, Faxin

    2014-08-01

    Controlling electric polarization (or magnetization) in multiferroic materials with external magnetic fields (or electric fields) is very important for fundamental physics and spintronic devices. Although there has been some progress on magnetic-field-induced polarization reversal in single-phase multiferroics, such behavior has so far never been realized in composites. Here we show that it is possible to reverse ferroelectric polarization using magnetic fields in a bilayer Terfenol-D/PMN-33%PT composite. We realized this by ferroelectric domain imaging using piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) under applied magnetic field loading. The internal electric field caused by the magnetoelectric (ME) effect in the PMN-PT crystal is considered as the driving force for the 180° polarization switching, and its existence is verified by switching spectroscopy PFM testing under a series of external magnetic fields. A quantitative method is further suggested to estimate the local ME coefficient based on the switching spectroscopy PFM testing results. PMID:24953042

  16. Magnetic and electronic properties of ruthenocuprates

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    Hirai, Y.; Schneider, M. L.; Frazer, B. H.; Rast, S.; Onellion, M.; Asaf, U.; Felner, I.; Nowik, I.; Ali, N.; Roy, S.; Prester, M.; Drobac, D.; Zivkovic, I.; Perfetti, L.; Reginelli, A.; Ariosa, D.; Margaritondo, G.

    2001-03-01

    We present data on as-prepared, oxygen annealed, and hydrogen loaded ruthenocuprate samples. We include: * magnetic measurements: magnetization,^1 ac susceptibility; * electronic properties: x-ray photoemission,^1,2 x-ray absorption^3; * the effects of hydrogen loading and of oxygen annealing. We concentrate on the changes of magnetic properties with carrier concentration, and discuss the superconducting properties only briefly. ^1B.H. Frazer et.al., Phys. Rev. B. ^2B.H. Frazer et.al., Euro. J. Phys., in press (2000). ^3Y. Hirai et.al., submitted.

  17. The magnetic properties of seamless steel pipe

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    Willcock, S. N. M.; Tanner, B. K.; Mundell, P. A.

    1987-03-01

    The magnetic and metallurgical properties of seamless pipe steel have been investigated as a function of position around the pipe circumference. No changes in magnetic properties were found to be associated with the four cycle spiral variations in pipe wall thickness introduced during forging. A weaker single cycle thickness variation was accompanied by a change both in magnetic properties and pearlite fraction. The coercive field predicted from an empirical relationship between grain size and ferrite and pearlite fractions was found to be in excellent agreement with that measured experimentally.

  18. Domain-specific magnetization reversals on a Permalloy square ring array

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    Lee, D. R.; Freeland, J. W.; Srajer, G.; Metlushko, V.; You, Chun-Yeol

    2004-06-01

    We present domain-specific magnetization reversals extracted from soft x-ray resonant magnetic scattering measurements on a Permalloy square ring array. The extracted domain-specific hysteresis loops reveal that the magnetization of the domain parallel to the field is strongly pinned, while those of other domains rotate continuously. In comparison with the micromagnetic simulation, the hysteresis loop on the pinned domain indicates a possibility of the coexistence of the square rings with the vortex and onion states.

  19. Reversals of the solar magnetic dipole in the light of observational data and simple dynamo models

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    Pipin, V. V.; Moss, D.; Sokoloff, D.; Hoeksema, J. T.

    2014-07-01

    Context. Observations show that the photospheric solar magnetic dipole usually does not vanish during the reversal of the solar magnetic field, which occurs in each solar cycle. In contrast, mean-field solar dynamo models predict that the dipole field does become zero. In a recent paper it was suggested that this contradiction could be explained as a large-scale manifestation of small-scale magnetic fluctuations of the surface poloidal field. Aims: Our aim is to confront this interpretation with the available observational data. Methods: Here we compare this interpretation with Wilcox Solar Observatory (WSO) photospheric magnetic field data in order to determine the amplitude of magnetic fluctuations required to explain the phenomenon and to compare the results with predictions from a simple dynamo model which takes these fluctuations into account. Results: We demonstrate that the WSO data concerning the magnetic dipole reversals are very similar to the predictions from our very simple solar dynamo model, which includes both mean magnetic field and fluctuations. The ratio between the rms value of the magnetic fluctuations and the mean field is estimated to be about 2, in reasonable agreement with estimates from sunspot data. The reversal epoch, during which the fluctuating contribution to the dipole is larger than that from the mean field, is about 4 months. The memory time of the fluctuations is about 2 months. Observations demonstrate that the rms of the magnetic fluctuations is strongly modulated by the phase of the solar cycle. This gives additional support to the concept that the solar magnetic field is generated by a single dynamo mechanism rather than also by independent small-scale dynamo action. A suggestion of a weak nonaxisymmetric magnetic field of a fluctuating nature arises from the analysis, with a lifetime of about 1 year. Conclusions: The behaviour of the magnetic dipole during the reversal epoch gives valuable information about details of solar

  20. Reversible susceptibility studies of magnetization switching in FeCoB synthetic antiferromagnets

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    Radu, Cosmin; Cimpoesu, Dorin; Girt, Erol; Ju, Ganping; Stancu, Alexandru; Spinu, Leonard

    2007-05-01

    In this paper we present a study of switching characteristics of a series of synthetic antiferromagnet (SAF) structures using reversible susceptibility experiments. Three series of SAF samples were considered in our study with (t1, t2), the thickness of the FeCoB layers of (80nm, 80nm), (50nm, 50nm), and (80nm, 20nm) and with the interlayer of Ru ranging from 0to2nm. A vector vibrating sample magnetometer was used to measure the hysteresis loops along the different directions in the plane of the samples. The reversible susceptibility experiments were performed using a resonant method based on a tunnel diode oscillator. We showed that the switching peaks in the susceptibility versus field plots obtained for different orientations of the applied dc field can be used to construct the switching diagram of the SAF structure. The critical curve constitutes the fingerprint of the switching behavior and provides information about micromagnetic and structural properties of SAF which is an essential component of modern magnetic random access memories.

  1. Stochastic reversal dynamics of two interacting magnetic dipoles: A simple model experiment.

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    Plihon, Nicolas; Miralles, Sophie; Bourgoin, Mickael; Pinton, Jean-François

    2016-07-01

    We report an experimental study of the dynamics of two coupled magnetic dipoles. The experiment consists in two coplanar permanent disk magnets separated by a distance d, each allowed to rotate on a fixed parallel axis-each magnet's axis being perpendicular to its dipolar moment vector. A torque of adjustable strength can be externally applied to one of the magnets, the other magnet being free. The driving torque may be time-independent or temporally fluctuating. We study the influence of the parameters of the driving torque on the dynamics of the coupled system, in particular the emergence of dynamical regimes such as stochastic reversals. We report transitions between stationary and stochastic reversal regimes. All the observed features can be understood by a simple mechanical dynamical model. The transition between statistically stationary regimes and reversals is explained introducing an effective potential energy incorporating both the coupling between magnets and the external driving. Relations between this simple experimental model with macroscopic models of magnetic spin coupling, as well as with chaotic reversals of turbulent dynamos, are discussed. PMID:27575140

  2. Stochastic reversal dynamics of two interacting magnetic dipoles: A simple model experiment

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    Plihon, Nicolas; Miralles, Sophie; Bourgoin, Mickael; Pinton, Jean-François

    2016-07-01

    We report an experimental study of the dynamics of two coupled magnetic dipoles. The experiment consists in two coplanar permanent disk magnets separated by a distance d , each allowed to rotate on a fixed parallel axis—each magnet's axis being perpendicular to its dipolar moment vector. A torque of adjustable strength can be externally applied to one of the magnets, the other magnet being free. The driving torque may be time-independent or temporally fluctuating. We study the influence of the parameters of the driving torque on the dynamics of the coupled system, in particular the emergence of dynamical regimes such as stochastic reversals. We report transitions between stationary and stochastic reversal regimes. All the observed features can be understood by a simple mechanical dynamical model. The transition between statistically stationary regimes and reversals is explained introducing an effective potential energy incorporating both the coupling between magnets and the external driving. Relations between this simple experimental model with macroscopic models of magnetic spin coupling, as well as with chaotic reversals of turbulent dynamos, are discussed.

  3. Magnetic properties of ground-state mesons

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    Šimonis, V.

    2016-04-01

    Starting with the bag model a method for the study of the magnetic properties (magnetic moments, magnetic dipole transition widths) of ground-state mesons is developed. We calculate the M1 transition moments and use them subsequently to estimate the corresponding decay widths. These are compared with experimental data, where available, and with the results obtained in other approaches. Finally, we give the predictions for the static magnetic moments of all ground-state vector mesons including those containing heavy quarks. We have a good agreement with experimental data for the M1 decay rates of light as well as heavy mesons. Therefore, we expect our predictions for the static magnetic properties ( i.e., usual magnetic moments) to be of sufficiently high quality, too.

  4. Sudden motility reversal indicates sensing of magnetic field gradients in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1 strain

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    González, Lina M; Ruder, Warren C; Mitchell, Aaron P; Messner, William C; LeDuc, Philip R

    2015-01-01

    Many motile unicellular organisms have evolved specialized behaviors for detecting and responding to environmental cues such as chemical gradients (chemotaxis) and oxygen gradients (aerotaxis). Magnetotaxis is found in magnetotactic bacteria and it is defined as the passive alignment of these cells to the geomagnetic field along with active swimming. Herein we show that Magnetospirillum magneticum (AMB-1) show a unique set of responses that indicates they sense and respond not only to the direction of magnetic fields by aligning and swimming, but also to changes in the magnetic field or magnetic field gradients. We present data showing that AMB-1 cells exhibit sudden motility reversals when we impose them to local magnetic field gradients. Our system employs permalloy (Ni80Fe20) islands to curve and diverge the magnetic field lines emanating from our custom-designed Helmholtz coils in the vicinity of the islands (creating a drop in the field across the islands). The three distinct movements we have observed as they approach the permalloy islands are: unidirectional, single reverse and double reverse. Our findings indicate that these reverse movements occur in response to magnetic field gradients. In addition, using a permanent magnet we found further evidence that supports this claim. Motile AMB-1 cells swim away from the north and south poles of a permanent magnet when the magnet is positioned less than ∼30 mm from the droplet of cells. All together, these results indicate previously unknown response capabilities arising from the magnetic sensing systems of AMB-1 cells. These responses could enable them to cope with magnetic disturbances that could in turn potentially inhibit their efficient search for nutrients. PMID:25478682

  5. Sudden motility reversal indicates sensing of magnetic field gradients in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1 strain.

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    González, Lina M; Ruder, Warren C; Mitchell, Aaron P; Messner, William C; LeDuc, Philip R

    2015-06-01

    Many motile unicellular organisms have evolved specialized behaviors for detecting and responding to environmental cues such as chemical gradients (chemotaxis) and oxygen gradients (aerotaxis). Magnetotaxis is found in magnetotactic bacteria and it is defined as the passive alignment of these cells to the geomagnetic field along with active swimming. Herein we show that Magnetospirillum magneticum (AMB-1) show a unique set of responses that indicates they sense and respond not only to the direction of magnetic fields by aligning and swimming, but also to changes in the magnetic field or magnetic field gradients. We present data showing that AMB-1 cells exhibit sudden motility reversals when we impose them to local magnetic field gradients. Our system employs permalloy (Ni(80)Fe(20)) islands to curve and diverge the magnetic field lines emanating from our custom-designed Helmholtz coils in the vicinity of the islands (creating a drop in the field across the islands). The three distinct movements we have observed as they approach the permalloy islands are: unidirectional, single reverse and double reverse. Our findings indicate that these reverse movements occur in response to magnetic field gradients. In addition, using a permanent magnet we found further evidence that supports this claim. Motile AMB-1 cells swim away from the north and south poles of a permanent magnet when the magnet is positioned less than ∼30 mm from the droplet of cells. All together, these results indicate previously unknown response capabilities arising from the magnetic sensing systems of AMB-1 cells. These responses could enable them to cope with magnetic disturbances that could in turn potentially inhibit their efficient search for nutrients. PMID:25478682

  6. Switching modes in easy and hard axis magnetic reversal in a self-assembled antidot array

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    Haering, Felix; Wiedwald, Ulf; Nothelfer, Steffen; Koslowski, Berndt; Ziemann, Paul; Lechner, Lorenz; Wallucks, Andreas; Lebecki, Kristof; Nowak, Ulrich; Gräfe, Joachim; Goering, Eberhard; Schütz, Gisela

    2013-11-01

    We study the reversal mechanisms in a self-assembled, hexagonally ordered Fe antidot array with a period of 200 nm and an antidot diameter of 100 nm which was prepared by polystyrene nanosphere lithography. Direction-dependent information in such a self-assembled sample is obtained by measuring the anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) through constrictions processed by focused ion beam milling in nearest neighbor and next nearest neighbor directions. We show that such an originally integral method can be used to investigate the strong in-plane anisotropy introduced by the antidot lattice. The easy and hard axis reversal mechanisms and corresponding AMR signals are modeled by micromagnetic simulations. Additional in-field magnetic force microscopy studies allow the correlation of microscopic switching to features in the integral AMR. We find that the easy axis of magnetization is connected to a distinct periodic magnetic domain pattern, which can be observed during the whole magnetization reversal. While this process is driven by nucleation and propagation of reversed domains, the hard axis reversal is characterized by a (stepwise) rotation of the magnetization via the antidot lattice’ easy axes.

  7. Magnetic field induced flow pattern reversal in a ferrofluidic Taylor-Couette system

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    Altmeyer, Sebastian; Do, Younghae; Lai, Ying-Cheng

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the dynamics of ferrofluidic wavy vortex flows in the counter-rotating Taylor-Couette system, with a focus on wavy flows with a mixture of the dominant azimuthal modes. Without external magnetic field flows are stable and pro-grade with respect to the rotation of the inner cylinder. More complex behaviors can arise when an axial or a transverse magnetic field is applied. Depending on the direction and strength of the field, multi-stable wavy states and bifurcations can occur. We uncover the phenomenon of flow pattern reversal as the strength of the magnetic field is increased through a critical value. In between the regimes of pro-grade and retrograde flow rotations, standing waves with zero angular velocities can emerge. A striking finding is that, under a transverse magnetic field, a second reversal in the flow pattern direction can occur, where the flow pattern evolves into pro-grade rotation again from a retrograde state. Flow reversal is relevant to intriguing phenomena in nature such as geomagnetic reversal. Our results suggest that, in ferrofluids, flow pattern reversal can be induced by varying a magnetic field in a controlled manner, which can be realized in laboratory experiments with potential applications in the development of modern fluid devices.

  8. Magnetic field induced flow pattern reversal in a ferrofluidic Taylor-Couette system

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    Altmeyer, Sebastian; Do, Younghae; Lai, Ying-Cheng

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the dynamics of ferrofluidic wavy vortex flows in the counter-rotating Taylor-Couette system, with a focus on wavy flows with a mixture of the dominant azimuthal modes. Without external magnetic field flows are stable and pro-grade with respect to the rotation of the inner cylinder. More complex behaviors can arise when an axial or a transverse magnetic field is applied. Depending on the direction and strength of the field, multi-stable wavy states and bifurcations can occur. We uncover the phenomenon of flow pattern reversal as the strength of the magnetic field is increased through a critical value. In between the regimes of pro-grade and retrograde flow rotations, standing waves with zero angular velocities can emerge. A striking finding is that, under a transverse magnetic field, a second reversal in the flow pattern direction can occur, where the flow pattern evolves into pro-grade rotation again from a retrograde state. Flow reversal is relevant to intriguing phenomena in nature such as geomagnetic reversal. Our results suggest that, in ferrofluids, flow pattern reversal can be induced by varying a magnetic field in a controlled manner, which can be realized in laboratory experiments with potential applications in the development of modern fluid devices. PMID:26687638

  9. Magnetic field induced flow pattern reversal in a ferrofluidic Taylor-Couette system.

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    Altmeyer, Sebastian; Do, Younghae; Lai, Ying-Cheng

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the dynamics of ferrofluidic wavy vortex flows in the counter-rotating Taylor-Couette system, with a focus on wavy flows with a mixture of the dominant azimuthal modes. Without external magnetic field flows are stable and pro-grade with respect to the rotation of the inner cylinder. More complex behaviors can arise when an axial or a transverse magnetic field is applied. Depending on the direction and strength of the field, multi-stable wavy states and bifurcations can occur. We uncover the phenomenon of flow pattern reversal as the strength of the magnetic field is increased through a critical value. In between the regimes of pro-grade and retrograde flow rotations, standing waves with zero angular velocities can emerge. A striking finding is that, under a transverse magnetic field, a second reversal in the flow pattern direction can occur, where the flow pattern evolves into pro-grade rotation again from a retrograde state. Flow reversal is relevant to intriguing phenomena in nature such as geomagnetic reversal. Our results suggest that, in ferrofluids, flow pattern reversal can be induced by varying a magnetic field in a controlled manner, which can be realized in laboratory experiments with potential applications in the development of modern fluid devices. PMID:26687638

  10. First order reversal curves analysis of the temperature effect on magnetic interactions in barium ferrite with La-Co addition

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    Oliva, Marcos I.; Bercoff, Paula G.; Bertorello, Héctor R.

    2009-10-01

    First order reversal curves (FORCs) distributions are a powerful tool for investigating hysteresis and interactions in magnetic systems and have been widely applied. La-Co substitution in barium hexaferrites has also been extensively studied. The most effective substitution to improve the magnetic properties (coercive field and energy product) is given by x=y=0.2 in the formula Ba1-xLaxFe12-yCoyO19. In this work, this stoichiometry is initially used to obtain a state where more than one phase is present. The magnetic behavior as a function of temperature was studied in order to have an insight into the magnetic interactions that originate a decrease in the magnetic performance of Ba hexaferrite magnets. The sample was structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and magnetically studied in a SQUID magnetometer. FORC distributions were used to study the dependence of the magnetic interactions with the temperature. FORC diagrams performed on the sample at different temperatures exhibit similar characteristics, such as the spread in the hc-hu plane and a spread out of the hc-axes. These features are interpreted in terms of exchange-interacting particles and dipolar interactions, respectively. As the temperature decreases, stronger interactions are noticed among hard and soft phases.

  11. Tetrahydrobiopterin improves diastolic dysfunction by reversing changes in myofilament properties

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    Jeong, Euy-Myoung; Monasky, Michelle M.; Gu, Lianzhi; Taglieri, Domenico M.; Patel, Bindiya G.; Liu, Hong; Wang, Qiongying; Greener, Ian; Dudley, Samuel C.; Solaro, R. John

    2013-01-01

    Despite the increasing prevalence of heart failure with preserved left ventricular function, there are no specific treatments, partially because the mechanism of impaired relaxation is incompletely understood. Evidence indicates that cardiac relaxation may depend on nitric oxide (NO), generated by NO synthase (NOS) requiring the co-factor tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4). Recently, we reported that hypertension-induced diastolic dysfunction was accompanied by cardiac BH4 depletion, NOS uncoupling, a depression in myofilament cross-bridge kinetics, and S-glutathionylation of myosin binding protein C (MyBP-C). We hypothesized that the mechanism by which BH4 ameliorates diastolic dysfunction is by preventing glutathionylation of MyBP-C and thus reversing changes of myofilament properties that occur during diastolic dysfunction. We used the deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt mouse model, which demonstrates mild hypertension, myocardial oxidative stress, and diastolic dysfunction. Mice were divided into two groups that received control diet and two groups that received BH4 supplement for 7 days after developing diastolic dysfunction at post-operative day 11. Mice were assessed by echocardiography. Left ventricular papillary detergent-extracted fiber bundles were isolated for simultaneous determination of force and ATPase activity. Sarcomeric protein glutathionylation was assessed by immunoblotting. DOCA-salt mice exhibited diastolic dysfunction that was reversed after BH4 treatment. Diastolic sarcomere length (DOCA-salt 1.70±0.01 vs. DOCA-salt+BH4 1.77±0.01 μm, P<0.001) and relengthening (relaxation constant, τ, DOCA-salt 0.28±0.02 vs. DOCA-salt+BH4 0.08±0.01, P<0.001) were also restored to control by BH4 treatment. pCa50 for tension increased in DOCA-salt compared to sham but reverted to sham levels after BH4 treatment. Maximum ATPase rate and tension cost (ΔATPase/ΔTension) decreased in DOCA-salt compared to sham, but increased after BH4 treatment. Cardiac My

  12. Static magnetic properties of Maghemite nanoparticles

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    Zulfiqar; Rahman, Muneeb Ur; Usman, M.; Hasanain, Syed Khurshid; Zia-ur-Rahman; Ullah, Amir; Kim, Ill Won

    2014-12-01

    We report the static magnetic properties of Maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 14 ± 1.8 nm synthesized via a co-precipitation method. The zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and the field-cooled (FC) magnetization measurements were performed using a physical properties measurements system (PPMS) at temperatures from 5 K to 300 K. The ZFC/FC measurements showed a typical superparamagnetic behavior with a narrow size distribution.

  13. Onset of a Propagating Self-Sustained Spin Reversal Front in a Magnetic System

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    Kent, Andrew D.

    2014-03-01

    The energy released in a magnetic material by reversing spins as they relax toward equilibrium can lead to a dynamical magnetic instability in which all the spins in a sample rapidly reverse in a run-away process known as magnetic deflagration. A well-defined front separating reversed and un-reversed spins develops that propagates at a constant speed. This process is akin to a chemical reaction in which a flammable substance ignites and the resulting exothermic reaction leads via thermal conduction to increases in the temperature of an adjacent unburned substance that ignites it. In a magnetic system the reaction is the reversal of spins that releases Zeeman energy and the magnetic anisotropy barrier is the reaction's activation energy. An interesting aspect of magnetic systems is that these key energies-the activation energy and the energy released-can be independently controlled by applied magnetic fields enabling systematic studies of these magnetic instabilities. We have studied the instability that leads to the ignition of magnetic deflagration in a thermally driven Mn12-Ac molecular magnet single crystal. Each Mn12-ac molecule is a uniaxial nanomagnet with spin 10 and energy barrier of 60 K. We use a longitudinal field (a field parallel to the easy axis) to set the energy released and a transverse field to control the activation energy. A heat pulse is applied to one end of the crystal to initiate the process. We study the crossover between slow magnetic relaxation and rapid, self-sustained magnetic deflagration as a function of these fields at low temperature (0.5 K). An array of Hall sensors adjacent to a single crystal is used to detect and measure the speed of the spin-reversal front. I will describe a simple model we developed based on a reaction-diffusion process that describes our experimental findings. I will also discuss prospects for observing spin-fronts driven by magnetic dipole interactions between molecules that can be sonic, i.e. travel near

  14. Influence of carbon doping on the reversible magnetization of MgB 2 single crystals

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    Eisterer, M.; Krutzler, C.; Zehetmayer, M.; Weber, H. W.; Kazakov, S. M.; Karpinski, J.

    2007-09-01

    The reversible magnetization of Mg(B1-xCx)2 single crystals with varying carbon content (x = 0-0.095) was measured by SQUID magnetometry. It was found to be strongly influenced by the two-band character of this material. At low magnetic fields charge carriers of both bands contribute to superconductivity and to diamagnetism. At high fields the π-band is suppressed and the σ-band mainly determines the magnetization. This allows us to extract information on both bands by analyzing the reversible magnetization in terms of two band Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory. The "intrinsic" magnetic penetration increases in both bands with increasing carbon content, but the σ-band remains crucial for the upper critical field. Changes in the field dependence of the resulting "effective" penetration depth by carbon doping are discussed.

  15. Study on the pulse reverse electrodeposition of Fe-nano-Si composite coatings in magnetic field

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    Zhong, Yunbo; Zhou, Pengwei; Zhou, Junfeng; Wang, Huai; Fan, Lijun; Dong, Licheng; Zheng, Tianxiang; Shen, Weiwen

    2014-08-01

    Composite iron deposits containing nano-silicon particles were prepared under direct current (DCED) and pulse reverse current electrodeposition (PRED) conditions in the presence of magnetic field. The influences of magnetic field and pulse reverse current on the co-deposition of silicon particles as well as the surface morphology of coatings were investigated respectively. Results showed that PRED regime exhibits fewer incorporated silicon particles than those obtained under DCED condition when no magnetic field was applied. Under the influence of magnetic field, the silicon particles of coatings increased significantly, meanwhile, many projecting deposits named “mountain ranges” appeared on the surface of coatings. However, the numbers of “mountain ranges” showed a trend of reduce with increasing the pulse frequency under magnetic field and therefore the surface morphology of coatings became more smooth and flat.

  16. Geometry Dependence of Magnetization Reversal in Nanocomposite Alloys

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    Skomski, Ralph; Manchanda, Priyanka; Takeuchi, Ichiro; Cui, Jun

    2014-07-01

    The geometrical optimization of aligned hard-soft permanent-magnet nanocomposites is investigated by model calculations. Considered criteria are the shapes of the soft and c-axis-aligned hard phases, the packing fraction of the soft phase, and magnetostatic interactions. Taking into account that the energy product is enhanced via the volume fraction of the soft phase, subject to maintaining coercivity, we find that the best structures are soft-magnetic cubes as well as long rods with a square cross section. Comparing embedded soft cubes with embedded soft spheres of the same size, our nucleation-field analysis shows that the volume fraction of the soft phase is enhanced by 91%, with a coercivity reduction of only 25%. Magnetostatic interactions often but not always deteriorate the permanent-magnet performance, as exemplified by the example of MnBi:FeCo bilayers and multilayers.

  17. Geometry Dependence of Magnetization Reversal in Nanocomposite Alloys

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    Skomski, R; Manchanda, P; Takeuchi, I; Cui, J

    2014-05-31

    The geometrical optimization of aligned hard-soft permanent-magnet nanocomposites is investigated by model calculations. Considered criteria are the shapes of the soft and c-axis-aligned hard phases, the packing fraction of the soft phase, and magnetostatic interactions. Taking into account that the energy product is enhanced via the volume fraction of the soft phase, subject to maintaining coercivity, we find that the best structures are soft-magnetic cubes as well as long rods with a square cross section. Comparing embedded soft cubes with embedded soft spheres of the same size, our nucleation-field analysis shows that the volume fraction of the soft phase is enhanced by 91%, with a coercivity reduction of only 25%. Magnetostatic interactions often but not always deteriorate the permanent-magnet performance, as exemplified by the example of MnBi:FeCo bilayers and multilayers.

  18. Geometry Dependence of Magnetization Reversal in Nanocomposite Alloys

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    Skomski, Ralph; Manchanda, Priyanka; Takeuchi, Ichiro; Cui, Jun

    2014-06-11

    The geometrical optimization of aligned hard-soft permanent-magnet nanocomposites is investigated by model calculations. Considered criteria are the shapes of the soft and c-axis-aligned hard phases, the packing fraction of the soft phase, and magnetostatic interactions. Taking into account that the energy product is enhanced via the volume fraction of the soft phase, subject to maintaining coercivity, we find that the best structures are soft-magnetic cubes as well as long rods with a square cross section. Comparing embedded soft cubes with embedded soft spheres of the same size, our nucleation-field analysis shows that the volume fraction of the soft phase is enhanced by 91%, with a coercivity reduction of only 25%. Magnetostatic interactions often but not always deteriorate the permanent-magnet performance, as exemplified by the example of MnBi:FeCo bilayers and multilayers.

  19. Characterization of the magnetization reversal of perpendicular Nanomagnetic Logic clocked in the ns-range

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    Ziemys, Grazvydas; Trummer, Christian; Gamm, Stephan Breitkreutz-v.; Eichwald, Irina; Schmitt-Landsiedel, Doris; Becherer, Markus

    2016-05-01

    We have investigated the magnetization reversal of fabricated Co/Pt nanomagnets with perpendicular anisotropy within a wide range of magnetic field pulse widths. This experiment covers the pulse lengths from 700 ms to 20 ns. We observed that the commonly used Arrhenius model fits very well the experimental data with a single parameter set for pulse times above 100 ns (tp > 100 ns). However, below 100 ns (tp < 100 ns), a steep increase of the switching field amplitude is observed and the deviation from the Arrhenius model becomes unacceptable. For short pulse times the model can be adjusted by the reversal time term for the dynamic switching field which is only dependent on the pulse amplitude and not on temperature anymore. Precise modeling of the magnetization reversal in the sub-100 ns-range is crucially important to ensure reliable operation in the favored GHz-range as well as to explore and design new kinds of Nanomagnetic Logic circuits and architectures.

  20. Magnetic properties of ISABELLE superconducting quadrupoles

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    Willen, E; Engelmann, R; Greene, A F; Herrera, J; Jaeger, K; Kirk, H; Robins, K

    1981-01-01

    A number of superconducting quadrupole magnets have been constructed in the ISABELLE project during the past year. With these quadrupoles, it was intended to test construction techniques, magnet performance and measuring capability in an effort to arrive at a quadrupole design satisfactory for use in the storage ring accelerator. While these magnets are designed to have dimensions and field properties close to those needed for regular cell ISABELLE quadrupoles, no effort was made to make them identical to one another. This report details the performance characteristics of one of these magnets, MQ3005.

  1. Direct real-space observation of nearly stochastic behavior in magnetization reversal process on a nanoscale

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    Im, M.-Y.; Kim, D.-H.; Lee, K.-D.; Fischer, P.; Shin, S.-C.

    2007-06-01

    We report a non-deterministic nature in the magnetization reversal of nanograins of CoCrPt alloy film. Magnetization reversal process of CoCrPt alloy film is investigated using high resolution soft X-ray microscopy which provides real space images with a spatial resolution of 15 nm. Domain nucleation sites mostly appear stochastically distributed within repeated hysteretic cycles, where the correlation increases as the strength of the applied magnetic field increases in the descending and ascending branches of the major hysteresis loop. In addition, domain configuration is mostly asymmetric with inversion of an applied magnetic field in the hysteretic cycle. Nanomagnetic simulation considering thermal fluctuations of the magnetic moments of the grains explains the nearly stochastic nature of the domain nucleation behavior observed in CoCrPt alloy film. With the bit size in high-density magnetic recording media approaching nanometer length scale, one of the fundamental and crucial issues is whether the domain nucleation during magnetization reversal process exhibits a deterministic behavior. Repeatability of local domain nucleation and deterministic switching behavior are basic and essential factors for achieving high performance in high-density magnetic recording [1-3]. Most experimental studies on this issue reported so far have been mainly performed by indirect probes through macroscopic hysteresis loop and Barkhausen pattern measurements, which provide the ensemble-average magnetization. Thus, they are inadequate to gain insight into the domain-nucleation behavior on a nanometer length scale during the magnetization reversal process [4-6]. Very recently, coherent X-ray speckle metrology, where the speckle pattern observed in reciprocal space acts as a fingerprint of the domain configurations, was adopted to investigate stochastic behavior in the magnetization reversal of a Co/Pt multilayer film [7,8]. However, no direct observation on the stochastic behavior of

  2. Dynamics and efficiency of magnetic vortex circulation reversal

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    Urbánek, Michal; Uhlíř, Vojtěch; Lambert, Charles-Henri; Kan, Jimmy J.; Eibagi, Nasim; VaÅatka, Marek; Flajšman, Lukáš; Kalousek, Radek; Im, Mi-Young; Fischer, Peter; Šikola, Tomáš; Fullerton, Eric E.

    2015-03-01

    Dynamic switching of the vortex circulation in magnetic nanodisks by fast-rising magnetic field pulse requires annihilation of the vortex core at the disk boundary and reforming a new vortex with the opposite sense of circulation. Here we study the influence of pulse parameters on the dynamics and efficiency of the vortex core annihilation in permalloy (Ni80Fe20 ) nanodisks. We use magnetic transmission soft x-ray microscopy to experimentally determine a pulse rise time-pulse amplitude phase diagram for vortex circulation switching and investigate the time-resolved evolution of magnetization in different regions of the phase diagram. The experimental phase diagram is compared with an analytical model based on Thiele's equation describing high-amplitude vortex core motion in a parabolic potential. We find that the analytical model is in good agreement with experimental data for a wide range of disk geometries. From the analytical model and in accordance with our experimental finding we determine the geometrical condition for dynamic vortex core annihilation and pulse parameters needed for the most efficient and fastest circulation switching. The comparison of our experimental results with micromagnetic simulations shows that the micromagnetic simulations of "ideal" disks with diameters larger than ˜250 nm overestimate nonlinearities in susceptibility and eigenfrequency. This overestimation leads to the core polarity switching near the disk boundary, which then in disagreement with experimental findings prevents the core annihilation and circulation switching. We modify the micromagnetic simulations by introducing the "boundary region" of reduced magnetization to simulate the experimentally determined susceptibility and in these modified micromagnetic simulations we are able to reproduce the experimentally observed dynamic vortex core annihilation and circulation switching.

  3. Variability of magnetic soil properties in Hawaii

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    van Dam, Remke L.; Harrison, J. Bruce J.; Hendrickx, Jan M. H.; Borchers, Brian; North, Ryan E.; Simms, Janet E.; Jasper, Chris; Smith, Christopher W.; Li, Yaoguo

    2005-06-01

    Magnetic soils can seriously hamper the performance of electromagnetic sensors for the detection of buried land mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). Soils formed on basaltic substrates commonly have large concentrations of ferrimagnetic iron oxide minerals, which are the main cause of soil magnetic behavior. Previous work has shown that viscous remanent magnetism (VRM) in particular, which is caused by the presence of ferrimagnetic minerals of different sizes and shapes, poses a large problem for electromagnetic surveys. The causes of the variability in magnetic soil properties in general and VRM in particular are not well understood. In this paper we present the results of laboratory studies of soil magnetic properties on three Hawaiian Islands: O"ahu, Kaho"olawe, and Hawaii. The data show a strong negative correlation between mean annual precipitation and induced magnetization, and a positive correlation between mean annual precipitation and the frequency dependent magnetic behavior. Soil erosion, which reduces the thickness of the soil cover, also influences the magnetic properties.

  4. Using Polar Coronal Hole Area Measurements to Determine the Solar Polar Magnetic Field Reversal in Solar Cycle 24

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    Karna, N.; Webber, S.A. Hess; Pesnell, W.D.

    2014-01-01

    An analysis of solar polar coronal hole (PCH) areas since the launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows how the polar regions have evolved during Solar Cycle 24. We present PCH areas from mid-2010 through 2013 using data from the Atmospheric Imager Assembly (AIA) and Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) instruments onboard SDO. Our analysis shows that both the northern and southern PCH areas have decreased significantly in size since 2010. Linear fits to the areas derived from the magnetic-field properties indicate that, although the northern hemisphere went through polar-field reversal and reached solar-maximum conditions in mid-2012, the southern hemisphere had not reached solar-maximum conditions in the polar regions by the end of 2013. Our results show that solar-maximum conditions in each hemisphere, as measured by the area of the polar coronal holes and polar magnetic field, will be offset in time.

  5. Magnetization reversal of submicrometer Co rings with uniaxial anisotropy via scanning magnetoresistance microscopy

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    Liu, Xiaoyong; Mazumdar, D.; Schrag, B. D.; Shen, W.; Xiao, Gang

    2004-07-01

    We have investigated the magnetization reversal mechanism of narrow submicrometer Co rings using scanning magnetoresistance microscopy. Thermal annealing in a magnetic field introduced a uniaxial anisotropy and significant structural changes in the samples. We have observed a complicated multidomain state at intermediate field ranges, and onion states at saturation, for samples annealed in a field. This observation is in contrast to the flux-closed vortex state for unannealed rings. Micromagnetic simulations have shown that the switching occurs through a gradual noncoherent buckling-like reversal process followed by coherent rotation.

  6. Crystal field and magnetic properties

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    Flood, D. J.

    1977-01-01

    Magnetization and magnetic susceptibility measurements have been made in the temperature range 1.3 to 4.2 K on powdered samples of ErH3. The susceptibility exhibits Curie-Weiss behavior from 4.2 to 2 K, and intercepts the negative temperature axis at theta = 1.05 + or - 0.05 K, indicating that the material is antiferromagnetic. The low field effective moment is 6.77 + or - 0.27 Bohr magnetons per ion. The magnetization exhibits a temperature independent contribution, the slope of which is (5 + or - 1.2) x 10 to the -6th Weber m/kg Tesla. The saturation moment is 3.84 + or - 1 - 0.15 Bohr magnetons per ion. The results can be qualitatively explained by the effects of crystal fields on the magnetic ions. No definitive assignment of a crystal field ground state can be given, nor can a clear choice between cubically or hexagonally symmetric crystal fields be made. For hexagonal symmetry, the first excited state is estimated to be 86 to 100 K above the ground state. For cubic symmetry, the splitting is on the order of 160 to 180 K.

  7. Magnetization reversal phenomena in (Cr0.70Ti0.30)5S6

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    Hashimoto, Satoshi; Matsuda, Yuji; Sato, Tetsuya; Anzai, Shuichiro

    2005-12-01

    Magnetization reversal phenomena (MRP) along magnetic order-order transitions have recently been reported on impurity-doped magnetic systems. Because imperfect long-range magnetic order exists in these systems, it is expected that a systematic investigation of MRP will give physical information on thermomagnetic processes of magnetic systems in the range from the micro- to nanoscales. As a typical order-order transition (a state doubly modulated by helical and canting orders to a collinear ferrimagnetic state) has been known to occur on Cr5S6 at a transition temperature Tt, we investigate the magnetizations of (Cr0.70Ti0.30)5S6 on heating and cooling runs in various magnetic fields. At 20Oe, the field-cooled magnetization just below the Curie temperature has a positive sign; the sign turns negative below the compensation temperature TCM (first step) and finally returns to positive below Tt (second step). The first-step MRP observed in this system is explained by the potential barriers resulting from anisotropy energy when the preferred direction of collinear ferrimagnetic moment reverses. The proposed mechanism for second-step MRP is the pinning effect caused by the impurity atoms (Ti) in the helical long-range-order chains. Comparing other examples of MRPs, we discuss the roles of local impurity centers in the thermomagnetic process in magnetic order-order transitions.

  8. Magnetic properties of sulfur-doped graphene

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    Zhu, J.; Park, H.; Podila, R.; Wadehra, A.; Ayala, P.; Oliveira, L.; He, J.; Zakhidov, A. A.; Howard, A.; Wilkins, J.; Rao, A. M.

    2016-03-01

    While studying magnetism of d- and f-electron systems has been consistently an active research area in physics, chemistry, and biology, there is an increasing interest in the novel magnetism of p-electron systems, especially in graphene and graphene-derived nanostructures. Bulk graphite is diamagnetic in nature, however, graphene is known to exhibit either a paramagnetic response or weak ferromagnetic ordering. Although many groups have attributed this magnetism in graphene to defects or unintentional magnetic impurities, there is a lack of compelling evidence to pinpoint its origin. To resolve this issue, we systematically studied the influence of entropically necessary intrinsic defects (e.g., vacancies, edges) and extrinsic dopants (e.g., S-dopants) on the magnetic properties of graphene. We found that the saturation magnetization of graphene decreased upon sulfur doping suggesting that S-dopants demagnetize vacancies and edges. Our density functional theory calculations provide evidence for: (i) intrinsic defect demagnetization by the formation of covalent bonds between S-dopant and edges/vacancies concurring with the experimental results, and (ii) a net magnetization from only zig-zag edges, suggesting that the possible contradictory results on graphene magnetism in the literature could stem from different defect-types. Interestingly, we observed peculiar local maxima in the temperature dependent magnetizations that suggest the coexistence of different magnetic phases within the same graphene samples.

  9. Magnetization reversal and enhanced tunnel magnetoresistance ratio in perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions based on exchange spring electrodes

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    Wang, Yi; Yin, Xiaolu; Le Roy, D.; Jiang, Jun; Wei, H. X.; Liou, S. H.; Han, X. F.

    2013-04-01

    The [Co/Pt]n multilayer based perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction stacks with wedged Co60Fe20B20 insertions up to 2 nm, and corresponding perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions were magnetically and electrically investigated. The focus is on the influence of CoFeB insertions in the free and reference electrodes on the overall junction magnetization reversal and magnetoresistance response. The exchange spring behavior was revealed as the Co60Fe20B20 spins canting towards the in-plane direction in the [Co/Pt]n/Co60Fe20B20 hard/soft perpendicular magnetic electrodes. The broad range thickness of wedged Co60Fe20B20 insertion enables to reveal the critical transition, in particular, from rigid coupling to exchange spring coupling. With the help of 375°C annealing under 10 kOe magnetic field, the recovery from distinct multi-domain structure to nearly single domain structure was distinctly observed in the unpatterned perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (p-MTJ) films with CoFeB thickness tCFB≥1.5 nm. Meanwhile, for the corresponding patterned perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions with AlOx barrier, the tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio exhibited an intense enhancement over 100%. The TMR results and spin configurations were illustrated using an exchange spring model in both magnetic electrodes. The presented study shows the benefit of using exchange spring magnetic electrodes in perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction on their performance.

  10. Buffer layer annealing effects on the magnetization reversal process in Pd/Co/Pd systems

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    Fassatoui, A.; Belhi, R.; Vogel, J.; Abdelmoula, K.

    2016-12-01

    We have investigated the effect of annealing the buffer layer on the magnetization reversal behavior in Pd/Co/Pd thin films using magneto-optical Kerr microscopy. It was found that annealing the buffer layer at 150 °C for 1 h decreases the coercivity and increases the saturation magnetization and the effective magnetic anisotropy constant. This study also shows that the annealing induces a change of the magnetization reversal from a mixed nucleation and domain wall propagation process to one dominated by domain wall propagation. This result demonstrates that the main effect of annealing the buffer layer is to decrease the domain wall pinning in the Co layer, favoring the domain wall propagation mode.