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  1. Magnetic multilayer interface anisotropy

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    Pechan, M.J.

    1992-01-01

    Ni/Mo and Ni/V multilayer magnetic anisotropy has been investigated as a function of Ni layer thickness, frequency and temperature. Variable frequency ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements show, for the first time, significant frequency dependence associated with the multilayer magnetic anisotropy. The thickness dependence allows one to extract the interface contribution from the total anisotropy. Temperature dependent FMR (9 GHz) and room temperature magnetization indicate that strain between Ni and the non-magnetic layers is contributing significantly to the source of the interface anisotropy and the state of the interfacial magnetization. In order to examine the interface properties of other transition metal multilayer systems, investigations on Fe/Cu are underway and CoCr/Ag is being proposed. ESR measurements have been reported on Gd substituted YBaCuO superconductors and a novel quasi-equilibrium method has been developed to determine quickly and precisely the ransition temperature.

  2. Magnetic multilayer interface anisotropy. Technical progress report, January 1, 1992--December 31, 1992

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    Pechan, M.J.

    1992-12-01

    Ni/Mo and Ni/V multilayer magnetic anisotropy has been investigated as a function of Ni layer thickness, frequency and temperature. Variable frequency ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements show, for the first time, significant frequency dependence associated with the multilayer magnetic anisotropy. The thickness dependence allows one to extract the interface contribution from the total anisotropy. Temperature dependent FMR (9 GHz) and room temperature magnetization indicate that strain between Ni and the non-magnetic layers is contributing significantly to the source of the interface anisotropy and the state of the interfacial magnetization. In order to examine the interface properties of other transition metal multilayer systems, investigations on Fe/Cu are underway and CoCr/Ag is being proposed. ESR measurements have been reported on Gd substituted YBaCuO superconductors and a novel quasi-equilibrium method has been developed to determine quickly and precisely the ransition temperature.

  3. The role of symmetry-breaking-induced interface anisotropy in [Fe/Pt]{sub n} multilayer films

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    Li Zhenghua; Xie Hailong; Liu Xi; Bai Jianmin; Wei Fulin; Wei Dan; Yoshimura, S.; Saito, H.; Liu Xiaoxi

    2011-04-01

    The FePt films were deposited with [Fe/Pt]{sub n} multilayer structure on preheated Corning 1737F glass substrate using pure Fe and Pt target in a CMS-18 sputtering system. The dependence of FePt's texture and magnetic properties on the multilayer structure was investigated. The XRD patterns indicate that (111) texture is dominant for all [Fe/Pt]{sub n} (n = 8, 16, 20, 32) multilayer films. However, the measured M-H loops show that the perpendicular anisotropy is greatly enhanced in samples with n = 16, 20, and 32. The origin of the increased perpendicular anisotropy of [Fe/Pt]{sub n} multilayer films is related to the contributions of the interfaces, which will be analyzed using the micromagnetic models, with careful discussions of the crystalline and interface anisotropies. Finally, it is confirmed that the Fe/Pt interfaces favor the perpendicular orientation in the multilayer structure.

  4. Precise control of interface anisotropy during deposition of Co/Pd multilayers

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    Barton, C. W. Thomson, T.; Slater, T. J. A.; Haigh, S. J.; Rowan-Robinson, R. M.; Atkinson, D.

    2014-11-28

    We demonstrate the control of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in multilayer films without modification of either the microstructure or saturation magnetization by tuning the Ar{sup +} ion energy using remote plasma sputtering. We show that for [Co/Pd]{sub 8} multilayer films, increasing the Ar{sup +} ion energy results in a strong decrease in PMA through an increase in interfacial roughness determined by X-ray reflectivity measurements. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope image data show that the microstructure is independent of Ar{sup +} energy. This opens a different approach to the in-situ deposition of graded exchange springs and for control of the polarizing layer in hybrid spin transfer torque devices.

  5. Magnetisation reversal in anisotropy graded Co/Pd multilayers

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    Barton, C. W. Thomson, T.

    2015-08-14

    We demonstrate high precision controllability of the magnetization reversal nucleation process in [Co/Pd]{sub 8} multilayer films consisting of two sets of bilayers with high and low perpendicular anisotropy, respectively. The anisotropy of the entire film is set by the degree of Co/Pd interfacial mixing during deposition which provides fine control of the anisotropy of an individual bilayer in the multilayer stack. The relative number of each type of bilayer is used to select the magnetisation reversal behavior such that changing one bilayer changes the properties of the entire multilayer through anisotropy averaging. A simple extension to the sputtering protocol would provide multilayer films with fully graded anisotropy, while maintaining a constant saturation magnetization opening new possibilities for the creation of highly engineered multilayer structures for spin torque devices and future magnetic recording media.

  6. Engineering spin-orbit torque in Co/Pt multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Huang, Kuo-Feng; Wang, Ding-Shuo; Lai, Chih-Huang; Lin, Hsiu-Hau

    2015-12-07

    To address thermal stability issues for spintronic devices with a reduced size, we investigate spin-orbit torque in Co/Pt multilayers with strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Note that the spin-orbit torque arises from the global imbalance of the spin currents from the top and bottom interfaces for each Co layer. By inserting Ta or Cu layers to strengthen the top-down asymmetry, the spin-orbit torque efficiency can be greatly modified without compromised perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Above all, the efficiency builds up as the number of layers increases, realizing robust thermal stability and high spin-orbit-torque efficiency simultaneously in the multilayers structure.

  7. Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy of Tb/Fe and Gd/Fe Multilayers Studied with Torque Magnetometer

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    Chowdhury, Ataur

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of multilayers critically depend on the magnetic and structural ordering of the interface. To study the effect of interface on PMA, Tb/Fe and Gd/Fe multilayers with varying Fe (0.8-9.0 nm) and Gd (0.5-2.8 nm) or Tb (0.3-6.3 nm) layer thicknesses were fabricated by planar magnetron sputtering. The magnetometer results of spin orientation clearly reveals that samples with Gd or Tb layer thickness of more than 1.2 nm display no PMA, regardless of the Fe layer thickness. Tb/Fe and Gd/Fe multilayers with thin (<1.2 nm) Tb or Gd layers display large PMA, but no PMA is observed when the Fe layer thickness is increased to 4.0 nm and higher. The bulk magnetization and anisotropy energy constant of the samples are found to increase with increasing Fe layer thickness. Torque measurement also reveals that there are two distinctly different axes of spin alignment at different energy. Tb/Fe and Gd/Fe multilayers with similar composition reveal similar magnetic and structural characteristics, and it may imply that single-ion-anisotropy of rare-earth element, which is quite large for Tb ions and very small for Gd ions, may not be the dominating cause of PMA in Td/Fe and Gd/Fe multilayers. A detailed explanation of the results will be provided based on exchange interaction at the interface.

  8. Effective anisotropy gradient in pressure graded [Co/Pd] multilayers

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    Kirby, B. J. Maranville, B. B.; Greene, P. K.; Liu, Kai; Davies, J. E.

    2015-02-14

    We have used polarized neutron reflectometry to show that controlled variation of growth pressure during deposition of Co/Pd multilayers can be used to achieve a significant vertical gradient in the effective anisotropy. This gradient is strongly dependent on deposition order (low to high pressure or vice versa), and is accompanied by a corresponding gradient in saturation magnetization. These results demonstrate pressure-grading as an attractively simple technique for tailoring the anisotropy profile of magnetic media.

  9. Random Field effects in perpendicular-anisotropy multilayer films

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    Xu, Jian; Silevitch, Daniel; Rosenbaum, Thomas

    With the application of a magnetic field transverse to the magnetic easy axis, randomly-distributed 3D collections of dipole-coupled Ising spins form a realization of the Random-Field Ising Model. Tuning the strength of the site-specific random field, and hence the disorder, via the applied transverse field regulates the domain reversal energetics and hence the macroscopic hysteresis loop. We extend this approach to two dimensions, using sputtered Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy (PMA) Co/Pt multilayer thin films. We characterize the coercive fields and hysteresis loops at a series of temperatures and transverse fields.

  10. The effect of interfaces on the mechanical behaviour of multilayered metallic laminates

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    Sobie, Cameron; McPhie, Mathieu G.; Capolungo, Laurent; Cherkaoui, Mohammed

    2014-06-01

    The mechanical response of multilayered metallic laminates is dominated by size effects through the confinement of dislocation motion within the layers. We deconvolute the contributions to the plastic behaviour resulting from dislocation-dislocation interactions and dislocation-interface interactions, using discrete dislocation dynamics and atomistic simulations. Upper and lower bounds for the material strength are found by considering two limiting cases for the influence of the interfaces: hard and shearable. Hard interfaces, preserving interfacial dislocations, are shown to significantly increase the strength of the multilayered metallic laminates, whereas a deformable interface results in lesser hardening. Molecular dynamics simulations show that the {1 1 1}Cu ∥ {1 1 0}Nb Cu/Nb interface response lies between these two cases. Additionally, the plastic response of Cu/Nb multilayered metallic laminates is studied and shown to be isotropic due to an effect of averaging among layers, despite the plastic anisotropy of the respective layer materials.

  11. Magnetoelastically induced magnetic anisotropy transition in [CoO5nm/CoPt7nm]5 multilayer films

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    Guo, Lei; Harumoto, Takashi; Sannomiya, Takumi; Muraishi, Shinji; Nakamura, Yoshio; Shi, Ji

    2016-06-01

    The magnetic anisotropy transition of [CoO5nm/CoPt7nm]5 multilayer film with respect to post-annealing has been studied systematically. It undergoes a smooth transition from longitudinal magnetic anisotropy (LMA) to perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) upon annealing and returns backward to LMA at high temperature of 550 °C. The strongest PMA of [CoO5nm/CoPt7nm]5 is achieved after post-annealing at 300 °C and the tolerable post-annealing temperature with strong PMA is up to 400 °C, which indicates this multilayer film could be a potential candidate for the PMA application at middle-high-temperature-region between 300 °C and 400 °C. The mechanism responsible for the transition of magnetic anisotropy has been investigated by analyzing CoO/CoPt interface and CoPt layer internal stress. It is found the effective PMA energy is proportional to the in-plane tensile stress of CoPt layer but is inversely proportional to the roughness of CoO/CoPt interface. Finally, by means of low temperature experiment we demonstrate the magnetic anisotropy transition observed in [CoO5nm/CoPt7nm]5 multilayer film is mainly attributed to the change of CoPt layer in-plane tensile stress.

  12. Peculiar effective elastic anisotropy of nanometric multilayers studied by surface Brillouin scattering

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    Faurie, D.; Djemia, P.; Castelnau, O.; Brenner, R.; Belliard, L.; Le Bourhis, E.; Goudeau, Ph; Renault, P.-O.

    2015-12-01

    We show in this paper by using a two-scale transition model that the elastic anisotropy of a thin film specimen can be tuned by appropriate stacking design. The anisotropic behaviour is illustrated for two monophase thin films, namely W which is perfectly elastically isotropic and Au which is strongly elastically anisotropic, and for a nanometric W/Au multilayers. The experimental measurements show that the model capture the elastic anisotropy rather well even for a nanometric multilayer stacking (period of 12 nm) and that the elastic anisotropy of W/Au multilayer is more pronounced than the ones of the two components for a fraction of 50%. This enhanced anisotropy is discussed in view of the multilayer microstructure.

  13. Interfacial electronic structure-modulated magnetic anisotropy in Ta/CoFeB/MgO/Ta multilayers

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    Chen, Xi; Jiang, Shao Long; Yang, Guang; Liu, Yang; Teng, Jiao; Yu, Guang Hua; Wang, Kai You; Wu, Zheng Long

    2014-09-01

    We have observed several unexpected phenomena when a trace amount of Fe atoms is deposited onto the CoFeB/MgO interface in Ta/CoFeB/MgO/Ta multilayers. With the nominal thickness of the introduced Fe atoms (t{sub Fe}) varying from 0 to 0.1 Å, the effective magnetic anisotropy energy (K{sub eff}) of annealed multilayers is remarkably enhanced from 1.28 × 10{sup 6 }erg/cm{sup 3} to 2.14 × 10{sup 6 }erg/cm{sup 3}. As t{sub Fe} further increasing, the K{sub eff} decreases and even becomes negative when t{sub Fe} > 1 Å, indicating the change from perpendicular magnetic anisotropy to in-plane magnetic anisotropy. The analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectrometer reveals that the Fe atoms at annealed CoFeB/MgO interface show different electronic structures as t{sub Fe} increasing, which combine with O atoms to form FeO{sub x} (x < 1), Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, respectively, leading to modulation of Fe 3d-O 2p orbital hybridization and thus the K{sub eff}. On the other hand, we find that the introduction of Fe atoms also helps to reduce the multilayers' magnetic damping.

  14. Constraints on Multilayered Anisotropy beneath Ocean Islands from Harmonic Decomposition of Receiver Functions

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    Park, J. J.; Olugboji, T. M.

    2013-12-01

    Receiver functions have been used to provide, with improved resolution, velocity structure in the crust and upper mantle for oceans and continents. For oceanic regions, receiver function results are only possible were there is station coverage - ocean island stations and ocean bottom seismometers. Receiver function studies of oceanic crustal and upper mantle structure have provided constraints on Moho depth, lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary depth, and show evidence for magmatic underplating. Until recently, these receiver functions have focused on the radial RFs, neglecting information available from transverse RFs. We provide new results that suggest the prevalence of multi-layered crustal anisotropy using azimuthal variation in the amplitudes of radial and transverse receiver functions, reconstructed via harmonic decomposition. The harmonic components give information on the dip and trend of the axis of symmetry within the anisotropic layers above and below interfaces that generate Ps converted waves. Information from preliminary study of ten ocean island stations shows that azimuthal RF variation is largely two-lobed for most of the ocean-island stations, consistent with anisotropy with a tilted symmetry axis in the oceanic crust, including the underplated layers. Using sequential H-K stacks to model the isotropic velocity and the number of layers, we can guide harmonic decomposition to specify the presence and orientation of anisotropy within the specific layers. We will use this to evaluate hypothetical models for ocean-island crustal fabric.

  15. Anisotropies and spin dynamics in ultrathin magnetic multilayer structures

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    Kardasz, Bartlomiej

    High quality magnetic films were prepared by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) using Thermal Deposition (TD) and Pulse Laser Deposition (PLD) techniques. Ferromagnetic Resonance (FMR) and Mossbauer studies have shown that the Fe films prepared by PLD exhibited a more intermixed interface lattice structure than those prepared by TD. Dramatic decrease of the in-plane interface uniaxial anisotropy for the PLD films compared to those prepared by TD has shown that the in-plane uniaxial anisotropy is caused by magnetoelasticity driven by the Fe/GaAs(001) interface lattice shear. Magnetization dynamics of the ultrathin Fe/Au,Ag/Fe films was studied using Time-Resolved Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect (TRMOKE) and FMR in the frequency range from 1 to 73 GHz. The Gilbert damping was studied in the Au/Fe/GaAs(001) structures as a function of the Fe and Au layer thickness, respectively. The observed increase in magnetic damping in the Fe film covered with thick Au capping layers was explained by spin pumping at the Fe/Au interface accompanied by spin relaxation and diffusion of the accumulated spin density in the Au layer. The spin diffusion length in Au was found to be 34 nm at room temperature. Significant increase of the Gilbert damping was observed in the Au/Fe/GaAs structures with decreasing Fe film thickness. Its origin lies in the additional damping at the Fe/GaAs interface. Direct detection of the spin current propagating across the Ag spacer in Fe/Ag,Au/Fe/GaAs(001) structures was carried out with stroboscopic TRMOKE measurements. The Fe layer grown on GaAs served as a spin pumping source and the Fe layer grown on the Au,Ag spacer was used as a probe for detection of the spin current propagating across the Au and Ag spacers. The experimental results were interpreted using selfconsistent solution of the Landau Lifshitz Gilbert (LLG) equations of motion with the spin diffusion equation for the accumulated spin density in the Au and Ag spacers. The spin diffusion length in Ag was

  16. Corrosion protected, multi-layer fuel cell interface

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    Feigenbaum, Haim; Pudick, Sheldon; Wang, Chiu L.

    1986-01-01

    An improved interface configuration for use between adjacent elements of a fuel cell stack. The interface is impervious to gas and liquid and provides resistance to corrosion by the electrolyte of the fuel cell. The multi-layer configuration for the interface comprises a non-cupreous metal-coated metallic element to which is film-bonded a conductive layer by hot pressing a resin therebetween. The multi-layer arrangement provides bridging electrical contact.

  17. Impact of buffer layer and Pt thickness on the interface structure and magnetic properties in (Co/Pt) multilayers.

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    Bersweiler, M; Dumesnil, K; Lacour, D; Hehn, M

    2016-08-24

    The influence of Pt thickness on the interface structure (roughness / intermixing) and magnetic properties has been investigated for (Co / Pt) multilayers sputtered on a Pt or a thin oxide (MgO or AlO x ) buffer layer. When Pt thickness increases from 1.2 nm-2.2 nm, we observe that the effective anisotropy increases with the Pt thickness, simultaneously with the decrease of roughness, i.e. the occurrence of sharper interfaces. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is still achieved on the oxide buffer layers, but with a lower effective anisotropy correlated to more perturbed interfaces. The detailed analysis of the saturation magnetization shows that: (i) M s is significantly enhanced in the case of rough/intermixed interfaces, which is attributed to and discussed in the framework of Pt induced polarization, (ii) the change in volume dipolar anisotropy is the main factor responsible for the reduction of K eff for systems grown on oxides. Beyond the major role of volume dipolar contribution that reduces PMA, a supplemental positive contribution promoting PMA can be invoked for rough interfaces and large M s (deposit on oxide). This contribution is consistent with a dipolar surface anisotropy term and increases for rough interfaces, in contrast to the Néel surface anisotropy. These opposite variations may interestingly lead to an enhanced anisotropy in (Co / Pt) stackings grown on oxides compared to systems deposited on Pt, i.e. with sharper interfaces. PMID:27351776

  18. Impact of buffer layer and Pt thickness on the interface structure and magnetic properties in (Co/Pt) multilayers

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    Bersweiler, M.; Dumesnil, K.; Lacour, D.; Hehn, M.

    2016-08-01

    The influence of Pt thickness on the interface structure (roughness / intermixing) and magnetic properties has been investigated for (Co / Pt) multilayers sputtered on a Pt or a thin oxide (MgO or AlO x ) buffer layer. When Pt thickness increases from 1.2 nm–2.2 nm, we observe that the effective anisotropy increases with the Pt thickness, simultaneously with the decrease of roughness, i.e. the occurrence of sharper interfaces. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is still achieved on the oxide buffer layers, but with a lower effective anisotropy correlated to more perturbed interfaces. The detailed analysis of the saturation magnetization shows that: (i) M s is significantly enhanced in the case of rough/intermixed interfaces, which is attributed to and discussed in the framework of Pt induced polarization, (ii) the change in volume dipolar anisotropy is the main factor responsible for the reduction of K eff for systems grown on oxides. Beyond the major role of volume dipolar contribution that reduces PMA, a supplemental positive contribution promoting PMA can be invoked for rough interfaces and large M s (deposit on oxide). This contribution is consistent with a dipolar surface anisotropy term and increases for rough interfaces, in contrast to the Néel surface anisotropy. These opposite variations may interestingly lead to an enhanced anisotropy in (Co / Pt) stackings grown on oxides compared to systems deposited on Pt, i.e. with sharper interfaces.

  19. Field-induced domain wall motion of amorphous [CoSiB/Pt]{sub N} multilayers with perpendicular anisotropy

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    Choi, Y. H.; Lee, K. J.; Jung, M. H.; Yoon, J. B.; Cho, J. H.; You, C.-Y.; Kim, T. W.

    2014-05-14

    Amorphous CoSiB/Pt multilayer is a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy material to achieve high squareness, low coercivity, strong anisotropy, and smooth domain wall (DW) motion, because of the smoother interface compared with crystalline multilayers. For [CoSiB(6 Å)/Pt (14 Å)]{sub N} multilayers with N = 3, 6, and 9, we studied the field-induced DW dynamics. The effective anisotropy constant K{sub 1}{sup eff} is 1.5 × 10{sup 6} erg/cm{sup 3} for all the N values, and the linear increment of coercive field H{sub c} with N gives constant exchange coupling J. By analyzing the field dependence of DW images at room temperature, a clear creep motion with the exponent μ = 1/4 could be observed. Even though the pinning field H{sub dep} slightly increases with N, the pinning potential energy U{sub c} is constant (=35 k{sub B}T) for all the N values. These results imply that the amorphous [CoSiB/Pt]{sub N} multilayers are inherently homogeneous compared to crystalline multilayers. For N ≤ 6, the pinning site density ρ{sub pin} is less than 1000/μm{sup 2}, which is about 1 pinning site per the typical device junction size of 30 × 30 nm{sup 2}. Also, the exchange stiffness constant A{sub ex} is obtained to be 0.48 × 10{sup −6} erg/cm, and the domain wall width is expected to be smaller than 5.5 nm. These results may be applicable for spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory and DW logic device applications.

  20. Characterization of ultra smooth interfaces in Mo/Si-multilayers.

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    Dietsch, R; Holz, T; Hopfe, S; Mai, H; Scholz, R; Schöneich, B; Wendrock, H

    1995-10-01

    The interface structure of Mo/Si-multilayers prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) on Si substrates at room temperature has been investigated. Already the in-situ ellipsometer data acquired during film growth indicate a particular behaviour of this material system that is caused by reaction/diffusion processes of the condensing atoms. MoSi(x) interlayers are formed both at the Mo on Si- and at the Si on Mo-interfaces. The results of multilayer characterization carried out by SNMS and RBS show similar concentration profiles for both types of the interlayers. More detailed information about interface structure and morphology can be provided by HREM investigations. In the TEM micrographs of various multilayers prepared for different laser light wavelengths an improvement of layer stack quality, i.e. formation of abrupt interfaces, with increasing photon energy is observed. Layer stacks having almost ideally smooth interfaces were synthesized by UV-photon ablation. HREM micrographs of these multilayers show a pronounced separation of spacer and absorber layers. The roughness sigma(R) of the interfaces between the amorphous Si- and MoSi(x)-layers was determined by image analysis. On the average a level sigma(R) approximately 0.1 nm is found. There is no indication for roughness replication or amplification from interface to interface as it is known from the appropriate products of conventional thin film technologies. PMID:15048504

  1. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Ta/Co2FeAl/MgO multilayers

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    Gabor, M. S.; Petrisor, T.; Tiusan, C.; Petrisor, T.

    2013-08-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate the stabilization of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in Ta/Co2FeAl/MgO multilayers sputtered on thermally oxidized Si(100) substrates. The magnetic analysis points out that these films show significant interfacial anisotropy even in the as-deposited state, KS=0.67 erg/cm2, enough to provide PMA for the as-deposited films with thicknesses below 1.5 nm. Moreover, the interfacial anisotropy is enhanced by thermal annealing up to 300 °C. The presence of a magnetic dead layer, whose thickness increases with annealing temperature, was also identified.

  2. Magnetic structure and anisotropy of [Co/Pd ] 5/NiFe multilayers

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    Tryputen, Larysa; Guo, Feng; Liu, Frank; Nguyen, T. N. Anh; Mohseni, Majid S.; Chung, Sunjae; Fang, Yeyu; Ã kerman, Johan; McMichael, R. D.; Ross, Caroline A.

    2015-01-01

    The magnetization behavior, magnetic anisotropy, and domain configurations of Co/Pd multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy capped with permalloy is investigated using magnetometry, magnetic force microscopy, and ferromagnetic resonance. The thickness of the Ni80Fe20 layer in [Co/Pd ] 5/NiFe (t ) was varied from t =0 to 80 nm in order to study the interplay between the anisotropy and magnetization directions of Co/Pd and NiFe. By varying the thickness of the NiFe layer, the net anisotropy changes sign, but domains with plane-normal magnetization are present even for the thickest NiFe. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements show a decrease in damping with increasing NiFe thickness. The results demonstrate how the magnetic behavior of mixed-anisotropy thin films can be controlled.

  3. Strain-assisted magnetization reversal in Co/Ni multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy.

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    Gopman, D B; Dennis, C L; Chen, P J; Iunin, Y L; Finkel, P; Staruch, M; Shull, R D

    2016-01-01

    Multifunctional materials composed of ultrathin magnetic films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy combined with ferroelectric substrates represent a new approach toward low power, fast, high density spintronics. Here we demonstrate Co/Ni multilayered films with tunable saturation magnetization and perpendicular anisotropy grown directly on ferroelectric PZT [Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3] substrate plates. Electric fields up to ±2 MV/m expand the PZT by 0.1% and generate at least 0.02% in-plane compression in the Co/Ni multilayered film. Modifying the strain with a voltage can reduce the coercive field by over 30%. We also demonstrate that alternating in-plane tensile and compressive strains (less than 0.01%) can be used to propagate magnetic domain walls. This ability to manipulate high anisotropy magnetic thin films could prove useful for lowering the switching energy for magnetic elements in future voltage-controlled spintronic devices. PMID:27297638

  4. Strain-assisted magnetization reversal in Co/Ni multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Gopman, D. B.; Dennis, C. L.; Chen, P. J.; Iunin, Y. L.; Finkel, P.; Staruch, M.; Shull, R. D.

    2016-06-01

    Multifunctional materials composed of ultrathin magnetic films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy combined with ferroelectric substrates represent a new approach toward low power, fast, high density spintronics. Here we demonstrate Co/Ni multilayered films with tunable saturation magnetization and perpendicular anisotropy grown directly on ferroelectric PZT [Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3] substrate plates. Electric fields up to ±2 MV/m expand the PZT by 0.1% and generate at least 0.02% in-plane compression in the Co/Ni multilayered film. Modifying the strain with a voltage can reduce the coercive field by over 30%. We also demonstrate that alternating in-plane tensile and compressive strains (less than 0.01%) can be used to propagate magnetic domain walls. This ability to manipulate high anisotropy magnetic thin films could prove useful for lowering the switching energy for magnetic elements in future voltage-controlled spintronic devices.

  5. Strain-assisted magnetization reversal in Co/Ni multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Gopman, D. B.; Dennis, C. L.; Chen, P. J.; Iunin, Y. L.; Finkel, P.; Staruch, M.; Shull, R. D.

    2016-01-01

    Multifunctional materials composed of ultrathin magnetic films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy combined with ferroelectric substrates represent a new approach toward low power, fast, high density spintronics. Here we demonstrate Co/Ni multilayered films with tunable saturation magnetization and perpendicular anisotropy grown directly on ferroelectric PZT [Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3] substrate plates. Electric fields up to ±2 MV/m expand the PZT by 0.1% and generate at least 0.02% in-plane compression in the Co/Ni multilayered film. Modifying the strain with a voltage can reduce the coercive field by over 30%. We also demonstrate that alternating in-plane tensile and compressive strains (less than 0.01%) can be used to propagate magnetic domain walls. This ability to manipulate high anisotropy magnetic thin films could prove useful for lowering the switching energy for magnetic elements in future voltage-controlled spintronic devices. PMID:27297638

  6. Anisotropy of heat conduction in Mo/Si multilayers

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    Medvedev, V. V.; Yakshin, A. E.; Kruijs, R. W. E. van de; Bijkerk, F.; Yang, J.; Schmidt, A. J.; Zoethout, E.

    2015-08-28

    This paper reports on the studies of anisotropic heat conduction phenomena in Mo/Si multilayers with individual layer thicknesses selected to be smaller than the mean free path of heat carriers. We applied the frequency-domain thermoreflectance technique to characterize the thermal conductivity tensor. While the mechanisms of the cross-plane heat conduction were studied in detail previously, here we focus on the in-plane heat conduction. To analyze the relative contribution of electron transport to the in-plane heat conduction, we applied sheet-resistance measurements. Results of Mo/Si multilayers with variable thickness of the Mo layers indicate that the net in-plane thermal conductivity depends on the microstructure of the Mo layers.

  7. Magnetoelastically induced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and perpendicular exchange bias of CoO/CoPt multilayer films

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    Guo, Lei; Wang, Yue; Wang, Jian; Muraishi, Shinji; Sannomiya, Takumi; Nakamura, Yoshio; Shi, Ji

    2015-11-01

    The effects of magnetoelastically induced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) on perpendicular exchange bias (PEB) have been studied in [CoO5nm/CoPt5nm]5 multilayer films. After deposition at room temperature, [CoO5nm/CoPt5nm]5 multilayer films were post-annealed at 100 °C, 250 °C, 300 °C and 375 °C for 3 h. In-plane tensile stress of CoPt layer was calculated by sin2 φ method, and we found it increased gradually upon annealing from 0.99 GPa (as-deposited) up to 3.02 GPa (300 °C-annealed). As to the magnetic property, significant enhancement of PMA was achieved in [CoO5nm/CoPt5nm]5 multilayer films after annealing due to the increase of CoPt layer in-plane tensile stress. With the enhancement of magnetoelastically induced PMA, great improvement of PEB was also achieved in [CoO5nm/CoPt5nm]5 multilayer films, which increased from 130 Oe (as-deposited) up to 1060 Oe (300 °C-annealed), showing the same change tendency as PMA and the strong correlation with CoPt layer in-plane tensile stress. We consider it is the increase of CoPt layer in-plane tensile stress that leads to the enhancement of CoPt layer PMA, which is favorable for the spins in CoPt layer aligning to a more perpendicular direction. And thus the enhanced PMA with more perpendicular spins alignment in CoPt layer results in the improved PEB in [CoO5nm/CoPt5nm]5 multilayer films through enhanced perpendicular spins coupling at CoO/CoPt interfaces.

  8. Co2FeAl films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in multilayer structure

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    Li, X. Q.; Xu, X. G.; Yin, S. Q.; Zhang, D. L.; Miao, J.; Jiang, Y.

    2011-01-01

    We have fabricated Co2FeAl (CFA) films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in a (Co2FeAl/Ni)6 multilayer structure. The effects of underlayer Cu thickness (tCu), Co2FeAl thickness (tCFA) and Ni thickness (tNi) on the magnetic properties have been studied. The PMA is realized with a large anisotropy energy density K = 3.7×106 ergs/cm3, a high squareness Mr/Ms = 1 and a small perpendicular coercivity Hc = 60 Oe, while tCu, tCFA and tNi are 9 nm, 0.2 nm and 0.6 nm respectively. The PMA remains after 300 °C annealing, which demonstrates better thermal stability of the (Co2FeAl/Ni)6 multilayer than that of (Co/Ni)n.

  9. Exchange coupling and magnetic anisotropy at Fe/FePt interfaces

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    Aas, C. J.; Hasnip, P. J.; Cuadrado, R.; Plotnikova, E. M.; Szunyogh, L.; Udvardi, L.; Chantrell, R. W.

    2013-11-01

    We perform fully relativistic first-principles calculations of the exchange interactions and the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE) in an Fe/FePt/Fe sandwich system in order to elucidate how the presence of Fe/FePt (soft/hard magnetic) interfaces impacts on the magnetic properties of Fe/FePt/Fe multilayers. Throughout our study we make comparisons between a geometrically unrelaxed system and a geometrically relaxed system. We observe that the Fe layer at the Fe/FePt interface plays a crucial role inasmuch as its (isotropic) exchange coupling to the soft (Fe) phase of the system is substantially reduced. Moreover, this interfacial Fe layer has a substantial impact on the MAE of the system. We show that the MAE of the FePt slab, including the contribution from the Fe/FePt interface, is dominated by anisotropic intersite exchange interactions. Our calculations indicate that the change in the MAE of the FePt slab with respect to the corresponding bulk value is negative, i.e., the presence of Fe/FePt interfaces appears to reduce the perpendicular MAE of the Fe/FePt/Fe system. However, for the relaxed system, this reduction is marginal. It is also shown that the relaxed system exhibits a reduced interfacial exchange. Using a simple linear chain model, we demonstrate that the reduced exchange leads to a discontinuity in the magnetization structure at the interface.

  10. Magneto-transport anisotropy in epitaxially grown hybrid MnAs/GaAs multilayer

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    Song, J. H.; Cui, Y.; Lee, J. J.; Ketterson, J. B.

    2015-05-07

    Using molecular-beam epitaxy, we grew a MnAs/GaAs multilayer on a GaAs(100) substrate and compared its magneto-transport characteristics to those of a single-layer MnAs thin film. The crystal orientation of the MnAs layers in both samples was type-B. M–H measurements revealed two-fold symmetric magnetic anisotropy on the surface with the easy and hard direction of magnetization. When the current flowed along the hard direction, the MnAs/GaAs multilayer exhibited negative magnetoresistance below Curie temperature; when the current flowed along the easy direction, it turned positive. We suggest that this peculiar anisotropic magneto-transport behavior in the multilayer originated from two-dimensional carrier confinement and spin-orbit coupling.

  11. Spin-triplet supercurrent in Co/Ni multilayer Josephson junctions with perpendicular anisotropy

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    Gingrich, E. C.; Quarterman, P.; Wang, Yixing; Loloee, R.; Pratt, W. P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.

    2012-12-01

    We have measured spin-triplet supercurrent in Josephson junctions of the form S/F'/F/F'/S, where S is superconducting Nb, F' is a thin Ni layer with in-plane magnetization, and F is a Ni/[Co/Ni]n multilayer with out-of-plane magnetization. The supercurrent in these junctions decays very slowly with F-layer thickness and is much larger than in similar junctions not containing the two F' layers. Those two features are the characteristic signatures of spin-triplet supercurrent, which is maximized by the orthogonality of the magnetizations in the F and F' layers. Magnetic measurements confirm the out-of-plane anisotropy of the Co/Ni multilayers. These samples have their critical current optimized in the as-prepared state, which will be useful for future applications.

  12. Assessment of Layer Thickness and Interface Quality in CoP Electrodeposited Multilayers.

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    Lucas, Irene; Ciudad, David; Plaza, Manuel; Ruiz-Gómez, Sandra; Aroca, Claudio; Pérez, Lucas

    2016-07-27

    The magnetic properties of CoP electrodeposited alloys can be easily controlled by layering the alloys and modulating the P content of the different layers by using pulse plating in the electrodeposition process. However, because of its amorphous nature, the study of the interface quality, which is a limitation for the optimization of the soft magnetic properties of these alloys, becomes a complex task. In this work, we use Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) to determine that electrodeposited Co0.74P0.26/Co0.83P0.17 amorphous multilayers with layers down to 20 nm-thick are composed by well-defined layers with interfacial roughness below 3 nm. We have also determined, using magnetostriction measurements, that 4 nm is the lower limitation for the layer thickness. Below this thickness, the layers are mixed and the magnetic behavior of the multilayered films is similar to that shown by single layers, thus going from in-plane to out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy. Therefore, these results establish the range in which the magnetic properties of these alloys can be controlled by layering. PMID:27381897

  13. Interface Roughness Evolution in Sputtered WSi2/Si Multilayers

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    Wang,Y.; Zhou, H.; Zhou, L.; Headrick, R.; Macrander, A.; Ozcan, A.

    2007-01-01

    We report on the growth of WSi{sub 2} and Si amorphous thin films by dc magnetron sputtering. In situ synchrotron x-ray scattering with high temporal resolution has been employed to probe the surface and interface roughness during film deposition. It is found that the WSi{sub 2}/Si multilayer surface alternately roughens and smoothes during deposition; while the Si layer roughness monotonically, the WSi{sub 2} layer is observed to smooth out when deposited on an initially rough surface. Subsequent deposition of the next layer effectively freezes in the surface morphology of the previous layer in each case. Energetic neutrals and ions assisting the growth may play a role in inducing this pronounced alternating pattern in the roughness.

  14. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in granular multilayers of CoPd alloyed nanoparticles

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    Vivas, L. G.; Rubín, J.; Figueroa, A. I.; Bartolomé, F.; García, L. M.; Deranlot, C.; Petroff, F.; Ruiz, L.; González-Calbet, J. M.; Pascarelli, S.; Brookes, N. B.; Wilhelm, F.; Chorro, M.; Rogalev, A.; Bartolomé, J.

    2016-05-01

    Co-Pd multilayers obtained by Pd capping of pre-deposited Co nanoparticles on amorphous alumina are systematically studied by means of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, extended x-ray absorption fine structure, SQUID-based magnetometry, and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. The films are formed by CoPd alloyed nanoparticles self-organized across the layers, with the interspace between the nanoparticles filled by the non-alloyed Pd metal. The nanoparticles show atomic arrangements compatible with short-range chemical order of L 10 strucure type. The collective magnetic behavior is that of ferromagnetically coupled particles with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, irrespective of the amount of deposited Pd. For increasing temperature three magnetic phases are identified: hard ferromagnetic with strong coercive field, soft-ferromagnetic as in an amorphous asperomagnet, and superparamagnetic. Increasing the amount of Pd in the system leads to both magnetic hardness increment and higher transition temperatures. Magnetic total moments of 1.77(4) μB and 0.45(4) μB are found at Co and Pd sites, respectively, where the orbital moment of Co, 0.40(2) μB, is high, while that of Pd is negligible. The effective magnetic anisotropy is the largest in the capping metal series (Pd, Pt, W, Cu, Ag, Au), which is attributed to the interparticle interaction between de nanoparticles, in addition to the intraparticle anisotropy arising from hybridization between the 3 d -4 d bands associated to the Co and Pd chemical arrangement in a L 10 structure type.

  15. Domain Structures and Anisotropy in Exchange-coupled [Co/Pd]-NiFe and [Co/Ni]-NiFe Multilayers

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    Tryputen, Larysa; Chung, Sunjae; Mohseni, Majid; Nguyen, T. N. Anh; Åkerman, Johan; Guo, Feng; McMichael, Robert D.; Ross, Caroline A.

    2014-03-01

    Exchange-coupled multilayers [Co/Pd]5-/NiFe and [Co/Ni]4-NiFe with strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy have been proposed to use in spin-torque switching and oscillators devices with tilted fixed and free layer to improve their functional performance. We present an experimental study of the magnetization behavior of [Co/Pd]5-/NiFe and [Co/Ni]4-NiFe multilayers measured using magnetometry, magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) as a function of the thickness of the top NiFe layer. We varied the thickness of the NiFe layer in [Co/Pd]5-NiFe (t), t = 0 - 80 nm and [Co/Ni]4-NiFe (t), t = 0.5 - 2.5 nm in order to study the interplay between perpendicular magnetization of the Co/Pd or Co/Ni multilayers and in-plane magnetization of the NiFe. Our magnetometry and FMR data suggest that the [Co/Ni]4/NiFe multilayer behaves like a homogeneous ferromagnetic film with anisotropy that reorients towards in-plane as the NiFe thickness increases, whereas the [Co/Pd]5/NiFe multilayer reveals more complex behavior in which the [Co/Pd] layer retains out-of-plane anisotropy while the magnetization of NiFe layer tilts in-plane with increasing thickness. MFM showed that domains with ~0.1 +/-m size were visible in [Co/Pd]-/NiFe with NiFe thickness of 20-80 nm. Multilayers were patterned into sub-100 nm dots using ion beam etching and their magnetization behavior are compared with unpatterned films.

  16. Strong Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy at Co(111)/α-Cr2O3(0001) Interface

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    Shiratsuchi, Yu; Oikawa, Hiroto; Kawahara, Shin-ichi; Takechi, Yuichiro; Fujita, Toshiaki; Nakatani, Ryoichi

    2012-04-01

    We have investigated the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) at the ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic interface using [Pt/Co]n/α-Cr2O3 superlattices. By changing the number of stacking periods, the contributions of the Co/α-Cr2O3 and Pt/Co interfaces to the PMA are separately estimated. The results indicate that the strong PMA is induced at the Co/α-Cr2O3 interface as well as at the Pt/Co interface. The change in the interface magnetic anisotropy energy density with the ferromagnetic layer composition supports the PMA at the Co/α-Cr2O3 interface. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of PMA at the ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic interface.

  17. Strong interface in CMCs, a condition for efficient multilayered interphases

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    Droillard, C.; Lamon, J.; Bourrat, X.

    1995-10-01

    A fiber treatment was used to change the bonding strength of the Nicalon NLM 202 SiC fiber from weak to strong, in a series of 2D-SiC/SiC composites with multilayered interphases. The materials with the pre-treated fibers were compared to the same materials but reinforced with as received fibers. The stress-strain behavior and the fracture toughness were examined as a function of rack patterns identified by TEM. All the materials could be grouped into two distinct families: (1) materials reinforced with untreated fibers have a weak fiber bonding and are characterized by a low strength and a low toughness and (2) materials with the pre-treated fibers have a strong fiber bonding and are characterized by a high strength and a high toughness. This latter behavior is identified by TEM. It corresponds to a new interfacial behavior with a cohesive mode of interfacial cracking, involving branching and deflection by the successive interfaces. In the former family, the adhesive interfacial failure mode corresponds to the classical debond/sliding mechanism.

  18. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in ultrathin Co|Ni multilayer films studied with ferromagnetic resonance and magnetic x-ray microspectroscopy

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    Macià, F.; Warnicke, P.; Bedau, D.; Im, M.-Y.; Fischer, P.; Arena, D. A.; Kent, A. D.

    2012-11-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectroscopy, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectroscopy and magnetic transmission soft x-ray microscopy (MTXM) experiments have been performed to gain insight into the magnetic anisotropy and domain structure of ultrathin Co|Ni multilayer films with a thin permalloy layer underneath. MTXM images with a spatial resolution better than 25 nm were obtained at the Co L3 edge down to an equivalent thickness of Co of only 1 nm, which establishes a new lower boundary on the sensitivity limit of MTXM. Domain sizes are shown to be strong functions of the anisotropy and thickness of the film.

  19. Multilayer FeRh/MgO: controllable magnetocrystalline anisotropy for an antiferromagnetic system

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    Zheng, Guohui; Dorj, Odkhuu; Ke, Sanhuang; Ramesh, Rammoorthy; Miao, Maosheng; Kioussis, Nickolas

    2015-03-01

    Controlling the magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) of ferromagnetic (FM) thin films by tunable strain and electric field has been pursued as an effective method of achieving low-power and highly scalable memory. Comparing with FM materials, AFM are much less sensitive to external magnetic field, a substantial advantage for memory devices. Inspired by recent work on AFM memory resistors based on FeRh, we carried out a systematic first principles study of the MCA of multi-layer FeRh, either stand alone, or combined with MgO layers. FeRh is a unique material that undergoes a transition from AFM (type-II) to FM at elevated temperature of 370 K. Our calculations for thin films of FeRh from 5-15 atomic layers reveal that AFM is always the most stable configuration for Fe terminated films; while for Rh terminated films, there is a transition from FM to a configuration featured AFM at the center layers and FM at the surface layers (reconstructed). While applying the spin-orbit interactions (SOI) for the valence electrons, we found Fe-terminated films exhibit a relatively small MCA that varies and may change sign with film thickness, substrate and strain, providing a possibility of spin reorientation via the control of strain and electric field. The k-resolved MCA values reveals that the region around Gamma point adds the major contribution to the MCA.

  20. Interface Morphology During Crystal Growth: Effects of Anisotropy and Fluid Flow

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    Coriell, S. R.; Murray, B. T.; Chernov, A. A.; McFadden, G. B.

    1996-01-01

    The effect of a parallel shear flow and anisotropic interface kinetics on the onset of instability during growth from a supersaturated solution is analyzed. The model used for anisotropy is based on the microscopic picture of step motion. A shear flow (linear Couette flow or asymptotic suction profile) parallel to the crystal solution interface in the same direction as the step motion decreases interface stability. A shear flow counter to the step motion enhances stability and for sufficiently large shear rates the interface is absolutely morphologically stable. For large wave numbers, the perturbed flow field can be neglected and a simple analytic approximation for the stability-instability demarcation is found.

  1. Enhanced perfume surface delivery to interfaces using surfactant surface multilayer structures.

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    Brabury, Robert; Penfold, Jeffrey; Thomas, Robert K; Tucker, Ian M; Petkov, Jordan T; Jones, Craig

    2016-01-01

    Enhanced surface delivery and retention of perfumes at interfaces are the keys to their more effective and efficient deployment in a wide range of home and personal care related formulations. It has been previously demonstrated that the addition of multivalent counterions, notably Ca(2+), induces multilayer adsorption at the air-water interface for the anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl-6-benzenesulfonate, LAS-6. Neutron reflectivity, NR, measurements are reported here which demonstrate that such surfactant surface multilayer structures are a potentially promising vehicle for enhanced delivery of perfumes to interfaces. The data show that the incorporation of the model perfumes, phenylethanol, PE, and linalool, LL, into the surface multilayer structure formed by LAS-6/Ca(2+) results in the surface structures being retained up to relatively high perfume mole fractions. Furthermore the amount of perfume at the surface is enhanced by at least an order of magnitude, compared to that co-adsorbed with a surfactant monolayer. PMID:26409782

  2. Effect of the Acceleration Energy of Hydrogen Ion Irradiation on Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in CoOx/Pd Multilayer Films

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    Shin, Sang Chul; Kim, Sanghoon; Han, Jungjin; Hong, Jongill; Kang, Shinill

    2011-11-01

    Magnetic stripes were achieved from hydrogen-ion-irradiated areas separated by the nonirradiated areas masked by UV-imprinted polymeric patterns. A perpendicular magnetic anistropy with a squareness of 0.96 and a coercivity of 2 kOe in (CoOx/Pd)10 multilayer films was induced via deoxidization, which heavily depended on the acceleration energy of hydrogen ion irradiation in the range of 400 eV. These phenomena were demonstrated via deoxidization of cobalt oxide to pure cobalt as observed by X-ray diffraction, accompanying the formation of a CoPd(111) phase indicating perpendicular magnetic anisotropy due to the preferential removal or reduction of oxygen atoms in multilayer films.

  3. Exploring interface morphology of a deeply buried layer in periodic multilayer

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    Das, Gangadhar; Khooha, Ajay; Singh, A. K.; Srivastava, A. K.; Tiwari, M. K.

    2016-06-01

    Long-term durability of a thin film device is strongly correlated with the nature of interface structure associated between different constituent layers. Synthetic periodic multilayer structures are primarily employed as artificial X-ray Bragg reflectors in many applications, and their reflection efficiency is predominantly dictated by the nature of the buried interfaces between the different layers. Herein, we demonstrate the applicability of the combined analysis approach of the X-ray reflectivity and grazing incidence X-ray fluorescence measurements for the reliable and precise determination of a buried interface structure inside periodic X-ray multilayer structures. X-ray standing wave field (XSW) generated under Bragg reflection condition is used to probe the different constituent layers of the W- B4C multilayer structure at 10 keV and 12 keV incident X-ray energies. Our results show that the XSW assisted fluorescence measurements are markedly sensitive to the location and interface morphology of a buried layer structure inside a periodic multilayer structure. The cross sectional transmission electron microscopy results obtained on the W-B4C multilayer structure provide a deeper look on the overall reliability and accuracy of the XSW method. The method described here would also be applicable for nondestructive characterization of a wide range of thin film based semiconductor and optical devices.

  4. Annealing effects on the properties of amorphous CoSiB/Pt multilayer films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Jung, Sol; Park, Jisun; Yim, Haein; Kim, Taewan

    2014-01-01

    The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of amorphous CoSiB/Pt multilayer systems was studied as a function of the thickness of the CoSiB/Pt bilayer and the number of repeated CoSiB/Pt bilayers. In this letter, we investigate the thermal property of a CoSiB single layer film annealed at 150 ˜ 350 °C for 3 hours and the perpendicular magnetic anisotropic property of amorphous ferromagnetic Ta(50 °A)/Pt(30 °A)/[CoSiB(2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Å)/Pt(14 Å)]5/Ta(50 Å) multilayer films annealed at 200 ˜ 400 °C for 3 hours. The thermal properties were measured by using a differential scanning calorimeter and an X-ray diffractometer, and the magnetic properties were measured by using a vibrating sample magnetometer. The PMA of the CoSiB/Pt multilayer film disappeared and the multilayer film show isotropy after annealing at a temperature of 350 °C or above.

  5. Magnetic and magneto-optical properties of Ni/Pt multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at room temperature

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    Srinivas, G.; Shin, Sung-Chul

    1999-06-01

    The magnetic and magneto-optical properties of Ni/Pt multilayers exhibiting square Kerr hysterisis loops at room temperature were studied. Squared polar Kerr hysterisis loops at room temperature in Ni/Pt multilayer thin films were obtained for the samples prepared by sequential DC magnetron sputter deposition of nickel and platinum with tNi=13-21 Å and tPt=3.5-7.5 Å. The coercivity of these multilayers was in the range of 400-1100 Oe. The saturation magnetization was found to show an inverse dependence on the nickel sublayer thickness. About a monolayer of Ni at interface was observed to behave less magnetically than the interior Ni atoms. The polar Kerr rotation exhibited an increasing trend with decreasing wavelength in the spectral range of 7000-4000 Å. The maximum of the polar Kerr rotation was found to shift to a higher wavelength with increasing nickel sublayer thickness.

  6. First principles investigation of magnetocrystalline anisotropy at Full Heusler / MgO interfaces

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    Vadapoo, Rajasekarakumar; Hallal, Ali; Chshiev, Mairbek

    2014-03-01

    Magnetic tunnel junctions with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) have the potential for realizing next generation high density nonvolatile memories and logic devices. The origin of high PMA in these interfaces has been explained by orbital hybridizations at interface along with spin-orbit interactions. Here we present a systematic study of PMA in Heusler alloy [X2YZ]/ MgO interfaces using first principle methods with X =Co, YZ =FeAl, MnGe and MnSi. Among the interfaces studied, we found that Co terminated interface of Co2FeAl/MgO gives rise to PMA value of 1.2erg/cm2 in agreement with recent experimental observations. On the contrary, FeAl terminated interfaces of the same structure shows in-plane magnetic anisotropy (IMA). We also found that the most of PMA contribution originates from dyz and dz2 orbitals of Co atoms at the interface. Finally, Co2MnGe and Co2MnSi structures tend to favor IMA for any termination.

  7. Interface effect on the magnetic anisotropy of CoPt clusters

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    Rohart, S.; Raufast, C.; Favre, L.; Bernstein, E.; Bonet, E.; Wernsdorfer, W.; Dupuis, V.

    2007-09-01

    We study the magnetic anisotropy of CoPt clusters produced by condensation of a stoichiometric vapor with an inert gas (helium) and co-deposited with various matrices. From electron transmission microscopy we show that the clusters have a mean diameter of about 2 nm with a narrow size distribution and present the FCC A1 disordered phase. At high temperature, the clusters display a superparamagnetic behavior. The transition to the blocked state enables us to determine the clusters magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE). From a careful analysis, we show in the one hand that CoPt clusters present a higher volume and intrinsic surface MAE than pure Co ones. In the other hand, the presence of platinum at the interface in CoPt clusters decreases the strong interfacial exchange anisotropy observed for Co clusters embedded in MgO.

  8. Antiparallel interface coupling evidenced by negative rotatable anisotropy in IrMn/NiFe bilayers

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    Schafer, D.; Grande, P. L.; Pereira, L. G.; Azevedo, G. M.; Harres, A.; Geshev, J.; Sousa, M. A. de; Pelegrini, F.

    2015-06-07

    Negative rotatable anisotropy is estimated via ferromagnetic resonance measurements in as-made, annealed, and ion-irradiated IrMn{sub 3}/Ni{sub 81}Fe{sub 19} bilayers. Opposite to previous observations, inverse correlation between rotatable anisotropy and coercivity is observed. The exchange-bias field, determined from hysteresis loop measurements, is higher than that obtained from ferromagnetic resonance for all samples. The results are discussed in terms of majority antiparallel coupling and magnetic-field-induced transitions from antiparallel to parallel states of uncompensated spins at ferromagnet/antiferromagnet interface. We affirm that an observation of negative rotatable anisotropy evidences antiparallel coupling even in systems presenting conventional exchange bias.

  9. Interface stress development in the Cu/Ag nanostructured multilayered film during the tensile deformation

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    Su, R.; Nie, Z. H.; Zhang, Q. H.; Li, X. J.; Li, L. E-mail: ydwang@mail.neu.edu.cn; Zhou, X. T.; Wang, Y. D. E-mail: ydwang@mail.neu.edu.cn; Wu, Y. D.; Hui, X. D.; Wang, M. G.

    2014-12-01

    Cu/Ag nanostructured multilayered films (NMFs) with different stacking sequences were investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction during the tensile deformations for interface stress study. The lattice strains were carefully traced and the stress partition, which usually occurs in the multiphase bulk metallic materials during plastic deformations, was first quantitatively analyzed in the NMFs here. The interface stress of the Cu/Ag NMFs was carefully analyzed during the tensile deformation and the results revealed that the interface stress was along the loading direction and exhibited three-stage evolution. This tensile interface stress has a detrimental effect on the deformation, leading to the early fracture of the NMFs.

  10. Designing a stronger interface through graded structures in amorphous/nanocrystalline ZrCu/Cu multilayered films.

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    Chang, C H; Hsieh, C H; Huang, J C; Wang, C; Liao, Y C; Hsueh, C H; Du, X H; Wang, Z K; Wang, X

    2016-06-01

    Many multilayered nano-structures appear to fail due to brittle matter along the interfaces. In order to toughen them, in this study, the microstructure and interface strength of multilayered thin films consisting of amorphous ZrCu and nanocrystalline Cu (with sharp or graded interfaces) are examined and analyzed. The interface possesses a gradient nature in terms of composition, nanocrystalline phase size and volume fraction. The bending results extracted from the nano-scaled cantilever bending samples demonstrate that multilayered films with graded interfaces would have a much higher interface bending strength/strain/modulus, and an overall improvement upgrade of more than 50%. The simple graded interface design of multilayered thin films with improved mechanical properties can offer much more promising performance in structural and functional applications for MEMS or optical coating. PMID:27103429

  11. Designing a stronger interface through graded structures in amorphous/nanocrystalline ZrCu/Cu multilayered films

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    Chang, C. H.; Hsieh, C. H.; Huang, J. C.; Wang, C.; Liao, Y. C.; Hsueh, C. H.; Du, X. H.; Wang, Z. K.; Wang, X.

    2016-06-01

    Many multilayered nano-structures appear to fail due to brittle matter along the interfaces. In order to toughen them, in this study, the microstructure and interface strength of multilayered thin films consisting of amorphous ZrCu and nanocrystalline Cu (with sharp or graded interfaces) are examined and analyzed. The interface possesses a gradient nature in terms of composition, nanocrystalline phase size and volume fraction. The bending results extracted from the nano-scaled cantilever bending samples demonstrate that multilayered films with graded interfaces would have a much higher interface bending strength/strain/modulus, and an overall improvement upgrade of more than 50%. The simple graded interface design of multilayered thin films with improved mechanical properties can offer much more promising performance in structural and functional applications for MEMS or optical coating.

  12. Cr/B4C multilayer mirrors: Study of interfaces and X-ray reflectance

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    Burcklen, C.; Soufli, R.; Dennetiere, D.; Polack, F.; Capitanio, B.; Gullikson, E.; Meltchakov, E.; Thomasset, M.; Jérome, A.; de Rossi, S.; Delmotte, F.

    2016-03-01

    We present an experimental study of the effect of layer interfaces on the x-ray reflectance in Cr/B4C multilayer interference coatings with layer thicknesses ranging from 0.7 nm to 5.4 nm. The multilayers were deposited by magnetron sputtering and by ion beam sputtering. Grazing incidence x-ray reflectometry, soft x-ray reflectometry, and transmission electron microscopy reveal asymmetric multilayer structures with a larger B4C-on-Cr interface, which we modeled with a 1-1.5 nm thick interfacial layer. Reflectance measurements in the vicinity of the Cr L2,3 absorption edge demonstrate fine structure that is not predicted by simulations using the currently tabulated refractive index (optical constants) values for Cr.

  13. Cr/B4C multilayer mirrors: Study of interfaces and X-ray reflectance

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    Burcklen, C.; Soufli, R.; Gullikson, E.; Meltchakov, E.; Dennetiere, D.; Polack, F.; Capitanio, B.; Thomasset, M.; Jerome, A.; de Rossi, S.; et al

    2016-03-24

    Here, we present an experimental study of the effect of layer interfaces on the x-ray reflectance in Cr/B4C multilayer interference coatings with layer thicknesses ranging from 0.7 nm to 5.4 nm. The multilayers were deposited by magnetron sputtering and by ion beam sputtering. Grazing incidence x-ray reflectometry, soft x-ray reflectometry, and transmission electron microscopy reveal asymmetric multilayer structures with a larger B4C-on-Cr interface, which we modeled with a 1–1.5 nm thick interfacial layer. Reflectance measurements in the vicinity of the Cr L2,3 absorption edge demonstrate fine structure that is not predicted by simulations using the currently tabulated refractive index (opticalmore » constants) values for Cr.« less

  14. Electronic structure and magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the Bi2Se3 topological insulator/ferromagnet interface

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    Zhang, Jia; Velev, Julian P.; Tsymbal, Evgeny Y.

    Interesting spin-dependent phenomena are expected to emerge when a topological insulator is interfaced with a magnetic material. In this work the magnetic properties of the interface between a topological insulator Bi2Se3 and ferromagnetic metals (FM) fcc (111) Ni and Co are investigated by first-principles calculations. Different interface terminations are considered, and the most stable interface termination is identified to be an interface Ni (Co) atom located atop the hollow site of the interfacial Se monolayer. We find that the proximity effect induces a small magnetic moment on the interface Se atom (0.028 μB for Ni and 0.023 μB for Co). The surface state in Bi2Se3 disappears due to the strong interface hybridization between FM and Bi2Se3 and metal induced gap states appear in the bandgap region of Bi2Se3. We find that both the Bi2Se3/Ni(111) and Bi2Se3/Co(111) interfaces exhibit an in-plane easy axis with the magnetic anisotropy energy of around 2 erg/cm2 per interface. An interesting feature resulting from our calculations is a non-collinear k-dependent spin texture at the interface which may have important consequences for the spin-dependent transport properties, such as the spin transfer torque.

  15. Effect of MgO/Fe Interface Oxidation State on Electric-Field Modulation of Interfacial Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Guan, X. W.; Cheng, X. M.; Wang, S.; Huang, T.; Xue, K. H.; Miao, X. S.

    2016-06-01

    The impact of the MgO/Fe interface oxidation state on the electric-field-modified magnetic anisotropy in MgO/Fe has been revealed by density functional calculations. It is shown that the influence of the interface oxidation is strong enough to dominate the effect of the electric field on the magnetic anisotropy of MgO/Fe-based films. The magnetoelectric coefficients are calculated to be positive for the ideal and overoxidized MgO/Fe interface, but an abnormal negative value emerges in the underoxidized case. By analyzing the interface states based on density of states and band structures, we demonstrate that the considerably different electronic structures of the three oxidized MgO/Fe interfaces lead to the strong discrepancy in the electric-field modulation of the interfacial magnetic anisotropy. These results are of considerable interest in the area of electric-field-controlled magnetic anisotropy and switching.

  16. Effect of MgO/Fe Interface Oxidation State on Electric-Field Modulation of Interfacial Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Guan, X. W.; Cheng, X. M.; Wang, S.; Huang, T.; Xue, K. H.; Miao, X. S.

    2016-03-01

    The impact of the MgO/Fe interface oxidation state on the electric-field-modified magnetic anisotropy in MgO/Fe has been revealed by density functional calculations. It is shown that the influence of the interface oxidation is strong enough to dominate the effect of the electric field on the magnetic anisotropy of MgO/Fe-based films. The magnetoelectric coefficients are calculated to be positive for the ideal and overoxidized MgO/Fe interface, but an abnormal negative value emerges in the underoxidized case. By analyzing the interface states based on density of states and band structures, we demonstrate that the considerably different electronic structures of the three oxidized MgO/Fe interfaces lead to the strong discrepancy in the electric-field modulation of the interfacial magnetic anisotropy. These results are of considerable interest in the area of electric-field-controlled magnetic anisotropy and switching.

  17. Formation of Magnetic Anisotropy by Lithography.

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    Kim, Si Nyeon; Nam, Yoon Jae; Kim, Yang Doo; Choi, Jun Woo; Lee, Heon; Lim, Sang Ho

    2016-01-01

    Artificial interface anisotropy is demonstrated in alternating Co/Pt and Co/Pd stripe patterns, providing a means of forming magnetic anisotropy using lithography. In-plane hysteresis loops measured along two principal directions are explained in depth by two competing shape and interface anisotropies, thus confirming the formation of interface anisotropy at the Co/Pt and Co/Pd interfaces of the stripe patterns. The measured interface anisotropy energies, which are in the range of 0.2-0.3 erg/cm(2) for both stripes, are smaller than those observed in conventional multilayers, indicating a decrease in smoothness of the interfaces when formed by lithography. The demonstration of interface anisotropy in the Co/Pt and Co/Pd stripe patterns is of significant practical importance, because this setup makes it possible to form anisotropy using lithography and to modulate its strength by controlling the pattern width. Furthermore, this makes it possible to form more complex interface anisotropy by fabricating two-dimensional patterns. These artificial anisotropies are expected to open up new device applications such as multilevel bits using in-plane magnetoresistive thin-film structures. PMID:27216420

  18. Formation of Magnetic Anisotropy by Lithography

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    Kim, Si Nyeon; Nam, Yoon Jae; Kim, Yang Doo; Choi, Jun Woo; Lee, Heon; Lim, Sang Ho

    2016-01-01

    Artificial interface anisotropy is demonstrated in alternating Co/Pt and Co/Pd stripe patterns, providing a means of forming magnetic anisotropy using lithography. In-plane hysteresis loops measured along two principal directions are explained in depth by two competing shape and interface anisotropies, thus confirming the formation of interface anisotropy at the Co/Pt and Co/Pd interfaces of the stripe patterns. The measured interface anisotropy energies, which are in the range of 0.2–0.3 erg/cm2 for both stripes, are smaller than those observed in conventional multilayers, indicating a decrease in smoothness of the interfaces when formed by lithography. The demonstration of interface anisotropy in the Co/Pt and Co/Pd stripe patterns is of significant practical importance, because this setup makes it possible to form anisotropy using lithography and to modulate its strength by controlling the pattern width. Furthermore, this makes it possible to form more complex interface anisotropy by fabricating two-dimensional patterns. These artificial anisotropies are expected to open up new device applications such as multilevel bits using in-plane magnetoresistive thin-film structures. PMID:27216420

  19. Microstructure-interface-property relationships in nanometer-period x-ray multilayers

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    Nguyen, Tai Dung

    1996-12-01

    The microstructure - interface - property relationships in nanometer-period x-ray multilayer mirrors (W/C, WC/C, Cr/C, CrC/C, Cu/C, Ru/C, and Ru/B{sub 4}C) were studied using cross-sectional high resolution TEM and x-ray scattering. Microstructural and morphological evolution of as-prepared multilayers, and their behavior under thermal activation were discussed in terms of the materials thermodynamic and kinetic properties. Effects of the microstructural and the morphological evolution in reactive- component (W-C, Cr-C, and Ru-B{sub 4}C) and conjugate-component (Ru-C and Cu-C) multilayers on the normal incidence reflectance and long term stability of the mirrors are presented.

  20. Two-mode Ginzburg-Landau theory of crystalline anisotropy for fcc-liquid interfaces

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    Wu, Kuo-An; Lin, Shang-Chun; Karma, Alain

    2016-02-01

    We develop a Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory for fcc crystal-melt systems at equilibrium by employing two sets of order parameters that correspond to amplitudes of density waves of principal reciprocal lattice vectors and amplitudes of density waves of a second set of reciprocal lattice vectors. The choice of the second set of reciprocal lattice vectors is constrained by the condition that this set must form closed triangles with the principal reciprocal lattice vectors in reciprocal space to make the fcc-liquid transition first order. The capillary anisotropy of fcc-liquid interfaces is investigated by GL theory with amplitudes of <111 > and <200 > density waves. Furthermore, we explore the dependence of the anisotropy of the excess free energy of the solid-liquid interface on density waves of higher-order reciprocal lattice vectors such as <311 > by extending the two-mode GL theory with an additional mode. The anisotropy calculated using GL theory with input parameters from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for fcc Ni is compared to that measured in MD simulations.

  1. Exchange coupling in hybrid anisotropy magnetic multilayers quantified by vector magnetometry

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    Morrison, C. Miles, J. J.; Thomson, T.; Anh Nguyen, T. N.; Fang, Y.; Dumas, R. K.; Åkerman, J.

    2015-05-07

    Hybrid anisotropy thin film heterostructures, where layers with perpendicular and in-plane anisotropy are separated by a thin spacer, are novel materials for zero/low field spin torque oscillators and bit patterned media. Here, we report on magnetization reversal and exchange coupling in a archetypal Co/Pd (perpendicular)-NiFe (in-plane) hybrid anisotropy system studied using vector vibrating sample magnetometry. This technique allows us to quantify the magnetization reversal in each individual magnetic layer, and measure of the interlayer exchange as a function of non-magnetic spacer thickness. At large (>1 nm) spacer thicknesses Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida-like exchange dominates, with orange-peel coupling providing a significant contribution only for sub-nm spacer thickness.

  2. Exchange coupling in hybrid anisotropy magnetic multilayers quantified by vector magnetometry

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    Morrison, C.; Miles, J. J.; Anh Nguyen, T. N.; Fang, Y.; Dumas, R. K.; Åkerman, J.; Thomson, T.

    2015-05-01

    Hybrid anisotropy thin film heterostructures, where layers with perpendicular and in-plane anisotropy are separated by a thin spacer, are novel materials for zero/low field spin torque oscillators and bit patterned media. Here, we report on magnetization reversal and exchange coupling in a archetypal Co/Pd (perpendicular)-NiFe (in-plane) hybrid anisotropy system studied using vector vibrating sample magnetometry. This technique allows us to quantify the magnetization reversal in each individual magnetic layer, and measure of the interlayer exchange as a function of non-magnetic spacer thickness. At large (>1 nm) spacer thicknesses Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida-like exchange dominates, with orange-peel coupling providing a significant contribution only for sub-nm spacer thickness.

  3. Surface roughness and interface width scaling of magnetron sputter deposited Ni/Ti multilayers

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    Maidul Haque, S.; Biswas, A.; Tokas, R. B.; Bhattacharyya, D.; Sahoo, N. K.; Bhattacharya, Debarati

    2013-09-14

    Using an indigenously built r.f. magnetron sputtering system, several single layer Ti and Ni films have been deposited at varying deposition conditions. All the samples have been characterized by Grazing Incidence X-ray Reflectivity (GIXR) and Atomic Force Microscopy to estimate their thickness, density, and roughness and a power law dependence of the surface roughness on the film thickness has been established. Subsequently, at optimized deposition condition of Ti and Ni, four Ni/Ti multilayers of 11-layer, 21-layer, 31-layer, and 51-layer having different bilayer thickness have been deposited. The multilayer samples have been characterized by GIXR and neutron reflectivity measurements and the experimental data have been fitted assuming an appropriate sample structure. A power law correlation between the interface width and bilayer thickness has been observed for the multilayer samples, which was explained in the light of alternate roughening/smoothening of multilayers and assuming that at the interface the growth “restarts” every time.

  4. Defect Interactions at Metal/Ceramic Interfaces in Thin Film Multilayers

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    Misra, Amit

    2012-06-14

    Summary of metal-ceramic multilayer deformation: (1) In nanolayered Al/TiN, Al layers grow in a twin orientation with the underlying TiN/Al layers favored by N-terminated TiN layers; (2) The shear strength of Al/TiN interface varies significantly depending on whether the interface is Ti or N terminated; (3) 2 nm Al - 2 TiN multilayers exhibit unusual mechanical properties as revealed by compression testing - (a) High maximum flow strength of 4.5 GPa, which is significantly higher than hardness (6 GPa) divided by a factor of 3, (b) Extraordinarily high strain hardening rates in Al nanolayers (16-35 GPa, {approx} E/2 to E/4), (c) Co-deformability of the TiN nanolayers with Al (confirmed by TEM on nanoindents) to plastic strains in excess of 5%.

  5. Enhanced orbital magnetic moments in magnetic heterostructures with interface perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Ueno, Tetsuro; Sinha, Jaivardhan; Inami, Nobuhito; Takeichi, Yasuo; Mitani, Seiji; Ono, Kanta; Hayashi, Masamitsu

    2015-01-01

    We have studied the magnetic layer thickness dependence of the orbital magnetic moment in magnetic heterostructures to identify contributions from interfaces. Three different heterostructures, Ta/CoFeB/MgO, Pt/Co/AlOx and Pt/Co/Pt, which possess significant interface contribution to the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, are studied as model systems. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy is used to evaluate the relative orbital moment, i.e. the ratio of the orbital to spin moments, of the magnetic elements constituting the heterostructures. We find that the relative orbital moment of Co in Pt/Co/Pt remains constant against its thickness whereas the moment increases with decreasing Co layer thickness for Pt/Co/AlOx, suggesting that a non-zero interface orbital moment exists for the latter system. For Ta/CoFeB/MgO, a non-zero interface orbital moment is found only for Fe. X-ray absorption spectra shows that a particular oxidized Co state in Pt/Co/AlOx, absent in other heterosturctures, may give rise to the interface orbital moment in this system. These results show element specific contributions to the interface orbital magnetic moments in ultrathin magnetic heterostructures. PMID:26456454

  6. Voltage controlled magnetocrystalline anisotropy at the Fe/MgO (001) interface

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    Lukashev, Pavel; Tsymbal, Evgeny

    2015-03-01

    The effect of electric fields on magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE) is a promising way to control the magnetization orientation purely by voltage (rather than by current required for a spin transfer torque), which can potentially alleviate the energy dissipation bottleneck of the existing magnetic memory technology. Here we perform density-functional calculations to explore the voltage controlled magnetic anisotropy (VCMA) of a thin film Fe stacked along the [001] direction when an external electric field is applied across an adjacent epitaxial MgO layer. The results are analyzed by evaluating layer and orbital resolved contributions to MAE. We find that MAE is confined to a depth of few atomic layers near the interface, as determined by the metal screening length, indicating that the VCMA is an interface effect. The applied electric field leads to a nearly linear change in the interface MAE due to a change in the 3d-orbital occupancy of the interfacial Fe atoms and is enhanced, as compared to the clean Fe (001) surface, due a relatively large dielectric constant of MgO. In addition to the electric field screening, there is a notable effect of atomic displacements driven by an applied electric field, when atomic relaxations are taken into account.

  7. Multi-layer and multi-component intercalation at the graphene/Ir(111) interface

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    Bazarnik, Maciej; Decker, Régis; Brede, Jens; Wiesendanger, Roland

    2015-09-01

    We present a scanning tunneling microscopy study of Fe and Co intercalated at the graphene-Ir(111) interface. In the case of Fe, we investigate the morphology of the surface with respect to the annealing temperature, which activates the intercalation, and as a function of coverage. By increasing the coverage we show that it is possible to intercalate multilayers at the interface. Finally, we demonstrate that the successive intercalation of Co and Fe for the same sample leads to distinct adjacent intercalation areas.

  8. Formation of intermetallics at the interface of explosively welded Ni-Al multilayered composites during annealing

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    Ogneva, T. S.; Lazurenko, D. V.; Bataev, I. A.; Mali, V. I.; Esikov, M. A.; Bataev, A. A.

    2016-04-01

    The Ni-Al multilayer composite was fabricated using explosive welding. The zones of mixing of Ni and Al are observed at the composite interfaces after the welding. The composition of these zones is inhomogeneous. Continuous homogeneous intermetallic layers are formed at the interface after heat treatment at 620 °C during 5 h These intermetallic layers consist of NiAl3 and Ni2Al3 phases. The presence of mixed zones significantly accelerates the growth rate of intermetallic phases at the initial stages of heating.

  9. Microscopic thin film optical anisotropy imaging at the solid-liquid interface

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    Miranda, Adelaide; De Beule, Pieter A. A.

    2016-04-01

    Optical anisotropy of thin films has been widely investigated through ellipsometry, whereby typically an optical signal is averaged over a ˜1 cm2 elliptical area that extends with increasing angle-of-incidence (AOI). Here, we report on spectroscopic imaging ellipsometry at the solid-liquid interface applied to a supported lipid bilayer (SLB). We detail how a differential spectrally resolved ellipsometry measurement, between samples with and without optically anisotropic thin film on an absorbing substrate, can be applied to recover in and out of plane refractive indices of the thin film with known film thickness, hence determining the thin film optical anisotropy. We also present how optimal wavelength and AOI settings can be determined ensuring low parameter cross correlation between the refractive indices to be determined from a differential measurement in Δ ellipsometry angle. Furthermore, we detail a Monte Carlo type analysis that allows one to determine the minimal required optical ellipsometry resolution to recover a given thin film anisotropy. We conclude by presenting a new setup for a spectroscopic imaging ellipsometry based on fiber supercontinuum laser technology, multi-wavelength diode system, and an improved liquid cell design, delivering a 5 ×-10 × ellipsometric noise reduction over state-of-the-art. We attribute this improvement to increased ellipsometer illumination power and a reduced light path in liquid through the use of a water dipping objective.

  10. Microscopic thin film optical anisotropy imaging at the solid-liquid interface.

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    Miranda, Adelaide; De Beule, Pieter A A

    2016-04-01

    Optical anisotropy of thin films has been widely investigated through ellipsometry, whereby typically an optical signal is averaged over a ∼1 cm(2) elliptical area that extends with increasing angle-of-incidence (AOI). Here, we report on spectroscopic imaging ellipsometry at the solid-liquid interface applied to a supported lipid bilayer (SLB). We detail how a differential spectrally resolved ellipsometry measurement, between samples with and without optically anisotropic thin film on an absorbing substrate, can be applied to recover in and out of plane refractive indices of the thin film with known film thickness, hence determining the thin film optical anisotropy. We also present how optimal wavelength and AOI settings can be determined ensuring low parameter cross correlation between the refractive indices to be determined from a differential measurement in Δ ellipsometry angle. Furthermore, we detail a Monte Carlo type analysis that allows one to determine the minimal required optical ellipsometry resolution to recover a given thin film anisotropy. We conclude by presenting a new setup for a spectroscopic imaging ellipsometry based on fiber supercontinuum laser technology, multi-wavelength diode system, and an improved liquid cell design, delivering a 5 ×-10 × ellipsometric noise reduction over state-of-the-art. We attribute this improvement to increased ellipsometer illumination power and a reduced light path in liquid through the use of a water dipping objective. PMID:27131681

  11. NiO/Fe(001): Magnetic anisotropy, exchange bias, and interface structure

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    Mlynczak, E.; Luches, P.

    2013-06-21

    The magnetic and structural properties of NiO/Fe epitaxial bilayers grown on MgO(001) were studied using magnetooptic Kerr effect (MOKE) and conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEMS). The bilayers were prepared under ultra high vacuum conditions using molecular beam epitaxy with oblique deposition. Two systems were compared: one showing the exchange bias (100ML-NiO/24ML-Fe), ML stands for a monolayer, and another where the exchange bias was not observed (50ML-NiO/50ML-Fe). For both, the magnetic anisotropy was found to be complex, yet dominated by the growth-induced uniaxial anisotropy. The training effect was observed for the 100ML-NiO/24ML-Fe system and quantitatively described using the spin glass model. The composition and magnetic state of the interfacial Fe layers were studied using {sup 57}Fe-CEMS. An iron oxide phase (Fe{sup 3+}{sub 4}Fe{sup 2+}{sub 1}O{sub 7}), as thick as 31 A, was identified at the NiO/Fe interface in the as-deposited samples. The ferrimagnetic nature of the interfacial iron oxide film explains the complex magnetic anisotropy observed in the samples.

  12. Enhanced magneto-ionic switching of interface anisotropy in Pt/Co/GdOx films

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    Tan, Aik Jun; Mann, Max; Bauer, Uwe; Beach, Geoffrey

    Voltage control of magnetic anisotropy is of great interest for reducing the switching energy barrier in spintronic devices. It has recently been shown that electric field-driven oxygen ion migration near the interface of ferromagnet/oxide bilayers can lead to very large changes in magnetic anisotropy at elevated temperature. Here, we examine magneto-ionic switching in ultrathin Pt(3nm)/Co(0.9nm)/GdOx(tox) /Au(tAu) films with perpendicular anisotropy, in which the GdOx layer and gate structure are optimized for efficient room-temperature oxygen conduction. We study voltage-induced switching dynamics as a function of the GdOx stoichiometry and the thickness of the Au gate layer. We find that for optimally oxidized GdOx, a positive bias voltage applied to the Au electrode results in a transition from PMA to in-plane magnetization, and at zero bias, the PMA spontaneously returns. The rate of this transition depends on the thickness of the Au gate which suggests that the rate-limiting step is removal and reintroduction of oxygen by gate voltage. This toggling of PMA under positive bias does not require oxidation of the Co layer, in contrast to earlier work by Uwe et al . We demonstrate that by optimizing the electrode materials, extremely fast room-temperature switching can be achieved in these devices.

  13. Anatomy of electric field control of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at Fe/MgO interfaces

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    Ibrahim, F.; Yang, H. X.; Hallal, A.; Dieny, B.; Chshiev, M.

    2016-01-01

    The charge-mediated effect of electric field on the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of Fe/MgO interfaces is investigated using first-principles calculations. We present an approach by discussing this effect in relation to the intrinsic dipole field existing at the Fe/MgO interface. A firm correlation between the PMA and the interfacial dipole is established and further verified in the absence of an applied electric field. The on-site projected PMA analysis not only elucidates that the effect of electric field on the PMA extends beyond the interfacial Fe layer, but also shows that the second Fe layer carries the largest contribution to the effect. This observation is interpreted in relation to the orbital hybridization changes induced by applying an electric field.

  14. First-principles study of the Fe | MgO(0 0 1) interface: magnetic anisotropy.

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    Bose, Thomas; Cuadrado, Ramon; Evans, Richard F L; Chepulskii, Roman V; Apalkov, Dmytro; Chantrell, Roy W

    2016-04-20

    We present a systematic first-principles study of Fe | MgO bilayer systems emphasizing the influence of the iron layer thickness on the geometry, the electronic structure and the magnetic properties. Our calculations ensure the unconstrained structural relaxation at scalar relativistic level for various numbers of iron layers placed on the magnesium oxide substrate. Our results show that due to the formation of the interface the electronic structure of the interface iron atoms is significantly modified involving charge transfer within the iron subsystem. In addition, we find that the magnetic anisotropy energy increases from 1.9 mJ m(-2) for 3 Fe layers up to 3.0 mJ m(-2) for 11 Fe layers. PMID:26987845

  15. Ru Catalyst-Induced Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in MgO/CoFeB/Ta/MgO Multilayered Films.

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    Liu, Yiwei; Zhang, Jingyan; Wang, Shouguo; Jiang, Shaolong; Liu, Qianqian; Li, Xujing; Wu, Zhenglong; Yu, Guanghua

    2015-12-01

    The high oxygen storage/release capability of the catalyst Ru is used to manipulate the interfacial electronic structure in spintronic materials to obtain perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). Insertion of an ultrathin Ru layer between the CoFeB and Ta layers in MgO/CoFeB/Ta/MgO films effectively induces PMA without annealing. Ru plays a catalytic role in Fe-O-Ta bonding and isolation at the metal-oxide interface to achieve moderate interface oxidation. In contrast, PMA cannot be obtained in the sample with a Mg insertion layer or without an insertion layer because of the lack of a catalyst. Our work would provide a new approach toward catalyst-induced PMA for future CoFeB-based spintronic device applications. PMID:26565747

  16. Contribution of individual interfaces in the MgO/Co/Pd trilayer to perpendicular magnetic anisotropy upon annealing

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    Kim, Minseok; Kim, Sanghoon; Ko, Jungho; Hong, Jongill

    2015-03-09

    The contribution of each interface of the MgO/Co/Pd trilayer to the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) was studied by changing chemical and crystalline structures through annealing. We found that volumetric anisotropy in the MgO/Co/Pd trilayer was significantly increased due to enhanced magnetoelastic anisotropy caused by stress built up most likely at the MgO/Co interface during annealing. When the trilayer was annealed at 400 °C, the alloy formation at the Co/Pd interface additionally increased the volumetric anisotropy. Our x-ray magnetic circular dichroism study supported that those structural modifications led to an increase in the orbital moment through spin-orbit coupling (SOC) along the film normal two times larger than that of the as-deposited trilayer, thereby enhancing PMA greatly. Our experimental results prove that the Co/Pd interface, rather than the MgO/Co interface, plays an essential role in inducing strong PMA in the trilayer. The precise investigation of annealing effect on both volumetric and interfacial anisotropies can provide a methodological solution to improve the SOC of the trilayer that can serve as the core unit of spintronic devices.

  17. Controlled lateral anisotropy in correlated manganite heterostructures by interface-engineered oxygen octahedral coupling

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    Huijben, Mark

    Ultimate miniaturization of magnetic random access memory (MRAM) devices is expected by the utilization of spin-transfer torques, because they present an efficient means to switch elements with a very high magnetic anisotropy. To overcome the low switching speed in current collinearly magnetized devices, new routes are being explored to realize magnetic tunnel junction stacks with non-collinear magnetization between two magnetic electrodes. Controlled in-plane rotation of the magnetic easy axis in manganite heterostructures by tailoring the interface oxygen network would provide a promising direction for non-collinear magnetization in correlated oxide magnetic tunneling junctions. Here, we demonstrate how to manipulate magnetic and electronic anisotropic properties in manganite heterostructures by engineering the oxygen network on the unit-cell level. The strong oxygen octahedral coupling is found to transfer the octahedral rotation, present in the NdGaO3 (NGO) substrate, to the La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 (LSMO) film in the interface region. This causes an unexpected realignment of the magnetic easy axis along the short axis of the LSMO unit cell as well as the presence of a giant anisotropic transport in these ultrathin LSMO films. As a result we possess control of the lateral magnetic and electronic anisotropies by atomic scale design of the oxygen octahedral rotation. Membership Pending.

  18. Enhanced mobility electrons at the monolayer / multilayer MoS2 homo-interface

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    Jia, Y.; Lenferink, E. J.; Stanev, T.; Stern, N. P.

    2015-03-01

    Energy band alignment at interface of heterostructures can give rise to non-trivial local electronic structure and charge states with low dimensionality. In transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), the optical band gap depends on the number of 2D crystal layers, transitioning from 1.29 eV in bulk to 1.88 eV for a monolayer of MoS2, for example, and providing the possibility to create unusual charge state at the monolayer/multilayer homo-interface. Here, we examine the boundaries between MoS2 monolayers and multilayers using scanning photocurrent microscopy and gate-dependent transport. Enhanced photocurrent and conductance were observed at the 1D homo-interface, which can be explained as accumulated carriers in the bent-band region of the junction. Our heterojunction modeling suggests a high local carrier density and enhanced mobility at the homo-interface. Our work presents an opportunity to achieve a 1D electron state in a homojunction and a pathway to break the mobility limit of TMDC monolayer transistors. This work was supported by the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern and the U.S. Department of Energy (DE-SC0012130). N.P.S. acknowledges support as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

  19. Graphene-multilayer graphene nanocomposites as highly efficient thermal interface materials.

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    Shahil, Khan M F; Balandin, Alexander A

    2012-02-01

    We found that the optimized mixture of graphene and multilayer graphene, produced by the high-yield inexpensive liquid-phase-exfoliation technique, can lead to an extremely strong enhancement of the cross-plane thermal conductivity K of the composite. The "laser flash" measurements revealed a record-high enhancement of K by 2300% in the graphene-based polymer at the filler loading fraction f = 10 vol %. It was determined that the relatively high concentration of the single-layer and bilayer graphene flakes (~10-15%) present simultaneously with the thicker multilayers of large lateral size (~1 μm) were essential for the observed unusual K enhancement. The thermal conductivity of the commercial thermal grease was increased from an initial value of ~5.8 W/mK to K = 14 W/mK at the small loading f = 2%, which preserved all mechanical properties of the hybrid. Our modeling results suggest that graphene-multilayer graphene nanocomposite used as the thermal interface material outperforms those with carbon nanotubes or metal nanoparticles owing to graphene's aspect ratio and lower Kapitza resistance at the graphene-matrix interface. PMID:22214526

  20. Developing multi-layer mirror technology near 45 nm using Sc/Si interfaces

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    Nilsen, J; Jankowski, A; Friedman, L; Walton, C C

    2004-02-12

    Given the existing X-ray laser sources near 45 nm it would be useful to produce efficient X-ray optics in the 35 to 50 nm wavelength range that could be utilized in new applications. In this work we are developing the process to stabilize the interfaces of nanolaminate structures using materials such as Sc and Si. These materials will enable us to develop new multi-layer mirror technology that can be used in the wavelength range near 45 nm. To obtain this objective, the interfacial structure and reaction kinetics must first be well understood and then controlled for design applications. In this work we fabricate several Sc/Si multi-layer mirrors with and without a B{sub 4}C barrier layer. The structure and reflectivity of the mirrors are analyzed.

  1. Characteristics of laser ultrasound interaction with multi-layered dissimilar metals adhesive interface by numerical simulation

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    Zhang, Kuanshuang; Zhou, Zhenggan; Zhou, Jianghua; Sun, Guangkai

    2015-10-01

    The characteristics of laser-generated ultrasonic wave interaction with multi-layered dissimilar metals adhesive interface are investigated by finite element method (FEM). The physical model of laser-generated ultrasonic wave in the multi-layered dissimilar metals adhesive structure is built. The surface temperature evolution with different laser power densities is analyzed to obtain the parameters of pulsed laser with thermoelastic regime. The differences of laser ultrasonic waves with different center frequencies measured at the center of laser irradiation would verify the interfacial features of adhesive structures. The optimum frequency range and probe point would be beneficial for the detection of the small void defect. The numerical results indicate that the different frequency range and probe points would evidently influence the identification and quantitative characterization of the small void defect. The research findings would lay a foundation for testing interfacial integrity.

  2. Elastic strains at interfaces in InAs/AlSb multilayer structures for quantum cascade lasers

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    Nicolai, J.; Gatel, Ch.; Warot-Fonrose, B.; Ponchet, A.; Teissier, R.; Baranov, A. N.; Magen, C.

    2014-01-20

    InAs/AlSb multilayers similar to those used in quantum cascade lasers have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy on (001) InAs substrates. Elastic strain is investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Thin interfacial regions with lattice distortions significantly different from the strain of the AlSb layers themselves are revealed from the geometrical phase analysis. Strain profiles are qualitatively compared to the chemical contrast of high angle annular dark field images obtained by scanning transmission electron microscopy. The strain and chemical profiles are correlated with the growth sequences used to form the interfaces. Tensile strained AlAs-like interfaces tend to form predominantly due to the high thermal stability of AlAs. Strongly asymmetric interfaces, AlAs-rich and (Al, In)Sb, respectively, can also be achieved by using appropriate growth sequences.

  3. Ultrafast optical nonlinearity of multi-layered graphene synthesized by the interface growth process

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    Kim, Won-Jun; Chang, You Min; Lee, Junsu; Kang, Dongseok; Lee, Ju Han; Song, Yong-Won

    2012-06-01

    We propose a novel photonic application as well as an optical tool to verify the crystallinity of interface-grown graphene demonstrating passive mode-locked lasers. The interface growth process enables the formation of multi-layered graphene at an interface of substrate and catalyst, therefore directly onto the targeted substrate without a transfer process. The synthesized graphene is characterized using Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy before ultrashort pulse formation to confirm the validity of the process for high-speed photonic applications of graphene. The resultant pulses have a repetition rate, pulse duration, RF extinction ratio of 14.01 MHz, 1.0 ps, and ˜35 dB, respectively.

  4. Magnetic anisotropy and high frequency permeability of multilayered nanocomposite FeAlO thin films

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    Ma, Y. G.; Liu, Y.; Tan, C. Y.; Liu, Z. W.; Ong, C. K.

    2006-09-01

    A cool-down step deposition process (multistep deposition with cool-down interval) was used to grow nanocomposite FeAlO thin films of various thicknesses up to 440 nm by magnetron sputtering at a substrate temperature of 15 deg. C. The effect of the number of cool-down steps on the soft magnetic properties and high frequency characteristics of the nanocomposite FeAlO films were investigated. The deposition process was proved very effective in improving the soft magnetic properties and high frequency characteristics of the films. The eight-layered samples, fabricated by eight cool-down step deposition process, of thicknesses of 220 and 440 nm had obvious in-plane uniaxial anisotropies while the single-layered films were nearly isotropic. The resulting real permeability value of the eight-layered films was larger than 300 for the 220 nm film and between 200 and 300 for the 440 nm film.

  5. Fiber/matrix interfaces for SiC/SiC composites: Multilayer SiC coatings

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    Halverson, H.; Curtin, W.A.

    1996-08-01

    Tensile tests have been performed on composites of CVI SiC matrix reinforced with 2-d Nicalon fiber cloth, with either pyrolitic carbon or multilayer CVD SiC coatings [Hypertherm High-Temperature Composites Inc., Huntington Beach, CA.] on the fibers. To investigate the role played by the different interfaces, several types of measurements are made on each sample: (i) unload-reload hysteresis loops, and (ii) acoustic emission. The pyrolitic carbon and multilayer SiC coated materials are remarkably similar in overall mechanical responses. These results demonstrate that low-modulus, or compliant, interface coatings are not necessary for good composite performance, and that complex, hierarchical coating structures may possibly yield enhanced high-temperature performance. Analysis of the unload/reload hysteresis loops also indicates that the usual {open_quotes}proportional limit{close_quotes} stress is actually slightly below the stress at which the 0{degrees} load-bearing fibers/matrix interfaces slide and are exposed to atmosphere.

  6. Phase constitution and interface structure of nano-sized Ag-Cu/AlN multilayers: Experiment and ab initio modeling

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    Pigozzi, Giancarlo; Janczak-Rusch, Jolanta; Passerone, Daniele; Antonio Pignedoli, Carlo; Patscheider, Joerg; Jeurgens, Lars P. H.; Antusek, Andrej; Parlinska-Wojtan, Magdalena; Bissig, Vinzenz

    2012-10-29

    Nano-sized Ag-Cu{sub 8nm}/AlN{sub 10nm} multilayers were deposited by reactive DC sputtering on {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates. Investigation of the phase constitution and interface structure of the multilayers evidences a phase separation of the alloy sublayers into nanosized grains of Ag and Cu. The interfaces between the Ag grains and the quasi-single-crystalline AlN sublayers are semi-coherent, whereas the corresponding Cu/AlN interfaces are incoherent. The orientation relationship between Ag and AlN is constant throughout the entire multilayer stack. These observations are consistent with atomistic models of the interfaces as obtained by ab initio calculations.

  7. Analytic Element Modeling of Steady Interface Flow in Multilayer Aquifers Using AnAqSim.

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    Fitts, Charles R; Godwin, Joshua; Feiner, Kathleen; McLane, Charles; Mullendore, Seth

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the analytic element modeling approach implemented in the software AnAqSim for simulating steady groundwater flow with a sharp fresh-salt interface in multilayer (three-dimensional) aquifer systems. Compared with numerical methods for variable-density interface modeling, this approach allows quick model construction and can yield useful guidance about the three-dimensional configuration of an interface even at a large scale. The approach employs subdomains and multiple layers as outlined by Fitts (2010) with the addition of discharge potentials for shallow interface flow (Strack 1989). The following simplifying assumptions are made: steady flow, a sharp interface between fresh- and salt water, static salt water, and no resistance to vertical flow and hydrostatic heads within each fresh water layer. A key component of this approach is a transition to a thin fixed minimum fresh water thickness mode when the fresh water thickness approaches zero. This allows the solution to converge and determine the steady interface position without a long transient simulation. The approach is checked against the widely used numerical codes SEAWAT and SWI/MODFLOW and a hypothetical application of the method to a coastal wellfield is presented. PMID:24942663

  8. Magnetic Pinning in Nb and YBCO Thin Films by Co/Pt Multilayers with Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Cheng, X. M.; Zhu, L. Y.; Chien, C. L.; Cieplak, Marta Z.; Adamus, Z.; Abal'Oshev, A.; Berkowski, M.

    2006-03-01

    Magnetic pinning of vortices has the advantage over intrinsic pinning in that the superconducting critical current can be reversibly tuned by the magnetic field (H). Magnetic pinning by Co/Pt multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy has been studied in two ferromagnetic/superconducting bilayers of Nb and YBCO with different superconducting properties (e.g. penetration depth λ). Magnetic force microscopy reveals similar magnetization (M) reversal process in the two cases, both exhibiting a large density of narrow residual domains but with different domain width w at the final reversal stage. However, the magnetic pinning, revealed by the M-H loop shape in the superconducting state, is different. The Nb film exhibits an enhancement of M with the strongest effect during the final reversal stage, while the YBCO film shows a suppression of M in the vicinity of central M peak and an enhancement of M in large magnetic fields. These different behaviors are related to the different λ/w ratio in the two cases.

  9. In-plane optical anisotropy of InAs/GaSb superlattices with alternate interfaces

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    2013-01-01

    The in-plane optical anisotropy (IPOA) in InAs/GaSb superlattices has been studied by reflectance difference spectroscopy (RDS) at different temperatures ranging from 80 to 300 K. We introduce alternate GaAs- and InSb-like interfaces (IFs), which cause the symmetry reduced from D2d to C2v. IPOA has been observed in the (001) plane along [110] and [11¯0] axes. RDS measurement results show strong anisotropy resonance near critical point (CP) energies of InAs and GaSb. The energy positions show red shift and RDS intensity decreases with the increasing temperature. For the superlattice sample with the thicker InSb-like IFs, energy positions show red shift, and the spectra exhibit stronger IPOA. The excitonic effect is clearly observed by RDS at low temperatures. It demonstrates that biaxial strain results in the shift of the CP energies and IPOA is enhanced by the further localization of the carriers in InSb-like IFs. PMID:23799946

  10. Perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction with enhanced anisotropy obtained by utilizing an Ir/Co interface

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    Yakushiji, Kay; Kubota, Hitoshi; Fukushima, Akio; Yuasa, Shinji

    2016-01-01

    A highly scalable perpendicularly magnetized storage layer of a spin-torque-switching magnetic random-access memory (STT-MRAM) was developed. This storage layer attains a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of above 0.9 erg/cm2 at a thickness of 2 nm. Such high PMA is suitable for pushing STT-MRAM technology beyond the 20 nm node. The key was to realize dual interfacial PMA at both the Ir/Co and FeB/MgO interfaces in the united structure of the storage layer. While a high PMA was retained, a high magnetoresistance ratio (100%) and a low resistance-area product (3.0 Ω µm2) were also achieved.

  11. Interface Coupling in Twisted Multilayer Graphene by Resonant Raman Spectroscopy of Layer Breathing Modes.

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    Wu, Jiang-Bin; Hu, Zhi-Xin; Zhang, Xin; Han, Wen-Peng; Lu, Yan; Shi, Wei; Qiao, Xiao-Fen; Ijiäs, Mari; Milana, Silvia; Ji, Wei; Ferrari, Andrea C; Tan, Ping-Heng

    2015-07-28

    Raman spectroscopy is the prime nondestructive characterization tool for graphene and related layered materials. The shear (C) and layer breathing modes (LBMs) are due to relative motions of the planes, either perpendicular or parallel to their normal. This allows one to directly probe the interlayer interactions in multilayer samples. Graphene and other two-dimensional (2d) crystals can be combined to form various hybrids and heterostructures, creating materials on demand with properties determined by the interlayer interaction. This is the case even for a single material, where multilayer stacks with different relative orientations have different optical and electronic properties. In twisted multilayer graphene there is a significant enhancement of the C modes due to resonance with new optically allowed electronic transitions, determined by the relative orientation of the layers. Here we show that this applies also to the LBMs, which can be now directly measured at room temperature. We find that twisting has a small effect on LBMs, quite different from the case of the C modes. This implies that the periodicity mismatch between two twisted layers mostly affects shear interactions. Our work shows that ultralow-frequency Raman spectroscopy is an ideal tool to uncover the interface coupling of 2d hybrids and heterostructures. PMID:26062640

  12. Phonon-interface scattering in multilayer graphene on an amorphous support

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    Sadeghi, Mir Mohammad; Jo, Insun; Shi, Li

    2013-01-01

    The recent studies of thermal transport in suspended, supported, and encased graphene just began to uncover the richness of two-dimensional phonon physics, which is relevant to the performance and reliability of graphene-based functional materials and devices. Among the outstanding questions are the exact causes of the suppressed basal-plane thermal conductivity measured in graphene in contact with an amorphous material, and the layer thickness needed for supported or embedded multilayer graphene (MLG) to recover the high thermal conductivity of graphite. Here we use sensitive in-plane thermal transport measurements of graphene samples on amorphous silicon dioxide to show that full recovery to the thermal conductivity of the natural graphite source has yet to occur even after the MLG thickness is increased to 34 layers, considerably thicker than previously thought. This seemingly surprising finding is explained by long intrinsic scattering mean free paths of phonons in graphite along both basal-plane and cross-plane directions, as well as partially diffuse scattering of MLG phonons by the MLG-amorphous support interface, which is treated by an interface scattering model developed for highly anisotropic materials. Based on the phonon transmission coefficient calculated from reported experimental thermal interface conductance results, phonons emerging from the interface consist of a large component that is scattered across the interface, making rational choice of the support materials a potential approach to increasing the thermal conductivity of supported MLG. PMID:24067656

  13. Piezothermoelastic behavior of multilayered pyroelectric cylindrical actuators with weakly conducting interfaces resting on elastic foundations

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    Wang, Huiming

    2014-04-01

    An exact solution is obtained for multilayered pyroelectric cylindrical (MPC) actuators with weakly conducting interfaces subjected to thermo-electro-mechanical loading. The outer surface of the composite cylindrical actuator is supported by a Winkler-type elastic foundation. At the interface, all the thermal and mechanical quantities as well as the normal electric displacement are assumed to be continuous but the electric potential is discontinuous. The temperature fields are obtained by the transfer matrix method and the piezothermoelastic fields are developed by the state space method combined with the Cayley-Hamilton theorem. Numerical results are presented graphically to show the effects of the elastic foundation, interfacial parameters and heat transfer coefficient on the piezothermoelastic behavior of MPC actuators.

  14. Controlled lateral anisotropy in correlated manganite heterostructures by interface-engineered oxygen octahedral coupling.

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    Liao, Z; Huijben, M; Zhong, Z; Gauquelin, N; Macke, S; Green, R J; Van Aert, S; Verbeeck, J; Van Tendeloo, G; Held, K; Sawatzky, G A; Koster, G; Rijnders, G

    2016-04-01

    Controlled in-plane rotation of the magnetic easy axis in manganite heterostructures by tailoring the interface oxygen network could allow the development of correlated oxide-based magnetic tunnelling junctions with non-collinear magnetization, with possible practical applications as miniaturized high-switching-speed magnetic random access memory (MRAM) devices. Here, we demonstrate how to manipulate magnetic and electronic anisotropic properties in manganite heterostructures by engineering the oxygen network on the unit-cell level. The strong oxygen octahedral coupling is found to transfer the octahedral rotation, present in the NdGaO3 (NGO) substrate, to the La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 (LSMO) film in the interface region. This causes an unexpected realignment of the magnetic easy axis along the short axis of the LSMO unit cell as well as the presence of a giant anisotropic transport in these ultrathin LSMO films. As a result we possess control of the lateral magnetic and electronic anisotropies by atomic-scale design of the oxygen octahedral rotation. PMID:26950593

  15. Controlled lateral anisotropy in correlated manganite heterostructures by interface-engineered oxygen octahedral coupling

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    Liao, Z.; Huijben, M.; Zhong, Z.; Gauquelin, N.; Macke, S.; Green, R. J.; van Aert, S.; Verbeeck, J.; van Tendeloo, G.; Held, K.; Sawatzky, G. A.; Koster, G.; Rijnders, G.

    2016-04-01

    Controlled in-plane rotation of the magnetic easy axis in manganite heterostructures by tailoring the interface oxygen network could allow the development of correlated oxide-based magnetic tunnelling junctions with non-collinear magnetization, with possible practical applications as miniaturized high-switching-speed magnetic random access memory (MRAM) devices. Here, we demonstrate how to manipulate magnetic and electronic anisotropic properties in manganite heterostructures by engineering the oxygen network on the unit-cell level. The strong oxygen octahedral coupling is found to transfer the octahedral rotation, present in the NdGaO3 (NGO) substrate, to the La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 (LSMO) film in the interface region. This causes an unexpected realignment of the magnetic easy axis along the short axis of the LSMO unit cell as well as the presence of a giant anisotropic transport in these ultrathin LSMO films. As a result we possess control of the lateral magnetic and electronic anisotropies by atomic-scale design of the oxygen octahedral rotation.

  16. Directional alignment of FeCo crystallites in Si/NiFe/Ru/FeCoB multilayer with high anisotropy field above 500 Oe.

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    Hirata, Ken-Ichiro; Gomi, Shunsuke; Nakagawa, Shigeki

    2011-03-01

    In-plane magnetic anisotropy and crystal structure of FeCoB layer on Si/NiFe/Ru underlayer were investigated by using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) measurement. A pole-figure measurement of XRD showed directionally tilted alignment of FeCo crystallites in Si/NiFe/Ru/FeCoB multilayered film with high in-plane anisotropy field H(k) but no directional alignment was found in FeCoB single layered film. The higher H(k) appeared in the Si/NiFe/Ru/FeCoB multilayered configuration with the thicker FeCoB layer. Since Ru crystallites in a multiunderlayer configuration exhibited no directional alignment, the surface structure of underlayer should be no main reason for the directional alignment of FeCo crystallites deposited on it. The dependence of hickness of FeCoB layer in Si/NiFe/Ru/FeCoB film on H(k) indicated that the in-plane magnetic anisotropy is caused by not only the structure of Ru underlayer but also oblique incidence effect of sputtered particles, which is attained in configuration of Facing Targets Sputtering (FTS) system. From these experimental results, remarkably high H(k) of 540 Oe was obtained. PMID:21449466

  17. Formation of strained interfaces in AlSb/InAs multilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy for quantum cascade lasers

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    Nicolaï, J.; Warot-Fonrose, B.; Gatel, C. Ponchet, A.; Teissier, R.; Baranov, A. N.; Magen, C.

    2015-07-21

    Structural and chemical properties of InAs/AlSb interfaces have been studied by transmission electron microscopy. InAs/AlSb multilayers were grown by molecular beam epitaxy with different growth sequences at interfaces. The out-of-plane strain, determined using high resolution microscopy and geometrical phase analysis, has been related to the chemical composition of the interfaces analyzed by high angle annular dark field imaging. Considering the local strain and chemistry, we estimated the interface composition and discussed the mechanisms of interface formation for the different growth sequences. In particular, we found that the formation of the tensile AlAs-type interface is spontaneously favored due to its high thermal stability compared to the InSb-type interface. We also showed that the interface composition could be tuned using an appropriate growth sequence.

  18. Self-consistent iteration procedure in analyzing reflectivity and spectroscopic ellipsometry data of multilayered materials and their interfaces

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    Asmara, T. C.; Rusydi, A.; Santoso, I.

    2014-12-15

    For multilayered materials, reflectivity depends on the complex dielectric function of all the constituent layers, and a detailed analysis is required to separate them. Furthermore, for some cases, new quantum states can occur at the interface which may change the optical properties of the material. In this paper, we discuss various aspects of such analysis, and present a self-consistent iteration procedure, a versatile method to extract and separate the complex dielectric function of each individual layer of a multilayered system. As a case study, we apply this method to LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} heterostructure in which we are able to separate the effects of the interface from the LaAlO{sub 3} film and the SrTiO{sub 3} substrate. Our method can be applied to other complex multilayered systems with various numbers of layers.

  19. Spin orbit torques and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in dual-interfaced Co-Ni multilayers.

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    Yu, Jiawei; Qiu, Xuepeng; Wu, Yang; Yoon, Jungbum; Deorani, Praveen; Besbas, Jean Mourad; Manchon, Aurelien; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2016-01-01

    We study the spin orbit torque (SOT) and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) in the dual-interfaced Co-Ni perpendicular multilayers. Through the combination of top and bottom layer materials (Pt, Ta, MgO and Cu), SOT and DMI are efficiently manipulated due to an enhancement or cancellation of the top and bottom contributions. However, SOT is found to originate mostly from the bulk of a heavy metal (HM), while DMI is more of interfacial origin. In addition, we find that the direction of the domain wall (DW) motion can be either along or against the electron flow depending on the DW tilting angle when there is a large DMI. Such an abnormal DW motion induces a large assist field required for hysteretic magnetization reversal. Our results provide insight into the role of DMI in SOT driven magnetization switching, and demonstrate the feasibility of achieving desirable SOT and DMI for spintronic devices. PMID:27601317

  20. Spin orbit torques and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in dual-interfaced Co-Ni multilayers

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    Yu, Jiawei; Qiu, Xuepeng; Wu, Yang; Yoon, Jungbum; Deorani, Praveen; Besbas, Jean Mourad; Manchon, Aurelien; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2016-01-01

    We study the spin orbit torque (SOT) and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) in the dual-interfaced Co-Ni perpendicular multilayers. Through the combination of top and bottom layer materials (Pt, Ta, MgO and Cu), SOT and DMI are efficiently manipulated due to an enhancement or cancellation of the top and bottom contributions. However, SOT is found to originate mostly from the bulk of a heavy metal (HM), while DMI is more of interfacial origin. In addition, we find that the direction of the domain wall (DW) motion can be either along or against the electron flow depending on the DW tilting angle when there is a large DMI. Such an abnormal DW motion induces a large assist field required for hysteretic magnetization reversal. Our results provide insight into the role of DMI in SOT driven magnetization switching, and demonstrate the feasibility of achieving desirable SOT and DMI for spintronic devices. PMID:27601317

  1. The Influence of Interfaces on the Formation of Bubbles in He Ion Irradiated Cu/Mo Multilayers

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    Li, N.; Carter, J. J.; Misra, A.; Shao, L.; Zhang, X.

    2010-09-30

    The role of immiscible Cu/Mo interfaces on the formation of helium (He) bubbles in ion-irradiated Cu/Mo 5 nm multilayers is examined. Interfaces significantly enhance the critical He concentration above which bubbles, approximately 1 nm in diameter, are detected via through-focus imaging in a transmission electron microscope. He-to-vacancy ratio affects the formation and distribution of He bubbles. The diameter of He bubbles in Cu appears to be slightly larger than that in Mo.

  2. Verification of antiferromagnetic exchange coupling at room temperature using polar magneto-optic Kerr effect in thin EuS/Co multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Goschew, A.; Scott, M.; Fumagalli, P.

    2016-08-01

    We report on magneto-optic Kerr measurements in polar geometry carried out on a series of thin Co/EuS multilayers on suitable Co/Pd-multilayer substrates. Thin Co/EuS multilayers of a few nanometers individual layer thickness usually have their magnetization in plane. Co/Pd multilayers introduce a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in the Co/EuS layers deposited on top, thus making it possible to measure magneto-optic signals in the polar geometry in remanence in order to study exchange coupling. Magneto-optic Kerr-effect spectra and hysteresis loops were recorded in the visible and ultraviolet photon-energy range at room temperature. The EuS contribution to the magneto-optic signal is extracted at 4.1 eV by combining hysteresis loops measured at different photon energies with polar magneto-optic Kerr-effect spectra recorded in remanence and in an applied magnetic field of 2.2 T. The extracted EuS signal shows clear signs of antiferromagnetic coupling of the Eu magnetic moments to the Co layers. This implies that the ordering temperature of at least a fraction of the EuS layers is above room temperature proving that magneto-optic Kerr-effect spectroscopy can be used here as a quasi-element-specific method.

  3. Influence of the deposition-induced stress on the magnetic properties of magnetostrictive amorphous (Fe80Co20)80B20 multilayers with orthogonal anisotropy

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    González-Guerrero, Miguel; Prieto, José Luis; Sánchez, Pedro; Aroca, Claudio

    2007-12-01

    In this work, we experimentally justify that the control of the mechanical stress induced during the deposition of sputtered amorphous magnetostrictive (Fe80Co20)80B20 allows a custom design of its magnetic properties. FeCoB multilayers have been sputtered on thermal oxide Si substrates with different buffer materials. The crystalline quality and the thermomechanical properties of the buffer layer influence both the coercive and the anisotropy field. Those buffer layers with both high rigidity and poor thermal conductivity do not allow the dissipation of energy of the incoming sputtered material. Therefore, the mechanical stresses related to the deposition process cannot be released, leading to magnetic layers with high easy-axis coercive field and low anisotropy field. This shows that the mechanical stresses accumulated during deposition are a key parameter for the control of coercivity.

  4. Evolution of the interfacial magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFeB/Ta/Ru based multilayers as a function of annealing temperature

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    Aleksandrov, Yuriy; Fowley, Ciarán; Kowalska, Ewa; Sluka, Volker; Yıldırım, Oǧuz; Lindner, Jürgen; Ocker, Berthold; Fassbender, Jürgen; Deac, Alina M.

    2016-06-01

    We report the effect of annealing temperature on the dynamic and static magnetic properties of MgO/CoFeB/Ta/Ru multilayers. Angular resolved ferromagnetic resonance measurement results show that the as-deposited film exhibits in-plane magnetic anisotropy, whereas in the annealed films the magnetic easy-axis is almost along the direction perpendicular to the plane of the layers. The extracted interfacial anisotropy energy, Ki, is maximized at an annealing temperature 225∘C, in agreement with the vibrating sample magnetometry results. Although the magnetization is not fully out-of-plane, controlling the degree of the magnetization obliqueness may be advantageous for specific applications such as spin-transfer oscillators.

  5. Correlation between Pd metal thickness and thermally stable perpendicular magnetic anisotropy features in [Co/Pd]n multilayers at annealing temperatures up to 500 °C

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    An, Gwang Guk; Lee, Ja Bin; Yang, Seung Mo; Kim, Jae Hong; Chung, Woo Seong; Yoon, Kap Soo; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2015-02-01

    We examine highly stable perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) features of [Co/Pd]10 multilayers (MLs) versus Pd thickness at various ex-situ annealing temperatures. Thermally stable PMA characteristics were observed up to 500 °C, confirming the suitability of these systems for industrial applications at this temperature. Experimental observations suggest that the choice of equivalent Co and Pd layer thicknesses in a ML configuration ensures thermally stable PMA features, even at higher annealing temperatures. X-ray diffraction patterns and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy images were obtained to determine thickness, post-annealing PMA behavior, and to explore the structural features that govern these findings.

  6. Magneto-Optical Kerr Rotation Spectra and Perpendicular Anisotropy in Compositionally Modulated Multilayer Films of Co/Pt and Fe/Pt

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    Sugimoto, Toshio; Katayama, Toshikazu; Suzuki, Yoshishige; Nishihara, Yoshikazu

    1989-12-01

    Magneto-optical Kerr rotation (θK) spectra and magnetic properties such as saturation magnetization (Ms) and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of Co/Pt and Fe/Pt compositionally modulated multilayer films (CMF’s) are investigated. An enhancement of θK is observed at the wavelengths of about 290 and 250 nm in Co/Pt and Fe/Pt CMF’s, respectively. It is found that Fe/Pt CMF’s turn into perpendicularly magnetized films in the same manner as Co/Pt CMF’s when the Fe layer becomes thinner than about 5 Å.

  7. Interaction of optical and interface phonons and their anisotropy in GaAs/AlAs superlattices: Experiment and calculations

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    Volodin, V. A.; Sachkov, V. A.; Sinyukov, M. P.

    2015-05-15

    The angular anisotropy of interface phonons and their interaction with optical phonons in (001) GaAs/AlAs superlattices are calculated and experimentally studied. Experiments were performed by Raman light scattering in different scattering geometries for phonons with the wave vector directed normally to the superlattice and along its layers. Phonon frequencies were calculated by the extended Born method taking the Coulomb interaction into account in the rigid-ion approximation. Raman scattering spectra were calculated in the Volkenshtein bond-polarizability approximation. Calculations confirmed that the angular anisotropy of phonons observed in experiments appears due to interaction (mixing) of optical phonons, in which atoms are mainly displaced normally to superlattices, with interface phonons (TO-IF modes). In the scattering geometry, when the wave vector lies in the plane of superlattice layers, the mixed TO-IF modes are observed under nonresonance conditions. The Raman spectra for TO-IF modes depend on the mixing of atoms at heteroboundaries.

  8. Fast contact of solid-liquid interface created high strength multi-layered cellulose hydrogels with controllable size.

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    He, Meng; Zhao, Yanteng; Duan, Jiangjiang; Wang, Zhenggang; Chen, Yun; Zhang, Lina

    2014-02-12

    Novel onion-like and multi-layered tubular cellulose hydrogels were constructed, for the first time, from the cellulose solution in a 7% NaOH/12% urea aqueous solvent by changing the shape of the gel cores. In our findings, the contacting of the cellulose solution with the surface of the agarose gel rod or sphere loaded with acetic acid led to the close chain packing to form immediately a gel layer, as a result of the destruction of the cellulose inclusion complex by acid through inducing the cellulose self-aggregation. Subsequently, multi-layered cellulose hydrogels were fabricated via a multi-step interrupted gelation process. The size, layer thickness and inter-layer space of the multi-layered hydrogels could be controlled by adjusting the cellulose concentrations, the gel core diameter and the contacting time of the solid-liquid interface. The multi-layered cellulose hydrogels displayed good architectural stability and solvent resistance. Moreover, the hydrogels exhibited high compressive strength and excellent biocompatibility. L929 cells could adhere and proliferate on the surface of the layers and in interior space, showing great potential as tissue engineering scaffolds and cell culture carrier. This work opens up a new avenue for the construction of the high strength multi-layered cellulose hydrogels formed from inner to outside via a fast contact of solid-liquid interface. PMID:24405277

  9. Anisotropy of the solid–liquid interface properties of the Ni–Zr B33 phase from molecular dynamics simulation

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    Wilson, S. R.; Mendelev, M. I.

    2015-01-08

    Solid–liquid interface (SLI) properties of the Ni–Zr B33 phase were determined from molecular dynamics simulations. In order to perform these measurements, a new semi-empirical potential for Ni–Zr alloy was developed that well reproduces the material properties required to model SLIs in the Ni50.0Zr50.0 alloy. In particular, the developed potential is shown to provide that the solid phase emerging from the liquid Ni50.0Zr50.0alloy is B33 (apart from a small fraction of point defects), in agreement with the experimental phase diagram. The SLI properties obtained using the developed potential exhibit an extraordinary degree of anisotropy. It is observed that anisotropies in both the interfacial free energy and mobility are an order of magnitude larger than those measured to date in any other metallic compound. Moreover, the [0 1 0] interface is shown to play a significant role in the observed anisotropy. Our data suggest that the [0 1 0] interface simultaneously corresponds to the lowest mobility, the lowest free energy and the highest stiffness of all inclinations in B33 Ni–Zr. This finding can be understood by taking into account a rather complicated crystal structure in this crystallographic direction.

  10. Anisotropy of the solid–liquid interface properties of the Ni–Zr B33 phase from molecular dynamics simulation

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    Wilson, S. R.; Mendelev, M. I.

    2015-01-08

    Solid–liquid interface (SLI) properties of the Ni–Zr B33 phase were determined from molecular dynamics simulations. In order to perform these measurements, a new semi-empirical potential for Ni–Zr alloy was developed that well reproduces the material properties required to model SLIs in the Ni50.0Zr50.0 alloy. In particular, the developed potential is shown to provide that the solid phase emerging from the liquid Ni50.0Zr50.0alloy is B33 (apart from a small fraction of point defects), in agreement with the experimental phase diagram. The SLI properties obtained using the developed potential exhibit an extraordinary degree of anisotropy. It is observed that anisotropies in bothmore » the interfacial free energy and mobility are an order of magnitude larger than those measured to date in any other metallic compound. Moreover, the [0 1 0] interface is shown to play a significant role in the observed anisotropy. Our data suggest that the [0 1 0] interface simultaneously corresponds to the lowest mobility, the lowest free energy and the highest stiffness of all inclinations in B33 Ni–Zr. This finding can be understood by taking into account a rather complicated crystal structure in this crystallographic direction.« less

  11. Deterioration of the coercivity due to the diffusion induced interface layer in hard/soft multilayers

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    Si, Wenjing; Zhao, G. P.; Ran, N.; Peng, Y.; Morvan, F. J.; Wan, X. L.

    2015-01-01

    Hard/soft permanent magnets have aroused many interests in the past two decades because of their potential in achieving giant energy products as well as their rich variety of magnetic behaviors. Nevertheless, the experimental energy products are much smaller than the theoretical ones due to the much smaller coercivity measured in the experiments. In this paper, the deterioration of the coercivity due to the interface atomic diffusion is demonstrated based on a three dimensional (3D) micromagnetic software (OOMMF) and a formula derived for the pinning field in a hard/soft multilayer, which can be applied to both permanent magnets and exchange-coupled-composite (ECC) media. It is found that the formation of the interface layer can decrease the coercivity by roughly 50%, which is responsible for the observed smaller coercivity in both composite and single-phased permanent magnets. A method to enhance the coercivity in these systems is proposed based on the discussions, consistent with recent experiments where excellent magnetic properties are achieved. PMID:26586226

  12. Deterioration of the coercivity due to the diffusion induced interface layer in hard/soft multilayers.

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    Si, Wenjing; Zhao, G P; Ran, N; Peng, Y; Morvan, F J; Wan, X L

    2015-01-01

    Hard/soft permanent magnets have aroused many interests in the past two decades because of their potential in achieving giant energy products as well as their rich variety of magnetic behaviors. Nevertheless, the experimental energy products are much smaller than the theoretical ones due to the much smaller coercivity measured in the experiments. In this paper, the deterioration of the coercivity due to the interface atomic diffusion is demonstrated based on a three dimensional (3D) micromagnetic software (OOMMF) and a formula derived for the pinning field in a hard/soft multilayer, which can be applied to both permanent magnets and exchange-coupled-composite (ECC) media. It is found that the formation of the interface layer can decrease the coercivity by roughly 50%, which is responsible for the observed smaller coercivity in both composite and single-phased permanent magnets. A method to enhance the coercivity in these systems is proposed based on the discussions, consistent with recent experiments where excellent magnetic properties are achieved. PMID:26586226

  13. Deterioration of the coercivity due to the diffusion induced interface layer in hard/soft multilayers

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    Si, Wenjing; Zhao, G. P.; Ran, N.; Peng, Y.; Morvan, F. J.; Wan, X. L.

    2015-11-01

    Hard/soft permanent magnets have aroused many interests in the past two decades because of their potential in achieving giant energy products as well as their rich variety of magnetic behaviors. Nevertheless, the experimental energy products are much smaller than the theoretical ones due to the much smaller coercivity measured in the experiments. In this paper, the deterioration of the coercivity due to the interface atomic diffusion is demonstrated based on a three dimensional (3D) micromagnetic software (OOMMF) and a formula derived for the pinning field in a hard/soft multilayer, which can be applied to both permanent magnets and exchange-coupled-composite (ECC) media. It is found that the formation of the interface layer can decrease the coercivity by roughly 50%, which is responsible for the observed smaller coercivity in both composite and single-phased permanent magnets. A method to enhance the coercivity in these systems is proposed based on the discussions, consistent with recent experiments where excellent magnetic properties are achieved.

  14. Enhancement of soft X-ray reflectivity and interface stability in nitridated Pd/Y multilayer mirrors.

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    Xu, Dechao; Huang, Qiushi; Wang, Yiwen; Li, Pin; Wen, Mingwu; Jonnard, Philippe; Giglia, Angelo; Kozhevnikov, Igor V; Wang, Kun; Zhang, Zhong; Wang, Zhanshan

    2015-12-28

    Pd/Y multilayer mirrors operating in the soft X-ray region are characterized by a high theoretical reflectance, reaching 65% at normal incidence in the 8-12 nm wavelength range. However, a severe intermixing of neighboring Pd and Y layers results in an almost total disappearance of the interfaces inside the multilayer structures fabricated by direct current magnetron sputtering and thus a dramatic reflectivity decrease. Based on grazing incidence X-ray reflectometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we demonstrate that the stability of the interfaces in Pd/Y multilayer structures can be essentially improved by adding a small amount of nitrogen (4-8%) to the working gas (Ar). High resolution transmission electron microscopy shows that the interlayer width is only 0.9 nm and 0.6 nm for Y(N)-on-Pd(N) and Pd(N)-on-Y(N) interfaces, respectively. A well-defined crystalline texture of YN (200) is observed on the electron diffraction pattern. As a result, the measured reflectance of the Pd(N)/Y(N) multilayer achieves 30% at λ = 9.3 nm. The peak reflectivity value is limited by the remaining interlayers and the formation of the YN compound inside the yttrium layers, resulting in an increased absorption. PMID:26831970

  15. Interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, surface anisotropy energy, and spin pumping at spin orbit coupled Ir/Co interface

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    Kim, Nam-Hui; Jung, Jinyong; Cho, Jaehun; Han, Dong-Soo; Yin, Yuxiang; Kim, June-Seo; Swagten, Henk J. M.; You, Chun-Yeol

    2016-04-01

    The interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (iDMI), surface anisotropy energy, and spin pumping at the Ir/Co interface are experimentally investigated by performing Brillouin light scattering. Contrary to previous reports, we suggest that the sign of the iDMI at the Ir/Co interface is the same as in the case of the Pt/Co interface. We also find that the magnitude of the iDMI energy density is relatively smaller than in the case of the Pt/Co interface, despite the large strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) of Ir. The saturation magnetization and the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) energy are significantly improved due to a strong SOC. Our findings suggest that an SOC in an Ir/Co system behaves in different ways for iDMI and PMA. Finally, we determine the spin pumping effect at the Ir/Co interface, and it increases the Gilbert damping constant from 0.012 to 0.024 for 1.5 nm-thick Co.

  16. Effect of MgO/Co interface and Co/MgO interface on the spin dependent transport in perpendicular Co/Pt multilayers

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    Zhang, J. Y.; Liu, Y. W.; Zhao, Z. D.; Chen, X.; Feng, C.; Yu, G. H. E-mail: ghyu@mater.ustb.edu.cn; Yang, G.; Wang, S. G. E-mail: ghyu@mater.ustb.edu.cn; Wu, Z. L.; Zhang, S. L.

    2014-10-28

    Effect of the metal/oxide interface on spin-dependent transport properties in perpendicular [Co/Pt]{sub 3} multilayers was investigated. The saturation Hall resistivity (ρ{sub xy}) is significantly increased by 45% with 1.4 nm thick CoO layer inserted at the top Co/MgO interface; whereas it is increased only 25% with 1 nm thick CoO layer at the bottom MgO/Co interface. The interfacial structures characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy show that the MgO/Co interface and Co/MgO interface including chemical states play a dominant role on spin-dependent transport, leading to different anomalous Hall behavior.

  17. Polyelectrolyte multilayer-assisted fabrication of non-periodic silicon nanocolumn substrates for cellular interface applications

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    Lee, Seyeong; Kim, Dongyoon; Kim, Seong-Min; Kim, Jeong-Ah; Kim, Taesoo; Kim, Dong-Yu; Yoon, Myung-Han

    2015-08-01

    Recent advances in nanostructure-based biotechnology have resulted in a growing demand for vertical nanostructure substrates with elaborate control over the nanoscale geometry and a high-throughput preparation. In this work, we report the fabrication of non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates via polyelectrolyte multilayer-enabled randomized nanosphere lithography. Owing to layer-by-layer deposited polyelectrolyte adhesives, uniformly-separated polystyrene nanospheres were securely attached on large silicon substrates and utilized as masks for the subsequent metal-assisted silicon etching in solution. Consequently, non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn arrays were successfully fabricated on a wafer scale, while each nanocolumn geometric factor, such as the diameter, height, density, and spatial patterning, could be fully controlled in an independent manner. Finally, we demonstrate that our vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates support viable cell culture with minimal cell penetration and unhindered cell motility due to the blunt nanocolumn morphology. These results suggest that vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates may serve as a useful cellular interface platform for performing a statistically meaningful number of cellular experiments in the fields of biomolecular delivery, stem cell research, etc.Recent advances in nanostructure-based biotechnology have resulted in a growing demand for vertical nanostructure substrates with elaborate control over the nanoscale geometry and a high-throughput preparation. In this work, we report the fabrication of non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates via polyelectrolyte multilayer-enabled randomized nanosphere lithography. Owing to layer-by-layer deposited polyelectrolyte adhesives, uniformly-separated polystyrene nanospheres were securely attached on large silicon substrates and utilized as masks for the subsequent metal-assisted silicon etching in solution. Consequently, non-periodic vertical

  18. Interface structure in nanoscale multilayers near continuous-to-discontinuous regime

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    Pradhan, P. C.; Majhi, A.; Nayak, M.; Mangla Nand, Rajput, P.; Shukla, D. K.; Biswas, A.; Rai, S. K.; Jha, S. N.; Bhattacharyya, D.; Phase, D. M.; Sahoo, N. K.

    2016-07-01

    Interfacial atomic diffusion, reaction, and formation of microstructure in nanoscale level are investigated in W/B4C multilayer (ML) system as functions of thickness in ultrathin limit. Hard x-ray reflectivity (XRR) and x-ray diffuse scattering in conjunction with x-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES) in soft x-ray and hard x-ray regimes and depth profiling x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) have been used to precisely evaluate detailed interfacial structure by systematically varying the individual layer thickness from continuous-to-discontinuous regime. It is observed that the interfacial morphology undergoes an unexpected significant modification as the layer thickness varies from continuous-to-discontinuous regime. The interfacial atomic diffusion increases, the physical density of W layer decreases and that of B4C layer increases, and further more interestingly the in-plane correlation length decreases substantially as the layer thickness varies from continuous-to-discontinuous regime. This is corroborated using combined XRR and x-ray diffused scattering analysis. XANES and XPS results show formation of more and more tungsten compounds at the interfaces as the layer thickness decreases below the percolation threshold due to increase in the contact area between the elements. The formation of compound enhances to minimize certain degree of disorder at the interfaces in the discontinuous region that enables to maintain the periodic structure in ML. The degree of interfacial atomic diffusion, interlayer interaction, and microstructure is correlated as a function of layer thickness during early stage of film growth.

  19. Effects of tilt interface boundary on mechanical properties of Cu/Ni nanoscale metallic multilayer composites

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    Yang, Meng; Xu, Jian-Gang; Song, Hai-Yang; Zhang, Yun-Guang

    2015-09-01

    The effect of tilt interfaces and layer thickness of Cu/Ni multilayer nanowires on the deformation mechanism are investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. The results indicate that the plasticity of the sample with a 45° tilt angle is much better than the others. The yield stress is found to decrease with increasing the tilt angle and it reaches its lowest value at 33°. Then as the tilt angle continues to increase, the yield strength increases. Furthermore, the studies show that with the decrease of layer thickness, the yield strength gradually decreases. The study also reveals that these different deformation behaviors are associated with the glide of dislocation. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 10902083), the Program for New Century Excellent Talent in University of Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. NCET-12-1046), the Program for New Scientific and Technological Star of Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2012KJXX-39), and the Natural Science Basic Research Plan in Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2014JQ1036).

  20. Multilayer films with sharp, stable interfaces for use in EUV and soft X-ray application

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    Barbee, Jr., Troy W.; Bajt, Sasa

    2002-01-01

    The reflectivity and thermal stability of Mo/Si (molybdenum/silicon) multilayer films, used in soft x-ray and extreme ultraviolet region, is enhanced by deposition of a thin layer of boron carbide (e.g., B.sub.4 C) between alternating layers of Mo and Si. The invention is useful for reflective coatings for soft X-ray and extreme ultraviolet optics, multilayer for masks, coatings for other wavelengths and multilayers for masks that are more thermally stable than pure Mo/Si multilayers

  1. Mechanical performance of Hi-Nicalon/CVI-SiC composites with multilayer SiC/C interfaces

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    Halverson, H.G.; Carter, R.H.; Curtin, W.A.

    1997-12-01

    The mechanical properties and interfacial characteristics of new SiC/SiC ceramic composites, composed of Hi-Nicalon fibers in a CVI-SiC matrix and having a variety of multilayer SiC/C coatings between the fibers and the matrix, are studied in detail to elucidate the roles of the coatings and fibers. Axial tension tests and unload/reload hysteresis loop measurements are performed to determine mechanical performance. All materials exhibit the strong and tough behavior characteristic of good ceramic composites, with all multilayer variants performing quite similarly. SEM microscopy demonstrates that matrix cracks penetrate through the multilayers and debond at the fiber/inner-coating interface. Analysis of the hysteretic behavior leads to values for interfacial sliding resistance {tau} {approx} 11 ksi and interfacial toughness {Gamma}{sub i} {approx} 2 J/m{sup 2} that are nearly independent of multilayer structure, and are similar to values obtained for standard pyrolitic carbon interfaces. These results all indicate debonding at the fiber surface for all coating structures, which provides a common roughness, {tau}, and {Gamma}{sub i}. Analysis of fiber fracture mirrors provides an estimate of the in-situ strength of the fibers and demonstrates the high strength retention of the Hi-Nicalon fibers. The in-situ fiber strengths are combined with the measured pullout lengths to obtain an independent determination of {tau} = 8.5 ksi that agrees well with the value found from the hysteretic behavior. Predictions of composite strength using the derived fiber strengths agree well with the measured value although the predicted failure strain is too large. This study demonstrates that Hi-Nicalon fiber/CVI-SiC composites perform well for a wide range of multilayer interface structures and that the interfaces present relatively high values of {tau} and {Gamma}{sub i}, both of which are beneficial to strength and toughness. The small carbon layer thicknesses in these multilayer

  2. Formation of multilayered magnetic nanotracks with perpendicular anisotropy via deoxidization using ion irradiation on ultraviolet-imprinted intaglio nanostructures

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    Cho, Eikhyun; Shin, Sang Chul; Han, Jungjin; Shim, Jongmyeong; Shin, Ryung; Kang, Shinill; Kim, Sanghoon; Hong, Jongill

    2015-01-26

    We proposed a method to fabricate perpendicular magnetic nanotracks in the cobalt oxide/palladium multilayer films using UV-nanoimprinting lithography and low-energy hydrogen-ion irradiation. This is a method to magnetize UV-imprinted intaglio nanotracks via low-energy hydrogen ion irradiation, resulting the irradiated region are magnetically separated from the non-irradiated region. Multilayered magnetic nanotracks with a line width of 140 nm, which were fabricated by this parallel process without additional dry etching process, exhibited a saturation magnetization of 290 emu cm{sup −3} and a coercivity of 2 kOe. This study demonstrates a cost-effective mass production of multilayered perpendicular magnetic nanotracks and offers the possibility to achieve high density storage and memory devices.

  3. Substrate- and interface-mediated photocrystallization in a-Se films and multi-layers

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    Lindberg, G. P.; Tallman, R. E.; Weinstein, B. A.; Abbaszadeh, S.; Karim, K. S.; Reznik, A.

    2012-02-01

    Photocrystallization in a-Se films and layered a-Se structures is studied by Raman scattering as a function of temperature for photon energies near or slightly below the band gap. The samples are ˜16.5 μm thick films of a-Se grown i) directly on glass, ii) on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass, iii) on glass that is spin coated with 800nm polymide, and iv) on a Capton sheet. A low As-concentration (< 0.2 %) is present in several of the a-Se films. We compare the results on these samples to prior findings on a-Se HARP targets, and on a polymer-encapsulated a-Se film [1]. We observe strong evidence that the interface between the a-Se film and the underlying substrate and/or multi-layers plays an important role in the onset time and growth rate of photocrystallized Se domains. In some samples a discontinuous increase in the onset time with increasing temperature occurs near the glass transition (˜310K), and there is a surprising ``dead zone'' of no crystallization in this region. Other samples merely show a minimum in the onset time at similar temperatures, but no discontinuity and no region where crystallization is absent. Soft intermediate layers appear to increase stability against crystallization in an overlying a-Se film. The competing effects of substrate shear strain and thermal driving forces on the photocrystallization process are considered to account for these findings. [4pt] [1] R.E. Tallman et. al. J. Non-crystalline Sols. 354, 4577-81 (2008)

  4. Highly (001) oriented L1{sub 0}-CoPt/TiN multilayer films on glass substrates with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    An, Hongyu; Sannomiya, Takumi; Muraishi, Shinji; Nakamura, Yoshio; Shi, Ji; Xie, Qian; Zhang, Zhengjun; Wang, Jian

    2015-03-15

    To obtain strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) based on L1{sub 0} structure for magnetic storage devices, costly single crystalline substrates are generally required to achieve (001) texture. Recently, various studies also have focused on depositing different kinds of seed layers on glass or other amorphous substrates to promote (001) preferred orientation of L1{sub 0} CoPt and FePt. TiN is a very promising seed layer material because of its cubic crystalline structure (similar to MgO) and excellent diffusion barring property even at high temperatures. In the present work, highly (001) oriented L1{sub 0}-CoPt/TiN multilayer films have been successfully deposited on glass substrates. After annealing at 700 °C, the film exhibits PMA, and a strong (001) peak is detected from the x-ray diffraction profiles, indicating the ordering transformation of CoPt layers from fcc (A1) to L1{sub 0} structure. It also is found that alternate deposition of cubic TiN and CoPt effectively improves the crystallinity and (001) preferred orientation of CoPt layers. This effect is verified by the substantial enhancement of (001) reflection and PMA with increasing the period number of the multilayer films.

  5. Anisotropy of Multilayered (cu, C)BA2CA3CU4OY Superconductors Studied by Torque Magnetometry

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    Tokiwa, K.; Koganezawa, T.; Mikusu, S.; Watanabe, T.; Iyo, A.; Tanaka, Y.

    The magnetic torque of (Cu,C)Ba2Ca3Cu4Oy ( (Cu,C)-1234) aligned samples with various carrier concentrations has been measured under a magnetic field of 9 T at 80 K and 90 K. The carrier concentration was determined by Hall effect measurements. From angular dependent torque measurements, the anisotropy ratio γ was estimated using the 3D anisotropic London model. The γvalues decreased from 23 to 10 with an increase in the average Hall number per CuO2 plane (nH); however, these samples showed a nearly constant Tc of about 117 K. These results indicate that the anisotropy of (Cu,C)-1234 strongly reflects the doping levels of the outer planes.

  6. Investigation of extrinsic damping caused by magnetic dead layer in Ta-CoFeB-MgO multilayers with perpendicular anisotropy

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    Sato, Noriyuki; O'Brien, Kevin P.; Millard, Kent; Doyle, Brian; Oguz, Kaan

    2016-03-01

    We systematically investigated the influence of the dead layer, the oxidation degree of naturally oxidized MgO, the structure of adjacent nonmagnetic metal layers on the damping parameter, and the perpendicular anisotropy of Ta(Ru)/Co20Fe60B20/MgO and MgO/Co20Fe60B20/Ta films using the vector network analyzer ferromagnetic resonance measurement technique. MgO/Co20Fe60B20/Ta film shows almost twice larger extrinsic damping than that for Ta/Co20Fe60B20/MgO film, whereas the perpendicular anisotropy is much smaller. This two-fold enhancement of damping parameter is successfully explained by the extrinsic damping arises from the dead layer at the CoFeB-Ta interface through the Elliott-Yafet mechanism in addition to the conventional spin-pumping model. Furthermore, we found that the oxidation degree of naturally oxidized MgO has no significant impact on the damping parameter, while the perpendicular anisotropy for MgO/Co20Fe60B20/Ta film is enhanced by longer oxidation time.

  7. Interfacial Rheology of Hydrogen-Bonded Polymer Multilayers Assembled at Liquid Interfaces: Influence of Anchoring Energy and Hydrophobic Interactions.

    PubMed

    Le Tirilly, Sandrine; Tregouët, Corentin; Reyssat, Mathilde; Bône, Stéphane; Geffroy, Cédric; Fuller, Gerald; Pantoustier, Nadège; Perrin, Patrick; Monteux, Cécile

    2016-06-21

    We study the 2D rheological properties of hydrogen-bonded polymer multilayers assembled directly at dodecane-water and air-water interfaces using pendant drop/bubble dilation and the double-wall ring method for interfacial shear. We use poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) as a proton acceptor and a series of polyacrylic acids as proton donors. The PAA series of chains with varying hydrophobicity was fashioned from poly(acrylic acid), (PAA), polymethacrylic acid (PMAA), and a homemade hydrophobically modified polymer. The latter consisted of a PAA backbone covalently grafted with C12 moieties at 1% mol (referred to as PAA-1C12). Replacing PAA with the more hydrophobic PMAA provides a route for combining hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interactions to increase the strength and/or the number of links connecting the polyacid chains to PVP. This systematic replacement allows for control of the ability of the monomer units inside the absorbed polymer layer to reorganize as the interface is sheared or compressed. Consequently, the interplay of hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interactions leads to control of the resistance of the polymer multilayers to both shear and dilation. Using PAA-1C12 as the first layer improves the anchoring energy of a few monomers of the chain without changing the strength of the monomer-monomer contact in the complex layer. In this way, the layer does not resist shear but resists compression. This strategy provides the means for using hydrophobicity to control the interfacial dynamics of the complexes adsorbed at the interface of the bubbles and droplets that either elongate or buckle upon compression. Moreover, we demonstrate the pH responsiveness of these interfacial multilayers by adding aliquots of NaOH to the acidic water subphase surrounding the bubbles and droplets. Subsequent pH changes can eventually break the polymer complex, providing opportunities for encapsulation/release applications. PMID:27176147

  8. Synchrotron FTIR microscopy of Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers and polyelectrolyte multilayers at the solid-solid interface.

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    Beattie, David A; Beaussart, Audrey; Mierczynska-Vasilev, Agnieszka; Harmer, Sarah L; Thierry, Benjamin; Puskar, Ljiljana; Tobin, Mark

    2012-01-24

    Synchrotron FTIR microscopy has been used to probe the structure of model boundary lubricant layers confined at the solid-solid interface. The combination of high brightness of the IR source and a novel contact geometry that uses a hemispherical internal reflection element as the means for light delivery has enabled the detection of <2.5 nm thin monolayer lubricant layers in the solid-solid contact, in addition to allowing for spectral acquisition from specific regions of the contact. Spectra of hydration water from within a confined polyelectrolyte multilayer film have also been acquired, highlighting the altered hydrogen bonding environment within the polymer layer. PMID:22225512

  9. Layering, interface and edge effects in multi-layered composite medium

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    Datta, S. K.; Shah, A. H.; Karunesena, W.

    1990-01-01

    Guided waves in a cross-ply laminated plate are studied. Because of the complexity of the exact dispersion equation that governs the wave propagation in a multi-layered fiber-reinforced plate, a stiffness method that can be applied to any number of layers is presented. It is shown that, for a sufficiently large number of layers, the plate can be modeled as a homogeneous anisotropic plate. Also studied is the reflection of guided waves from the edge of a multilayered plate. These results are quite different than in the case of a single homogeneous plate.

  10. Origin of Colossal Ionic Conductivity in Oxide Multilayers: Interface Induced Sublattice Disorder

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    Pennycook, Timothy J; Beck, Matthew; Varga, Kalman; Varela del Arco, Maria; Pennycook, Stephen J; Pantelides, Sokrates T

    2010-01-01

    Oxide ionic conductors typically operate at high temperatures, which limits their usefulness. Colossal room-temperature ionic conductivity was recently discovered in multilayers of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and SrTiO3. Here we report density-functional calculations that trace the origin of the effect to a combination of lattice-mismatch strain and O-sublattice incompatibility. Strain alone in bulk YSZ enhances O mobility at high temperatures by inducing extreme O disorder. In multilayer structures, O-sublattice incompatibility causes the same extreme disorder at room temperature.

  11. Study of interface correlation in W/C multilayer structure by specular and non-specular grazing incidence X-ray reflectivity measurements

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    Biswas, A. Bhattacharyya, D.; Sahoo, N. K.; Maidul Haque, S.; Tripathi, S.; De, Rajnarayan; Rai, S.

    2015-10-28

    W/C/W tri-layer thin film samples have been deposited on c-Si substrates in a home-built Ion Beam Sputtering system at 1.5 × 10{sup −3} Torr Ar working pressure and 10 mA grid current. The tri-layer samples have been deposited at different Ar{sup +} ion energies between 0.6 and 1.2 keV for W layer deposition and the samples have been characterized by specular and non-specular grazing incidence X-ray reflectivity (GIXR) measurements. By analyzing the GIXR spectra, various interface parameters have been obtained for both W-on-C and C-on-W interfaces and optimum Ar{sup +} ion energy for obtaining interfaces with low imperfections has been found. Subsequently, multilayer W/C samples with 5-layer, 7-layer, 9-layer, and 13-layer have been deposited at this optimum Ar{sup +} ion energy. By fitting the specular and diffused GIXR data of the multilayer samples with the parameters of each interface as fitting variables, different interface parameters, viz., interface width, in-plane correlation length, interface roughness, and interface diffusion have been estimated for each interface and their variation across the depth of the multilayers have been obtained. The information would be useful in realizing W/C multilayers for soft X-ray mirror application in the <100 Å wavelength regime. The applicability of the “restart of the growth at the interface” model in the case of these ion beam sputter deposited W/C multilayers has also been investigated in the course of this study.

  12. Capping layer-tailored interface magnetic anisotropy in ultrathin Co2FeAl films

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    Belmeguenai, M.; Gabor, M. S.; Petrisor, T.; Zighem, F.; Chérif, S. M.; Tiusan, C.

    2015-01-01

    Co2FeAl (CFA) thin films of various thicknesses (2 nm ≤ d ≤ 50 nm) have been grown on (001) MgO single crystal substrates and then capped with Cr, V, and Ta. Their magnetic and structural properties have been studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometry, and broadband microstrip ferromagnetic resonance (MS-FMR). The XRD revealed that the films are epitaxial with the cubic [001] CFA axis normal to the substrate plane and that the chemical order varies from the B2 phase to the A2 phase when decreasing the thickness. The deduced lattice parameters showed that the Cr-capped films exhibit a larger tetragonal distortion, as compared with the films capped with V or Ta. The presence of magnetic dead layers has been observed in CFA samples capped with V and Ta but not in the case of the Cr-capped ones. The effective magnetization, deduced from the fit of MS-FMR measurements, increases (decreases) linearly with the CFA inverse thickness (1/d) for the Cr-capped (Ta-capped) films while it is constant for the V-capped ones. This allows quantifying the perpendicular surface anisotropy coefficients of -0.46 erg/cm2 and 0.74 erg/cm2 for Cr and Ta-capped films, respectively. Moreover, the fourfold and the uniaxial anisotropy fields, measured in these films, showed different trends with a respect to the CFA inverse thickness. This allows inferring that a non-negligible part of the fourfold magnetocrystalline term is of interfacial origin.

  13. Consequences of an interface-concentrated perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in ultrathin CoFeB films used in magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Sun, J. Z.

    2015-05-01

    We examine the consequences of a strongly interface-concentrated perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) energy in CoFeB thin films currently in wide use in magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) for spin-torque-related memory applications. The direct consequence of such an anisotropy energy distribution, in combination with a moderate exchange coupling of the interface moment to the rest of the film, is a phenomenological appearance of a fourth-order anisotropy term as the film is viewed by ferromagnetic resonance. The presence of a fourth-order anisotropy also affects the apparent thermal activation energy of a patterned nanomagnet with such thin films, and it could lead to an apparent increase in the spin-torque switching efficiency as represented by the ratio of the thermal activation energy and the threshold switching current. However, for interface-sensitive quantities such as tunnel magnetoresistance's hard-axis behavior, as well as for spin-torque excitation processes, the specifics of such separation of interface versus film-interior moment rotation could become important.

  14. Perpendicularly magnetized spin filtering Cu/Ni multilayers

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    Shirahata, Yasuhiro; Wada, Eiji; Itoh, Mitsuru; Taniyama, Tomoyasu

    2014-01-20

    Spin filtering at perpendicular magnetized Cu/Ni multilayer/GaAs(001) interfaces is demonstrated at remanence using optical spin orientation method. [Cu(9 nm)/Ni(t{sub Ni} nm)]{sub n} multilayers are found to show a crossover from the in-plane to out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy at the Cu/Ni bilayer repetition n = 4 and the Ni layer thickness t{sub Ni} = 3. For a perpendicularly magnetized Cu/Ni multilayer/n-GaAs(001) interface, circular polarization dependent photocurrent shows a clear hysteretic behavior under optical spin orientation conditions as a function of magnetic field out-of-plane while the bias dependence exhibits a substantial peak at a forward bias, verifying that Cu/Ni multilayers work as an efficient spin filter in the remanent state.

  15. Large anomalous Hall effect in Pt interfaced with perpendicular anisotropy ferrimagnetic insulator

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    Tang, Chi; Sellappan, Pathikumar; Liu, Yawen; Garay, Javier; Shi, Jing; Shines Team

    We demonstrate the strain induced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in a ferrimagnetic insulator (FMI), Tm3Fe5O12 (TIG) and the first observation of large anomalous Hall effect (AHE) in TIG/Pt bilayers. Atomically flat TIG films were deposited by a laser molecular beam epitaxy system on (111)-orientated substituted gadolinium gallium garnet substrates. The strength of PMA could be effectively tuned by controlling the oxygen pressure during deposition. Sharp squared anomalous Hall hysteresis loops were observed in bilayers of TIG/Pt over a range of thicknesses of Pt, with the maximum AHE conductivity reaching 1 S/cm at room temperature. The AHE vanishes when a 5 nm Cu layer was inserted between Pt and TIG, strongly indicating the proximity-induced ferromagnetism in Pt. The large AHE in the bilayer structures demonstrates a potential use of PMA-FMI related heterostructures in spintronics. This work was supported as part of the SHINES, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences under Award # SC0012670.

  16. Quartz Crystal Microbalance Studies of Multilayer Glucagon Fibrillation at the Solid-Liquid Interface

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    Hovgaard, Mads Bruun; Dong, Mingdong; Otzen, Daniel Erik; Besenbacher, Flemming

    2007-01-01

    We have used a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) to monitor the changes in layer thickness and viscoelastic properties accompanying multilayer amyloid deposition in situ for the first time. By means of atomic force microscope imaging, an unequivocal correlation is established between the interfacial nucleation and growth of glucagon fibrils and the QCM-D response. The combination of the two techniques allows us to study the temporal evolution of the interfacial fibrillation process. We have modeled the QCM-D data using an extension to the Kelvin-Voigt viscoelastic model. Three phases were observed in the fibrillation process: 1), a rigid multilayer of glucagon monomers forms and slowly rearranges; 2), this multilayer subsequently evolves into a dramatically more viscoelastic layer, containing a polymorphic network of micrometer-long fibrils growing from multiple nucleation sites; and 3), the fibrillar formation effectively stops as a result of the depletion of bulk-phase monomers, although the process can be continued without a lag phase by subsequent addition of fresh monomers. The robustness of the QCM-D technique, consolidated by complementary atomic force microscope studies, should make it possible to combine different components thought to be involved in the plaque formation process and thus build up realistic models of amyloid plaque formation in vitro. PMID:17513349

  17. Quantitative first-principles theory of interface absorption in multilayer heterostructures

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    Hachtel, Jordan A.; Sachan, Ritesh; Mishra, Rohan; Pantelides, Sokrates T.

    2015-08-31

    The unique chemical bonds and electronic states of interfaces result in optical properties that are different from those of the constituting bulk materials. In the nanoscale regime, the interface effects can be dominant and impact the optical response of devices. Using density functional theory (DFT), the interface effects can be calculated, but DFT is computationally limited to small systems. We describe a method to combine DFT with macroscopic methodologies to extract the interface effect on absorption in a consistent and quantifiable manner. The extracted interface effects are an independent parameter and can be applied to more complicated systems. We demonstrate, using NiSi{sub 2}/Si heterostructures, that by varying the relative volume fractions of interface and bulk, we can tune the spectral range of the heterostructure absorption.

  18. Growth of multilayers of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}/ZnSe: Heteroepitaxial interface formation and strain

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    Li, H. D.; Wang, Z. Y.; Guo, X.; Xie, M. H.; Wong, Tai Lun; Wang, Ning

    2011-01-24

    Multilayers of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}/ZnSe with the periodicity of a few nanometers were grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on Si(111). While epitaxial growth of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} on ZnSe proceeded by two-dimensional nucleation, ZnSe growth on Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} showed the three-dimensional growth front. Therefore, the two complementary interfaces of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}/ZnSe were asymmetric in morphological properties. Strain-relaxation rates were found to differ between epitaxial ZnSe and Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}, which could be attributed to the specific growth modes and the properties of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} and ZnSe surfaces.

  19. Rheology at the Interface and the Role of the Interphase in Reactive Functionalized Multilayer Polymers in Coextrusion Process

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    Lamnawar, Khalid; Maazouz, Abderrahim

    2008-07-01

    Coextrusion technologies are commonly used to produce multilayered composite sheets or films for a large range of applications from food packaging to optics. The contrast of rheological properties between layers can lead to interfacial instabilities during flow. Important theoretical and experimental advances regarding the stability of compatible and incompatible polymers have, during the last decades, been made using a mechanical approach. However, few research efforts have been dedicated to the physicochemical affinity between the neighboring layers. The present study deals with the influence of this affinity on interfacial instabilities for functionalized incompatible polymers. Polyamide (PA6)/polyethylene grafted with glycidyl methacrylate (PE-GMA) was used as a reactive system and PE/PA6 as a non reactive one. Two grades of polyamide (PA6) were used in order to change the viscosity and elasticity ratios between PE (or PE-GMA) and PA6. It was experimentally confirmed, in this case, that weak disturbance can be predicted by considering an interphase of non-zero thickness (corresponding to an interdiffusion/reaction zone) instead of a purely geometrical interface between the two reactive layers. According to the rheological investigations from previous work which the interphase effect can be probed, an experimental strategy was here formulated to optimize the process by listing the parameters that controlled the stability of the reactive multilayer flows. Hence, based on this analysis, guidelines for a stable coextrusion of reactive functionalized polymers can be provided coupling the classical parameters (viscosity, elasticity and layer ratios) and the physicochemical affinity at the polymer/polymer interface.

  20. In-plane anisotropy in two-dimensional electron gas at LaAlO3/SrTiO3(110) interface

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    Sheng-Chun, Shen; Yan-Peng, Hong; Cheng-Jian, Li; Hong-Xia, Xue; Xin-Xin, Wang; Jia-Cai, Nie

    2016-07-01

    A systematic study of the two-dimensional electron gas at LaAlO3/SrTiO3(110) interface reveals an anisotropy along two specific directions, [001] and . The anisotropy becomes distinct for the interface prepared under high oxygen pressure with low carrier density. Angular dependence of magnetoresistance shows that the electron confinement is stronger along the direction. Gate-tunable magnetoresistance reveals a clear in-plane anisotropy of the spin–orbit coupling, and the spin relaxation mechanism along both directions belongs to D’yakonov–Perel’ (DP) scenario. Moreover, in-plane anisotropic superconductivity is observed for the sample with high carrier density, the superconducting transition temperature is lower but the upper critical field is higher along the direction. This in-plane anisotropy could be ascribed to the anisotropic band structure along the two crystallographic directions. Project supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (Grant Nos. 2013CB921701, 2013CBA01603, and 2014CB920903), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 10974019, 51172029, 91121012, 11422430, 11374035, 11474022, and 11474024), the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in the University of the Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. NCET-13-0054), and the Beijing Higher Education Young Elite Teacher Project, China (Grant No. YETP0238).

  1. In vitro generation of a multilayered osteochondral construct with an osteochondral interface using rabbit bone marrow stromal cells and a silk peptide-based scaffold.

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    Chen, Kelei; Shi, Pujiang; Teh, Thomas Kok Hiong; Toh, Siew Lok; Goh, James Ch

    2016-04-01

    Tissue engineering of a biological osteochondral multilayered construct with a cartilage-interface subchondral bone layer is a key challenge. This study presented a rabbit bone marrow stromal cell (BMSC)/silk fibroin scaffold-based co-culture approach to generate tissue-engineered osteochondral grafts with an interface. BMSC-seeded scaffolds were first cultured separately in osteogenic and chondrogenic stimulation media. The two differentiated pieces were then combined using an RADA self-assembling peptide and subsequently co-cultured. Gene expression, histological and biochemical analyses were used to evaluate the multilayered structure of the osteochondral graft. A complete osteochondral construct with a cartilage-subchondral bone interface was regenerated and BMSCs were used as the only cell source for the osteochondral construct and interface regeneration. Furthermore, in the intermediate region of co-cultured samples, hypertrophic chondrogenic gene markers type X collagen and MMP-13 were found on both chondrogenic and osteogenic section edges after co-culture. However, significant differences gene expression profile were found in distinct zones of the construct during co-culture and the section in the intermediate region had significantly higher hypertrophic chondrocyte gene expression. Biochemical analyses and histology results further supported this observation. This study showed that specific stimulation from osteogenic and chondrogenic BMSCs affected each other in this co-culture system and induced the formation of an osteochondral interface. Moreover, this system provided a possible approach for generating multilayered osteochondral constructs. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:23413023

  2. Plasmonic excitations in ZnO/Ag/ZnO multilayer systems: Insight into interface and bulk electronic properties

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    Philipp, Martin; Knupfer, Martin; Buechner, Bernd; Gerardin, Hadia

    2011-03-15

    Electron energy-loss spectroscopy experiments in transmission were carried out on silver-based multi-layer systems, consisting of a silver layer of various thicknesses (8, 10 and 50 nm) sandwiched between two Al-doped ZnO layers. The films were produced by magnetron sputtering using potassium bromide single crystals as substrates. The electronic structure of these systems was probed and analyzed with respect to their plasmonic excitations, which can be basically split up into excitations of the electrons in the bulk silver and excitations at the ZnO:Al/Ag interface. A detailed examination of the momentum dependence of the plasmon peaks revealed a positive dispersion for both, the volume and the interface plasmon, where only for the first one a quadratic behavior (as expected for a free electron gas) could be observed. Furthermore, the peak width was analyzed and set into relation to electrical conductivity measurements by calculating the plasmon lifetime and the electron scattering rate. Here, a good agreement between these different methods was obtained.

  3. Energy level alignment at the interfaces in a multilayer organic light-emitting diode structure

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    Olthof, S.; Meerheim, R.; Schober, M.; Leo, K.

    2009-06-01

    We use photoelectron spectroscopy to study the electronic structure and energy level alignment throughout an organic light-emitting diode. The structure under investigation is a state-of-the-art long-living red phosphorescent device composed of doped charge-injection layers, charge-blocking layers, and an emission layer. By consecutively building up the whole device, the key parameters of every interface are measured. Our results show that the doped layers have a significant influence on the device energetics, especially in controlling the built-in potential, and that there are mostly only small dipoles present at the interfaces of the intrinsic organic layers.

  4. Influence of the deposition-induced stress on the magnetic properties of magnetostrictive amorphous (Fe{sub 80}Co{sub 20}){sub 80}B{sub 20} multilayers with orthogonal anisotropy

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    Gonzalez-Guerrero, Miguel; Prieto, Jose Luis; Sanchez, Pedro; Aroca, Claudio

    2007-12-15

    In this work, we experimentally justify that the control of the mechanical stress induced during the deposition of sputtered amorphous magnetostrictive (Fe{sub 80}Co{sub 20}){sub 80}B{sub 20} allows a custom design of its magnetic properties. FeCoB multilayers have been sputtered on thermal oxide Si substrates with different buffer materials. The crystalline quality and the thermomechanical properties of the buffer layer influence both the coercive and the anisotropy field. Those buffer layers with both high rigidity and poor thermal conductivity do not allow the dissipation of energy of the incoming sputtered material. Therefore, the mechanical stresses related to the deposition process cannot be released, leading to magnetic layers with high easy-axis coercive field and low anisotropy field. This shows that the mechanical stresses accumulated during deposition are a key parameter for the control of coercivity.

  5. Human Coronary Artery Smooth Muscle Cell Responses to Bioactive Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Interfaces

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    Newcomer, Robert G.; Moussallem, Maroun D.; Keller, Thomas C. S.; Schlenoff, Joseph B.; Sang, Qing-Xiang Amy

    2011-01-01

    Under normal physiological conditions, mature human coronary artery smooth muscle cells (hCASMCs) exhibit a “contractile” phenotype marked by low rates of proliferation and protein synthesis, but these cells possess the remarkable ability to dedifferentiate into a “synthetic” phenotype when stimulated by conditions of pathologic stress. A variety of polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEMU) films are shown here to exhibit bioactive properties that induce distinct responses from cultured hCASMCs. Surfaces terminated with Nafion or poly(styrenesulfonic acid) (PSS) induce changes in the expression and organization of intracellular proteins, while a hydrophilic, zwitterionic copolymer of acrylic acid and 3-[2-(acrylamido)-ethyl dimethylammonio] propane sulfonate (PAA-co-PAEDAPS) is resistant to cell attachment and suppresses the formation of key cytoskeletal components. Differential expression of heat shock protein 90 and actin is observed, in terms of both their magnitude and cellular localization, and distinct cytoplasmic patterns of vimentin are seen. The ionophore A23187 induces contraction in confluent hCASMC cultures on Nafion-terminated surfaces. These results demonstrate that PEMU coatings exert direct effects on the cytoskeletal organization of attaching hCASMCs, impeding growth in some cases, inducing changes consistent with phenotypic modulation in others, and suggesting potential utility for PEMU surfaces as a coating for coronary artery stents and other implantable medical devices. PMID:21350669

  6. Effect of interface roughness on superconducting transition temperatures of Nb/Co multilayers

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    Liu, L. Y.; Chacón Hernandez, U. D.; Xing, Y. T.; Suguihiro, N. M.; Haeussler, D.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Jäger, W.; Solórzano, I. G.

    2016-03-01

    Superconductor (SC)/ferromagnet (FM) Nb/Co multilayers have been produced by magnetron-sputtering with a 100 nm thickness of Nb and 5, 10, and 20 nm of Co. The superconducting properties have been investigated by electric transport measurements. It was found that the thicker Co layers decrease the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) less than the thinner ones. In order to understand this unexpected behavior, the microstructure of the layers has been investigated by means of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy line scan analyses in scanning TEM (STEM) mode. It was found that the decisive parameter which determines the effect of magnetic layers on Tc of the superconducting layers is not only the roughness (R), but the ratio of the roughness to thickness (dCo) of the magnetic Co layer, δ = R /dCo. For δ > 1 the magnetic stray field of the magnetic layers is the main reason for the Tc reduction.

  7. Multilayer Fiber Interfaces for Improved Environmental Resistance and Slip in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composites

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    Babcock, Jason R.; Ramachandran, Gautham; Williams, Brian E.; Effinger, Michael R.

    2004-01-01

    Ultraviolet-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (UVCVD) has been developed to lower the required substrate temperature thereby allowing for the application of metal oxide-based coatings to carbon and ceramic fibers without causing significant fiber damage. An effort to expand this capability to other ceramic phases chosen to maximize oxidation protection in the likely event of matrix cracking and minimize possible reaction between the coating and fiber during long-term high temperature use will be presented along with studies aimed at the demonstration of these and other benefits for the next-generation interface coating systems being developed herein.

  8. Artificial anisotropy and polarizing filters

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    Flory, Francois; Escoubas, Ludovic; Lazarides, Basile

    2002-06-01

    The calculated spectral transmittance of a multilayer laser mirror is used to determine the effective index of the single layer equivalent to the multilayer stack. We measure the artificial anisotropy of photoresist thin films whose structure is a one-dimensional, subwavelength grating obtained from interference fringes. The limitation of the theory of the first-order effective index homogenization is discussed. We designed normal-incidence, polarizing coating and a polarization rotator by embedding anisotropic films in simple multilayer structures.

  9. Effect of Microstructure on Magnetic Properties and Anisotropy Distributions in Co/Pd Thin Films and Nanostructures

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    Shaw, J.; Nembach, H; Silva, T; Russek, S; Geiss, R; Jones, C; Clark, N; Leo, T; Smith, D

    2009-01-01

    The structure of Co/Pd multilayers has a strong effect on the localized anisotropy distribution within a film and on the resulting switching properties of nanostructures fabricated from identical material. By varying the underlying seed layer in sputtered films, the microstructure can be controlled from being highly (111) textured to having a random grain orientation. We find a strong correlation between the lateral homogeneity of grain orientations and the localized anisotropy distribution in the material. X-ray diffraction and reflectivity indicate that the interface is better defined and more uniform in the textured case, consistent with the presence of a strong interfacelike anisotropy.

  10. The effects of neutron irradiation on shear properties of monolayered PyC and multilayered PyC/SiC interfaces of SiC/SiC composites

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    Nozawa, T.; Katoh, Y.; Snead, L. L.

    2007-08-01

    The effect of neutron irradiation on mechanical properties at the fiber/matrix interface of SiC/SiC composites was evaluated. The materials investigated were Hi-Nicalon™ Type-S fiber reinforced chemically vapor infiltrated SiC matrix composites with varied interphases: monolayered pyrolytic carbon (PyC) or multilayered PyC/SiC. The neutron fluence was 7.7 × 10 25 n/m 2 ( E > 0.1 MeV), and the irradiation temperature was 800 °C. Interfacial shear properties were evaluated by the fiber push-out test method. A modified shear-lag model was applied to analyze the interfacial shear parameters. Test results indicate that the interfacial debond shear strength and the interfacial friction stress for the multilayer composites were significantly degraded by irradiation. Nevertheless, the multilayer composites retained sufficient interfacial shear properties so that overall composite strength after neutron irradiation was unaffected. The actual mechanism of interphase property decrease for the multilayer composites is unknown. The interfacial shear properties of the irradiated monolayer composites appear unaffected.

  11. Electric-field control and effect of Pd capping on interface magnetocrystaline anisotropy of FePd-based thin films

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    Ong, Phuong-Vu; Kioussis, Nicholas; Khalili Amiri, P.; Wang, K. L.; Carman, Gregory P.; Wu, Ruqian

    2014-03-01

    Using ab initio electronic structure calculations, we investigate effects of electric field and heavy metal cap of Pd on magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) of FePd ultrathin film. It is revealed that while Pd ions favor in-plan MCA, perpendicular MCA of the thin film is mainly due to the spin-orbit coupling between unoccupied Fe dxy and occupied Fe dx2 -y2 states. The sensitivity of the surface anisotropy energy to applied electric field is 18 fJ.V-1.m-1. By mapping distributions of d-orbital characters over electronic states, mechanism of the field control of anisotropy is elucidated. Furthermore, MCA of the thin film is shown to be strongly affected by Pd capping and a switching from perpendicular to in-plane anisotropy can be obtained by tuning the capping thickness. The effect is explained by spin-orbit couplings of the spin-polarized quantum well states induced by the Pd cap. These results are of practical importance since in magnetic junctions the ferromagnetic layer is mostly capped by a heavy metal electrode.

  12. Reduction of thermal conductivity in MnSi1.7 multi-layered thin films with artificially inserted Si interfaces

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    Kurosaki, Y.; Yabuuchi, S.; Nishide, A.; Fukatani, N.; Hayakawa, J.

    2016-08-01

    We report a lowered lattice thermal conductivity in nm-scale MnSi1.7/Si multilayers which were fabricated by controlling thermal diffusions of Mn and Si atoms. The thickness of the constituent layers is 1.5-5.0 nm, which is comparable to the phonon mean free path of both MnSi1.7 and Si. By applying the above nanostructures, we reduced the lattice thermal conductivity down to half that of bulk MnSi1.7/Si composite materials. The obtained value of 1.0 W/K m is the experimentally observed minimum in MnSi1.7-based materials without any heavy element doping and close to the minimum thermal conductivity. We attribute the reduced lattice thermal conductivity to phonon scattering at the MnSi1.7/Si interfaces in the multilayers.

  13. A transmission electron microscopy study of the effect of interfaces on bubble formation in He-implanted Cu-Nb multilayers.

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    Bhattacharyya, D; Demkowicz, M J; Wang, Y-Q; Baumer, R E; Nastasi, M; Misra, A

    2012-02-01

    Magnetron sputtered thin films of Cu, Nb, and Cu-Nb multilayers with 2.5 and 5 nm nominal layer thickness were deposited on Si and implanted with 4He+ and 3He+ ions. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy and nuclear reaction analysis, respectively, were used to measure the 4He+ and 3He+ concentration profile with depth inside the films. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy was used to characterize the helium bubbles. Analysis of the contrast from helium bubbles in defocused transmission electron microscope images showed a minimum bubble diameter of 1.25 nm. While pure Cu and Nb films showed bubble contrast over the entire range of helium implantation, the multilayers exhibited bubbles only above a critical He concentration that increased almost linearly with decreasing layer thickness. The work shows that large amounts of helium can be trapped at incoherent interfaces in the form of stable, nanometer-size bubbles. PMID:22258724

  14. High post-annealing stability for perpendicular [Co/Ni] n multilayers by preventing interfacial diffusion

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    Li, Xu-Jing; Jiang, Shao-Long; Zhang, Jing-Yan; Han, Gang; Liu, Qian-Qian; Liu, Yi-Wei; Wang, Dong-Wei; Feng, Chun; Li, Ming-Hua; Yu, Guang-Hua

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports that by introducing an appropriate thickness of Cu spacer at a Co/Ni interface, the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of [Co/Cu/Ni] n multilayers can be maintained at the annealing temperature as high as 400 °C, implying high post-annealing stability. X-ray reflectivity results demonstrate that the multilayers with Cu spacer exhibit good multilayer structure, indicating the weak intermixing of Co and Ni, which is one important reason for the enhanced post-annealing stability of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The result is of great importance for out-of-plane magnetized spintronic devices which need to be combined with complementary metal-oxide semiconductors.

  15. Calculating the role of composition in the anisotropy of solid-liquid interface energy using phase-field-crystal theory

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    Jugdutt, Bernadine A.; Ofori-Opoku, Nana; Provatas, Nikolas

    2015-10-01

    This work uses Ginzburg-Landau theory derived from a recent structural phase-field-crystal model of binary alloys developed by the authors to study the roles of concentration, temperature, and pressure on the interfacial energy anisotropy of a solid-liquid front. It is found that the main contribution to the change in anisotropy with concentration arises from a change in preferred crystallographic orientation controlled by solute-dependent changes in the two-point density correlation function of a binary alloy, a mechanism that leads to such phenomena as solute-induced elastic strain and dislocation-assisted solute clustering. Our results are consistent with experimental observations in recent studies by Rappaz et al. [J. Fife, P. Di Napoli, and M. Rappaz, Metall. Mater. Trans. A 44, 5522 (2013), 10.1007/s11661-013-1912-7]. This is the first PFC work, to our knowledge, to incorporate temperature, pressure, and density into the thermodynamic description of alloys.

  16. Calculating the role of composition in the anisotropy of solid-liquid interface energy using phase-field-crystal theory.

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    Jugdutt, Bernadine A; Ofori-Opoku, Nana; Provatas, Nikolas

    2015-10-01

    This work uses Ginzburg-Landau theory derived from a recent structural phase-field-crystal model of binary alloys developed by the authors to study the roles of concentration, temperature, and pressure on the interfacial energy anisotropy of a solid-liquid front. It is found that the main contribution to the change in anisotropy with concentration arises from a change in preferred crystallographic orientation controlled by solute-dependent changes in the two-point density correlation function of a binary alloy, a mechanism that leads to such phenomena as solute-induced elastic strain and dislocation-assisted solute clustering. Our results are consistent with experimental observations in recent studies by Rappaz et al. [J. Fife, P. Di Napoli, and M. Rappaz, Metall. Mater. Trans. A 44, 5522 (2013)]. This is the first PFC work, to our knowledge, to incorporate temperature, pressure, and density into the thermodynamic description of alloys. PMID:26565255

  17. Laser spot detection-based computer interface system using autoassociative multilayer perceptron with input-to-output mapping-sensitive error back propagation learning algorithm

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    Jeong, Sungmoon; Jung, Chanwoong; Kim, Cheol-Su; Shim, Jae Hoon; Lee, Minho

    2011-08-01

    This paper presents a new computer interface system based on laser spot detection and moving pattern analysis of the detected laser spots in real-time processing. We propose a systematic method that uses either the frame difference of successive input images or an autoassociative multilayer perceptron (AAMLP) to detect laser spots. The AAMLP is applied only to areas of the input images where the frame difference of the successive images is not effective for detecting laser spots. In order to enhance the detection performance, the AAMLP is trained by a new training algorithm that increases the sensitivity of the input-to-output mapping of the AAMLP allowing a small variation in the input feature of the laser spot image to be successfully indicated. The proposed interface system is also able to keep track of the laser spot and recognize gesture commands. The moving pattern of the laser spot is recognized by using a multilayer perception. It is experimentally shown that the proposed computer interface system is fast enough for real-time operation with reliable accuracy.

  18. Structural and electronic properties of multilayer graphene on monolayer hexagonal boron nitride/nickel (111) interface system: A van der Waals density functional study

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    Yelgel, Celal

    2016-02-01

    The structural and electronic properties of multilayer graphene adsorbed on monolayer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN)/Ni(111) interface system are investigated using the density functional theory with a recently developed non-local van der Waals density functional (rvv10). The most energetically favourable configuration for a monolayer h-BN/Ni(111) interface is found to be N atom atop the Ni atoms and B atom in fcc site with the interlayer distance of 2.04 Å and adsorption energy of 302 meV/BN. Our results show that increasing graphene layers on a monolayer h-BN/Ni(111) interface leads to a weakening of the interfacial interaction between the monolayer h-BN and Ni(111) surface. The adsorption energy of graphene layers on the h-BN/Ni(111) interface is found to be in the range of the 50-120 meV/C atom as the vertical distance from h-BN to the bottommost graphene layers decreases. With the adsorption of a multilayer graphene on the monolayer h-BN/Ni(111) interface system, the band gap of 0.12 eV and 0.25 eV opening in monolayer graphene and bilayer graphene near the K point is found with an upward shifting of the Fermi level. However, a stacking-sensitive band gap is opened in trilayer graphene. We obtain the band gap of 0.35 eV close to the K point with forming a Mexican hat band structure for ABC-stacked trilayer graphene.

  19. Interface behavior of a multi-layer fluid configuration subject to acceleration in a microgravity environment, supplement 1. M.S. Thesis

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    Lyell, M. J.; Roh, Michael

    1991-01-01

    With the increasing opportunities for research in a microgravity environment, there arises a need for understanding fluid mechanics under such conditions. In particular, a number of material processing configurations involve fluid-fluid interfaces which may experience instabilities in the presence of external forcing. In a microgravity environment, these accelerations may be periodic or impulse-type in nature. This research investigates the behavior of a multi-layer idealized fluid configuration which is infinite in extent. The analysis is linear, and each fluid region is considered inviscid, incompressible, and immiscible. An initial parametric study of confiquration stability in the presence of a constant acceleration field is performed. The zero mean gravity limit case serves as the base state for the subsequent time-dependent forcing cases. A stability analysis of the multi-layer fluid system in the presence of periodic forcing is investigated. Floquet theory is utilized. A parameter study is performed, and regions of stability are identified. For the impulse-type forcing case, asymptotic stability is established for the configuration. Using numerical integration, the time response of the interfaces is determined.

  20. Capping layer-tailored interface magnetic anisotropy in ultrathin Co{sub 2}FeAl films

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    Belmeguenai, M. Zighem, F.; Chérif, S. M.; Gabor, M. S. Petrisor, T.; Tiusan, C.

    2015-01-14

    Co{sub 2}FeAl (CFA) thin films of various thicknesses (2 nm ≤ d ≤ 50 nm) have been grown on (001) MgO single crystal substrates and then capped with Cr, V, and Ta. Their magnetic and structural properties have been studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometry, and broadband microstrip ferromagnetic resonance (MS-FMR). The XRD revealed that the films are epitaxial with the cubic [001] CFA axis normal to the substrate plane and that the chemical order varies from the B2 phase to the A2 phase when decreasing the thickness. The deduced lattice parameters showed that the Cr-capped films exhibit a larger tetragonal distortion, as compared with the films capped with V or Ta. The presence of magnetic dead layers has been observed in CFA samples capped with V and Ta but not in the case of the Cr-capped ones. The effective magnetization, deduced from the fit of MS-FMR measurements, increases (decreases) linearly with the CFA inverse thickness (1/d) for the Cr-capped (Ta-capped) films while it is constant for the V-capped ones. This allows quantifying the perpendicular surface anisotropy coefficients of −0.46 erg/cm{sup 2} and 0.74 erg/cm{sup 2} for Cr and Ta-capped films, respectively. Moreover, the fourfold and the uniaxial anisotropy fields, measured in these films, showed different trends with a respect to the CFA inverse thickness. This allows inferring that a non-negligible part of the fourfold magnetocrystalline term is of interfacial origin.

  1. Interatomic interactions at interfaces of multilayered nanostructures (Co45Fe45Zr10/ a-Si)40 and (Co45Fe45Zr10/SiO2)32

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    Domashevskaya, E. P.; Terekhov, V. A.; Turishchev, S. Yu.; Spirin, D. E.; Chernyshev, A. V.; Kalinin, Yu. E.; Sitnikov, A. V.

    2016-05-01

    The interatomic interaction and phase formation at interfaces between the metallic layers Co45Fe45Zr10 and nonmetallic interlayers of amorphous silicon or silicon dioxide in multilayered nanostructures (Co45Fe45Zr10/ a-Si)40 and (Co45Fe45Zr10/SiO2)32 have been investigated using ultrasoft X-ray emission spectroscopy (USXES) and X-ray diffractometry. The multilayered nanostructures have been fabricated by ion-beam sputtering of two targets onto the surface of a rotating glass-ceramic substrate. The investigations have demonstrated that, regardless of the expected composition of the interlayer (amorphous silicon or silicon dioxide), d-metal silicides, predominantly lower cobalt silicides, are formed at the metallic layer/interlayer interface. However, in this case, the thickness of silicide interfaces in the multilayered nanostructures with oxide interlayers (series O) has a significantly lower value of ˜0.1 nm, and, therefore, the central layer of the interlayers remains oxide. In the multilayered nanostructures with amorphous silicon interlayers almost all silicon is consumed in the formation of nonmagnetic silicide phases. When the thickness of this interlayer exceeds the thickness of the metallic layer, the multilayered nanostructures become nonmagnetic.

  2. Self-ordering of quasi-quantum wire in InAlAs/AlGaAs multilayer nanostructure and its optical anisotropy

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    Chen, Y.; Li, G. H.; Zhang, W.; Zhu, Z. M.; Han, H. X.; Wang, Z. P.; Zhou, W.; Wang, Z. G.

    2000-02-01

    Self-ordering of quasi-quantum wires in multilayer InAlAs/AlGaAs nanostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy is identified. The chain-like structures along the [ 1 1¯ 0 ] direction formed by coalescence of quantum dots were observed. The photoluminescence of the nanostructures is partially polarized along the [1 1¯ 0] direction. The polarization ratio depends on the wavelength and the maximum polarization is on the lower energy side. The maximum polarization increases from 0.32 at 10 K to 0.53 at 100 K, and the energy position of maximum polarization moves near to PL peak with increasing temperature. They are all related to the existence of isolated islands and quasi-quantum wires in our sample. This result provides a novel approach to produce narrow quantum wires.

  3. Interface Properties of Atomic-Layer-Deposited Al2O3 Thin Films on Ultraviolet/Ozone-Treated Multilayer MoS2 Crystals.

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    Park, Seonyoung; Kim, Seong Yeoul; Choi, Yura; Kim, Myungjun; Shin, Hyunjung; Kim, Jiyoung; Choi, Woong

    2016-05-11

    We report the interface properties of atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 thin films on ultraviolet/ozone (UV/O3)-treated multilayer MoS2 crystals. The formation of S-O bonds on MoS2 after low-power UV/O3 treatment increased the surface energy, allowing the subsequent deposition of uniform Al2O3 thin films. The capacitance-voltage measurement of Au-Al2O3-MoS2 metal oxide semiconductor capacitors indicated n-type MoS2 with an electron density of ∼10(17) cm(-3) and a minimum interface trap density of ∼10(11) cm(-2) eV(-1). These results demonstrate the possibility of forming a high-quality Al2O3-MoS2 interface by proper UV/O3 treatment, providing important implications for their integration into field-effect transistors. PMID:27117229

  4. Bulk and Interface effects on voltage linearity of ZrO2-SiO2 multilayered metal-insulator-metal capacitors for analog mixed-signal applications

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    Park, S. D.; Park, C.; Gilmer, D. C.; Park, H. K.; Kang, C. Y.; Lim, K. Y.; Burham, C.; Barnett, J.; Kirsch, P. D.; Tseng, H. H.; Jammy, R.; Yeom, G. Y.

    2009-07-01

    Quadratic voltage coefficient of capacitance (VCC) for ZrO2-SiO2 multilayered dielectric metal-insulator-metal capacitors depends strongly on the stacking sequence of the layered dielectrics. The quadratic VCC of an optimized SiO2/ZrO2/SiO2 stack and ZrO2/SiO2/ZrO2 stack were +42 and -1094 ppm/V2, respectively, despite the same total SiO2 and ZrO2 dielectric thickness in the stack. The observed difference in quadratic VCC depending on dielectric stacking sequence is explained by taking into account both the interface and bulk dielectric responses to the applied voltage.

  5. A multilayered sharp interface model of coupled freshwater and saltwater flow in coastal systems: model development and application

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    Essaid, H.I.

    1990-01-01

    The model allows for regional simulation of coastal groundwater conditions, including the effects of saltwater dynamics on the freshwater system. Vertically integrated freshwater and saltwater flow equations incorporating the interface boundary condition are solved within each aquifer. Leakage through confining layers is calculated by Darcy's law, accounting for density differences across the layer. The locations of the interface tip and toe, within grid blocks, are tracked by linearly extrapolating the position of the interface. The model has been verified using available analytical solutions and experimental results and applied to the Soquel-Aptos basin, Santa Cruz County, California. -from Author

  6. Interfacial magnetic anisotropy of Co90Zr10 on Pt layer.

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    Kil, Joon Pyo; Bae, Gi Yeol; Suh, Dong Ik; Choi, Won Joon; Noh, Jae Sung; Park, Wanjun

    2014-11-01

    Spin Transfer Torque (STT) is of great interest in data writing scheme for the Magneto-resistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) using Magnetic Tunnel Junction (MTJ). Scalability for high density memory requires ferromagnetic electrodes having the perpendicular magnetic easy axis. We investigated CoZr as the ferromagnetic electrode. It is observed that interfacial magnetic anisotropy is preferred perpendicular to the plane with thickness dependence on the interfaces with Pt layer. The anisotropy energy (K(u)) with thickness dependence shows a change of magnetic-easy-axis direction from perpendicular to in-plane around 1.2 nm of CoZr. The interfacial anisotropy (K(i)) as the directly related parameters to switching and thermal stability, are estimated as 1.64 erg/cm2 from CoZr/Pt multilayered system. PMID:25958513

  7. Two different coercivity lattices in Co/Pd multilayers generated by single-pulse direct laser interference lithography

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    Leufke, Philipp M.; Riedel, Stephen; Leiderer, Paul; Boneberg, Johannes; Schatz, Guenter; Albrecht, Manfred; Lee, M.-S.; Li Jie; Eimueller, Thomas; Rohrmann, Hartmut

    2009-06-01

    We report on magnetic structuring of Co/Pd multilayer films with strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy by single-pulse direct laser interference lithography technique. Multibeam laser interference generates patterns of various types. The intense laser irradiation at interference maxima causes chemical intermixing at Co/Pd interfaces, leading to local changes in magnetic properties such as the creation of pinning centers and the reduction in the strength of magnetic anisotropy. We use magnetic force microscopy and Kerr microscopy to study the magnetization reversal processes in the patterned samples and find that the structures show three distinctly different behaviors depending on the intensity of the laser used for irradiation.

  8. Investigation of frame mode unification and virtual channel multiplexing based on the multilayered satellite network OISLs interface

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    Deng, Boyu; Zhao, Shanghong; Li, Yongjun; Zhang, Xiwen; Cheng, Zhen

    2015-12-01

    In a multi-layered optical satellite network, a standardized data transmission is a reliable guarantee to efficiently process and transfer multi-service data for the space link. The transmission frame reframing unit (TFRU) is proposed to solve the problem of different service data having low transmission efficiency in the laser link. The TFRU uses a virtual channel (VC) technology to unify the format and rate of transmitted data using second encapsulation and VC scheduling for the service data. The Priority VC schedule algorithm is proposed to further improve multiplex efficiency. According to the principle of TFRU encapsulation and arrival rate of service data, the frame dynamic priority is defined by the VC priority and frame criticality. Furthermore, the Priority VC schedule specific method is provided. The simulation results show that the throughput increases to 3.0546 M, and the scheduling time delay reduces to 0.9183 s. Thus, the system performance has been greatly enhanced. The cache demands are satisfied because the laser terminal data transmission rate is larger than the sum of all service data rates. Using the dynamic schedule generated TFRU frames, the priority algorithm based on the TFRU ensures frame scheduling fairness in each VC.

  9. Interface study and performance of large layer pair ultra-short period W/B{sub 4}C X-ray multilayer

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    Pradhan, P. C. Nayak, M.; Mondal, P.; Lodha, G. S.

    2015-06-24

    The nature of interfaces in ultra short period W/B{sub 4}C multilayers (MLs) is studied using hard x-ray reflectivity and cross sectional transmission electron microscope. W/B{sub 4}C MLs are fabricated using magnetron sputtering system with systematic varying thickness of both W and B{sub 4}C layers from ∼5 to 30 Å keeping number of layer pairs fixed at 10. It is observed that in low period W/B{sub 4}C ML, as the layer thickness decreases, the interdiffusion plays a significant role because of the discontinuous nature of film. This gives variation of density and roughness of the layer as well as generates thickness errors in the ML structure due to volume changes which is originated by interdifusion process. Finally, W/B{sub 4}C MLs with large number of layer pairs (300) are fabricated with periodicity d= 20 Å which gives ∼54 % of reflectivity at energy 8.047 keV.

  10. Size dependent gold nanoparticle interaction at nano-micro interface using both monolayer and multilayer (tissue-like) cell models

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    Yohan, Darren; Yang, Celina; Lu, Xiaofeng; Chithrani, Devika B.

    2016-03-01

    Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) can be used as a model NP system to improve the interface between nanotechnology and medicine since their size and surface properties can be tailored easily. GNPs are being used as radiation dose enhancers and as drug carriers in cancer research. Hence, it is important to know the optimum NP size for uptake not only at monolayer level but also at tissue level. Once GNPs leave tumor vasculature, they enter the tumor tissue. Success of any therapeutic technique using NPs depends on how well NPs penetrate the tumor tissue and reach individual tumor cells. In this work, multicellular layers (MCLs) were grown to model the post-vascular tumor environment. GNPs of 20 nm and 50 nm diameters were used to elucidate the effects of size on the GNP penetration and distribution dynamics. Larger NPs (50 nm) were better at monolayer level, but smaller NPs (20 nm) were at tissue level. The MCLs exhibited a much more extensive extracellular matrix (ECM) than monolayer cell cultures. This increased ECM created a barrier for NP transport and ECM was also dependent on the tumor cell lines. Smaller NPs penetrated better compared to larger NPs. Transport of NPs was better in MDA-MB231 vs MCF-7. This MCL model tissue structures are better tools to optimize NP transport through tissue before using them in animal models. Based on our study, we believe that smaller NPs are better for improved outcome in future cancer therapeutics.

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

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

    2000-01-01

    Co/Pt multilayer films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and large out-of-plane coercivities of 3.9 - 8.5 kOe have been found to undergo a spin reorientation transition from out-of-plane to in-plane upon irradiation with 700 keV nitrogen ions. X-ray reflectivity experiments show that the multilayer structure gets progressively disrupted with increasing ion dose, providing direct evidence for local atomic displacements at the Co/Pt interfaces. This effectively destroys the magnetic interface anisotropy, which was varied by about a factor of two, between KS@ 0.4 erg/cm2 and KS@ 0.85 erg/cm2 for two particular films. The dose required to initiate spin-reorientation, 6x1014 N+/cm2 and 1.5x1015 N+/cm2, respectively, scales with KS. It is roughly equal to the number of Co interface atoms per unit interface area contributing to KS.

  12. Spin configuration of magnetic multi-layers: effect of exchange, dipolar and Dzyalozhinski-Moriya interactions.

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    Franco, A F; Kachkachi, H

    2013-08-01

    We investigate the effect of coupling (intensity and nature), applied field, and anisotropy on the spin dynamics of a multi-layer system composed of a hard magnetic layer coupled to a soft magnetic layer through a nonmagnetic spacer. The soft layer is modeled as a stack of several atomic planes while the hard layer, of a different material, is either considered as a pinned macroscopic magnetic moment or again as a stack of atomic planes. We compute the magnetization profile and hysteresis loop of the whole multi-layer system by solving the Landau-Lifshitz equations for the net magnetic moment of each (atomic) plane. We study the competition between the intra-layer anisotropy and exchange interaction, applied magnetic field, and the interface exchange, dipolar or Dzyalozhinski-Moriya interaction. Compared with the exchange coupling, the latter two couplings present peculiar features in the magnetization profile and hysteresis loop that may help identify the nature of the interface coupling in multi-layer magnetic systems. PMID:23838366

  13. Magnetic characteristics of a high-layer-number NiFe/FeMn multilayer

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    Paterson, G. W.; Gonçalves, F. J. T.; McFadzean, S.; O'Reilly, S.; Bowman, R.; Stamps, R. L.

    2015-11-01

    We report the static and dynamic magnetic characteristics of a high-layer-number NiFe/FeMn multilayer test structure with potential applications in broadband absorber and filter devices. To allow fine control over the absorption linewidths and to understand the mechanisms governing the resonances in a tailored structure similar to that expected to be used in real world applications, the multilayer was intentionally designed to have layer thickness and interface roughness variations. Magnetometry measurements show that the sample has complex hysteresis loops with features consistent with single ferromagnetic film reversals. Characterisation by transmission electron microscopy allows us to correlate the magnetic properties with structural features, including the film widths and interface roughnesses. Analysis of resonance frequencies from broadband ferromagnetic resonance measurements as a function of field magnitude and orientation provide values of the local exchange bias, rotatable anisotropy, and uniaxial anisotropy fields for specific layers in the stack and explain the observed mode softening. The linewidths of the multilayer are adjustable around the bias field, approaching twice that seen at larger fields, allowing control over the bandwidth of devices formed from the structure.

  14. Magnetic characteristics of a high-layer-number NiFe/FeMn multilayer

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    Paterson, G. W. Gonçalves, F. J. T.; McFadzean, S.; Stamps, R. L.; O'Reilly, S.; Bowman, R.

    2015-11-28

    We report the static and dynamic magnetic characteristics of a high-layer-number NiFe/FeMn multilayer test structure with potential applications in broadband absorber and filter devices. To allow fine control over the absorption linewidths and to understand the mechanisms governing the resonances in a tailored structure similar to that expected to be used in real world applications, the multilayer was intentionally designed to have layer thickness and interface roughness variations. Magnetometry measurements show that the sample has complex hysteresis loops with features consistent with single ferromagnetic film reversals. Characterisation by transmission electron microscopy allows us to correlate the magnetic properties with structural features, including the film widths and interface roughnesses. Analysis of resonance frequencies from broadband ferromagnetic resonance measurements as a function of field magnitude and orientation provide values of the local exchange bias, rotatable anisotropy, and uniaxial anisotropy fields for specific layers in the stack and explain the observed mode softening. The linewidths of the multilayer are adjustable around the bias field, approaching twice that seen at larger fields, allowing control over the bandwidth of devices formed from the structure.

  15. The formation of surface multilayers at the air-water interface from sodium polyethylene glycol monoalkyl ether sulfate/AlCl(3) solutions: the role of the size of the polyethylene oxide group.

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    Xu, Hui; Penfold, Jeff; Thomas, Robert K; Petkov, Jordan T; Tucker, Ian; Webster, John P R

    2013-09-17

    Neutron reflectivity, NR, and surface tension, ST, have been used to study the surface adsorption properties at the air-water interface of the anionic surfactant sodium polyethylene glycol monododecyl ether sulfate (sodium lauryl ether sulfate, SLES) in the presence of Al(3+) multivalent counterions, by the addition of AlCl3. In the absence of AlCl3 and at low AlCl3 concentrations monolayer adsorption is observed. With increasing AlCl3 concentration, surface multilayer formation is observed, driven by SLES/Al(3+) complex formation. The onset of multilayer formation occurs initially as a single bilayer or a multilayer structure with a limited number of bilayers, N, ≤3, and ultimately at higher AlCl3 concentrations N is large, >20. The evolution in the surface structure is determined by the surfactant and AlCl3 concentrations, and the size of the polyethylene oxide group in the different SLES surfactants studied. From the NR data, approximate surface phase diagrams are constructed, and the evolution of the surface structure with surfactant and electrolyte concentration is shown to be dependent on the size of the polyethylene oxide group. As the polyethylene oxide group increases in size the multilayer formation requires increasingly higher surfactant and AlCl3 concentrations to promote the formation. This is attributed to the increased steric hindrance of the polyethylene oxide group disrupting SLES/Al(3+) complex formation. PMID:23968161

  16. Influence of layer thickness on the structure and the magnetic properties of Co/Pd epitaxial multilayer films

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    Tobari, Kousuke; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Nagano, Katsumasa; Futamoto, Masaaki

    2012-03-01

    Co/Pd epitaxial multilayer films were prepared on Pd(111)fcc underlayers hetero-epitaxially grown on MgO(111)B1 single-crystal substrates at room temperature by ultra-high vacuum RF magnetron sputtering. In-situ reflection high energy electron diffraction shows that the in-plane lattice spacing of Co on Pd layer gradually decreases with increasing the Co layer thickness, whereas that of Pd on Co layer remains unchanged during the Pd layer formation. The CoPd alloy phase formation is observed around the Co/Pd interface. The atomic mixing is enhanced for thinner Co and Pd layers in multilayer structure. With decreasing the Co and the Pd layer thicknesses and increasing the repetition number of Co/Pd multilayer film, stronger perpendicular magnetic anisotropy is observed. The relationships between the film structure and the magnetic properties are discussed.

  17. Vibroacoustical behaviour of multilayered heterogeneous plates with elastic support and interface condition: Application to the case of the double-deck French high- speed train

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    Chabaud, Thierry Rene

    1998-10-01

    Mass Transit has to meet specifications of increasing difficulty which put in the forefront areas which were before considered as secondary. In particular, passengers acoustic comfort has become a major criterion, reflecting the requirements for quality transportation. The present work has its origin in this specific context and more specially in the intention of FAIVELEY TRANSPORT, a Railway equipment supplier, to improve the acoustic behaviour of its products. The aim of this study is the comprehension of the physical phenomena of the noise transmission through the doors of the transport vehicles, from outside to inside. The Railway access doors are the main application of this work. The considered frequency range is low frequencies below 500 Hz. The final objective is to notably reduce the transmitted noise in order to improve the passengers' acoustic comfort inside the transport vehicles. To do this, we developed a model based on an analytical integro-modal approach, associated with a Rayleigh-Ritz approximation. The original aspect of this work is to develop a model of a vibrating structure which take into account its multilayered and heterogeneous aspects and its complex boundary and interface conditions (linear and punctual elastic stiffness). This model is the basis of a specific software for preliminary design studies (VANTAIL) which is able to indicate, with a parametric study, the contribution of each different part of the doors to the global vibroacoustic behaviour. An experimental study on an industrial structure (the access door of the double deck French high speed train) permits us to validate the developed software, to define its limits and to validate the proposed vibroacoustic treatments.

  18. Giant magnetoresistance of copper/permalloy multilayers

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    Holody, P.; Chiang, W. C.; Loloee, R.; Bass, J.; Pratt, W. P., Jr.; Schroeder, P. A.

    1998-11-01

    Current perpendicular (CPP) and current in-plane (CIP) magnetoresistances (MR) have been measured on sputtered Cu/Py (Py=Permalloy) multilayers at 4.2 K. The CPP-MR is several times larger than the CIP-MR. For fixed Py layer thickness, tPy=1.5 nm, both the CPP and CIP MR's show oscillations with increasing tCu with a period similar to that previously reported for the CIP-MR. The CPP data for Cu thicknesses large enough that exchange interactions between Py layers are small are analyzed using the two spin-current model for both infinite and finite spin-diffusion length in Py. The very low coercive field of Py leads to a larger than usual uncertainty in the derived parameters, because of the uncertainty in the degree of antiparallel alignment required for the analysis. Three alternative analyses give bulk and interface spin-dependent anisotropy parameters, β, and γ, of comparable size, so that both must be considered in determining the CPP-MR. Our preferred values, based upon an assumed IPysf=5.5+/-1 nm, are β=0.65+/-0.1 and γ=0.76+/-0.1. These values produce good fits to the CPP-MR's of Co/Cu/Py/Cu multilayers.

  19. Magnetic metallic multilayers

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    Hood, R.Q.

    1994-04-01

    Utilizing self-consistent Hartree-Fock calculations, several aspects of multilayers and interfaces are explored: enhancement and reduction of the local magnetic moments, magnetic coupling at the interfaces, magnetic arrangements within each film and among non-neighboring films, global symmetry of the systems, frustration, orientation of the various moments with respect to an outside applied field, and magnetic-field induced transitions. Magnetoresistance of ferromagnetic-normal-metal multilayers is found by solving the Boltzmann equation. Results explain the giant negative magnetoresistance encountered in these systems when an initial antiparallel arrangement is changed into a parallel configuration by an external magnetic field. The calculation depends on (1) geometric parameters (thicknesses of layers), (2) intrinsic metal parameters (number of conduction electrons, magnetization, and effective masses in layers), (3) bulk sample properties (conductivity relaxation times), (4) interface scattering properties (diffuse scattering versus potential scattering at the interfaces, and (5) outer surface scattering properties (specular versus diffuse surface scattering). It is found that a large negative magnetoresistance requires considerable asymmetry in interface scattering for the two spin orientations. Features of the interfaces that may produce an asymmetrical spin-dependent scattering are studied: varying interfacial geometric random roughness with no lateral coherence, correlated (quasi-periodic) roughness, and varying chemical composition of the interfaces. The interplay between these aspects of the interfaces may enhance or suppress the magnetoresistance, depending on whether it increases or decreases the asymmetry in the spin-dependent scattering of the conduction electrons.

  20. Multi-Layer, Sharp-Interface Models of Pore Pressure Buildup within the Illinois Basin due to Basin-Wide CO2 Injection

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    Zhang, Y.; Person, M. A.; Gable, C. W.; Celia, M. A.; Nordbotten, J. M.; Bandilla, K.; Elliot, T. R.; Rupp, J.; Ellett, K. M.; Bowen, B.; Pickett, W.; Woolsey, E. E.

    2011-12-01

    We recently developed and applied a new parallel, multi-layer, finite-element model to the Illinois Basin in order to assess the spatial extent and magnitude of pore pressure increases resulting from the annual projected injection of 100 million metric tons of CO2. One focus of this work is to assess the potential for inducing a seismic event associated with low effective stress conditions around CO2 injection wells in the southern Illinois Basin where Mt Simon permeability is relatively low (< 50 mD). We used a sharp-interface formulation to represent a CO2, freshwater, and brine transport within each layer. A simple parallelization scheme was used in which fluid transport in each layer is solved on a separate processor. The layers are linked at the after each time step through vertical fluxes of fresh and saline water across their respective confining units. This model was validated, in part, by comparison to computed pore pressure distributions from a published 8-layer test case. Our Illinois Basin model represents spatial variations in porosity using a modified form of Athy's law. Permeability is logarithmically related to porosity so that permeability. Principal reservoirs represented in our model include the Mt. Simon Formation, the Knox Dolomite, Ordovician carbonates, Silurian-Devonian and Mississippian-Pennsylvanian sandstone/carbonates units. Key confining unit represented include the Eau Claire, Maquoketa, and New Albany Shales. A limited number of low-permeability faults were also included in the model. The permeability of fault elements were set to between 10-100 times lower than surrounding sediments. We calibrated our model using historical freshwater pumping data from the Chicago area (128 million gallons per day of H2O) as well as the salinity distribution across the Illinois Basin. We found that incorporating a stream network which included the Rock River near Chicago was important in reproducing pre-development head patterns in the Cambro

  1. Square-loop cobalt/gold multilayers

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    Gambino, R. J.; Ruf, R. R.

    1990-05-01

    Multilayers of Co and Au with perpendicular hysteresis loop squareness ratios of ˜1 have been prepared by e-beam evaporation. These films have perpendicular anisotropy in the as-deposited condition in contrast to other work in which Co/Au multilayers, prepared by ion beam sputtering, showed perpendicular anisotropy only after annealing at 300 °C. The Faraday rotation of these square-loop multilayers is about 9×105 deg/cm of Co or 1×105 deg/cm of total thickness at a wavelength of 633 nm. These values indicate an enhancement of the Faraday rotation of Co at this wavelength by about a factor of 2. This may be a plasma-edge enhancement effect similar to that reported by Katayama et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 60, 1426 (1988)] in the Kerr effect of Fe/Au multilayers.

  2. Tuning of in-plane optical anisotropy by inserting ultra-thin InAs layer at interfaces in (001)-grown GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells

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    Yu, J. L.; Cheng, S. Y.; Lai, Y. F.; Zheng, Q.

    2015-01-07

    The in-plane optical anisotropy (IPOA) in (001)-grown GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells (QWs) with different well widths varying from 2 nm to 8 nm has been studied by reflectance difference spectroscopy. Ultra-thin InAs layers with thickness ranging from 0.5 monolayer (ML) to 1.5 ML have been inserted at GaAs/AlGaAs interfaces to tune the asymmetry in the QWs. It is demonstrated that the IPOA can be accurately tailored by the thickness of the inserted ultra-thin InAs layer at the interfaces. Strain-induced IPOA has also been extracted by using a stress apparatus. We find that the intensity of the strain-induced IPOA decreases with the thickness of the inserted InAs layer, while that of the interface-induced IPOA increases with the thickness of the InAs layer. Theoretical calculations based on 6 band k ⋅ p theory have been carried out, and good agreements with experimental results are obtained. Our results demonstrate that, the IPOA of the QWs can be greatly and effectively tuned by inserting an ultra-thin InAs layer with different thicknesses at the interfaces of QWs, which does not significantly influence the transition energies and the transition probability of QWs.

  3. Magnetic and magneto-optical properties of Pd/Cr/Co multilayers

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    Tang, Y. J.; Wong, C. Y.; Zhou, X.

    2001-06-01

    Recent studies found that the (Pt/Co/Pt) trilayers can be used as a unit in combination with nonmagnetic or magnetic layer, X (X=Pd, Ag, Cu, and Ni), to enhance the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of the films, reduce the Curie temperature, and alter the magneto-optical properties. The effects of intercalating Cr into Pd/Co multilayers on the magnetic and magneto-optical properties are studied in this article. The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy K{sub u} and the coercivity H{sub c} of the system decrease rapidly with increasing the Cr thickness (X{sub Cr}) up to 0.4 nm, and change slightly when Cr thickness further increases. The dependence of the coercivity H{sub c} on the Cr thickness, which obeys the law: H{sub c} (X{sub Cr})=X{sub Cr}{sup {minus}2.66}, indicates that the magnetization reversal is controlled by domain wall moving, mainly due to the interface roughness. Large decrease of the Kerr rotation {theta}{sub k} of the Pd/Cr/Co multilayers compared with pure Pd/Co multilayers is also found in the wavelength ranging from 200 to 800 nm. As it is well known, the large anisotropy and Kerr rotation in Pd/Co system are mainly caused by the polarization of Pd atoms due to nearby Co atoms. As the intercalating of Cr layer between Pd and Co layer, the average polarization of Pd atoms will be reduced largely. As a matter of fact, the Cr atoms can also be polarized by nearby Co atoms, which, however, seems to take a minor effect on the anisotropy and Kerr rotation of the system. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  4. Magnetic and magneto-optical properties of Pd/Cr/Co multilayers

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    Tang, Y. J.; Wong, C. Y.; Zhou, X.

    2001-06-01

    Recent studies found that the (Pt/Co/Pt) trilayers can be used as a unit in combination with nonmagnetic or magnetic layer, X (X=Pd, Ag, Cu, and Ni), to enhance the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of the films, reduce the Curie temperature, and alter the magneto-optical properties. The effects of intercalating Cr into Pd/Co multilayers on the magnetic and magneto-optical properties are studied in this article. The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy Ku and the coercivity Hc of the system decrease rapidly with increasing the Cr thickness (XCr) up to 0.4 nm, and change slightly when Cr thickness further increases. The dependence of the coercivity Hc on the Cr thickness, which obeys the law: Hc (XCr)=XCr-2.66, indicates that the magnetization reversal is controlled by domain wall moving, mainly due to the interface roughness. Large decrease of the Kerr rotation θk of the Pd/Cr/Co multilayers compared with pure Pd/Co multilayers is also found in the wavelength ranging from 200 to 800 nm. As it is well known, the large anisotropy and Kerr rotation in Pd/Co system are mainly caused by the polarization of Pd atoms due to nearby Co atoms. As the intercalating of Cr layer between Pd and Co layer, the average polarization of Pd atoms will be reduced largely. As a matter of fact, the Cr atoms can also be polarized by nearby Co atoms, which, however, seems to take a minor effect on the anisotropy and Kerr rotation of the system.

  5. Ultrasonic NDE of Multilayered Structures

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    Quarry, M J; Fisher, K A; Lehman, S K

    2005-02-14

    This project developed ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation techniques based on guided and bulk waves in multilayered structures using arrays. First, a guided wave technique was developed by preferentially exciting dominant modes with energy in the layer of interest via an ultrasonic array. Second, a bulk wave technique uses Fermat's principle of least time as well as wave-based properties to reconstruct array data and image the multilayered structure. The guided wave technique enables the inspection of inaccessible areas of a multilayered structure without disassembling it. Guided waves propagate using the multilayer as a waveguide into the inaccessible areas from an accessible position. Inspecting multi-layered structures with a guided wave relies on exciting modes with sufficient energy in the layer of interest. Multilayered structures are modeled to determine the possible modes and their distribution of energy across the thickness. Suitable modes were determined and excited by designing arrays with the proper element spacing and frequency. Bulk wave imaging algorithms were developed to overcome the difficulties of multiple reflections and refractions at interfaces. Reconstruction algorithms were developed to detect and localize flaws. A bent-ray algorithm incorporates Fermat's principle to correct time delays in the ultrasonic data that result from the difference in wave speeds in each layer and refractions at the interfaces. A planar wave-based algorithm was developed using the Green function for the multilayer structure to enhance focusing on reception for improved imaging.

  6. Seed influence on the ferromagnetic resonance response of Co/Ni multilayers

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    Sabino, Maria Patricia Rouelli; Tran, Michael; Hin Sim, Cheow; Ji Feng, Ying; Eason, Kwaku

    2014-05-01

    The effect of Pd and Ru seed layers on the magnetic properties of [Co/Ni]N multilayers with varying number of bilayer repeats N is investigated using vector network analyzer ferromagnetic resonance. The effective anisotropy field HKeff is found to increase with N for Ru seed, but decreases for Pd until N = 15. As N is increased beyond 15, HKeff decreases for both seeds. In contrast, the damping parameter α decreases with N regardless of the seed, showing a 1/N dependence. Taking spin pumping into account, the intrinsic damping α0 for both Pd and Ru seeds reduce to α0 ≈ 0.01. These results demonstrate that there can be a strong influence of the seed/Co interface on anisotropy, especially for sufficiently low N, but not necessarily on α0.

  7. Seed influence on the ferromagnetic resonance response of Co/Ni multilayers

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    Sabino, Maria Patricia Rouelli Tran, Michael; Hin Sim, Cheow; Ji Feng, Ying; Eason, Kwaku

    2014-05-07

    The effect of Pd and Ru seed layers on the magnetic properties of [Co/Ni]{sub N} multilayers with varying number of bilayer repeats N is investigated using vector network analyzer ferromagnetic resonance. The effective anisotropy field H{sub Keff} is found to increase with N for Ru seed, but decreases for Pd until N = 15. As N is increased beyond 15, H{sub Keff} decreases for both seeds. In contrast, the damping parameter α decreases with N regardless of the seed, showing a 1/N dependence. Taking spin pumping into account, the intrinsic damping α{sub 0} for both Pd and Ru seeds reduce to α{sub 0} ≈ 0.01. These results demonstrate that there can be a strong influence of the seed/Co interface on anisotropy, especially for sufficiently low N, but not necessarily on α{sub 0}.

  8. Effects of local field and inherent strain in reflectance anisotropy spectra of AIIIBV semiconductors with naturally oxidized surfaces

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    Berkovits, V. L.; Kosobukin, V. A.; Gordeeva, A. B.

    2015-12-01

    Reflectance anisotropy (RA) spectra of naturally oxidized (001) surfaces of GaAs and InAs crystals are measured for photon energies from 1.5 up to 5.5 eV. The differential high-accuracy RA spectra reveal features substantially different from those caused by either a reconstruction of clean surface or a built-in near-surface electric field. Models of atomic structure with anisotropic transition layers of excess arsenic atoms specific for GaAs(001)/oxide and InAs(001)/oxide interfaces are proposed. In conformity with these models, a general theory of reflectance anisotropy is developed for semiconductor/oxide interfaces within the Green's function technique. The theory takes into account the combined effect of local field due to interface dipoles and of intrinsic near-surface strain of the crystal. Measured RA spectra are analyzed in the model of valence-bond dipoles occupying a rectangular lattice in a multilayer medium. Comparing the measured and calculated spectra, we conclude that RA spectra of oxidized GaAs(001) and InAs(001) surfaces are simultaneously influenced by interface and near-surface anisotropies. The former is responsible for the broad-band spectral features which are associated with polarizability of the valence bonds attached to As atoms at the crystal/oxide interface. The near-surface anisotropy is due to inherent uniaxial straining the near-surface region of crystal. The effect of strain on RA spectra is experimentally and theoretically substantiated for GaAs crystal wafers undergone a uniaxial applied stress. Basically, this work results in the following. It establishes the physical nature of different levels of RA spectra observed in a majority of papers, but never analyzed. It demonstrates how the studied features of RA spectra could be applied for optical characterization of strained interfaces and atomic layers.

  9. Magnetic properties of a Pt/Co2FeAl/MgO structure with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Li, Xiao-Qi; Xu, Xiao-Guang; Wang, Sheng; Wu, Yong; Zhang, De-Lin; Miao, Jun; Jiang, Yong

    2012-10-01

    Microstructures and magnetic properties of Ta/Pt/Co2FeAl (CFA)/MgO multilayers are studied to understand perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of half-metallic full-Heusler alloy films. PMA is realized in a 2.5-nm CFA film with B2-ordered structure observed by a high resolution transmission electron microscope. It is demonstrated that a high quality interface between the ferromagnetic layer and oxide layer is not essential for PMA. The conversions between in-plane anisotropy and PMA are investigated to study the dependence of magnetic moment on temperature. At the intersection points, the decreasing slope of the saturation magnetization (Ms) changes because of the conversions. The dependence of Ms on the annealing temperature and MgO thickness is also studied.

  10. Fabrication of liquid-infused surfaces using reactive polymer multilayers: principles for manipulating the behaviors and mobilities of aqueous fluids on slippery liquid interfaces.

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    Manna, Uttam; Lynn, David M

    2015-05-20

    The design of slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS) using nanoporous and chemically reactive polymer multilayers is reported. This approach permits fabrication of slippery anti-fouling coatings on complex surfaces and provides new means to manipulate the mobilities of contacting aqueous fluids. The results expand the range of tools that can be used to manipulate the behaviors of SLIPS and open the door to new applications of this emerging class of soft materials. PMID:25854608

  11. Cobalt-Based Hard Magnets, Thin Films and Multilayers

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    Gao, Chuan

    1991-02-01

    Co-based magnetic materials including bulk, thin film and magnetic multilayers have been studied. The purpose of the first part of this work is to study a Co -based transition metal alloy to be processed to result in significant enhancement of its magnetic properties (coercivity, magnetization, and energy product) in the absence rare earths. CoZr(Hf)BSi alloys have been studied. Rapidly quenched Co_ {78}Zr_{16}B_3Si_3 and Co_{76}Hf_ {76}B_3Si_3 showed the highest coercivity (6.7 kOe and 6.5 kOe respectively). This is the highest room temperature coercivity reported in a non -rare-earth containing magnet up to now. This system has excellent thermal stability. Co-based thin film alloys were also studied and we obtain coercivities as high as 700 Oe for sputtered thin films. This lies in between the maximum value obtained for as-cast bulk alloys (50 Oe) and rapidly quenched alloys (6.7 kOe). Multilayers were studied with the objective of determining the effect of interfaces on the magnetic properties of Co alloys. Multilayers of the form Co/Cu, Co_{95}B _5/Cu and Co/Al were studied and the interface anisotropy was found to favor a magnetization perpendicular to the film. Very thin magnetic layers led to very small coercivities since the size of magnetic domains was restricted. We also noted some interesting layer-layer magnetic interactions. Finally some unusual magnetization reversal behavior was noted in which the magnetic moment goes to zero and reverses before the applied field goes to zero.

  12. Growth induced magnetic anisotropy in amorphous thin films. Annual progress report year 1, November 4, 1994--October 31, 1995

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    Hellman, F.

    1995-07-01

    The work in the past year has primarily involved three areas of magnetic thin films: amorphous rare earth-transition metal alloys, epitaxial COPt3 thin films, and exchange coupled antiferromagnetic insulators. In the amorphous alloys, the authors have focused on understanding the cause and the effect of the growth-surface-induced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Using the results of previous work, they are able to control this anisotropy quite precisely. This anisotropy is predicted to have dramatic and as-yet unobserved effects on the underlying nature of the magnetism. The work on the epitaxial Co-Pt alloys was originally undertaken as a comparison study to the amorphous alloys. The authors have discovered that these alloys exhibit a remarkable new phenomena; a surface-induced miscibility gap in a material which is believed to be completely miscible in the bulk. This miscibility gap is 100% correlated with the perpendicular anisotropy, although the connection is not yet clear, and is presumably linked to a magnetic energy of mixing which tends to drive a material towards clustering. The problem of exchange coupling in multilayers impacts many of the current research areas in magnetism. NiO/CoO multilayers can be prepared with coherent interfaces. The specific heat shows unambiguously the ordering of the spins in the layers. The results show clearly the transition from a single transition temperature to two distinct transitions with increasing thickness of the individual layers. From this data, the authors are able to determine the interface magnetic exchange coupling constant and the effect on the transition temperature of finite layer thickness.

  13. MoRu/Be multilayers for extreme ultraviolet applications

    DOEpatents

    Bajt, Sasa C.; Wall, Mark A.

    2001-01-01

    High reflectance, low intrinsic roughness and low stress multilayer systems for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography comprise amorphous layers MoRu and crystalline Be layers. Reflectance greater than 70% has been demonstrated for MoRu/Be multilayers with 50 bilayer pairs. Optical throughput of MoRu/Be multilayers can be 30-40% higher than that of Mo/Be multilayer coatings. The throughput can be improved using a diffusion barrier to make sharper interfaces. A capping layer on the top surface of the multilayer improves the long-term reflectance and EUV radiation stability of the multilayer by forming a very thin native oxide that is water resistant.

  14. Band alignment of HfO{sub 2}/multilayer MoS{sub 2} interface determined by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy: Effect of CHF{sub 3} treatment

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    Liu, Xinke; He, Jiazhu; Tang, Dan; Jia, Fang; Lu, Youming Zhu, Deliang; Liu, Wenjun; Cao, Peijiang; Han, Sun; Liu, Qiang; Wen, Jiao; Yu, Wenjie; Pan, Jisheng; He, Zhubing; Ang, Kah-Wee

    2015-09-07

    The energy band alignment between HfO{sub 2}/multilayer (ML)-MoS{sub 2} was characterized using high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The HfO{sub 2} was deposited using an atomic layer deposition tool, and ML-MoS{sub 2} was grown by chemical vapor deposition. A valence band offset (VBO) of 1.98 eV and a conduction band offset (CBO) of 2.72 eV were obtained for the HfO{sub 2}/ML-MoS{sub 2} interface without any treatment. With CHF{sub 3} plasma treatment, a VBO and a CBO across the HfO{sub 2}/ML-MoS{sub 2} interface were found to be 2.47 eV and 2.23 eV, respectively. The band alignment difference is believed to be dominated by the down-shift in the core level of Hf 4d and up-shift in the core level of Mo 3d, or the interface dipoles, which caused by the interfacial layer in rich of F.

  15. Effects of local field and inherent strain in reflectance anisotropy spectra of A{sup III}B{sup V} semiconductors with naturally oxidized surfaces

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    Berkovits, V. L.; Kosobukin, V. A.; Gordeeva, A. B.

    2015-12-28

    Reflectance anisotropy (RA) spectra of naturally oxidized (001) surfaces of GaAs and InAs crystals are measured for photon energies from 1.5 up to 5.5 eV. The differential high-accuracy RA spectra reveal features substantially different from those caused by either a reconstruction of clean surface or a built-in near-surface electric field. Models of atomic structure with anisotropic transition layers of excess arsenic atoms specific for GaAs(001)/oxide and InAs(001)/oxide interfaces are proposed. In conformity with these models, a general theory of reflectance anisotropy is developed for semiconductor/oxide interfaces within the Green's function technique. The theory takes into account the combined effect of local field due to interface dipoles and of intrinsic near-surface strain of the crystal. Measured RA spectra are analyzed in the model of valence-bond dipoles occupying a rectangular lattice in a multilayer medium. Comparing the measured and calculated spectra, we conclude that RA spectra of oxidized GaAs(001) and InAs(001) surfaces are simultaneously influenced by interface and near-surface anisotropies. The former is responsible for the broad-band spectral features which are associated with polarizability of the valence bonds attached to As atoms at the crystal/oxide interface. The near-surface anisotropy is due to inherent uniaxial straining the near-surface region of crystal. The effect of strain on RA spectra is experimentally and theoretically substantiated for GaAs crystal wafers undergone a uniaxial applied stress. Basically, this work results in the following. It establishes the physical nature of different levels of RA spectra observed in a majority of papers, but never analyzed. It demonstrates how the studied features of RA spectra could be applied for optical characterization of strained interfaces and atomic layers.

  16. Bi-phase transition diagrams of metallic thin multilayers

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    Li, J.C.; Liu, W.; Jiang, Q. . E-mail: jiangq@jlu.edu.cn

    2005-02-01

    Phase transitions of metallic multilayers induced by differences in interface energy are considered thermodynamically, based on a thermodynamic model for interface energy and the Goldschmidt premise for lattice contraction. Bi-phase transition diagrams of Co/Cr, Zr/Nb, Ti/Nb and Ti/Al multilayers are constructed, which are in agreement with experimental results.

  17. Magneto-optic multilayers

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    Bader, Samuel D.

    1992-08-01

    Magneto-optical multilayers are of interest to the optical data storage community as a possible second-generation medium of the future. The important Co/Pt-superlattice system is introduced in this respect, and an extensive reference listing is provided to previous research. Magneto-optical modeling studies of Co/Pt are presented, and it is concluded that the interfacial Pt is magnetized and is magneto-optically active at the short wavelengths of interest (approximately 4 eV) for applications. Magneto-optics in the ultrathin limit are discussed, and an additivity law is presented and verified experimentally utilizing data for epitaxial Fe/Ag(111) superlattices. Finally, the surface magnetic anisotropy that provides the vertical easy axes of magnetization in candidate superlattice systems is discussed and illustrated experimentally using ultrathin epitaxial films of Fe grown on a variety of substrates. It is concluded that magneto-optic multilayers will provide many stimulating basic and applied challenges in the years ahead.

  18. Artificial multilayers and nanomagnetic materials

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    SHINJO, Teruya

    2013-01-01

    The author has been actively engaged in research on nanomagnetic materials for about 50 years. Nanomagnetic materials are comprised of ferromagnetic systems for which the size and shape are controlled on a nanometer scale. Typical examples are ultrafine particles, ultrathin films, multilayered films and nano-patterned films. In this article, the following four areas of the author’s studies are described. (1) Mössbauer spectroscopic studies of nanomagnetic materials and interface magnetism. (2) Preparation and characterization of metallic multilayers with artificial superstructures. (3) Giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect in magnetic multilayers. (4) Novel properties of nanostructured ferromagnetic thin films (dots and wires). A subject of particular interest in the author’s research was the artificially prepared multilayers consisting of metallic elements. The motivation to initiate the multilayer investigation is described and the physical properties observed in the artificial multilayers are introduced. The author’s research was initially in the field of pure physical science and gradually extended into applied science. His achievements are highly regarded not only from the fundamental point of view but also from the technological viewpoint. PMID:23391605

  19. Dimensional effects in Ni-Cr multilayered thin films

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    Stearns, M. B.; Lee, C. H.

    1987-04-01

    The dimensionality of Ni-Cr multilayered structures (MLS) was studied from the variation of the temperature dependence of the saturation magnetization Ms with the Ni layer thickness. Since NiCr alloys containing more than 12% Cr are nonmagnetic the thickness of the interfaces and pure Ni regions can be obtained from the measured value of Ms by modeling the MLS and determining the thickness of the pure Ni regions. Assuming that the pure Ni regions are isolated sufficiently to behave independently, comparison was made with several theories. It was found that the observed behavior is similar to that described by the theory of Davis and Keffer with a surface anisotropy energy of about 0.1 that of the exchange energy. This theory uses nonperiodic boundary conditions and assumes a surface anisotropy field which causes the partial pinning of the surface spins. The magnetization decrease calculated with this theory falls off less rapidly with film thickness than other theories. At high fields the magnetization and Curie temperatures of the MLS having 20 Å or less of Ni is found to be field dependent. This is indicative that a considerable amount of the magnetic moments arise from itinerant d electrons.

  20. Amorphous FeCoSiB for exchange bias coupled and decoupled magnetoelectric multilayer systems: Real-structure and magnetic properties

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    Hrkac, V.; Strobel, J.; Kienle, L.; Lage, E.; Köppel, G.; McCord, J.; Quandt, E.; Meyners, D.

    2014-10-07

    The effect of field annealing for exchanged biased multilayer films is studied with respect to the resultant structural and magnetic film properties. The presented multilayer stacks comprise repeating sequences of Ta/Cu/(1 1 1) textured antiferromagnetic Mn₇₀Ir₃₀ /amorphous ferromagnetic Fe₇₀.₂Co₇.₈Si₂B₁₀. Within the ferromagnetic layers crystalline filaments are observed. An additional Ta layer between the antiferromagnet and ferromagnet is used in order to investigate and separate the influence of the common Mn₇₀Ir₃₀/Fe₇₀.₂Co₇.₈Si₁₂B₁₀ interface on the occurring filaments and structural changes. In situ and ex situ transmission electron microscopy is used for a comprehensive structure characterization of multilayer stacks for selected temperature stages. Up to 250 °C, the multilayers are structurally unaltered and preserve the as-deposited condition. A deliberate increase to 350 °C exhibits different crystallization processes for the films, depending on the presence of crystal nuclei within the amorphous ferromagnetic layer. The influence of volume-to-surface ratio of the multilayer stacks to the crystallization process is emphasized by the comparison of in situ and ex situ investigations as the respective specimen thickness is changed. Complementary magnetic studies reveal a defined exchange bias obtained at the first annealing step and a decrease of total anisotropy field with partial crystallization after the subsequent annealing at 350 °C.

  1. Broken lattice-symmetry influence on electronic anisotropy and interface exchange-coupling-induced ferromagnetic state in TI thin films and heterostructures

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    Moodera, Jagadeesh

    2014-03-01

    Inducing an exchange gap locally on the Dirac surface states of a topological insulator (TI) is ideal for observing the predicted unique features such as the quantized topological magnetoelectric effect, half-integer quantized Hall effect, as well as to con?ne Majorana fermions. Our work experimentally demonstrated the proximity-induced interface ferromagnetism in a heterostructure combining a ferromagnetic insulator EuS layer with Bi2Se3, without introducing defects. An exchange gap was observed to be induced on the surface of the TI. Extensive magnetic and magneto-transport (magnetoresistance and anomalous Hall effect) investigation of the heterostructures, including synchrotron interfacial (XAS and XMCD measurements) studies have shown the emergence of a ferromagnetic phase in TI, which is a step forward to unveiling the above exotic properties. Also, to understand the intrinsic properties of TI it is necessary to correlate structure with the exotic electronic properties as well as interaction with other materials. Molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) ideally allows us to engineer the system whereas using synchrotron and electron diffraction based experimental techniques helps us to investigate with atomic resolution. We will elucidate our studies on well-defined TI films and heterostructure, and the role of imperfections on the symmetry of the material that leads to internal atomic ordering by the decoration of the defects. Charge transport and mobility are seen to relate with film growth strain and relaxation as well as display strong directional dependence on the defect geometry. Work done in collaboration with Peng Wei, Ferhat Katmis and others. NSF and ONR grants supported this work.

  2. Resolving the controversy of a possible relationship between perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and the magnetic damping parameter

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    Shaw, Justin M.; Nembach, Hans T.; Silva, T. J.

    2014-08-11

    We use broadband ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy to systematically measure the Landau-Lifshitz damping parameter, perpendicular anisotropy, and the orbital moment asymmetry in Co{sub 90}Fe{sub 10}/Ni multilayers. No relationship is found between perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and the damping parameter in this material. However, inadequate accounting for inhomogeneous linewidth broadening, spin-pumping, and two-magnon scattering could give rise to an apparent relationship between anisotropy and damping. In contrast, the orbital-moment asymmetry and the perpendicular anisotropy are linearly proportional to each other. These results demonstrate a fundamental mechanism by which perpendicular anisotropy can be varied independently of the damping parameter.

  3. Magnetic and magneto-optic properties of sputtered Co/Ni multilayers

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    Zhang, Y. B.; He, P.; Woollam, J. A.; Shen, J. X.; Kirby, R. D.; Sellmyer, D. J.

    1994-05-01

    We have investigated the magnetic and magneto-optic properties of Co/Ni multilayers deposited on Ag and Au buffer layers. The samples with Au buffer layers show perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, but those with Ag buffer layers do not. The structure and degree of crystalline alignment of the buffer layer are evidently crucial to development of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. We also present the results of polar Kerr rotation measurements as a function of wavelength and layer thickness of the multilayers.

  4. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and magneto-optical Kerr effect of vapor-deposited Co/Pt-layered structures

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    Zeper, W. B.; Greidanus, F. J. A. M.; Carcia, P. F.; Fincher, C. R.

    1989-06-01

    We prepared by vapor deposition at room temperature thin (500 Å) Co/Pt multilayers or layered structures directly onto glass or Si substrates. They show a preferential magnetization perpendicular to the film plane for Co thicknesses below 12 Å and a 100% perpendicular remanence for Co thicknesses below 4.5 Å. The magnetic anisotropy can be explained by an interface contribution to the anisotropy. We also investigated the magneto-optical (MO) polar Kerr effect of these multilayers. Because of their excellent magnetic properties and their potentially high oxidation and corrosion resistance, these Co/Pt-layered structures are very promising candidates for MO recording. The Kerr rotation θk at λ=820 nm for a 35×(4.0 Å Co+12.7 Å Pt)-layered structure, which has 100% magnetic remanence, is modest (-0.12°), but the reflectivity R is high (70%), which results in a respectable figure of merit Rθ2k. Furthermore, the Kerr effect increases towards shorter wavelengths and thus favors future higher-density recording.

  5. Improved Reflectance and Stability of Mo/Si Multilayers

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    Bajt, S.; Almeda, J.; Naree, T.; Clift, M.; Folta, A.; Kauffman, B.; Spiller, E.

    2001-10-22

    Commercial EUV lithographic systems require multilayers with higher reflectance and better stability then that published to date. Interface-engineered Mo/Si multilayers with 70% reflectance at 13.5 nm wavelength (peak width of 0.545 nm) and 71% at 12.7 nm wavelength (peak width of 0.49 nm) were developed. These results were achieved with 50 bilayers. These new multilayers consist of Mo and Si layers separated by thin boron carbide layers. Depositing boron carbide on interfaces leads to reduction in silicide formation on the Mo-on-Si interfaces. Bilayer contraction is reduced by 30% implying that there is less intermixing of Mo and Si to form silicide. As a result the Mo-on-Si interfaces are sharper in interface-engineered multilayers than in standard Mo/Si multilayers. The optimum boron carbide thicknesses have been determined and appear to be different for Mo-on-Si and Si-on-Mo interfaces. The best results were obtained with 0.4 nm thick boron carbide layer on the Mo-on-Si interface and 0.25 nm thick boron carbide layer on the Si-on-Mo interface. Increase in reflectance is consistent with multilayers with sharper and smoother interfaces. A significant improvement in oxidation resistance of EUV multilayers has been achieved with ruthenium terminated Mo/Si multilayers. The best capping layer design consists of a Ru layer separated from the last Si layer by a boron carbide layer. This design achieves high reflectance and the best oxidation resistance in a water vapor (i.e. oxidation) environment. Electron beam exposures of 4.5 hours in the presence of 5x10{sup -7} torr water vapor partial pressure show no measurable reflectance loss and no increase in the oxide thickness of Ru terminated multilayers. Longer exposures in different environments are necessary to test lifetime stability of many years.

  6. Magnetoelectric coupling at the interface of BiFeO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 multilayers

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    Calderon, M. J.; Liang, Shuhua; Yu, Rong; Salafranca, Juan; Scalapino, D. J.; Dong, Shuai; Yunoki, Seiji; Brey, L.; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio R

    2011-01-01

    Electric-field controlled exchange bias in a heterostructure composed of the ferromagnetic manganite La0.7Sr0.3MO3 and the ferroelectric antiferromagnetic BiFeO3 has recently been demonstrated experimentally. By means of a model Hamiltonian, we provide a possible explanation for the origin of this magnetoelectric coupling. We find, in agreement with experimental results, a net ferromagnetic moment at the BiFeO3 interface. The induced ferromagnetic moment is the result of the competition between the eg-electron double exchange and the t2g-spin antiferromagnetic superexchange that dominates in bulk BiFeO3. The balance of these simultaneous ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic tendencies is strongly affected by the interfacial electronic charge density, which, in turn, can be controlled by the BiFeO3 ferroelectric polarization.

  7. Growth-surface-driven anisotropy and spontaneous layering in vapor-deposited alloy films

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    Shapiro, Alexander Leon

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) developed on the growth surface has been studied in a number of vapor-deposited alloy film systems. Epitaxial (100), (110), (100) and polycrystalline CoXPt1-X ,CoX Pt1-X 1-YSiY, and NiXPt1-X alloy films have been deposited by co-evaporation over a range of growth temperatures from -50°C to 800°C. Growth induced PMA is reported in samples deposited at temperatures between 200--400°C. This PMA is closely correlated with evidence for clustering of the magnetic species. A model of the magnetic species clustered into thin platelets, with the interfaces between the platelets and the Pt matrix providing the source of PMA, is presented. Magnetic moment and Magneto-Optic Kerr Effect (MOKE) results support an interpretation of interfaces, like spontaneous incoherent multilayer fragments, perpendicular to the growth direction. Deposition rate experiments show that surface atomic mobility plays an important role in the development of platelets and PMA. Results from annealing experiments indicate that anisotropy and clustering are not bulk equilibrium phenomena, but are trapped into the growing surface. The presence of surface atomic mobility then at intermediate deposition temperatures along with a lack of bulk atomic mobility allow platelets on the surface to be trapped into the bulk by succeeding deposition layers. Studies of ternary Co-Pt-Si alloys, in which Si acts to slow surface atomic mobility, confirm that the mobility of adatoms on the surface is critical to the formation of platelet structures and PMA. The clustering and PMA found in Ni-Pt alloys remove magnetic interaction as a source of platelet formation, leading to surface segregation and reconstruction as likely to be critical to the development of PMA. The lack of clustering and anisotropy seen in (100) oriented NiPt films is correlated with a non-flat surface reconstruction which disrupts the formation of platelets.

  8. Magnetic multilayer structure

    DOEpatents

    Herget, Philipp; O'Sullivan, Eugene J.; Romankiw, Lubomyr T.; Wang, Naigang; Webb, Bucknell C.

    2016-07-05

    A mechanism is provided for an integrated laminated magnetic device. A substrate and a multilayer stack structure form the device. The multilayer stack structure includes alternating magnetic layers and diode structures formed on the substrate. Each magnetic layer in the multilayer stack structure is separated from another magnetic layer in the multilayer stack structure by a diode structure.

  9. Optimization of the random multilayer structure to break the random-alloy limit of thermal conductivity

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    Wang, Yan; Gu, Chongjie; Ruan, Xiulin

    2015-02-16

    A low lattice thermal conductivity (κ) is desired for thermoelectrics, and a highly anisotropic κ is essential for applications such as magnetic layers for heat-assisted magnetic recording, where a high cross-plane (perpendicular to layer) κ is needed to ensure fast writing while a low in-plane κ is required to avoid interaction between adjacent bits of data. In this work, we conduct molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the κ of superlattice (SL), random multilayer (RML) and alloy, and reveal that RML can have 1–2 orders of magnitude higher anisotropy in κ than SL and alloy. We systematically explore how the κ of SL, RML, and alloy changes relative to each other for different bond strength, interface roughness, atomic mass, and structure size, which provides guidance for choosing materials and structural parameters to build RMLs with optimal performance for specific applications.

  10. Multilayer optical dielectric coating

    DOEpatents

    Emmett, John L.

    1990-01-01

    A highly damage resistant, multilayer, optical reflective coating includes alternating layers of doped and undoped dielectric material. The doping levels are low enough that there are no distinct interfaces between the doped and undoped layers so that the coating has properties nearly identical to the undoped material. The coating is fabricated at high temperature with plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition techniques to eliminate defects, reduce energy-absorption sites, and maintain proper chemical stoichiometry. A number of differently-doped layer pairs, each layer having a thickness equal to one-quarter of a predetermined wavelength in the material are combined to form a narrowband reflective coating for a predetermined wavelength. Broadband reflectors are made by using a number of narrowband reflectors, each covering a portion of the broadband.

  11. A multilayer sonic film

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    Munteanu, L.; Chiroiu, V.; Sireteanu, T.; Dumitriu, D.

    2015-10-01

    A non-periodic multilayer film was analyzed to show that, despite its non-periodicity, the film exhibits full band-gaps and localized modes at its interfaces, as well as in the sonic composites. The film consists of alternating layers of two different materials that follow a triadic Cantor sequence. The Cantor structure shows extremely low thresholds for subharmonic generation of ultrasonic waves, compared with homogeneous and periodic structures. The coupling between the extended-mode (phonon) and the localized-mode (fracton) vibration regimes explains the generation of full band-gaps, for which there are no propagating Lamb waves. The large enhancement of the nonlinear interaction results from a more favorable frequency and spatial matching of coupled modes. A full band-gap that excludes Love waves is also analyzed.

  12. Anomalous enhancement in interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy through uphill diffusion

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    Das, Tanmay; Kulkarni, Prabhanjan D.; Purandare, S. C.; Barshilia, Harish C.; Bhattacharyya, Somnath; Chowdhury, Prasanta

    2014-06-01

    We observed interfacial chemical sharpening due to uphill diffusion in post annealed ultrathin multilayer stack of Co and Pt, which leads to enhanced interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). This is surprising as these elements are considered as perfectly miscible. This chemical sharpening was confirmed through quantitative energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and intensity distribution of images taken on high angle annular dark field (HAADF) detector in Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopic (STEM) mode. This observation demonstrates an evidence of miscibility gap in ultrathin coherent Co/Pt multilayer stacks.

  13. Residual strain and texture in free-standing nanoscale Cu-Nb multilayers

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    Aydiner, C. C.; Brown, D. W.; Misra, A.; Mara, N. A.; Wang, Y.-C.; Wall, J. J.; Almer, J.

    2007-10-15

    We investigate the residual strains in a free-standing Cu/Nb multilayer of 30 nm nominal layer thickness with synchrotron x-rays. This material system is characterized by columnar grains of Cu and Nb with incoherent interfaces and a sharp physical-vapor-deposition texture. High energy x-rays were used with an area detector along with multiple sample rotations to yield diffraction strain components in a very large number of directions. Due to the texture and the elastic anisotropy of constituents, observed diffraction strains cannot be derived from a single strain tensor (also known as linear sin{sup 2} {psi}). Orientation-dependent diffraction strain modeling is utilized with a Vook-Witt micromechanical model. Obtained phase-resolved in-plane stress magnitudes are -515 MPa in Nb and +513 MPa in Cu, satisfying force equilibrium within experimental errors. The stresses of this magnitude will certainly influence the mechanical behavior of the multilayer upon further loading. The Vook-Witt model describes the Nb diffraction strains very well, and thereby provides information on the stress distribution in crystallites as a function of their orientation. On the other hand, the same level of agreement with the Vook-Witt model has not been achieved for Cu diffraction strains.

  14. Residual strain and texture in free-standing nanoscal Cu-Nb multilayers.

    SciTech Connect

    Aydiner, C. C.; Brown, D. W.; Misra, A.; Wang, Y. -C.; Wall, J.; Mara, N.; Almer, J.; LANL; National Cheng Kung Univ.

    2007-10-15

    We investigate the residual strains in a free-standing Cu/Nb multilayer of 30 nm nominal layer thickness with synchrotron x-rays. This material system is characterized by columnar grains of Cu and Nb with incoherent interfaces and a sharp physical-vapor-deposition texture. High energy x-rays were used with an area detector along with multiple sample rotations to yield diffraction strain components in a very large number of directions. Due to the texture and the elastic anisotropy of constituents, observed diffraction strains cannot be derived from a single strain tensor (also known as linear sin{sup 2} {psi}). Orientation-dependent diffraction strain modeling is utilized with a Vook-Witt micromechanical model. Obtained phase-resolved in-plane stress magnitudes are -515 MPa in Nb and +513 MPa in Cu, satisfying force equilibrium within experimental errors. The stresses of this magnitude will certainly influence the mechanical behavior of the multilayer upon further loading. The Vook-Witt model describes the Nb diffraction strains very well, and thereby provides information on the stress distribution in crystallites as a function of their orientation. On the other hand, the same level of agreement with the Vook-Witt model has not been achieved for Cu diffraction strains.

  15. Strain-induced magneto-optical anisotropy in epitaxial hcp Co films

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    Arregi, J. A.; González-Díaz, J. B.; Idigoras, O.; Berger, A.

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the existence and origin of magneto-optical anisotropy in epitaxial hcp Co films. Our results show that a significant magneto-optical anisotropy exists in our samples and, more importantly, they reveal that its amplitude is directly correlated with epitaxial strain. We find a linear coefficient of 16.8 % magneto-optical anisotropy per every 1% epitaxial strain, which is in stark contrast to an isotropic magneto-optical coupling factor Q , a very frequent and common assumption in magneto-optics of metallic thin films and multilayers. In addition, the Co films exhibit a similar strain-induced increase of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy, evidencing the fact that both magneto-optical anisotropy and magnetocrystalline anisotropy are dependent on the modification of the spin-orbit coupling introduced by anisotropic lattice distortions.

  16. Characterization of Mo/Si multilayer growth on stepped topographies

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    Boogaard, A. J. R. vcan den; Louis, E.; Zoethout, E.; Goldberg, K. A.; Bijkerk, F.

    2011-08-31

    Mo/Si multilayer mirrors with nanoscale bilayer thicknesses have been deposited on stepped substrate topographies, using various deposition angles. The multilayer morphology at the stepedge region was studied by cross section transmission electron microscopy. A transition from a continuous- to columnar layer morphology is observed near the step-edge, as a function of the local angle of incidence of the deposition flux. Taking into account the corresponding kinetics and anisotropy in layer growth, a continuum model has been developed to give a detailed description of the height profiles of the individual continuous layers. Complementary optical characterization of the multilayer system using a microscope operating in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength range, revealed that the influence of the step-edge on the planar multilayer structure is restricted to a region within 300 nm from the step-edge.

  17. US-Japan seminar on magnetic multilayered structures held in Kauai, Hawaii on 15-17 May 1992

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1992-05-17

    This seminar included the following topics: Advancement in soft magnetic materials by means of multilayering, Elastic moduli of metallic multilayered films measured by Brillouin Scattering method, Structural aspects of the superlattices under high pressure, Structural influence on the magnetic anisotropy of Co/Pd superlattices, Low dimensional magnetic and structural effects in single crystals grown by molecular beam epitaxy, Polarized neutron reflection and diffraction from magnetic superlattices, and Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of magnetic multilayers.

  18. Ultra-thin multilayer capacitors.

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    Renk, Timothy Jerome; Monson, Todd C.

    2009-06-01

    The fabrication of ultra-thin lanthanum-doped lead zirconium titanate (PLZT) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) using a high-power pulsed ion beam was studied. The deposition experiments were conducted on the RHEPP-1 facility at Sandia National Laboratories. The goal of this work was to increase the energy density of ceramic capacitors through the formation of a multilayer device with excellent materials properties, dielectric constant, and standoff voltage. For successful device construction, there are a number of challenging requirements including achieving correct stoichiometric and crystallographic composition of the deposited PLZT, as well as the creation of a defect free homogenous film. This report details some success in satisfying these requirements, although 900 C temperatures were necessary for PLZT perovskite phase formation. These temperatures were applied to a previously deposited multi-layer film which was then post-annealed to this temperature. The film exhibited mechanical distress attributable to differences in the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the various layers. This caused significant defects in the deposited films that led to shorts across devices. A follow-on single layer deposition without post-anneal produced smooth layers with good interface behavior, but without the perovskite phase formation. These issues will need to be addressed in order for ion beam deposited MLCCs to become a viable technology. It is possible that future in-situ heating during deposition may address both the CTE issue, and result in lowered processing temperatures, which in turn could raise the probability of successful MLCC formation.

  19. Néel coupling in Co/Cu/Co stripes with unidirectional interface roughness

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    Davydenko, A. V.; Pustovalov, E. V.; Ognev, A. V.; Kozlov, A. G.; Chebotkevich, L. A.; Han, X. F.

    2015-03-01

    We investigate the influence of interlayer Néel coupling on the magnetization reversal processes in epitaxial Co(5 nm)/Cu(5 nm)/Co(5 nm) stripes by experimental methods and computer modeling. The stripes with a width of 900 and 1800 nm were formed on a step-bunched Si(111) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy and focused ion beam etching. Uniaxial magnetic anisotropy with the easy axis of the magnetization along the steps is induced in the stripes by the steps of the Si(111) substrate. The stepped structure of the layers in the multilayered stripes reproduces the morphology of the Si(111) substrate. Néel coupling between the Co layers is realized due to the unidirectional roughness at the Co/Cu interfaces caused by the steps of the substrate. Interlayer Néel coupling at the interfaces overcomes antiparallel magnetostatic interaction realized through the sides of the Co layers in the trilayered stripes. We used a modified Néel model in the simulation of the magnetization reversal in the multilayered system with unidirectional interface roughness. The surface energy of Néel coupling was spatially varied against the direction of the magnetization relative to the step edge. The results of micromagnetic simulations of the Co/Cu/Co stripes with spatially non-uniform and averaged surface energies of interlayer Néel coupling are compared and discussed.

  20. Magnetic pinning in superconductor-ferromagnet multilayers

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    Bulaevskii, L. N.; Chudnovsky, E. M.; Maley, M. P.

    2000-05-01

    We argue that superconductor/ferromagnet multilayers of nanoscale period should exhibit strong pinning of vortices by the magnetic domain structure in magnetic fields below the coercive field when ferromagnetic layers exhibit strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The estimated maximum magnetic pinning energy for single vortex in such a system is about 100 times larger than the pinning energy by columnar defects. This pinning energy may provide critical currents as high as 10{sup 6}-10{sup 7} A/cm{sup 2} at high temperatures (but not very close to T{sub c}) at least in magnetic fields below 0.1 T. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  1. Growth and characterisation of uranium multilayers

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    Springell, Ross

    plane of the film to samples displaying perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), at a gadolinium layer thickness of 5A. This transition could be achieved for thicker Gd layers if the thickness of the U layers were increased. A finite-size scaling effect was observed in a gadolinium layer thickness dependent study of the Curie temperature, indicating a transition from three to two dimensional behaviour for very thin Gd layers. Polarised neutron reflectivity spectra were taken in the specular geometry at magnetic saturation, and were simulated with separate, reduced moment and bulk moment ferromagnetic layers for U/Fe and U/Co samples and a simple bilayer structure for U/Gd samples. This simultaneous measurement of both the physical composition and bulk magnetisation measurements supported results obtained by X-ray reflectivity and magnetometry. The hybridisation of the electronic states in U/Fe and U/Gd resulted in an induced polarisation, detected using element selective techniques. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements at the U Mrv and My edges were used to investigate the spin and orbital components of the uranium magnetic moment and a total magnetic moment on the U site of 0.1/b for the case of U/Fe multilayers, 0.01/zb in U/Gd samples and a signal only barely detectable above the statistical noise in the U/Co system were revealed. A uranium layer thickness dependent study of the magnetic moment values was used to indirectly deduce the profile of uranium magnetisation within the layers. X-ray resonant magnetic reflectivity measurements provided a depth dependent measure of the induced U 5f moment for selected U/Fe samples, which indicated a more complicated interfacial structure than that deduced by X- ray and neutron reflectivity techniques and showed that the majority of the U 5f moment was located at the interface region.

  2. Film bonded fuel cell interface configuration

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    Kaufman, Arthur; Terry, Peter L.

    1985-01-01

    An improved interface configuration for use between adjacent elements of a fuel cell stack. The interface is impervious to gas and liquid and provides resistance to corrosion by the electrolyte of the fuel cell. A multi-layer arrangement for the interface provides bridging electrical contact with a hot-pressed resin filling the void space.

  3. Interfacial magnetic anisotropy from a 3-dimensional Rashba substrate

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    Li, Junwen; Haney, Paul M.

    2016-07-01

    We study the magnetic anisotropy which arises at the interface between a thin film ferromagnet and a 3-d Rashba material. We use a tight-binding model to describe the bilayer, and the 3-d Rashba material characterized by the spin-orbit strength α and the direction of broken bulk inversion symmetry n ̂ . We find an in-plane uniaxial anisotropy in the z ̂ × n ̂ direction, where z ̂ is the interface normal. For realistic values of α, the uniaxial anisotropy is of a similar order of magnitude as the bulk magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Evaluating the uniaxial anisotropy for a simplified model in 1-d shows that for small band filling, the in-plane easy axis anisotropy scales as α4 and results from a twisted exchange interaction between the spins in the 3-d Rashba material and the ferromagnet. For a ferroelectric 3-d Rashba material, n ̂ can be controlled with an electric field, and we propose that the interfacial magnetic anisotropy could provide a mechanism for electrical control of the magnetic orientation.

  4. Multilayer Insulation Material Guidelines

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    Finckenor, M. M.; Dooling, D.

    1999-01-01

    Multilayer Insulation Material Guidelines provides data on multilayer insulation materials used by previous spacecraft such as Spacelab and the Long-Duration Exposure Facility and outlines other concerns. The data presented in the document are presented for information only. They can be used as guidelines for multilayer insulation design for future spacecraft provided the thermal requirements of each new design and the environmental effects on these materials are taken into account.

  5. Fabrication of multilayer nanowires

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    Kaur, Jasveer; Singh, Avtar; Kumar, Davinder; Thakur, Anup; Kaur, Raminder

    2016-05-01

    Multilayer nanowires were fabricated by potentiostate ectrodeposition template synthesis method into the pores of polycarbonate membrane. In present work layer by layer deposition of two different metals Ni and Cu in polycarbonate membrane having pore size of 600 nm were carried out. It is found that the growth of nanowires is not constant, it varies with deposition time. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is used to study the morphology of fabricated multilayer nanowires. An energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) results confirm the composition of multilayer nanowires. The result shows that multilayer nanowires formed is dense.

  6. Mobility anisotropy in monolayer black phosphorus due to scattering by charged impurities

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    Liu, Yue; Low, Tony; Ruden, P. Paul

    2016-04-01

    We explore the charged-impurity-scattering-limited mobility of electrons and holes in monolayer black phosphorus (BP), a highly anisotropic material. Taking full account of the anisotropic electronic structure in effective mass approximation, the zero-temperature momentum relaxation time and the charge carrier mobility are calculated based on the Boltzmann transport equation. For carrier densities accessible in experiments, we obtain anisotropy ratios of 3-4. These results are somewhat larger than mobility anisotropy ratios determined experimentally for multilayer BP samples, but due to the complex dependence of the scattering rates on the anisotropy, they are strikingly smaller than the effective mass ratios.

  7. Structural and magnetic properties of granular CoPd multilayers

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    Vivas, L. G.; Figueroa, A. I.; Bartolomé, F.; Rubín, J.; García, L. M.; Deranlot, C.; Petroff, F.; Ruiz, L.; González-Calbet, J. M.; Brookes, N. B.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.; Bartolomé, J.

    2016-02-01

    Multilayers of bimetallic CoPd alloyed and assembled nanoparticles, prepared by room temperature sequential sputtering deposition on amorphous alumina, were studied by means of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, SQUID-based magnetometry and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. Alloying between Co and Pd in these nanoparticles gives rise to a high perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Their magnetic properties are temperature dependent: at low temperature, the multilayers are ferromagnetic with a high coercive field; at intermediate temperature the behavior is of a soft-ferromagnet, and at higher temperature, the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in the nanoparticles disappears. The magnetic orbital moment to spin moment ratio is enhanced compared with Co bare nanoparticles and Co fcc bulk.

  8. Magnetic properties of sputtered Permalloy/molybdenum multilayers

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    Romera, M.; Ciudad, D.; Maicas, M.; Aroca, C.

    2011-10-15

    In this work, we report the magnetic properties of sputtered Permalloy (Py: Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20})/molybdenum (Mo) multilayer thin films. We show that it is possible to maintain a low coercivity and a high permeability in thick sputtered Py films when reducing the out-of-plane component of the anisotropy by inserting thin film spacers of a non-magnetic material like Mo. For these kind of multilayers, we have found coercivities which are close to those for single layer films with no out-of-plane anisotropy. The coercivity is also dependent on the number of layers exhibiting a minimum value when each single Py layer has a thickness close to the transition thickness between Neel and Bloch domain walls.

  9. Anisotropy in Magnetism

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    Baberschke, Klaus

    The enormous research on magnetic properties of ultrathin films and nanostructures produces also new activities in the fundamental understanding of the magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) and the anisotropy of the orbital magnetic momentapprox 0.05\\ Å. This small change in structure and symmetry increa ses the MAE by several orders of magnitude and lifts the quenching of the orbital moment. Increases of 20-30 % of the orbital moment mu _{L} are observed. This experimental finding is confirmed by full relativistic ab initio calculations. Various experiments deliver the full temperature dependence of all MAE contributions. The temperature dependence remains a challenge for the theory in itine rant magnetism.

  10. Killing vectors and anisotropy

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    Krisch, J. P.; Glass, E. N.

    2009-08-15

    We consider an action that can generate fluids with three unequal stresses for metrics with a spacelike Killing vector. The parameters in the action are directly related to the stress anisotropies. The field equations following from the action are applied to an anisotropic cosmological expansion and an extension of the Gott-Hiscock cosmic string.

  11. A refined model for characterizing x-ray multilayers

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    Oren, A.L.; Henke, B.L.

    1987-12-01

    The ability to quickly and accurately characterize arbitrary multilayers is very valuable for not only can we use the characterizations to predict the reflectivity of a multilayer for any soft x-ray wavelength, we also can generalize the results to apply to other multilayers of the same type. In addition, we can use the characterizations as a means of evaluating various sputtering environments and refining sputtering techniques to obtain better multilayers. In this report we have obtained improved characterizations for sample molybdenum-silicon and vanadium-silicon multilayers. However, we only examined five crystals overall, so the conclusions that we could draw about the structure of general multilayers is limited. Research involving many multilayers manufactured under the same sputtering conditions is clearly in order. In order to best understand multilayer structures it may be necessary to further refine our model, e.g., adopting a Gaussian form for the interface regions. With such improvements we can expect even better agreement with experimental values and continued concurrence with other characterization techniques. 18 refs., 30 figs., 7 tabs.

  12. Reflection of spin waves from a ferromagnetic multilayer with interfacial coupling of finite strength (reflection of spin waves from multilayer)

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    Gorobets, Yuri; Reshetnyak, Sergey

    2008-03-01

    The reflection coefficient of bulk spin waves from a ferromagnetic multilayer with periodically modulated parameters of the exchange interaction, the uniaxial magnetic anisotropy and the saturation magnetization (a magnonic crystal) is calculated. The dependence of the reflection coefficient upon the spin wave frequency and the values of the bias magnetic field, the parameter of interfacial coupling, and the internal structure of the unit cell are investigated.

  13. Resonant Raman spectroscopy of twisted multilayer graphene.

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    Wu, Jiang-Bin; Zhang, Xin; Ijäs, Mari; Han, Wen-Peng; Qiao, Xiao-Fen; Li, Xiao-Li; Jiang, De-Sheng; Ferrari, Andrea C; Tan, Ping-Heng

    2014-01-01

    Graphene and other two-dimensional crystals can be combined to form various hybrids and heterostructures, creating materials on demand with properties determined by the interlayer interaction. This is the case even for a single material, where multilayer stacks with different relative orientation have different optical and electronic properties. Probing and understanding the interface coupling is thus of primary importance for fundamental science and applications. Here we study twisted multilayer graphene flakes with multi-wavelength Raman spectroscopy. We find a significant intensity enhancement of the interlayer coupling modes (C peaks) due to resonance with new optically allowed electronic transitions, determined by the relative orientation of the layers. The interlayer coupling results in a Davydov splitting of the C peak in systems consisting of two equivalent graphene multilayers. This allows us to directly quantify the interlayer interaction, which is much smaller compared with Bernal-stacked interfaces. This paves the way to the use of Raman spectroscopy to uncover the interface coupling of two-dimensional hybrids and heterostructures. PMID:25382099

  14. Technique for etching monolayer and multilayer materials

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    Bouet, Nathalie C. D.; Conley, Raymond P.; Divan, Ralu; Macrander, Albert

    2015-10-06

    A process is disclosed for sectioning by etching of monolayers and multilayers using an RIE technique with fluorine-based chemistry. In one embodiment, the process uses Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) alone or in combination with Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) using fluorine-based chemistry alone and using sufficient power to provide high ion energy to increase the etching rate and to obtain deeper anisotropic etching. In a second embodiment, a process is provided for sectioning of WSi.sub.2/Si multilayers using RIE in combination with ICP using a combination of fluorine-based and chlorine-based chemistries and using RF power and ICP power. According to the second embodiment, a high level of vertical anisotropy is achieved by a ratio of three gases; namely, CHF.sub.3, Cl.sub.2, and O.sub.2 with RF and ICP. Additionally, in conjunction with the second embodiment, a passivation layer can be formed on the surface of the multilayer which aids in anisotropic profile generation.

  15. Tuning of the nucleation field in nanowires with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Kimling, Judith; Gerhardt, Theo; Kobs, Andre; Vogel, Andreas; Peter Oepen, Hans; Merkt, Ulrich; Meier, Guido; Wintz, Sebastian; Im, Mi-Young; Fischer, Peter

    2013-04-28

    We report on domain nucleation in nanowires consisting of Co/Pt multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy that are patterned by electron-beam lithography, sputter deposition, and lift-off processing. It is found that the nucleation field can be tuned by changing the geometry of the wire ends. A reduction of the nucleation field by up to 60% is achieved when the wire ends are designed as tips. This contrasts with the behavior of wires with in-plane anisotropy where the nucleation field increases when triangular-pointed ends are used. In order to clarify the origin of the reduction of the nucleation field, micromagnetic simulations are employed. The effect cannot be explained by the lateral geometrical variation but is attributable to a local reduction of the perpendicular anisotropy caused by shadowing effects due to the resist mask during sputter deposition of the multilayer.

  16. Tunnel magnetoresistance and spin torque switching in MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions with a Co/Ni multilayer electrode

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    Moriyama, Takahiro; Gudmundsen, Theodore J.; Huang, Pinshane Y.; Liu, Luqiao; Muller, David A.; Ralph, Daniel C.; Buhrman, Robert A.

    2010-08-01

    We have fabricated MgO-barrier magnetic tunnel junctions with a Co/Ni switching layer to reduce the demagnetizing field via interface anisotropy. With a fcc-(111) oriented Co/Ni multilayer combined with an FeCoB insertion layer, the demagnetizing field is 2 kOe and the tunnel magnetoresistance can be as high as 106%. Room-temperature measurements of spin-torque switching are in good agreement with predictions for a reduced critical current associated with the small demagnetization for antiparallel-to-parallel switching. For parallel-to-antiparallel switching the small demagnetization field causes spatially nonuniform reversal nucleated at the sample ends, with a low energy barrier but a higher switching current.

  17. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

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    Perry, Michael D.; Britten, Jerald A.; Nguyen, Hoang T.; Boyd, Robert; Shore, Bruce W.

    1999-01-01

    The design and fabrication of dielectric grating structures with high diffraction efficiency used in reflection or transmission is described. By forming a multilayer structure of alternating index dielectric materials and placing a grating structure on top of the multilayer, a diffraction grating of adjustable efficiency, and variable optical bandwidth can be obtained. Diffraction efficiency into the first order in reflection varying between 1 and 98 percent has been achieved by controlling the design of the multilayer and the depth, shape, and material comprising the grooves of the grating structure. Methods for fabricating these gratings without the use of ion etching techniques are described.

  18. Multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings

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    Perry, M.D.; Britten, J.A.; Nguyen, H.T.; Boyd, R.; Shore, B.W.

    1999-05-25

    The design and fabrication of dielectric grating structures with high diffraction efficiency used in reflection or transmission is described. By forming a multilayer structure of alternating index dielectric materials and placing a grating structure on top of the multilayer, a diffraction grating of adjustable efficiency, and variable optical bandwidth can be obtained. Diffraction efficiency into the first order in reflection varying between 1 and 98 percent has been achieved by controlling the design of the multilayer and the depth, shape, and material comprising the grooves of the grating structure. Methods for fabricating these gratings without the use of ion etching techniques are described. 7 figs.

  19. Emergence of noncollinear anisotropies from interfacial magnetic frustration in exchange-bias systems.

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    Jimenez, E.; Camarero, J.; Sort, J.; Nogues, J.; Mikuszeit, N.; Garcia-Martin, J. M.; Hoffmann, A.; Dieny, B.; Miranda, R.; Univ. Autonoma de Madrid; Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona; Inst. de Microelectronica de Madrid; SPINTEC

    2009-01-01

    Exchange bias, referred to the interaction between a ferromagnet (FM) and an antiferromagnet (AFM), is a fundamental interfacial magnetic phenomenon, which is key to current and future applications. The effect was discovered half a century ago, and it is well established that the spin structures at the FM/AFM interface play an essential role. However, currently, ad hoc phenomenological anisotropies are often postulated without microscopic justification or sufficient experimental evidence to address magnetization-reversal behavior in exchange-bias systems. We advance toward a detailed microscopic understanding of the magnetic anisotropies in exchange-bias FM/AFM systems by showing that symmetry-breaking anisotropies leave a distinct fingerprint in the asymmetry of the magnetization reversal and we demonstrate how these emerging anisotropies are correlated with the intrinsic anisotropy. Angular and vectorial resolved Kerr hysteresis loops from FM/AFM bilayers with varying degree of ferromagnetic anisotropy reveal a noncollinear anisotropy, which becomes important for ferromagnets with vanishing intrinsic anisotropy. Numerical simulations show that this anisotropy naturally arises from the inevitable spin frustration at an atomically rough FM/AFM interface. As a consequence, we show in detail how the differences observed for different materials during magnetization reversal can be understood in general terms as originating from the interplay between interfacial frustration and intrinsic anisotropies. This understanding will certainly open additional avenues to tailor future advanced magnetic materials.

  20. Atomic simulations of Fe/Ni multilayer nanocomposites on the radiation damage resistance

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    Chen, Feida; Tang, Xiaobin; Yang, Yahui; Huang, Hai; Liu, Jian; Li, Huan; Chen, Da

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the radiation damage resistance of the Fe/Ni multilayer nanocomposites by molecular dynamics. In the paper, two types of interface configuration with different orientation relationship were constructed. Their morphology evolution and number of final surviving defects induced by cascade collisions were discussed respectively. The interfaces of the two types of Fe/Ni multilayers kept distinct during the long-time relaxation before cascade. The comparison of surviving defects number produced by PKA with 5 keV at 100 K showed that the Fe/Ni multilayers have greater radiation tolerance than that of the bulk materials. However, the orientation relationship of the interface influences the defects self-healing capability greatly when the multilayers are irradiated by higher energy PKA or at high temperature. The radiation damage resistance of the Nishiyama - Wassermann type Fe/Ni multilayers which have larger lattice misfit is more stable than that of the Kurdjumov - Sachs type.

  1. Pinned orbital moments – A new contribution to magnetic anisotropy

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    Audehm, P.; Schmidt, M.; Brück, S.; Tietze, T.; Gräfe, J.; Macke, S.; Schütz, G.; Goering, E.

    2016-05-01

    Reduced dimensionality and symmetry breaking at interfaces lead to unusual local magnetic configurations, such as glassy behavior, frustration or increased anisotropy. The interface between a ferromagnet and an antiferromagnet is such an example for enhanced symmetry breaking. Here we present detailed X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and X-ray resonant magnetic reflectometry investigations on the spectroscopic nature of uncompensated pinned magnetic moments in the antiferromagnetic layer of a typical exchange bias system. Unexpectedly, the pinned moments exhibit nearly pure orbital moment character. This strong orbital pinning mechanism has not been observed so far and is not discussed in literature regarding any theory for local magnetocrystalline anisotropy energies in magnetic systems. To verify this new phenomenon we investigated the effect at different temperatures. We provide a simple model discussing the observed pure orbital moments, based on rotatable spin magnetic moments and pinned orbital moments on the same atom. This unexpected observation leads to a concept for a new type of anisotropy energy.

  2. Achieving perpendicular anisotropy in half-metallic Heusler alloys for spin device applications

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    Munira, Kamaram; Romero, Jonathon; Butler, William H.

    2014-05-07

    Various full Heusler alloys are interfaced with MgO and the magnetic properties of the Heusler-MgO junctions are studied. Next to MgO, the cubic Heusler system distorts to a tetragonal one, thereby inducing an anisotropy. The half-metallicity and nature of anisotropy (in-plane or perpendicular) in the Heusler-MgO system is governed mostly by the interface Heusler layers. There is a trend that Mn-O bonding near the MgO-Heusler junction results in perpendicular anisotropy. The ability to remain half-metallic and have perpendicular anisotropy makes some of these alloys potential candidates as free-layers in Spin Transfer Torque Random Access Memory (STT-RAM) devices, particularly, Cr{sub 2}MnAs-MgO system with MnAs interface layers and Co{sub 2}MnSi-MgO system with Mn{sub 2} interface layers.

  3. Microstructures and perpendicular magnetic properties of Co/Pd multilayers on various metal/MgO seed-layers

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    Kim, Sanghoon; Lee, Sangho; Kim, Joonyong; Kang, Jaeyong; Hong, Jongill

    2011-04-01

    We studied the effects of metal/MgO seeds (metal = Ta, Ru, or Pd) on the crystalline structure and perpendicular magnetic properties of Co/Pd multilayers to investigate the possibility of developing a (100) texture with sufficiently high perpendicular anisotropy and small switching field distributions for applications such as patterned media and perpendicular magnetic random access memories. The Pd/MgO or the MgO seed successfully promoted a (100) texture of Co/Pd multilayers. In particular, the Pd/MgO seed developed a strong (100) texture in the Co/Pd multilayer and resulted in perpendicular magnetic anisotropies ˜2 × 106 erg/cm3. On the other hand, the Co/Pd multilayer with the Ta/MgO or the Ru/MgO seed showed a strong (111) texture, inducing a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy higher than that of the (100) textured films. The coercive fields of Co/Pd multilayers with the (111) texture were over 4 kOe and higher than those with the (100) texture, which were ˜2 kOe when they were patterned into 2 × 2 μm2 islands. The switching field distributions of the Co/Pd multilayers with the (100) texture were smaller than those of the Co/Pd multilayers with the (111) texture. Our findings suggest that the Pd/MgO or the MgO seed can be a template suitable for device applications.

  4. Anisotropy in OLEDs

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    Callens, M. K.; Yokoyama, D.; Neyts, K.

    2015-09-01

    Small-molecule OLEDs, deposited by thermal evaporation, allow for precise control over layer thicknesses. This enables optimisation of the optical behaviour of the stack which ultimately determines the outcoupling efficiency. In terms of optical outcoupling there are limits to the efficiency by which the generated electromagnetic radiation can be extracted from the stack. These limitations are linked to the refractive indices of the individual layers. Values for maximum outcoupling efficiency are sometimes calculated under the implicit assumptions that the OLED stack is planar, that all layers are isotropic with a certain refractive index and that the emitters are not preferentially oriented. In reality it is known that these assumptions are not always valid, be it intentional or unintentional. In our work we transcend these limiting assumptions and look at different forms of anisotropy in OLEDs. Anisotropy in OLEDs comes in three distinct flavours; 1. Geometrical anisotropy, as for example in gratings, lenses or other internal or external scattering centres, 2. Anisotropic emitters, where the orientation significantly influences the direction in which radiation is emitted and 3. Anisotropic optical materials, where their anisotropic nature breaks the customary assumption of isotropic OLED materials. We investigate the effect of these anisotropic features on the outcoupling efficiency and ultimately, on the external quantum efficiency (EQE).

  5. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Ta|Co40Fe40B20|MgAl2O4 structures and perpendicular CoFeB|MgAl2O4|CoFeB magnetic tunnel junction

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    Tao, B. S.; Li, D. L.; Yuan, Z. H.; Liu, H. F.; Ali, S. S.; Feng, J. F.; Wei, H. X.; Han, X. F.; Liu, Y.; Zhao, Y. G.; Zhang, Q.; Guo, Z. B.; Zhang, X. X.

    2014-09-01

    Magnetic properties of Co40Fe40B20 (CoFeB) thin films sandwiched between Ta and MgAl2O4 layers have been systematically studied. For as-grown state, Ta/CoFeB/MgAl2O4 structures exhibit good perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) with interface anisotropy Ki = 1.22 erg/cm2, which further increases to 1.30 erg/cm2 after annealing, while MgAl2O4/CoFeB/Ta multilayer shows in-plane magnetic anisotropy and must be annealed in order to achieve PMA. For bottom CoFeB layer, the thickness window for PMA is from 0.6 to 1.0 nm, while that for top CoFeB layer is between 0.8 and 1.4 nm. Perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) with a core structure of CoFeB/MgAl2O4/CoFeB have also been fabricated and tunneling magnetoresistance ratio of about 36% at room temperature and 63% at low temperature have been obtained. The intrinsic excitations in the p-MTJs have been identified by inelastic electron-tunneling spectroscopy.

  6. Three-layer model for exchange anisotropy

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    Rezende, S. M.; Azevedo, A.; de Aguiar, F. M.; Fermin, J. R.; Egelhoff, W. F.; Parkin, S. S.

    2002-08-01

    Recent x-ray absorption measurements have indicated that the interface between the antiferromagnetic (AF) and the ferromagnetic (FM) layers in AF/FM bilayers instead of being abrupt, consists of a thin layer with uncompensated spins. Here the effect of an interfacial layer between the AF and FM layers on the ferromagnetic resonance response is investigated using a three-layer model for the exchange anisotropy. The calculated dependence of the resonance field with the azimuthal angle of the in-plane external field agrees quite well with experimental data in several samples, lending support to the existence of the uncompensated interfacial layer.

  7. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of amorphous [CoSiB/Pt]{sub N} thin films

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    Kim, T. W.; Choi, Y. H.; Lee, K. J.; Jung, M. H.; Yoon, J. B.; Cho, J. H.; You, C.-Y.

    2015-05-07

    Materials with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) have been intensively studied for high-density nonvolatile memory such as spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory with low switching current density and high thermal stability. Compared with crystalline PMA multilayers, considerable works have been done on amorphous PMA multilayers because the amorphous materials are expected to have lower pinning site density as well as smaller domain wall width. This study is an overview of the PMA properties of amorphous [CoSiB/Pt]{sub N} multilayers with varying N, where the energy contribution is changed from domain wall energy to magnetostatic energy around N = 6. By measuring the field-induced domain wall motion, we obtain the creep exponent of μ = 1/4. These results in the amorphous PMA multilayers of [CoSiB/Pt]{sub N} demonstrate possible potential as a free layer for PMA-based memory devices.

  8. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of amorphous [CoSiB/Pt]N thin films

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    Kim, T. W.; Choi, Y. H.; Lee, K. J.; Yoon, J. B.; Cho, J. H.; You, C.-Y.; Jung, M. H.

    2015-05-01

    Materials with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) have been intensively studied for high-density nonvolatile memory such as spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory with low switching current density and high thermal stability. Compared with crystalline PMA multilayers, considerable works have been done on amorphous PMA multilayers because the amorphous materials are expected to have lower pinning site density as well as smaller domain wall width. This study is an overview of the PMA properties of amorphous [CoSiB/Pt]N multilayers with varying N, where the energy contribution is changed from domain wall energy to magnetostatic energy around N = 6. By measuring the field-induced domain wall motion, we obtain the creep exponent of μ = 1/4. These results in the amorphous PMA multilayers of [CoSiB/Pt]N demonstrate possible potential as a free layer for PMA-based memory devices.

  9. Impact of orthogonal exchange coupling on magnetic anisotropy in antiferromagnetic oxides/ferromagnetic systems.

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    Kuświk, Piotr; Gastelois, Pedro Lana; Głowiński, Hubert; Przybylski, Marek; Kirschner, Jürgen

    2016-10-26

    The influence of interface exchange coupling on magnetic anisotropy in the antiferromagnetic oxide/Ni system is investigated. We show how interfacial exchange coupling can be employed not only to pin the magnetization of the ferromagnetic layer but also to support magnetic anisotropy to orient the easy magnetization axis perpendicular to the film plane. The fact that this effect is only observed below the Néel temperature of all investigated antiferromagnetic oxides with significantly different magnetocrystalline anisotropies gives evidence that antiferromagnetic ordering is a source of the additional contribution to the perpendicular effective magnetic anisotropy. PMID:27589202

  10. Multilayer injection moulding of thick-walled optical plastics parts

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    Hopmann, Ch.; Neuss, A.; Weber, M.; Walach, P.

    2014-05-01

    Optical components are often thick-walled. The cycle time of precise polymer optics with a wall thickness of more than 20 mm exceeds several minutes. The multilayer injection moulding or compression moulding lowers the cycle time and increases the quality of the moulded parts. For the production of multilayer moulded lenses the mould design plays an important role. An innovative mould concept is presented with the possiblity to produce double or triple layer lenses. To ensure the quality and the endurance of multilayer moulded optical components in their applications, the cohesion in the interface is important. Tensile shear tests show the ability of multilayer moulded parts with high cohesion values for optical applications.