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  1. Exchange bias training effect in coupled all ferromagnetic bilayer structures.

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    Binek, Ch; Polisetty, S; He, Xi; Berger, A

    2006-02-17

    Exchange coupled bilayers of soft and hard ferromagnetic thin films show remarkable analogies to conventional antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic exchange bias heterostructures. Not only do all these ferromagnetic bilayers exhibit a tunable exchange bias effect, they also show a distinct training behavior upon cycling the soft layer through consecutive hysteresis loops. In contrast with conventional exchange bias systems, such all ferromagnetic bilayer structures allow the observation of training induced changes in the bias-setting hardmagnetic layer by means of simple magnetometry. Our experiments show unambiguously that the exchange bias training effect is driven by deviations from equilibrium in the pinning layer. A comparison of our experimental data with predictions from a theory based upon triggered relaxation phenomena shows excellent agreement.

  2. Magnetic field-controlled hysteresis loop bias in orthogonal exchange-spring coupling composite magnetic films

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    Jiang, Jun; Yu, Tian; Pan, Rui; Zhang, Qin-Tong; Liu, Pan; Naganuma, Hiroshi; Oogane, Mikihiko; Ando, Yasuo; Han, Xiufeng

    2016-06-01

    The exchange bias (EB) is an effective fundamental and applicational method to realize magnetic hysteresis loop shifting. However, further manipulation of EB unidirectional anisotropy is difficult after setup using either field deposition or post-annealing. In this work, we experimentally show a new approach to control the magnetic hysteresis loop bias in a [Co(0.2)/Pd(1)]5/CoFeB orthogonal exchange-spring (ES) coupling system, where the direction and strength of unidirectional anisotropy can be easily manipulated by applying an external magnetic field.

  3. Positive exchange bias observed in Pt-inserted Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Co exchange coupled bilayers

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    Nozaki, T. Oida, M.; Ashida, T.; Shimomura, N.; Sahashi, M.; Shibata, T.

    2014-11-24

    We investigated the effect of Pt insertion on a Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Co exchange coupling system. The perpendicular exchange bias μ{sub 0}H{sub ex} decreased with increasing Pt insertion layer thickness, and we observed positive μ{sub 0}H{sub ex} for samples with relatively thick Pt insertion layers. We also examined the cooling field μ{sub 0}H{sub fc} dependence of μ{sub 0}H{sub ex} for the samples. At small μ{sub 0}H{sub fc}, all samples exhibited negative μ{sub 0}H{sub ex}. With increasing μ{sub 0}H{sub fc}, a shift of μ{sub 0}H{sub ex} from negative to positive was observed. In the past, similar behaviors were observed for FeF{sub 2}/Fe systems exhibiting positive μ{sub 0}H{sub ex}. In addition, the μ{sub 0}H{sub fc} dependence of μ{sub 0}H{sub ex} was well fitted by an equation taking into account the Zeeman energy at the surface of an antiferromagnet as well as an antiferromagnetic exchange coupling. The results strongly suggest that (1) Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} surface spin is affected by the external magnetic field and (2) the coupling at the Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Pt/Co interface is antiferromagnetic.

  4. Exchange bias and coercivity for ferromagnets coupled to the domain state and spin glass state

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    Zhan, Xiaozhi; Mao, Zhongquan; Chen, Xi

    2016-05-01

    The exchange bias (EB) effect for systems with a ferromagnetic (FM) layer coupled to bond-diluted pinning layers has been investigated by Monte Carlo simulations. Two bond dilution concentrations are chosen to obtain two kinds of pinning layers: the antiferromagnetic domain state (DS) and the spin glass (SG) state. It is found that when coupled to the more disordered SG state, the ferromagnet shows enhanced EB with higher coercivity due to larger amounts of both frozen and reversible spins at the pinning interface. Spin configurations of the FM/DS interface layer reveal that reversible spins are mostly found in domain boundaries and small domains, while most spins in large domains maintain antiferromagnetic coupling and contribute to the EB effect. The coercivity is linear to the amount of interface reversible spins, but with different slopes in the temperature ranges above or below the blocking temperature t B. This bimodal temperature-dependent coercivity indicates a sudden change in macroscopic interface coupling at the temperature t B.

  5. Exchange bias and coercivity of Ni80Fe20 layer coupled with Fe-doped Cr2O3

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    Ki, Sanghoon; Dho, Joonghoe

    2010-05-01

    We have investigated the exchange bias and the coercivity in the ferromagnet Ni80Fe20 (NiFe) layer coupled with a polycrystalline Cr2(1-x)Fe2xO3(CFO; x=0.1,0.25) layer, which is known as an antiferromagnet with spiral spin order. For x=0.1, the exchange bias HEX and the coercivity HC at 10 K were 152 and 230 Oe, respectively, but their magnitudes rapidly decreased from 10 to 50 K at the temperature range that showed a splitting between zero-field-cooling and field-cooling magnetization data for the CFO target. This implies that the CFO has an unknown magnetic transition around ˜50 K in addition to the spiral antiferromagnetic transition at ˜250 K. For x=0.25, on the other hand, the exchange bias rapidly decreased from ˜170 Oe at 10 K to zero at ˜90 K.

  6. Off-easy-plane antiferromagnetic spin canting in coupled FePt/NiO bilayer structure with perpendicular exchange bias

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    Gao, Tenghua; Itokawa, Nobuhide; Wang, Jian; Yu, Youxing; Harumoto, Takashi; Nakamura, Yoshio; Shi, Ji

    2016-08-01

    We report on the investigation of perpendicular exchange bias in FePt (001 ) /NiO (1 ¯1 ¯1 ) orthogonal exchange couple with FePt partially L 10 ordered. From initial magnetization curve measurement and magnetic domain imaging, we find that, for the as-grown bilayer structure, the FePt layer experiences a small-angle magnetization rotation when it is magnetized near to saturation in film normal direction. After field cooling, the bilayer structure shows a significant enhancement of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, indicating the field mediated coupling between the spins across the FePt/NiO interface. According to Koon's theoretical calculation on the basis of lowest energy ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic coupling configuration for compensated spins at antiferromagnetic side, we consider slightly slanted Ni spins at the interface off the (1 ¯1 ¯1 ) easy plane can stabilize the spin coupling between FePt and NiO and result in the observed exchange bias in this paper. This consideration was further confirmed by stripe domain width calculation.

  7. The role of the (111) texture on the exchange bias and interlayer coupling effects observed in sputtered NiFe/IrMn/Co trilayers

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    Castro, I. L.; Nascimento, V. P.; Passamani, E. C.; Takeuchi, A. Y.; Larica, C.; Tafur, M.; Pelegrini, F.

    2013-05-28

    Magnetic properties of sputtered NiFe/IrMn/Co trilayers grown on different seed layers (Cu or Ta) deposited on Si (100) substrates were investigated by magnetometry and ferromagnetic resonance measurements. Exchange bias effect and magnetic spring behavior have been studied by changing the IrMn thickness. As shown by X-ray diffraction, Ta and Cu seed layers provoke different degrees of (111) fcc-texture that directly affect the exchange bias and indirectly modify the exchange spring coupling behavior. Increasing the IrMn thickness, it was observed that the coupling angle between the Co and NiFe ferromagnetic layers increases for the Cu seed system, but it reduces for the Ta case. The results were explained considering (i) different anisotropies of the Co and IrMn layers induced by the different degree of the (111) texture and (ii) the distinct exchange bias set at the NiFe/IrMn and IrMn/Co interfaces in both systems. The NiFe and Co interlayer coupling angle is strongly correlated with both exchange bias and exchange magnetic spring phenomena. It was also shown that the highest exchange bias field occurs when an unstressed L1{sub 2} IrMn structure is stabilized.

  8. New Trends in Magnetic Exchange Bias

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    Mougin, Alexandra; Mangin, Stéphane; Bobo, Jean-Francois; Loidl, Alois

    2005-05-01

    The study of layered magnetic structures is one of the hottest topics in magnetism due to the growing attraction of applications in magnetic sensors and magnetic storage media, such as random access memory. For almost half a century, new discoveries have driven researchers to re-investigate magnetism in thin film structures. Phenomena such as giant magnetoresistance, tunneling magnetoresistance, exchange bias and interlayer exchange coupling led to new ideas to construct devices, based not only on semiconductors but on a variety of magnetic materials Upon cooling fine cobalt particles in a magnetic field through the Néel temperature of their outer antiferromagnetic oxide layer, Meiklejohn and Bean discovered exchange bias in 1956. The exchange bias effect through which an antiferromagnetic AF layer can cause an adjacent ferromagnetic F layer to develop a preferred direction of magnetization, is widely used in magnetoelectronics technology to pin the magnetization of a device reference layer in a desired direction. However, the origin and effects due to exchange interaction across the interface between antiferromagneic and ferromagnetic layers are still debated after about fifty years of research, due to the extreme difficulty associated with the determination of the magnetic interfacial structure in F/AF bilayers. Indeed, in an AF/F bilayer system, the AF layer acts as “the invisible man” during conventional magnetic measurements and the presence of the exchange coupling is evidenced indirectly through the unusual behavior of the adjacent F layer. Basically, the coercive field of the F layer increases in contact with the AF and, in some cases, its hysteresis loop is shifted by an amount called exchange bias field. Thus, AF/F exchange coupling generates a new source of anisotropy in the F layer. This induced anisotropy strongly depends on basic features such as the magnetocrystalline anisotropy, crystallographic and spin structures, defects, domain patterns etc

  9. Seeking to quantify the ferromagnetic-to-antiferromagnetic interface coupling resulting in exchange bias with various thin-film conformations

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    Hsiao, C. H.; Wang, S.; Ouyang, H.; Desautels, R. D.; Lierop, J. van; Lin, K. W.

    2014-08-07

    Ni{sub 3}Fe/(Ni, Fe)O thin films with bilayer and nanocrystallite dispersion morphologies are prepared with a dual ion beam deposition technique permitting precise control of nanocrystallite growth, composition, and admixtures. A bilayer morphology provides a Ni{sub 3}Fe-to-NiO interface, while the dispersion films have different mixtures of Ni{sub 3}Fe, NiO, and FeO nanocrystallites. Using detailed analyses of high resolution transmission electron microscopy images with Multislice simulations, the nanocrystallites' structures and phases are determined, and the intermixing between the Ni{sub 3}Fe, NiO, and FeO interfaces is quantified. From field-cooled hysteresis loops, the exchange bias loop shift from spin interactions at the interfaces are determined. With similar interfacial molar ratios of FM-to-AF, we find the exchange bias field essentially unchanged. However, when the interfacial ratio of FM to AF was FM rich, the exchange bias field increases. Since the FM/AF interface ‘contact’ areas in the nanocrystallite dispersion films are larger than that of the bilayer film, and the nanocrystallite dispersions exhibit larger FM-to-AF interfacial contributions to the magnetism, we attribute the changes in the exchange bias to be from increases in the interfacial segments that suffer defects (such as vacancies and bond distortions), that also affects the coercive fields.

  10. New Trends in Magnetic Exchange Bias

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    Mougin, Alexandra; Mangin, Stéphane; Bobo, Jean-Francois; Loidl, Alois

    2005-05-01

    The study of layered magnetic structures is one of the hottest topics in magnetism due to the growing attraction of applications in magnetic sensors and magnetic storage media, such as random access memory. For almost half a century, new discoveries have driven researchers to re-investigate magnetism in thin film structures. Phenomena such as giant magnetoresistance, tunneling magnetoresistance, exchange bias and interlayer exchange coupling led to new ideas to construct devices, based not only on semiconductors but on a variety of magnetic materials Upon cooling fine cobalt particles in a magnetic field through the Néel temperature of their outer antiferromagnetic oxide layer, Meiklejohn and Bean discovered exchange bias in 1956. The exchange bias effect through which an antiferromagnetic AF layer can cause an adjacent ferromagnetic F layer to develop a preferred direction of magnetization, is widely used in magnetoelectronics technology to pin the magnetization of a device reference layer in a desired direction. However, the origin and effects due to exchange interaction across the interface between antiferromagneic and ferromagnetic layers are still debated after about fifty years of research, due to the extreme difficulty associated with the determination of the magnetic interfacial structure in F/AF bilayers. Indeed, in an AF/F bilayer system, the AF layer acts as “the invisible man” during conventional magnetic measurements and the presence of the exchange coupling is evidenced indirectly through the unusual behavior of the adjacent F layer. Basically, the coercive field of the F layer increases in contact with the AF and, in some cases, its hysteresis loop is shifted by an amount called exchange bias field. Thus, AF/F exchange coupling generates a new source of anisotropy in the F layer. This induced anisotropy strongly depends on basic features such as the magnetocrystalline anisotropy, crystallographic and spin structures, defects, domain patterns etc

  11. Strong perpendicular exchange bias in epitaxial La(0.7)Sr(0.3)MnO3:BiFeO3 nanocomposite films through vertical interfacial coupling.

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    Zhang, Wenrui; Chen, Aiping; Jian, Jie; Zhu, Yuanyuan; Chen, Li; Lu, Ping; Jia, Quanxi; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Zhang, Xinghang; Wang, Haiyan

    2015-09-01

    An exchange bias effect with perpendicular anisotropy is of great interest owing to potential applications such as read heads in magnetic storage devices with high thermal stability and reduced dimensions. Here we report a novel approach for achieving perpendicular exchange bias by orienting the ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic coupling in the vertical geometry through a unique vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN) design. Our results demonstrate robust perpendicular exchange bias phenomena in micrometer-thick films employing a prototype material system of antiferromagnetic BiFeO3 and ferromagnetic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3. The unique response of exchange bias to a perpendicular magnetic field reveals the existence of exchange coupling along their vertical heterointerfaces, which exhibits a strong dependence on their strain states. This VAN approach enables a large selection of material systems for achieving perpendicular exchange bias, which could lead to advanced spintronic devices.

  12. HAMR media based on exchange bias

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    Elphick, K.; Vallejo-Fernandez, G.; Klemmer, T. J.; Thiele, J.-U.; O'Grady, K.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we describe an alternative strategy for the development of heat assisted magnetic recording media. In our approach, the need for a storage material with a temperature dependent anisotropy and to provide a read out signal is separated so that each function can be optimised independently. This is achieved by the use of an exchange bias structure where a conventional CoCrPt-SiO2 recording layer is exchange biased to an underlayer of IrMn such that heating and cooling in the exchange field from the recording layer results in a shifted loop. This strategy requires the reorientation of the IrMn layer to allow coupling to the recording layer. This has been achieved by the use of an ultrathin (0.8 nm) layer of Co deposited beneath the IrMn layer. In this system, the information is in effect stored in the antiferromagnetic layer, and hence, there is no demagnetising field generated by the stored bits. A loop shift of 688 Oe has been achieved where both values of coercivity lie to one side of the origin and the information cannot be erased by a magnetic field.

  13. Exchange bias effect in alloys and compounds.

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    Giri, S; Patra, M; Majumdar, S

    2011-02-23

    The phenomenology of exchange bias effects observed in structurally single-phase alloys and compounds but composed of a variety of coexisting magnetic phases such as ferromagnetic, antiferromagnetic, ferrimagnetic, spin-glass, cluster-glass and disordered magnetic states are reviewed. The investigations on exchange bias effects are discussed in diverse types of alloys and compounds where qualitative and quantitative aspects of magnetism are focused based on macroscopic experimental tools such as magnetization and magnetoresistance measurements. Here, we focus on improvement of fundamental issues of the exchange bias effects rather than on their technological importance.

  14. A CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction coupled to an in-plane exchange-biased magnetic layer

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    Zhu, M. Chong, H.; Vu, Q. B.; Vo, T.; Brooks, R.; Stamper, H.; Bennett, S.; Piccirillo, J.

    2015-05-25

    We report a stack structure which utilizes an in-plane exchange-biased magnetic layer to influence the coercivity of the bottom CoFeB layer in a CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction. By employing a thickness wedge deposition technique, we were able to study various aspects of this stack using vibrating sample magnetometer including: (1) the coupling between two CoFeB layers as a function of MgO thickness; and (2) the coupling between the bottom CoFeB and the in-plane magnetic layer as a function of Ta spacer thickness. Furthermore, modification of the bottom CoFeB coercivity allows one to measure tunneling magnetoresistance and resistance-area product (RA) of CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB in this pseudo-spin-valve format using current-in-plane-tunneling technique, without resorting to (Co/Pt){sub n} or (Co/Pd){sub n} multilayer pinning.

  15. A CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction coupled to an in-plane exchange-biased magnetic layer

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    Zhu, M.; Chong, H.; Vu, Q. B.; Vo, T.; Brooks, R.; Stamper, H.; Bennett, S.; Piccirillo, J.

    2015-05-01

    We report a stack structure which utilizes an in-plane exchange-biased magnetic layer to influence the coercivity of the bottom CoFeB layer in a CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction. By employing a thickness wedge deposition technique, we were able to study various aspects of this stack using vibrating sample magnetometer including: (1) the coupling between two CoFeB layers as a function of MgO thickness; and (2) the coupling between the bottom CoFeB and the in-plane magnetic layer as a function of Ta spacer thickness. Furthermore, modification of the bottom CoFeB coercivity allows one to measure tunneling magnetoresistance and resistance-area product (RA) of CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB in this pseudo-spin-valve format using current-in-plane-tunneling technique, without resorting to (Co/Pt)n or (Co/Pd)n multilayer pinning.

  16. Tailoring the magnetization reversal of elliptical dots using exchange bias.

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    Sort, J.; Buchanan, K. S.; Pearson, J. E.; Hoffmann, A.; Menendez, E.; Salazar-Alvarez, G.; Baro, M. D.; Miron, M.; Rodamcq, B.; Dieny, B.; ICREA; Univ. Autonoma of Barcelona; Insti. Catala de Nanotecnologia; SPINTEC

    2008-01-01

    Exchange bias effects have been studied in elliptical dots composed of ferromagnetic Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20}-antiferromagnetic Ir{sub 20}Mn{sub 80} bilayers. The magnetization reversal mechanisms and magnetic configurations have been investigated by magneto-optic Kerr effect and magnetic force microscopy. Although the obtained bias fields in these dots are relatively small, the magnetization reversal is found to be influenced by the ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic coupling. Namely, for some off-axis angles of measurement, the magnetization reversal mechanism of the Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20}-Ir{sub 20}Mn{sub 80} ellipses depends on whether exchange bias is induced along the minor or major axis of the ellipses. Hence, exchange bias is shown to be an effective means for tailoring the magnetization reversal of elliptical dots after sample fabrication.

  17. Griffiths phase, spin-phonon coupling, and exchange bias effect in double perovskite Pr{sub 2}CoMnO{sub 6}

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    Liu, Wenjie; Shi, Lei Zhou, Shiming; Zhao, Jiyin; Li, Yang; Guo, Yuqiao

    2014-11-21

    The ceramic Pr{sub 2}CoMnO{sub 6} of double perovskite structure is prepared by a solid-state reaction and the magnetic properties, phonon behaviors are studied in detail. Two ferromagnetic transitions at T{sub C1} ∼ 172 K and T{sub C2} ∼ 140 K are observed in the temperature-dependent magnetization curves, respectively. Furthermore, a detail analysis on the magnetic susceptibility reveals that a short-range ferromagnetic clustered state exists above T{sub C1}, which can be well described as the Griffiths phase with a well-defined Griffiths temperature T{sub G} ∼ 210 K. The presence of the B-site antisite defects is considered to contribute to the observed Griffiths singularity. Temperature-dependent Raman scattering experiment reveals an obvious softening of the phonon mode involving stretching vibrations of the (Co/Mn)O{sub 6} octahedra in FM temperature regions, indicating a close correlation between magnetism and lattice in Pr{sub 2}CoMnO{sub 6}. On the other hand, it is found that the phonon softening extends up to T{sub G}, which further confirms the preformation of the short-range ferromagnetic clusters up to T{sub G}. Moreover, the field-cooling magnetic hysteresis loop reveals that exchange bias phenomena is present, which is supposed to origin from the exchange coupling between Co/Mn ordered ferromagnetic phases with antiferromagnetic antiphase boundaries caused by the partially Co/Mn antisite disorders. These findings give a systematic understanding on the magnetic interaction in Pr{sub 2}CoMnO{sub 6} which is closely related to the lattice and atomic distribution, and add special interest for application of this material.

  18. Exchange bias in Fe/Cr double superlattices.

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    Jiang, J. S.; Felcher, G. P.; Inomata, A.; Goyette, R.; Nelson, C.; Bader, S. D.

    1999-11-30

    Utilizing the oscillatory interlayer exchange coupling in Fe/Cr superlattices, we have constructed ''double superlattice'' structures where a ferromagnetic (F) and an antiferromagnetic (AF) Fe/Cr superlattice are coupled through a Cr spacer. The minor hysteresis loops in the magnetization are shifted from zero field, i.e., the F superlattice is exchange biased by the AF one. The double superlattices are sputter-deposited with (211) epitaxy and possess uniaxial in-plane magnetic anisotropy. The magnitude of the bias field is satisfactorily described by the classic formula for collinear spin structures. The coherent structure and insensitivity to atomic-scale roughness makes it possible to determine the spin distribution by polarized neutron reflectivity, which confirms that the spin structure is collinear. The magnetic reversal behavior of the double superlattices suggests that a realistic model of exchange bias needs to address the process of nucleating local reverse domains.

  19. Dynamic enhancement of the exchange bias training effect

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    Sahoo, Sarbeswar; Berger, Andreas; Polisetty, Srinivas; Binek, Christian

    2007-03-01

    Exchange bias in coupled magnetic films and its accompanying training effect are fundamental interface phenomena which impact spintronic applications. Training is referred to as a gradual change of the bias field, which evolves upon cycling the soft layer through consecutive hysteresis loops. We report on its dynamic enhancement in exchange coupled bilayers of soft and hard ferromagnetic materials. Dynamic effects are induced with increasing sweep rate of the applied magnetic field from quasi-static to the fully dynamic range. A dynamically generalized theory based on triggered and partially truncated relaxation is in excellent agreement with the data. Remarkable universality of our theoretical approach is evidenced when applying the approach to the dynamic training effect of a conventional exchange bias system involving an antiferromagnetic pinning layer.

  20. Magnetization reversal in exchange biased nanocap arrays

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

    2007-05-01

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

  1. Pseudo exchange bias due to rotational anisotropy

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    Ehrmann, A.; Komraus, S.; Blachowicz, T.; Domino, K.; Nees, M. K.; Jakobs, P. J.; Leiste, H.; Mathes, M.; Schaarschmidt, M.

    2016-08-01

    Ferromagnetic nanostructure arrays with particle dimensions between 160 nm and 400 nm were created by electron-beam lithography. The permalloy structures consist of rectangular-shaped walls around a square open space. While measuring their magnetic properties using the Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect (MOKE), in some angular regions an exchange bias (EB) seemed to appear. This paper gives an overview of possible reasons for this "pseudo exchange bias" and shows experimentally and by means of micromagnetic simulations that this effect can be attributed to unintentionally measuring minor loops.

  2. Magnetic stability in exchange-spring and exchange bias systems after multiple switching cycles.

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    Jiang, J. S.; Inomata, A.; You, C.-Y.; Pearson, J. E.; Bader, S. D.

    2001-06-01

    We have studied the magnetic stability in exchange bias and exchange spring systems prepared via epitaxial sputter deposition. The two interfacial exchange coupled systems, Fe/Cr(211) double superlattices consisting of a ferromagnetic and an antiferromagnetic Fe/Cr superlattice that are exchange coupled through a Cr spacer, and Sin-Co/Fe exchange-spring bilayer structures with ferromagnetically coupled hard Sin-Co layer and soft Fe layer, were epitaxially grown on suitably prepared Cr buffer layers to give rise to different microstructure and magnetic anisotropy. The magnetic stability was investigated using the magneto-optic Kerr effect during repeated reversal of the soft layer magnetization by field cycling up to 10{sup 7} times. For uniaxial Fe/Cr exchange biased double superlattices and exchange spring bilayers with uniaxial Sin-Co, small but rapid initial decay in the exchange bias field HE and in the remanent magnetization is observed. However, the exchange spring bilayers with biaxial and random in-plane anisotropy in the Sin-Co layer shows gradual decay in H{sub E} and without large reduction of the magnetization. The different decay behaviors are attributed to the different microstructure and spin configuration of the pinning layers.

  3. Control of quantum magnets by atomic exchange bias.

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    Yan, Shichao; Choi, Deung-Jang; Burgess, Jacob A J; Rolf-Pissarczyk, Steffen; Loth, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    Mixing of discretized states in quantum magnets has a radical impact on their properties. Managing this effect is key for spintronics in the quantum limit. Magnetic fields can modify state mixing and, for example, mitigate destabilizing effects in single-molecule magnets. The exchange bias field has been proposed as a mechanism for localized control of individual nanomagnets. Here, we demonstrate that exchange coupling with the magnetic tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope provides continuous tuning of spin state mixing in an individual nanomagnet. By directly measuring spin relaxation time with electronic pump-probe spectroscopy, we find that the exchange interaction acts analogously to a local magnetic field that can be applied to a specific atom. It can be tuned in strength by up to several tesla and cancel external magnetic fields, thereby demonstrating the feasibility of complete control over individual quantum magnets with atomically localized exchange coupling.

  4. Growth of oxide exchange bias layers

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    Chaiken, A.; Michel, R.P.

    1998-07-21

    An oxide (NiO, CoO, NiCoO) antiferromagnetic exchange bias layer produced by ion beam sputtering of an oxide target in pure argon (Ar) sputtering gas, with no oxygen gas introduced into the system. Antiferromagnetic oxide layers are used, for example, in magnetoresistive readback heads to shift the hysteresis loops of ferromagnetic films away from the zero field axis. For example, NiO exchange bias layers have been fabricated using ion beam sputtering of an NiO target using Ar ions, with the substrate temperature at 200 C, the ion beam voltage at 1000V and the beam current at 20 mA, with a deposition rate of about 0.2 {angstrom}/sec. The resulting NiO film was amorphous. 4 figs.

  5. 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.

  6. Magnetic stability of novel exchange coupled systems

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    Inomata, A.; Jiang, J. S.; You, C.-Y.; Pearson, J. E.; Bader, S. D.

    1999-11-08

    The magnetic stability of two different interracial exchange coupled systems are investigated using the magneto-optic Kerr effect during repeated reversal of the soft layer magnetization by field cycling up to 10{sup 7} times. For Fe/Cr double-superlattice exchange biased systems, small but rapid initial decay of exchange bias field H{sub E} and the remanent magnetization is observed. Also the Sin-Co/Fe bilayers grown epitaxially with uniaxial in-plane anisotropy show similar decay. However, the H{sub E} of biaxial and random in-plane bilayers, shows gradual decay without large reduction of the magnetization. These different decay behaviors explained by their different microstructure and interracial spin configurations.

  7. Experimental comparison of exchange bias measurement methodologies

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    Hovorka, Ondrej; Berger, Andreas; Friedman, Gary

    2007-05-01

    Measurements performed on all-ferromagnetic bilayer systems and supported by model calculation results are used to compare different exchange bias characterization methods. We demonstrate that the accuracy of the conventional two-point technique based on measuring the sum of the coercive fields depends on the symmetry properties of hysteresis loops. On the other hand, the recently proposed center of mass method yields results independent of the hysteresis loop type and coincides with the two-point measurement only if the loops are symmetric. Our experimental and simulation results clearly demonstrate a strong correlation between loop asymmetry and the difference between these methods.

  8. Growth of oxide exchange bias layers

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    Chaiken, Alison; Michel, Richard P.

    1998-01-01

    An oxide (NiO, CoO, NiCoO) antiferromagnetic exchange bias layer produced by ion beam sputtering of an oxide target in pure argon (Ar) sputtering gas, with no oxygen gas introduced into the system. Antiferromagnetic oxide layers are used, for example, in magnetoresistive readback heads to shift the hysteresis loops of ferromagnetic films away from the zero field axis. For example, NiO exchange bia layers have been fabricated using ion beam sputtering of an NiO target using Ar ions, with the substrate temperature at 200.degree. C., the ion beam voltage at 1000V and the beam current at 20 mA, with a deposition rate of about 0.2 .ANG./sec. The resulting NiO film was amorphous.

  9. Antiferromagnetic exchange bias of a ferromagnetic semiconductor by a ferromagnetic metal

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    Olejnik, K.; Wadley, P.; Haigh, J.; Edmonds, K. W.; Campion, R. P.; Rushforth, A. W.; Gallagher, B. L.; Foxon, C. T.; Jungwirth, T.; Wunderlich, J.; Dhesi, S. S.; Cavill, S.; van der Laan, G.; Arenholz, E.

    2009-11-05

    We demonstrate an exchange bias in (Ga,Mn)As induced by antiferromagnetic coupling to a thin overlayer of Fe. Bias fields of up to 240 Oe are observed. Using element-specific x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements, we distinguish an interface layer that is strongly pinned antiferromagnetically to the Fe. The interface layer remains polarized at room temperature.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  11. Controllable positive exchange bias via redox-driven oxygen migration.

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    Gilbert, Dustin A; Olamit, Justin; Dumas, Randy K; Kirby, B J; Grutter, Alexander J; Maranville, Brian B; Arenholz, Elke; Borchers, Julie A; Liu, Kai

    2016-01-01

    Ionic transport in metal/oxide heterostructures offers a highly effective means to tailor material properties via modification of the interfacial characteristics. However, direct observation of ionic motion under buried interfaces and demonstration of its correlation with physical properties has been challenging. Using the strong oxygen affinity of gadolinium, we design a model system of GdxFe1-x/NiCoO bilayer films, where the oxygen migration is observed and manifested in a controlled positive exchange bias over a relatively small cooling field range. The exchange bias characteristics are shown to be the result of an interfacial layer of elemental nickel and cobalt, a few nanometres in thickness, whose moments are larger than expected from uncompensated NiCoO moments. This interface layer is attributed to a redox-driven oxygen migration from NiCoO to the gadolinium, during growth or soon after. These results demonstrate an effective path to tailoring the interfacial characteristics and interlayer exchange coupling in metal/oxide heterostructures. PMID:26996674

  12. Controllable positive exchange bias via redox-driven oxygen migration

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    Gilbert, Dustin A.; Olamit, Justin; Dumas, Randy K.; Kirby, B. J.; Grutter, Alexander J.; Maranville, Brian B.; Arenholz, Elke; Borchers, Julie A.; Liu, Kai

    2016-03-21

    We report that ionic transport in metal/oxide heterostructures offers a highly effective means to tailor material properties via modification of the interfacial characteristics. However, direct observation of ionic motion under buried interfaces and demonstration of its correlation with physical properties has been challenging. Using the strong oxygen affinity of gadolinium, we design a model system of GdxFe1-x/NiCoO bilayer films, where the oxygen migration is observed and manifested in a controlled positive exchange bias over a relatively small cooling field range. The exchange bias characteristics are shown to be the result of an interfacial layer of elemental nickel and cobalt, amore » few nanometres in thickness, whose moments are larger than expected from uncompensated NiCoO moments. This interface layer is attributed to a redox-driven oxygen migration from NiCoO to the gadolinium, during growth or soon after. Ultimately, these results demonstrate an effective path to tailoring the interfacial characteristics and interlayer exchange coupling in metal/oxide heterostructures.« less

  13. Controllable positive exchange bias via redox-driven oxygen migration

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    Gilbert, Dustin A.; Olamit, Justin; Dumas, Randy K.; Kirby, B. J.; Grutter, Alexander J.; Maranville, Brian B.; Arenholz, Elke; Borchers, Julie A.; Liu, Kai

    2016-03-01

    Ionic transport in metal/oxide heterostructures offers a highly effective means to tailor material properties via modification of the interfacial characteristics. However, direct observation of ionic motion under buried interfaces and demonstration of its correlation with physical properties has been challenging. Using the strong oxygen affinity of gadolinium, we design a model system of GdxFe1-x/NiCoO bilayer films, where the oxygen migration is observed and manifested in a controlled positive exchange bias over a relatively small cooling field range. The exchange bias characteristics are shown to be the result of an interfacial layer of elemental nickel and cobalt, a few nanometres in thickness, whose moments are larger than expected from uncompensated NiCoO moments. This interface layer is attributed to a redox-driven oxygen migration from NiCoO to the gadolinium, during growth or soon after. These results demonstrate an effective path to tailoring the interfacial characteristics and interlayer exchange coupling in metal/oxide heterostructures.

  14. Controllable positive exchange bias via redox-driven oxygen migration.

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    Gilbert, Dustin A; Olamit, Justin; Dumas, Randy K; Kirby, B J; Grutter, Alexander J; Maranville, Brian B; Arenholz, Elke; Borchers, Julie A; Liu, Kai

    2016-01-01

    Ionic transport in metal/oxide heterostructures offers a highly effective means to tailor material properties via modification of the interfacial characteristics. However, direct observation of ionic motion under buried interfaces and demonstration of its correlation with physical properties has been challenging. Using the strong oxygen affinity of gadolinium, we design a model system of GdxFe1-x/NiCoO bilayer films, where the oxygen migration is observed and manifested in a controlled positive exchange bias over a relatively small cooling field range. The exchange bias characteristics are shown to be the result of an interfacial layer of elemental nickel and cobalt, a few nanometres in thickness, whose moments are larger than expected from uncompensated NiCoO moments. This interface layer is attributed to a redox-driven oxygen migration from NiCoO to the gadolinium, during growth or soon after. These results demonstrate an effective path to tailoring the interfacial characteristics and interlayer exchange coupling in metal/oxide heterostructures.

  15. Controllable positive exchange bias via redox-driven oxygen migration

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    Gilbert, Dustin A.; Olamit, Justin; Dumas, Randy K.; Kirby, B. J.; Grutter, Alexander J.; Maranville, Brian B.; Arenholz, Elke; Borchers, Julie A.; Liu, Kai

    2016-01-01

    Ionic transport in metal/oxide heterostructures offers a highly effective means to tailor material properties via modification of the interfacial characteristics. However, direct observation of ionic motion under buried interfaces and demonstration of its correlation with physical properties has been challenging. Using the strong oxygen affinity of gadolinium, we design a model system of GdxFe1−x/NiCoO bilayer films, where the oxygen migration is observed and manifested in a controlled positive exchange bias over a relatively small cooling field range. The exchange bias characteristics are shown to be the result of an interfacial layer of elemental nickel and cobalt, a few nanometres in thickness, whose moments are larger than expected from uncompensated NiCoO moments. This interface layer is attributed to a redox-driven oxygen migration from NiCoO to the gadolinium, during growth or soon after. These results demonstrate an effective path to tailoring the interfacial characteristics and interlayer exchange coupling in metal/oxide heterostructures. PMID:26996674

  16. Micromagnetic modeling of overlaid exchange-biased giant magnetoresistance head

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    Zheng, Yuankai; You, Dan; Wu, Yihong

    2002-05-01

    Overlaid exchange-biased structures for giant magnetoresistance head have been proposed and investigated. A home-developed three-dimensional micromagnetic modeling tool has been used to simulate synthetic antiferromagnetic spin valves of this type of biased structure with dimensions of 100 nm in width and 80 nm in height. Simulation results showed that, with a properly chosen antiferromagnetic material and structure, the exchange-biasing field could be made sufficient to suppress the noise without severely reducing the sensitivity. The sensitivity of overlaid exchange-biased spin valves is 1.73 times that of the abutted hard biased ones. Microtrack profiles showed that side reading effect could be suppressed effectively with an effective exchange-biasing field over 600 Oe.

  17. Robust isothermal electric control of exchange bias at room temperature

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    He, X.; Vescovo, E.; Wang, Y.; Caruso, A.N.; Belashchenko, K.D.; Dowben, P.A.; Binek, C.

    2010-06-20

    Voltage-controlled spin electronics is crucial for continued progress in information technology. It aims at reduced power consumption, increased integration density and enhanced functionality where non-volatile memory is combined with high-speed logical processing. Promising spintronic device concepts use the electric control of interface and surface magnetization. From the combination of magnetometry, spin-polarized photoemission spectroscopy, symmetry arguments and first-principles calculations, we show that the (0001) surface of magnetoelectric Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} has a roughness-insensitive, electrically switchable magnetization. Using a ferromagnetic Pd/Co multilayer deposited on the (0001) surface of a Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} single crystal, we achieve reversible, room-temperature isothermal switching of the exchange-bias field between positive and negative values by reversing the electric field while maintaining a permanent magnetic field. This effect reflects the switching of the bulk antiferromagnetic domain state and the interface magnetization coupled to it. The switchable exchange bias sets in exactly at the bulk Neel temperature.

  18. Robust isothermal electric control of exchange bias at room temperature.

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    He, Xi; Wang, Yi; Wu, Ning; Caruso, Anthony N; Vescovo, Elio; Belashchenko, Kirill D; Dowben, Peter A; Binek, Christian

    2010-07-01

    Voltage-controlled spin electronics is crucial for continued progress in information technology. It aims at reduced power consumption, increased integration density and enhanced functionality where non-volatile memory is combined with high-speed logical processing. Promising spintronic device concepts use the electric control of interface and surface magnetization. From the combination of magnetometry, spin-polarized photoemission spectroscopy, symmetry arguments and first-principles calculations, we show that the (0001) surface of magnetoelectric Cr(2)O(3) has a roughness-insensitive, electrically switchable magnetization. Using a ferromagnetic Pd/Co multilayer deposited on the (0001) surface of a Cr(2)O(3) single crystal, we achieve reversible, room-temperature isothermal switching of the exchange-bias field between positive and negative values by reversing the electric field while maintaining a permanent magnetic field. This effect reflects the switching of the bulk antiferromagnetic domain state and the interface magnetization coupled to it. The switchable exchange bias sets in exactly at the bulk Néel temperature.

  19. Exchange bias training relaxation in spin glass/ferromagnet bilayers

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    Chi, Xiaodan; Rui, Wenbin; Du, Jun; Zhou, Shiming; Du, An; Hu, Yong

    2016-04-01

    A canonical spin glass (SG) FeAu layer is fabricated to couple to a soft ferromagnet (FM) FeNi layer. Below the SG freezing temperature, exchange bias (EB) and training are observed. Training in SG/FM bilayers is insensitive to cooling field and may suppress the EB or change the sign of the EB field from negative to positive at specific temperatures, violating from the simple power-law or the single exponential function derived from the antiferromagnet based systems. In view of the SG nature, we employ a double decay model to distinguish the contributions from the SG bulk and the SG/FM interface to training. Dynamical properties during training under different cooling fields and at different temperatures are discussed, and the nonzero shifting coefficient in the time index as a signature of slowing-down decay for SG based systems is interpreted by means of a modified Monte Carlo Metropolis algorithm.

  20. Sign change of exchange bias in [Pt/Co]{sub 3}/IrMn multilayer

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    Yoon, Seungha; Kwon, Joonhyun; Cho, B. K.

    2014-05-07

    The properties of exchange bias in a multilayer of [Pt(1.0 nm)/Co(1.0 nm)]{sub 2}/Pt(t{sub Pt} nm)/Co(1.0 nm)/ IrMn(12.0 nm) were investigated with a variation of Pt layer thickness, t{sub Pt}. For t{sub Pt} ≤ 1.6 nm, it was typically observed that Co layers were ferromagnetically coupled while IrMn layer exhibited negative exchange bias. With increasing Pt thickness, antiferromagnetic (AF) interlayer coupling strength increased and caused AF spin configuration between the Co layers. With further increasing of Pt thickness (t{sub Pt} = 2.5 nm), the exchange bias between Co and IrMn layers was changed from negative to positive. Therefore, a large enhancement of AF interlayer coupling induced the sign change of exchange bias from negative to positive and resulted in a drastic change of switching behavior in a magnetization reversal. Both extraordinary Hall-effect and magnetoresistance were measured to verify the exchange bias direction and spin configurations upon magnetization reversal.

  1. Crystal Structure Manipulation of the Exchange Bias in an Antiferromagnetic Film

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    Yuan, Wei; Su, Tang; Song, Qi; Xing, Wenyu; Chen, Yangyang; Wang, Tianyu; Zhang, Zhangyuan; Ma, Xiumei; Gao, Peng; Shi, Jing; Han, Wei

    2016-01-01

    Exchange bias is one of the most extensively studied phenomena in magnetism, since it exerts a unidirectional anisotropy to a ferromagnet (FM) when coupled to an antiferromagnet (AFM) and the control of the exchange bias is therefore very important for technological applications, such as magnetic random access memory and giant magnetoresistance sensors. In this letter, we report the crystal structure manipulation of the exchange bias in epitaxial hcp Cr2O3 films. By epitaxially growing twined oriented Cr2O3 thin films, of which the c axis and spins of the Cr atoms lie in the film plane, we demonstrate that the exchange bias between Cr2O3 and an adjacent permalloy layer is tuned to in-plane from out-of-plane that has been observed in oriented Cr2O3 films. This is owing to the collinear exchange coupling between the spins of the Cr atoms and the adjacent FM layer. Such a highly anisotropic exchange bias phenomenon is not possible in polycrystalline films. PMID:27329336

  2. Crystal Structure Manipulation of the Exchange Bias in an Antiferromagnetic Film

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    Yuan, Wei; Su, Tang; Song, Qi; Xing, Wenyu; Chen, Yangyang; Wang, Tianyu; Zhang, Zhangyuan; Ma, Xiumei; Gao, Peng; Shi, Jing; Han, Wei

    2016-06-01

    Exchange bias is one of the most extensively studied phenomena in magnetism, since it exerts a unidirectional anisotropy to a ferromagnet (FM) when coupled to an antiferromagnet (AFM) and the control of the exchange bias is therefore very important for technological applications, such as magnetic random access memory and giant magnetoresistance sensors. In this letter, we report the crystal structure manipulation of the exchange bias in epitaxial hcp Cr2O3 films. By epitaxially growing twined oriented Cr2O3 thin films, of which the c axis and spins of the Cr atoms lie in the film plane, we demonstrate that the exchange bias between Cr2O3 and an adjacent permalloy layer is tuned to in-plane from out-of-plane that has been observed in oriented Cr2O3 films. This is owing to the collinear exchange coupling between the spins of the Cr atoms and the adjacent FM layer. Such a highly anisotropic exchange bias phenomenon is not possible in polycrystalline films.

  3. Exchange bias in zinc ferrite-FeNiMoB based metallic glass composite thin films

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    R, Lisha; P, Geetha; B, Aravind P.; Anantharaman, M. R.; T, Hysen; Ojha, S.; Avasthi, D. K.; Ramanujan, R. V.

    2015-06-24

    The Exchange bias phenomenon and methods to manipulate the bias field in a controlled manner are thrust areas in magnetism due to its sophisticated theoretical concepts as well as advanced technological utility in the field of spintronics. The Exchange bias effect is observed as a result of ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic (FM-AFM) exchange interaction, usually observed as a loop shift on field cooling below the Neel temperature of AFM. In the present study, we have chosen zinc ferrite which is a well known antiferromagnet, and FeNiMoB based metallic glass as the ferromagnet. The films were prepared by RF sputtering technique. The thickness and composition was obtained by RBS. The magnetic studies using SQUID VSM indicate exchange bias effect in the system. The effect of thermal annealing on exchange bias effect was studied. The observed exchange bias in the zinc ferrite-FeNiMoB system is not due to FM-AFM coupling but due to spin glass-ferromagnetic interaction.

  4. Exchange bias in zinc ferrite-FeNiMoB based metallic glass composite thin films

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    R, Lisha; T, Hysen; P, Geetha; B, Aravind P.; Ojha, S.; Avasthi, D. K.; Ramanujan, R. V.; Anantharaman, M. R.

    2015-06-01

    The Exchange bias phenomenon and methods to manipulate the bias field in a controlled manner are thrust areas in magnetism due to its sophisticated theoretical concepts as well as advanced technological utility in the field of spintronics. The Exchange bias effect is observed as a result of ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic (FM-AFM) exchange interaction, usually observed as a loop shift on field cooling below the Neel temperature of AFM. In the present study, we have chosen zinc ferrite which is a well known antiferromagnet, and FeNiMoB based metallic glass as the ferromagnet. The films were prepared by RF sputtering technique. The thickness and composition was obtained by RBS. The magnetic studies using SQUID VSM indicate exchange bias effect in the system. The effect of thermal annealing on exchange bias effect was studied. The observed exchange bias in the zinc ferrite-FeNiMoB system is not due to FM-AFM coupling but due to spin glass-ferromagnetic interaction.

  5. Evidence of exchange bias effect originating from the interaction between antiferromagnetic core and spin glass shell

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    Zhang, X. K. Yuan, J. J.; Yu, H. J.; Zhu, X. R.; Xie, Y. M.; Tang, S. L.; Xu, L. Q.

    2014-07-14

    Spin glass behavior and exchange bias effect have been observed in antiferromagnetic SrMn{sub 3}O{sub 6−x} nanoribbons synthesized via a self-sacrificing template process. The magnetic field dependence of thermoremanent magnetization and isothermal remanent magnetization shows that the sample is good correspondence to spin glass and diluted antiferromagnetic system for the applied field H < 2 T and H > 2 T, respectively. By detailed analysis of training effect using Binek's model, we argue that the observed exchange bias effect in SrMn{sub 3}O{sub 6−x} nanoribbons arises entirely from an interface exchange coupling between the antiferromagnetic core and spin glass shell. The present study is useful for understanding the nature of shell layer and the origin of exchange bias effect in other antiferromagnetic nanosystems as well.

  6. Setting temperature effect in polycrystalline exchange-biased IrMn/CoFe bilayers

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    Fernandez-Outon, L. E.; Araujo Filho, M. S.; Araujo, R. E.; Ardisson, J. D.; Macedo, W. A. A.

    2013-05-07

    We study the effect of atomic interdiffusion on the exchange bias of polycrystalline IrMn/({sup 57}Fe + CoFe) multilayers due to the thermal setting process of exchange coupling during field annealing. Depth-resolved {sup 57}Fe conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy was used to quantify atomic interdiffusion. Vibrating sample magnetometry was used to monitor the variation of exchange bias and magnetisation. It was found that interface sharpness is only affected above {approx}350 Degree-Sign C. Three different stages for the setting of exchange bias can be inferred from our results. At the lower setting temperatures (up to 350 Degree-Sign C), the effect of field annealing involves alignment of spins and interfacial coupling due to the setting of both antiferromagnetic (AF) bulk and interface without significant interdiffusion. At a second stage (350-450 Degree-Sign C), where AF ordering dominates over diffusion effects, atomic migration and increased setting of AF spins co-exist to produce a peak in exchange bias field and coercivity. On a third stage (>450 Degree-Sign C), severe chemical intermixing reduces significantly the F/AF coupling.

  7. Ferromagnetic behavior and exchange bias effect in akaganeite nanorods

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    Tadic, Marin; Milosevic, Irena; Motte, Laurence; Kralj, Slavko; Saboungi, Marie-Louise

    2015-05-04

    We report ferromagnetic-like properties and exchange bias effect in akaganeite (β-FeOOH) nanorods. They exhibit a Néel temperature T{sub N} = 259 K and ferromagnetic-like hysteresis behavior both below and above T{sub N}. An exchange bias effect is observed below T{sub N} and represents an interesting behavior for akaganeite nanorods. These results are explained on the basis of a core-shell structure in which the core has bulk akaganeite magnetic properties (i.e., antiferromagnetic ordering) while the shell exhibits a disordered spin state. Thus, the nanorods show ferromagnetic properties and an exchange bias effect at the same time, increasing their potential for use in practical applications.

  8. Electric-field control of exchange bias in multiferroic epitaxial heterostructures.

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    Laukhin, V; Skumryev, V; Martí, X; Hrabovsky, D; Sánchez, F; García-Cuenca, M V; Ferrater, C; Varela, M; Lüders, U; Bobo, J F; Fontcuberta, J

    2006-12-01

    The magnetic exchange between epitaxial thin films of the multiferroic (antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric) hexagonal YMnO3 oxide and a soft ferromagnetic (FM) layer is used to couple the magnetic response of the FM layer to the magnetic state of the antiferromagnetic one. We will show that biasing the ferroelectric YMnO3 layer by an electric field allows control of the magnetic exchange bias and subsequently the magnetotransport properties of the FM layer. This finding may contribute to paving the way towards a new generation of electric-field controlled spintronic devices.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  10. Domain-size-dependent exchange bias in Co/LaFeO3

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    Scholl, A.; Nolting, F.; Seo, J.W.; Ohldag, H.; Stohr, J.; Raoux,S.; Locquet, J.-P.; Fompeyrine, J.

    2004-09-22

    X-ray microscopy using magnetic linear dichroism of a zero-field-grown, multi-domain Co/LaFeO{sub 3} ferromagnet/antiferromagnet sample shows a local exchange bias of random direction and magnitude. A statistical analysis of the local bias of individual, micron-size magnetic domains demonstrates an increasing bias field with decreasing domain size as expected for a random distribution of pinned, uncompensated spins, which are believed to mediate the interface coupling. A linear dependence with the inverse domain diameter is found.

  11. Interfacial spin cluster effects in exchange bias systems

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    Carpenter, R. Vallejo-Fernandez, G.; O'Grady, K.

    2014-05-07

    In this work, the effect of exchange bias on the hysteresis loop of CoFe is observed. The evolution of the coercivities and the shift of the hysteresis loop during the annealing process has been measured for films deposited on NiCr and Cu seed layers. Through comparison of the as deposited and field annealed loops, it is clear that for an exchange biased material, the two coercivities are due to different reversal processes. This behaviour is attributed to spin clusters at the ferromagnet/antiferromagnet interface, which behave in a similar manner to a fine particle system.

  12. Exchange bias and room-temperature magnetic order in molecular layers.

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    Gruber, Manuel; Ibrahim, Fatima; Boukari, Samy; Isshiki, Hironari; Joly, Loïc; Peter, Moritz; Studniarek, Michał; Da Costa, Victor; Jabbar, Hashim; Davesne, Vincent; Halisdemir, Ufuk; Chen, Jinjie; Arabski, Jacek; Otero, Edwige; Choueikani, Fadi; Chen, Kai; Ohresser, Philippe; Wulfhekel, Wulf; Scheurer, Fabrice; Weber, Wolfgang; Alouani, Mebarek; Beaurepaire, Eric; Bowen, Martin

    2015-10-01

    Molecular semiconductors may exhibit antiferromagnetic correlations well below room temperature. Although inorganic antiferromagnetic layers may exchange bias single-molecule magnets, the reciprocal effect of an antiferromagnetic molecular layer magnetically pinning an inorganic ferromagnetic layer through exchange bias has so far not been observed. We report on the magnetic interplay, extending beyond the interface, between a cobalt ferromagnetic layer and a paramagnetic organic manganese phthalocyanine (MnPc) layer. These ferromagnetic/organic interfaces are called spinterfaces because spin polarization arises on them. The robust magnetism of the Co/MnPc spinterface stabilizes antiferromagnetic ordering at room temperature within subsequent MnPc monolayers away from the interface. The inferred magnetic coupling strength is much larger than that found in similar bulk, thin or ultrathin systems. In addition, at lower temperature, the antiferromagnetic MnPc layer induces an exchange bias on the Co film, which is magnetically pinned. These findings create new routes towards designing organic spintronic devices.

  13. Spin Propagation Through Antiferromagnetic Bulk Structure in Exchange Biased Magnetic Trilayers

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    Crumrine, Michael; Kirby, Hillary; Miller, Casey

    2013-03-01

    When an exchange bias is induced in materials with a ferromagnetic (FM) - antiferromagnetic (AF) interface, the interfacial coupling between the antiferromagnet and FM manifests itself as a shift in the magnetic hysteresis loop. It has been an unresolved issue as to the role the bulk spin of the antiferromagnet plays in exchange bias and whether or not exchange bias is entirely an interfacial effect. We fabricated several FM/AF/FM trilayer structures of Py(100Å)/FeMn(x)/Ni69Cu31(200Å) with varying antiferromagnet thicknesses and used a field cool procedure to induce an exchange bias. A Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect magnetometer was used to investigate the propagation of spin information through the antiferromagnet by examining the hysteresis loops at different angles of applied field with respect to the magnetization. It was observed that there was no induced exchange bias in the NiCu probe layer for any of the antiferromagnet thicknesses, and we conclude that the patterning of the antiferromagnetic layer transmits no spin information for thicknesses greater than 100Å.

  14. Probing the magnetic transitions in exchange-biased FePt3/Fe bilayers

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    Compton, R. L.; Pechan, Michael J.; Maat, S.; Fullerton, Eric E.

    2002-08-01

    Using magnetometry and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR), we have investigated the magnetic properties of exchange-biased FePt3 (110)/Fe (211) bilayer films epitaxially grown onto MgO (110). The Fe layer exhibits a large uniaxial anisotropy, the magnitude of which is quantitatively accounted for by epitaxial strains. The FePt3 layer is chemically ordered in the L12 phase which develops antiferromagnetic (AF) order below TN1=160 K. Cooling through TN1, the Fe layer becomes exchange biased and its anisotropy is reduced as a result of exchange coupling to the AF-ordered FePt3. Negative exchange bias is observed for cooling fields directed along the FePt3 in-plane [001] and out-of-plane [110] directions, whereas small positive bias is observed when cooling along the in-plane [11¯0] direction. Both the biasing and reduction in anisotropy are consistent with the FePt3 moments lying in the (11¯0) plane with the most likely spin directions being the out-of-plane [111] and [111¯] axes. A second magnetic transition is observed at TN2=100 K. This transition is reflected in the temperature dependence of the coercive field, exchange bias, and FMR resonance and linewidth. Such a transition has only been observed for slightly Fe-rich FePt3 bulk alloys as a reorientation into a second AF phase. However, our films are slightly Pt rich and neutron scattering did not indicate evidence of a transition at TN2 in similarly grown FePt3 films on MgO (110). Possible origins of the second magnetic transition in the coupled structure are discussed.

  15. Competing anisotropies in exchange-biased nanostructured thin films

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    Goncalves, F. J. T.; Paterson, G. W.; Stamps, R. L.; O'Reilly, S.; Bowman, R.; Gubbiotti, G.; Schmool, D. S.

    2016-08-01

    The magnetic anisotropies of a patterned, exchange biased Fe50Mn50/Ni80Fe20 system are studied using ferromagnetic resonance, supplemented by Brillouin light scattering experiments and Kerr magnetometry. The exchange biased bilayer is partially etched into an antidot geometry so that the system approximates a Ni80Fe20 layer in contact with antidot structured Fe50Mn50 . Brillouin light scattering measurements of the spin wave frequency dependence on the wave vector reveal a magnonic band gap as expected for a periodic modulation of the magnetic properties. Analysis of the ferromagnetic resonance spectra reveals eightfold and fourfold contributions to the magnetic anisotropy. Additionally, the antidot patterning decreases the magnitude of the exchange bias and modifies strongly its angular dependence. Softening of all resonance modes is most pronounced for the applied magnetic field aligned within 10∘ of the antidot axis, in the direction of the bias. Given the degree to which one can tailor the ground state, the resulting asymmetry at low frequencies could make this an interesting candidate for applications such as selective/directional microwave filtering and multistate magnetic logic.

  16. Observation of an atomic exchange bias effect in DyCo4 film.

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    Chen, Kai; Lott, Dieter; Radu, Florin; Choueikani, Fadi; Otero, Edwige; Ohresser, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    The fundamental important and technologically widely employed exchange bias effect occurs in general in bilayers of magnetic thin films consisting of antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic layers where the hard magnetization behavior of an antiferromagnetic thin film causes a shift in the magnetization curve of a soft ferromagnetic film. The minimization of the single magnetic grain size to increase the storage density and the subsequent demand for magnetic materials with very high magnetic anisotropy requires a system with high HEB. Here we report an extremely high HEB of 4 Tesla observed in a single amorphous DyCo4 film close to room temperature. The origin of the exchange bias can be associated with the variation of the magnetic behavior from the surface towards the bulk part of the film revealed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism techniques utilizing the bulk sensitive transmission and the surface sensitive total electron yield modes. The competition between the atomic exchange coupling in the single film and the Zeeman interaction lead to an intrinsic exchanged coupled system and the so far highest exchange bias effect HEB = 4 Tesla reported in a single film, which is accommodated by a partial domain wall formation. PMID:26675537

  17. Observation of an atomic exchange bias effect in DyCo4 film

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    Chen, Kai; Lott, Dieter; Radu, Florin; Choueikani, Fadi; Otero, Edwige; Ohresser, Philippe

    2015-12-01

    The fundamental important and technologically widely employed exchange bias effect occurs in general in bilayers of magnetic thin films consisting of antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic layers where the hard magnetization behavior of an antiferromagnetic thin film causes a shift in the magnetization curve of a soft ferromagnetic film. The minimization of the single magnetic grain size to increase the storage density and the subsequent demand for magnetic materials with very high magnetic anisotropy requires a system with high HEB. Here we report an extremely high HEB of 4 Tesla observed in a single amorphous DyCo4 film close to room temperature. The origin of the exchange bias can be associated with the variation of the magnetic behavior from the surface towards the bulk part of the film revealed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism techniques utilizing the bulk sensitive transmission and the surface sensitive total electron yield modes. The competition between the atomic exchange coupling in the single film and the Zeeman interaction lead to an intrinsic exchanged coupled system and the so far highest exchange bias effect HEB = 4 Tesla reported in a single film, which is accommodated by a partial domain wall formation.

  18. Exchange bias of MnPt/CoFe films prepared by ion beam deposition

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    Rickart, M.; Freitas, P. P.; Trindade, I. G.; Barradas, N. P.; Alves, E.; Salgueiro, M.; Muga, N.; Ventura, J.; Sousa, J. B.; Proudfoot, G.; Pearson, D.; Davis, M.

    2004-06-01

    We report on exchange bias of Mn100-xPtx/Co90Fe10 bottom-pinned bilayers prepared by ion beam deposition. The Pt content in the film was varied 6 at. % with x between 46 and 52 at. % by changing the angle of substrate relative to the target in a range of 40°. Exchange coupling for a Mn100-xPtx(20 nm)/Co90Fe10(5 nm) bilayer was found to be maximum (Jex=0.34 erg/cm2) at a composition with x=50 at. %. Structure and magnetic properties of the bilayers deposited on Ta, Ta/Ru, and Ta/Ni81Fe19 seed layers were studied by vibrating sample magnetometry, x-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Exchange bias and coercive field can be tuned as functions of the seed layer. The effect of different annealing conditions on exchange bias is discussed to improve thermal stability of the bilayers. Maximum exchange coupling is obtained at an annealing temperature TA⩾280 °C, while the blocking temperature TB keeps increasing with annealing up to TA=420 °C.

  19. Modelling exchange bias with MuMax3

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    De Clercq, Jonas; Vansteenkiste, Arne; Abes, Medjid; Temst, Kristiaan; Van Waeyenberge, Bartel

    2016-11-01

    The unidirectional shift of the hysteresis loop and the athermal training effect are two key features of the exchange bias phenomenon in most polycrystalline FM/AFM bilayers. We show that, by using MuMax3 which is an open source micromagnetic simulation program, we are able to reproduce experimental data (bias field and coercivity) for a polycrystalline Co/CoO bilayer. We also demonstrate that rotatable uncompensated spins can be responsible for the athermal training effect and that the reversal mechanism between the ascending and descending branch in the first hysteresis loop can be different, as has frequently been noticed in experiments.

  20. Exchange coupling between laterally adjacent nanomagnets

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    Dey, H.; Csaba, G.; Bernstein, G. H.; Porod, W.

    2016-09-01

    We experimentally demonstrate exchange-coupling between laterally adjacent nanomagnets. Our results show that two neighboring nanomagnets that are each antiferromagnetically exchange-coupled to a common ferromagnetic bottom layer can be brought into strong ferromagnetic interaction. Simulations show that interlayer exchange coupling effectively promotes ferromagnetic alignment between the two nanomagnets, as opposed to antiferromagnetic alignment due to dipole-coupling. In order to experimentally demonstrate the proposed scheme, we fabricated arrays of pairs of elongated, single-domain nanomagnets. Magnetic force microscopy measurements show that most of the pairs are ferromagnetically ordered. The results are in agreement with micromagnetic simulations. The presented scheme can achieve coupling strengths that are significantly stronger than dipole coupling, potentially enabling far-reaching applications in Nanomagnet Logic, spin-wave devices and three-dimensional storage and computing.

  1. Role of the antiferromagnetic bulk spins in exchange bias

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    Schuller, Ivan K.; Morales, Rafael; Batlle, Xavier; Nowak, Ulrich; Güntherodt, Gernot

    2016-10-01

    This "Critical Focused Issue" presents a brief review of experiments and models which describe the origin of exchange bias in epitaxial or textured ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic bilayers. Evidence is presented which clearly indicates that inner, uncompensated, pinned moments in the bulk of the antiferromagnet (AFM) play a very important role in setting the magnitude of the exchange bias. A critical evaluation of the extensive literature in the field indicates that it is useful to think of this bulk, pinned uncompensated moments as a new type of a ferromagnet which has a low total moment, an ordering temperature given by the AFM Néel temperature, with parallel aligned moments randomly distributed on the regular AFM lattice.

  2. Correction of biased climate simulated by biased physics through parameter estimation in an intermediate coupled model

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    Zhang, Xuefeng; Zhang, Shaoqing; Liu, Zhengyu; Wu, Xinrong; Han, Guijun

    2016-09-01

    Imperfect physical parameterization schemes are an important source of model bias in a coupled model and adversely impact the performance of model simulation. With a coupled ocean-atmosphere-land model of intermediate complexity, the impact of imperfect parameter estimation on model simulation with biased physics has been studied. Here, the biased physics is induced by using different outgoing longwave radiation schemes in the assimilation and "truth" models. To mitigate model bias, the parameters employed in the biased longwave radiation scheme are optimized using three different methods: least-squares parameter fitting (LSPF), single-valued parameter estimation and geography-dependent parameter optimization (GPO), the last two of which belong to the coupled model parameter estimation (CMPE) method. While the traditional LSPF method is able to improve the performance of coupled model simulations, the optimized parameter values from the CMPE, which uses the coupled model dynamics to project observational information onto the parameters, further reduce the bias of the simulated climate arising from biased physics. Further, parameters estimated by the GPO method can properly capture the climate-scale signal to improve the simulation of climate variability. These results suggest that the physical parameter estimation via the CMPE scheme is an effective approach to restrain the model climate drift during decadal climate predictions using coupled general circulation models.

  3. Robust isothermal electric control of exchange bias at room temperature

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    Binek, Christian

    2011-03-01

    Voltage-controlled spintronics is of particular importance to continue progress in information technology through reduced power consumption, enhanced processing speed, integration density, and functionality in comparison with present day CMOS electronics. Almost all existing and prototypical solid-state spintronic devices rely on tailored interface magnetism, enabling spin-selective transmission or scattering of electrons. Controlling magnetism at thin-film interfaces, preferably by purely electrical means, is a key challenge to better spintronics. Currently, most attempts to electrically control magnetism focus on potentially large magnetoelectric effects of multiferroics. We report on our interest in magnetoelectric Cr 2 O3 (chromia). Robust isothermal electric control of exchange bias is achieved at room temperature in perpendicular anisotropic Cr 2 O3 (0001)/CoPd exchange bias heterostructures. This discovery promises significant implications for potential spintronics. From the perspective of basic science, our finding serves as macroscopic evidence for roughness-insensitive and electrically controllable equilibrium boundary magnetization in magnetoelectric antiferromagnets. The latter evolves at chromia (0001) surfaces and interfaces when chromia is in one of its two degenerate antiferromagnetic single domain states selected via magnetoelectric annealing. Theoretical insight into the boundary magnetization and its role in electrically controlled exchange bias is gained from first-principles calculations and general symmetry arguments. Measurements of spin-resolved ultraviolet photoemission, magnetometry at Cr 2 O3 (0001) surfaces, and detailed investigations of the unique exchange bias properties of Cr 2 O3 (0001)/CoPd including its electric controllability provide macroscopically averaged information about the boundary magnetization of chromia. Laterally resolved X-ray PEEM and temperature dependent MFM reveal detailed microscopic information of the chromia

  4. Interlayer exchange coupling across a ferroelectric barrier.

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    Zhuravlev, M Ye; Vedyayev, A V; Tsymbal, E Y

    2010-09-01

    A new magnetoelectric effect is predicted originating from the interlayer exchange coupling between two ferromagnetic layers separated by an ultrathin ferroelectric barrier. It is demonstrated that ferroelectric polarization switching driven by an external electric field leads to a sizable change in the interlayer exchange coupling. The effect occurs in asymmetric ferromagnet/ferroelectric/ferromagnet junctions due to a change in the electrostatic potential profile across the junction affecting the interlayer coupling. The predicted phenomenon indicates the possibility of switching the magnetic configuration by reversing the polarization of the ferroelectric barrier layer. PMID:21403276

  5. Exchange bias phenomenology and models of core/shell nanoparticles.

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    Iglesias, Oscar; Labarta, Amílcar; Batlle, Xavier

    2008-06-01

    Some of the main experimental observations related to the occurrence of exchange bias in magnetic systems are reviewed, focusing the attention on the peculiar phenomenology associated to nanoparticles with core/shell structure as compared to thin film bilayers. The main open questions posed by the experimental observations are presented and contrasted to existing theories and models for exchange bias formulated up to date. We also present results of simulations based on a simple model of a core/shell nanoparticle in which the values of microscopic parameters such as anisotropy and exchange constants can be tuned in the core, shell and at the interfacial regions, offering new insight on the microscopic origin of the experimental phenomenology. A detailed study of the magnetic order of the interfacial spins shows compelling evidence that most of the experimentally observed effects can be qualitatively accounted within the context of this model and allows also to quantify the magnitude of the loop shifts in striking agreement with the macroscopic observed values.

  6. Exchange Bias Tuning for Magnetoresistive Sensors by Inclusion of Non-Magnetic Impurities.

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    Sharma, Parikshit Pratim; Albisetti, Edoardo; Monticelli, Marco; Bertacco, Riccardo; Petti, Daniela

    2016-07-04

    The fine control of the exchange coupling strength and blocking temperature ofexchange bias systems is an important requirement for the development of magnetoresistive sensors with two pinned electrodes. In this paper, we successfully tune these parameters in top- and bottom-pinned systems, comprising 5 nm thick Co40Fe40B20 and 6.5 nm thick Ir22Mn78 films. By inserting Ru impurities at different concentrations in the Ir22Mn78 layer, blocking temperatures ranging from 220 °C to 100 °C and exchange bias fields from 200 Oe to 60 Oe are obtained. This method is then applied to the fabrication of sensors based on magnetic tunneling junctions consisting of a pinned synthetic antiferromagnet reference layer and a top-pinned sensing layer. This work paves the way towards the development of new sensors with finely tuned magnetic anisotropies.

  7. Exchange Bias Tuning for Magnetoresistive Sensors by Inclusion of Non-Magnetic Impurities

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    Sharma, Parikshit Pratim; Albisetti, Edoardo; Monticelli, Marco; Bertacco, Riccardo; Petti, Daniela

    2016-01-01

    The fine control of the exchange coupling strength and blocking temperature ofexchange bias systems is an important requirement for the development of magnetoresistive sensors with two pinned electrodes. In this paper, we successfully tune these parameters in top- and bottom-pinned systems, comprising 5 nm thick Co40Fe40B20 and 6.5 nm thick Ir22Mn78 films. By inserting Ru impurities at different concentrations in the Ir22Mn78 layer, blocking temperatures ranging from 220 °C to 100 °C and exchange bias fields from 200 Oe to 60 Oe are obtained. This method is then applied to the fabrication of sensors based on magnetic tunneling junctions consisting of a pinned synthetic antiferromagnet reference layer and a top-pinned sensing layer. This work paves the way towards the development of new sensors with finely tuned magnetic anisotropies. PMID:27384565

  8. Exchange coupled ferrite nanocomposites through chemical synthesis.

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    Dai, Qilin; Patel, Ketan; Ren, Shenqiang

    2016-08-16

    Exchange coupling between magnetically hard and soft phases has the potential to yield a large gain in the energy product. In this work, we present a scalable chemical synthetic route to produce magnetic iron oxide based nanocomposites, consisting of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) and strontium ferrite (SrFe12O19) components. PMID:27476744

  9. Exchange bias magnetism in films of NiFe/(Ni,Fe)O nanocrystallite dispersions

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    Hsiao, C.-H.; Chi, C.-C.; Wang, S.; Ouyang, H.; Desautels, R. D.; Lierop, J. van; Lin, K.-W.; Lin, T.-L.

    2014-05-07

    Ni{sub 3}Fe/(Ni,Fe)O thin films having a nanocrystallite dispersion morphology were prepared by a reactive ion beam-assisted deposition technique. The crystallite sizes of these dispersion-based films were observed to decrease from 8.4 ± 0.3 nm to 3.4 ± 0.3 nm as the deposition flow-rate increased from 2.78% to 7.89% O{sub 2}/Ar. Thin film composition was determined using selective area electron diffraction images and Multislice simulations. Through a detailed analysis of high resolution transmission electron microscopy images, the nanocrystallites were determined to be Ni{sub 3}Fe (a ferromagnet), NiO, and FeO (both antiferromagnets). It was determined that the interfacial molar Ni{sub 3}Fe ratio in the nanocrystallite dispersions increased slightly at first, then decreased as the oxygen content was increased; at 7.89% O{sub 2}/Ar, the interfacial molar ratio was essentially zero (only NiO and FeO remained). For nanocrystallite dispersion films grown with O{sub 2}/Ar flow-rate greater than 7.89%, no interfacial (intermixed) Ni{sub 3}Fe phase was detected, which resulted in no measurable exchange bias. Comparing the exchange bias field between the nanocrystallite dispersion films at 5 K, we observed a decrease in the magnitude of the exchange bias field as the nanocrystallite size decreased. The exchange bias coupling for all samples measured set in at essentially the same temperature (i.e., the exchange bias blocking temperature). Since the ferromagnetic/anti-ferromagnetic (FM/AFM) contact area in the nanocrystallite dispersion films increased as the nanocrystallite size decreased, the increase in the magnitude of the exchange bias could be attributed to larger regions of defects (vacancies and bond distortions) which occupied a significant portion of the FM/AFM interfaces in the nanocrystallite dispersion films.

  10. Exchange bias effects in Heusler alloy Ni2MnAl/Fe bilayers

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    Tsuchiya, Tomoki; Kubota, Takahide; Sugiyama, Tomoko; Huminiuc, Teodor; Hirohata, Atsufumi; Takanashi, Koki

    2016-06-01

    Ni2MnAl Heusler alloy thin films were epitaxially grown on MgO(1 0 0) single crystal substrates by ultra-high-vacuum magnetron sputtering technique. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy observation revealed that the structures of all the Ni2MnAl thin films were B2-ordered regardless of the deposition temperature ranging from room temperature to 600 °C. The temperature dependence of electrical resistivity showed a kink about 280 K, which was consistent with a reported value of the Néel temperature for antiferromagnetic B2-Ni2MnAl. The magnetization curves of Ni2MnAl/Fe bilayer samples showed a shift caused by the interfacial exchange interaction at 10 K. The maximum value of the exchange bias field H ex was 55 Oe corresponding to the exchange coupling energy J k of 0.03 erg cm-2.

  11. Micro-fluid exchange coupling apparatus

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    Johnson, J. E., Jr.; Swartz, P. F. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    In a macro-fluid exchange, a hollow needle, such as a syringe needle, is provided for penetrating the fluid conduit of the animal. The syringe needle is coupled to a plenum chamber having an inlet and outlet port. The plenum chamber is coupled to the syringe needle via the intermediary of a standard quick disconnect coupling fitting. The plenum chamber is carried at the end of a drive rod which is coupled to a micrometer drive head. The micrometer drive head is slidably and pivotably coupled to a pedestal for adjusting the height and angle of inclination of the needle relative to a reference base support. The needle is positioned adjacent to the incised trachea or a blood vessel of a small animal and the micrometer drive head is operated for penetrating the fluid conduit of the animal.

  12. Uncoupled surface spin induced exchange bias in α-MnO2 nanowires

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    Li, Wenxian; Zeng, Rong; Sun, Ziqi; Tian, Dongliang; Dou, Shixue

    2014-01-01

    We have studied the microstructure, surface states, valence fluctuations, magnetic properties, and exchange bias effect in MnO2 nanowires. High purity α-MnO2 rectangular nanowires were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method with microwave-assisted procedures. The microstructure analysis indicates that the nanowires grow in the [0 0 1] direction with the (2 1 0) plane as the surface. Mn3+ and Mn2+ ions are not found in the system by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The effective magnetic moment of the manganese ions fits in with the theoretical and experimental values of Mn4+ very well. The uncoupled spins in 3d3 orbitals of the Mn4+ ions in MnO6 octahedra on the rough surface are responsible for the net magnetic moment. Spin glass behavior is observed through magnetic measurements. Furthermore, the exchange bias effect is observed for the first time in pure α-MnO2 phase due to the coupling of the surface spin glass with the antiferromagnetic α-MnO2 matrix. These α-MnO2 nanowires, with a spin-glass-like behavior and with an exchange bias effect excited by the uncoupled surface spins, should therefore inspire further study concerning the origin, theory, and applicability of surface structure induced magnetism in nanostructures. PMID:25319531

  13. Tailoring exchange bias through chemical order in epitaxial FePt3 films

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    Saerbeck, T.; Zhu, H.; Lott, D.; Lee, H.; LeClair, P. R.; Mankey, G. J.; Stampfl, A. P. J.; Klose, F.

    2013-07-01

    Intentional introduction of chemical disorder into mono-stoichiometric epitaxial FePt3 films allows to create a ferro-/antiferromagnetic two-phase system, which shows a pronounced and controllable exchange bias effect. In contrast to conventional exchange bias systems, granular magnetic interfaces are created within the same crystallographic structure by local variation of chemical order. The amount of the exchange bias can be controlled by the relative amount and size of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic volume fractions and the interface between them. The tailoring of the magnetic composition alone, without affecting the chemical and structural compositions, opens the way to study granular magnetic exchange bias concepts separated from structural artifacts.

  14. Antenna-coupled arrays of voltage-biased superconducting bolometers

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    Myers, Michael J.; Lee, Adrian T.; Richards, P.L.; Schwan, D.; Skidmore, J.T.; Smith, A.D.; Spieler, H.; Yoon, Jongsoo

    2001-07-23

    We report on the development of antenna-coupled Voltage-biased Superconducting Bolometers (VSBs) which use Transition-edge Sensors (TES). Antenna coupling can greatly simplify the fabrication of large multi-frequency bolometer arrays compared to horn-coupled techniques. This simplification can make it practical to implement 1000+ element arrays that fill the focal plane of mm/sub-mm wave telescopes. We have designed a prototype device with a double-slot dipole antenna, integrated band-defining filters, and a membrane-suspended bolometer. A test chip has been constructed and will be tested shortly.

  15. Micromagnetic simulation of ferrimagnetic TbFeCo films with exchange coupled nanophases

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    Ma, Chung T.; Li, Xiaopu; Poon, S. Joseph

    2016-11-01

    Amorphous ferrimagnetic TbFeCo thin films are found to exhibit exchange bias effect near the compensation temperature by magnetic hysteresis loop measurement. The observed exchange anisotropy is believed to originate from the exchange interaction between the two nanoscale amorphous phases distributed within the films. Here, we present a computational model of phase-separated TbFeCo using micromagnetic simulation. Two types of cells with different Tb concentration are distributed within the simulated space to obtain a heterogeneous structure consisting of two nanoscale amorphous phases. Each cell contains separated Tb and FeCo components, forming two antiferromagnetically coupled sublattices. Using this model, we are able to show the existence of exchange bias effect, and the shift in hysteresis loops is in agreement with experiment. The micromagnetic model developed herein for a heterogeneous magnetic material may also account for some recent measurements of exchange bias effect in crystalline films.

  16. Switching of perpendicular exchange bias in Pt/Co/Pt/α-Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Pt layered structure using magneto-electric effect

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    Toyoki, Kentaro; Shiratsuchi, Yu Kobane, Atsushi; Harimoto, Shotaro; Onoue, Satoshi; Nomura, Hikaru; Nakatani, Ryoichi

    2015-05-07

    Switching of the perpendicular exchange bias polarity using a magneto-electric (ME) effect of α-Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} was investigated. From the change in the exchange bias field with the electric field during the ME field cooling, i.e., the simultaneous application of both magnetic and electric fields during the cooling, we determined the threshold electric field to switch the perpendicular exchange bias polarity. It was found that the threshold electric field was inversely proportional to the magnetic field indicating that the EH product was constant. The high EH product was required to switch the exchange bias for the film possessing the high exchange anisotropy energy density, which suggests that the energy gain by the ME effect has to overcome the interfacial exchange coupling energy to reverse the interfacial antiferromagnetic spin.

  17. Fingerprints of surface magnetism in Cr2O3 based exchange bias heterostructures

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    He, Xi; Wang, Yi; Binek, Ch.

    2009-03-01

    Magnetoelectric materials experienced a recent revival as promising components of novel spintronic devices [1, 2, 3]. Since the magnetoelectric (ME) effect is relativistically small in traditional antiferromagnetic (AF) compounds like Cr2O3 (max. αzz 4ps/m) and also cross-coupling between ferroic order parameters is typically small in the modern multiferroics, it is a challenge to electrically induce sufficient magnetization required for the envisioned device applications. In exchange bias systems the bias field depends critically on the AF interface magnetization. Hence, a strong relation between the latter and the surface magnetization of the free Cr2O3 pinning layer can be expected. Our recent research indicates that there are surface magnetic phase transitions in free Cr2O3 (111) films accompanying surface structural phase transitions. Well defined AF interface magnetization is initialized through ME annealing to T=20K. Subsequently, the interface magnetization is thermally driven through phase transitions at T=120 and 210K. Their effects on the exchange bias are studied in Cr2O3 (111)/CoPt films with the help of polar Kerr and SQUID magnetometry. [1] P. Borisov et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 117203 (2005). [2] Ch. Binek, B.Doudin, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 17, L39 (2005). [3] R. Ramesh et al. 2007 Nature Materials 6 21. Financial support by NSF through Career DMR-0547887, MRSEC DMR-0820521 and the NRI.

  18. Long distance coupling of resonant exchange qubits

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    Russ, Maximilian; Burkard, Guido

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the effectiveness of a microwave cavity as a mediator of interactions between two resonant exchange (RX) qubits in semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) over long distances, limited only by the extension of the cavity. Our interaction model includes the orthonormalized Wannier orbitals constructed from Fock-Darwin states under the assumption of a harmonic QD confinement potential. We calculate the qubit-cavity coupling strength in a Jaynes-Cummings Hamiltonian and find that dipole transitions between two states with an asymmetric charge configuration constitute the relevant RX qubit-cavity coupling mechanism. The effective coupling between two RX qubits in a shared cavity yields a universal two-qubit iswap gate with gate times on the order of nanoseconds over distances on the order of up to a millimeter.

  19. Long distance coupling of resonant exchange qubits

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    Russ, Maximilian; Burkard, Guido

    We investigate the effectiveness of a microwave cavity as a mediator of interactions between two resonant exchange (RX) qubits in semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) over long distances, limited only by the extension of the cavity. Our interaction model includes the orthonormalized Wannier orbitals constructed from Fock-Darwin states under the assumption of a harmonic QD confinement potential. We calculate the qubit-cavity coupling strength gr in a Jaynes Cummings Hamiltonian, and find that dipole transitions between two states with an asymmetric charge configuration constitute the relevant RX qubit-cavity coupling mechanism. The effective coupling between two RX qubits in a shared cavity yields a universal two-qubit iSWAP-gate with gate times on the order of nanoseconds over distances on the order of up to a millimeter. Funded by ARO through Grant No. W911NF-15-1-0149.

  20. Oscillatory exchange coupling in all compound superlattice

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    Orozco, Antonio

    2000-03-01

    Oscillatory exchange coupling was observed in TiN/Fe_3O4 superlattices [1], similar to that found in metallic superlattices, with a coupling strength almost an order of magnitude stronger. In addition, a unique positive magnetoresistance effect is also seen. The dynamics of carriers in the modulated structures, responsible for the exchage coupling and the magnetotransport, are strongly influenced by the band structure matching and the available Fermi surface states [2]. The carriers quantum confinement effects, enhanced by the half metallicity of the magnetic layers, provides a physical picture for understanding these observations [1] A. Orozco et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 83 (1999) 1680 [2] P. Bruno, Phys. Rev. B 52 (1995) 411

  1. Anisotropy induced large exchange bias behavior in ball milled Ni-Co-Mn-Sb alloys

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    Nayak, Ajaya K.; Sahoo, Roshnee; Suresh, K. G.; Nigam, A. K.; Chen, X.; Ramanujan, R. V.

    2011-06-06

    We report the effect of decrease in the grain size on the structural, magnetic and exchange bias (EB) behavior in ball milled Ni{sub 50-x}Co{sub x}Mn{sub 38}Sb{sub 12} (x=0 and 5) Heusler alloys. The existence of a wide range of grain sizes in the ball milled samples results in dramatic changes in the structural and magnetic properties. For x=0, a large EB field of 3.2 kOe is observed in the ball milled sample, compared to a value of 245 Oe of the bulk sample. This increase is attributed to the enhanced exchange coupling between the soft and hard magnetic particles.

  2. Reversible electric control of exchange bias in a multiferroic field-effect device.

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    Wu, S M; Cybart, Shane A; Yu, P; Rossell, M D; Zhang, J X; Ramesh, R; Dynes, R C

    2010-09-01

    Electric-field control of magnetization has many potential applications in magnetic memory storage, sensors and spintronics. One approach to obtain this control is through multiferroic materials. Instead of using direct coupling between ferroelectric and ferromagnetic order parameters in a single-phase multiferroic material, which only shows a weak magnetoelectric effect, a unique method using indirect coupling through an intermediate antiferromagnetic order parameter can be used. In this article, we demonstrate electrical control of exchange bias using a field-effect device employing multiferroic (ferroelectric/antiferromagnetic) BiFeO(3) as the dielectric and ferromagnetic La(0.7)Sr(0.3)MnO(3) as the conducting channel; we can reversibly switch between two distinct exchange-bias states by switching the ferroelectric polarization of BiFeO(3). This is an important step towards controlling magnetization with electric fields, which may enable a new class of electrically controllable spintronic devices and provide a new basis for producing electrically controllable spin-polarized currents.

  3. Exchange-bias in amorphous ferromagnetic and polycrystalline antiferromagnetic bilayers: Structural study and micromagnetic modeling

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    Kohn, A.; Dean, J.; Kovacs, A.; Zeltser, A.; Carey, M. J.; Geiger, D.; Hrkac, G.; Schrefl, T.; Allwood, D.

    2011-04-01

    We study the role of the structure of antiferromagnetic polycrystalline metallic films in determining the magnetic properties of an exchange-coupled amorphous ferromagnetic layer. The bilayers are sputter-deposited, highly textured {111} Ir22Mn78 and Co65.5Fe14.5B20 thin films. We focus on structural characterization of Ir22Mn78 as a function of layer thickness in the range having the strongest influence over the exchange-bias field and training effect. We have used transmission electron microscopy to characterize defects in the form of interface steps and roughness, interdiffusion, twin- and grain-boundaries. Such defects can result in uncompensated magnetic spins in the antiferromagnet, which then contribute to exchange-bias. These experimental results form the basis of a general model, which uses finite element micromagnetic simulations. The model incorporates the experimental structural parameters of the bilayer by implementing a surface integral technique that allows numerical calculations to solve the transition from an amorphous to a granular structure. As a result, a detailed calculation of the underlying magnetic structure within the antiferromagnetic material is achieved. These calculations are in good agreement with micromagnetic imaging using Lorentz transmission electron microscopy and the macro-magnetic properties of these bilayers.

  4. Manipulation by exchange coupling in layered magnetic structures

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    Moskalenko, M. A.; Uzdin, V. M.; Zabel, H.

    2014-02-07

    Exchange coupling in magnetic heterostructures can be modified via introduction of additional magnetic spacer layers at the interfaces. The magnetic characteristics and the spacer layer thickness determine the functional properties of the whole system. We show that the hysteresis loop area of trilayer spring magnets with two different soft magnetic layers (s1, s2) and one hard magnetic layer (h) with the sequence s1/s2/h can be increased as compared to both bilayer structures s1/h and s2/h with the same total thickness of the soft layers and for definite thickness ratios of the soft layers and their sequences. For ferrimagnetic spin valves, the perpendicular exchange bias effect can be tuned via the thickness of non-magnetic spacer layers at the interface, which determine the exchange coupling between ferrimagnets. A simple quasi one-dimensional phenomenological model is able to describe the magnetic hysteresis of even complex layered structures and to predict optimal geometrical and magnetic parameters of such heterostructures.

  5. Texture and magnetic properties of exchange bias systems

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    Aley, N. P.; Bowes, M.; Kroeger, R.; O'Grady, K.

    2010-05-15

    We report on the magnetic and structural properties of IrMn/CoFe exchange bias systems deposited onto a dual seed layer of NiCr(X)/Ru(5 nm), with X=2, 6, and 20 nm. Samples with the structure NiCr (Xnm)/IrMn (7 nm)/CoFe (3 nm)/Ta (10 nm) with X=2, 6, and 20 nm were prepared by dc sputtering for magnetic characterization. A second set of samples with structure NiCr (Xnm)/IrMn (10 nm) with X=2, 6, and 20 nm were deposited onto TEM grids for structural characterization by TEM. A method of manipulating of the TEM grid to allow a qualitative analysis of the in-plane texture of the samples is described and used to analyze the microstructure of these samples. The microstructure and particularly the texture are correlated with the anisotropy constant (K{sub AF}) of the antiferromagnet (AF) layer, with an optimum NiCr seed layer of 6 nm to give a maximum value of K{sub AF} of 1.2x10{sup 7} ergs/cc.

  6. Engineered magnetic domain textures in exchange bias bilayer systems

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    Gaul, Alexander; Hankemeier, Sebastian; Holzinger, Dennis; Müglich, Nicolas David; Staeck, Philipp; Frömter, Robert; Oepen, Hans Peter; Ehresmann, Arno

    2016-07-01

    A magnetic domain texture has been deterministically engineered in a topographically flat exchange-biased (EB) thin film system. The texture consists of long-range periodically arranged unit cells of four individual domains, characterized by individual anisotropies, individual geometry, and with non-collinear remanent magnetizations. The texture has been engineered by a sequence of light-ion bombardment induced magnetic patterning of the EB layer system. The magnetic texture's in-plane spatial magnetization distribution and the corresponding domain walls have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis (SEMPA). The influence of magnetic stray fields emerging from neighboring domain walls and the influence of the different anisotropies of the adjacent domains on the Néel type domain wall core's magnetization rotation sense and widths were investigated. It is shown that the usual energy degeneracy of clockwise and counterclockwise rotating magnetization through the walls is revoked, suppressing Bloch lines along the domain wall. Estimates of the domain wall widths for different domain configurations based on material parameters determined by vibrating sample magnetometry were quantitatively compared to the SEMPA data.

  7. Exotic exchange bias at epitaxial ferroelectric-ferromagnetic interfaces

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    Paul, Amitesh Reitinger, Christoph; Kreuzpaintner, Wolfgang; Böni, Peter; Autieri, Carmine; Sanyal, Biplab; Jutimoosik, Jaru; Yimnirun, Rattikorn; Bern, Francis; Esquinazi, Pablo; Korelis, Panagiotis

    2014-07-14

    Multiferroics in spintronics have opened up opportunities for future technological developments, particularly in the field of ferroelectric (FE)-ferromagnetic (FM) oxide interfaces with functionalities. We find strong exchange bias shifts (up to 84 Oe) upon field cooling in metal-oxide (Fe/BaTiO{sub 3}) films combining FM and FE layers. The saturation magnetic moment of the FM layer is also significantly higher than in bulk (3.0 ± 0.2 μ{sub B}/atom) and the reversal mechanism occurs via a domain nucleation process. X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Fe K-edge and Ba L3-edge indicate presence of few monolayers of antiferromagnetic FeO at the interface without the formation of any BaFeO{sub 3} layer. Polarized neutron reflectometry corroborates with our magnetization data as we perform depth profiling of the magnetic and structural densities in these bilayers. Our first principles density functional calculations support the formation of antiferromagnetic FeO layers at the interface along with an enhancement of Fe magnetic moments in the inner ferromagnetic layers.

  8. Strain-mediated multiferroic control of spontaneous exchange bias in Ni-NiO heterostructures

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    Domann, John P.; Sun, Wei-Yang; Schelhas, Laura T.; Carman, Greg P.

    2016-10-01

    This paper presents the measurement of strain-mediated multiferroic control of spontaneous exchange bias (SEB) in magnetostrictive nickel/nickel oxide (Ni/NiO) bilayers on ferroelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT). Electric field control of a positive to negative exchange bias shift was measured, with an overall shift of 40.5 Oe, corresponding to a 325% change. Observed changes in coercivity are also reported and provide insight into the role of competing anisotropies in these structures. The findings in this paper provide evidence that magnetoelastic anisotropy can be utilized to control spontaneous exchange bias (SEB). This control of SEB is accomplished by modifying a bulk anisotropy (magnetoelasticity) that adjusts the mobility of interfacial anti-ferromagnetic spins and, therefore, the magnitude of the exchange bias. The demonstrated magnetoelastic control of exchange bias provides a useful tool in the creation of future magnetoelectric devices.

  9. Thermal simulation of magnetization reversals for size-distributed assemblies of core-shell exchange biased nanoparticles

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    Richy, J.; Jay, J.-Ph.; Pogossian, S. P.; Ben Youssef, J.; Sheppard, C. J.; Prinsloo, A. R. E.; Spenato, D.; Dekadjevi, D. T.

    2016-08-01

    A temperature dependent coherent magnetization reversal model is proposed for size-distributed assemblies of ferromagnetic nanoparticles and ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic (AF) core-shell nanoparticles. The nanoparticles are assumed to be of uniaxial anisotropy and all aligned along their easy axis. The thermal dependence is included by considering thermal fluctuations, implemented via the Néel-Arrhenius theory. Thermal and angular dependence of magnetization reversal loops, coercive field, and exchange-bias field are obtained, showing that ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic size-distributed exchange-coupled nanoparticles exhibit temperature-dependent asymmetric magnetization reversal. Also, non-monotonic evolutions of exchange-bias and coercive fields with temperature are demonstrated. The angular dependence of coercive field with temperature exhibits a complex behavior, with the presence of an apex, whose position and amplitude are strongly temperature-dependent. The angular dependence of exchange bias with temperature exhibits complex behaviors, which depends on the AF anisotropy and exchange coupling. The resulting angular behavior demonstrates the key role of the size distribution and temperature in the magnetic response of nanoparticles.

  10. Controllable exchange bias in Fe/metamagnetic FeRh bilayers

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    Suzuki, Ippei; Hamasaki, Yosuke; Itoh, Mitsuru; Taniyama, Tomoyasu

    2014-10-27

    We report the studies of tuning the exchange bias at ferromagnetic Fe/metamagnetic FeRh bilayer interfaces. Fe/FeRh(111) bilayers show exchange bias in the antiferromagnetic state of FeRh while no exchange bias occurs at Fe/FeRh(001) interface. The contrasting results are attributed to the spin configurations of FeRh at the interface, i.e., the uncompensated ferromagnetic spin configuration of FeRh appears exclusively for (111) orientation. The exchange bias disappears as the bilayers are warmed above the antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic transition temperature. The direction of the exchange bias for Fe/FeRh(111) is also found to be perpendicular to the cooling-field direction, in contrast to the commonly observed direction of exchange bias for ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic interfaces. In view of these results, the exchange bias in Fe/FeRh bilayers with the (111) crystallographic orientation should be useful for the design of rapid writing technology for magnetic information devices.

  11. Influence of growth conditions on exchange bias of NiMn-based spin valves

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    Wienecke, Anja; Kruppe, Rahel; Rissing, Lutz

    2015-05-07

    As shown in previous investigations, a correlation between a NiMn-based spin valve's thermal stability and its inherent exchange bias exists, even if the blocking temperature of the antiferromagnet is clearly above the heating temperature and the reason for thermal degradation is mainly diffusion and not the loss of exchange bias. Samples with high exchange bias are thermally more stable than samples with low exchange bias. Those structures promoting a high exchange bias are seemingly the same suppressing thermally induced diffusion processes (A. Wienecke and L. Rissing, “Relationship between thermal stability and layer-stack/structure of NiMn-based GMR systems,” in IEEE Transaction on Magnetic Conference (EMSA 2014)). Many investigations were carried out on the influence of the sputtering parameters as well as the layer thickness on the magnetoresistive effect. The influence of these parameters on the exchange bias and the sample's thermal stability, respectively, was hardly taken into account. The investigation described here concentrates on the last named issue. The focus lies on the influence of the sputtering parameters and layer thickness of the “starting layers” in the stack and the layers forming the (synthetic) antiferromagnet. This paper includes a guideline for the evaluated sputtering conditions and layer thicknesses to realize a high exchange bias and presumably good thermal stability for NiMn-based spin valves with a synthetic antiferromagnet.

  12. Exchange bias-like effect in TbFeAl induced by atomic disorder

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    Nair, Harikrishnan S.; Strydom, André M.

    2016-05-01

    The exchange bias-like effect observed in the intermetallic compound TbFeAl, which displays a magnetic phase transition at T^hc ≈ 198 \\text{K} and a second one at T^lc ≈ 154 \\text{K} , is reported. Jump-like features are observed in the isothermal magnetization, M (H) , at 2 K which disappear above 8 K. The field-cooled magnetization isotherms below 10 K show loop shifts that are reminiscent of exchange bias, also supported by the training effect. A significant coercive field, Hc ≈ 1.5 \\text{T} at 2 K, is observed in TbFeAl which, after an initial increase, shows a subsequent decrease with temperature. The exchange bias field, H eb , shows a slight increase and a subsequent leveling off with temperature. It is argued that the inherent crystallographic disorder among Fe and Al and the high magnetocrystalline anisotropy related to Tb3+ lead to the exchange bias effect. TbFeAl has been recently reported to show the magnetocaloric effect and the present discovery of exchange bias makes this compound a multifunctional one. The result obtained on TbFeAl generalizes the observation of exchange bias in crystallographically disordered materials and gives impetus for the search for materials with exchange bias induced by atomic disorder.

  13. Influence of growth conditions on exchange bias of NiMn-based spin valves

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    Wienecke, Anja; Kruppe, Rahel; Rissing, Lutz

    2015-05-01

    As shown in previous investigations, a correlation between a NiMn-based spin valve's thermal stability and its inherent exchange bias exists, even if the blocking temperature of the antiferromagnet is clearly above the heating temperature and the reason for thermal degradation is mainly diffusion and not the loss of exchange bias. Samples with high exchange bias are thermally more stable than samples with low exchange bias. Those structures promoting a high exchange bias are seemingly the same suppressing thermally induced diffusion processes (A. Wienecke and L. Rissing, "Relationship between thermal stability and layer-stack/structure of NiMn-based GMR systems," in IEEE Transaction on Magnetic Conference (EMSA 2014)). Many investigations were carried out on the influence of the sputtering parameters as well as the layer thickness on the magnetoresistive effect. The influence of these parameters on the exchange bias and the sample's thermal stability, respectively, was hardly taken into account. The investigation described here concentrates on the last named issue. The focus lies on the influence of the sputtering parameters and layer thickness of the "starting layers" in the stack and the layers forming the (synthetic) antiferromagnet. This paper includes a guideline for the evaluated sputtering conditions and layer thicknesses to realize a high exchange bias and presumably good thermal stability for NiMn-based spin valves with a synthetic antiferromagnet.

  14. Intermartensitic Transformation and Enhanced Exchange Bias in Pd (Pt) -doped Ni-Mn-Sn alloys.

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    Dong, S Y; Chen, J Y; Han, Z D; Fang, Y; Zhang, L; Zhang, C L; Qian, B; Jiang, X F

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we studied the phase transitions and exchange bias of Ni50-xMn36Sn14Tx (T = Pd, Pt; x = 0, 1, 2, 3) alloys. An intermartensitic transition (IMT), not observed in Ni50Mn36Sn14 alloy, was induced by the proper application of negative chemical pressure by Pd(Pt) doping in Ni50-xMn36Sn14Tx (T = Pd, Pt) alloys. IMT weakened and was suppressed with the increase of applied field; it also disappeared with further increase of Pd(Pt) content (x = 3 for Pd and x = 2 for Pt). Another striking result is that exchange bias effect, ascribed to the percolating ferromagnetic domains coexisting with spin glass phase, is notably enhanced by nonmagnetic Pd(Pt) addition. The increase of unidirectional anisotropy by the addition of Pd(Pt) impurities with strong spin-orbit coupling was explained by Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interactions in spin glass phase. PMID:27170057

  15. Intermartensitic Transformation and Enhanced Exchange Bias in Pd (Pt) -doped Ni-Mn-Sn alloys

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    Dong, S. Y.; Chen, J. Y.; Han, Z. D.; Fang, Y.; Zhang, L.; Zhang, C. L.; Qian, B.; Jiang, X. F.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we studied the phase transitions and exchange bias of Ni50−xMn36Sn14Tx (T = Pd, Pt; x = 0, 1, 2, 3) alloys. An intermartensitic transition (IMT), not observed in Ni50Mn36Sn14 alloy, was induced by the proper application of negative chemical pressure by Pd(Pt) doping in Ni50−xMn36Sn14Tx (T = Pd, Pt) alloys. IMT weakened and was suppressed with the increase of applied field; it also disappeared with further increase of Pd(Pt) content (x = 3 for Pd and x = 2 for Pt). Another striking result is that exchange bias effect, ascribed to the percolating ferromagnetic domains coexisting with spin glass phase, is notably enhanced by nonmagnetic Pd(Pt) addition. The increase of unidirectional anisotropy by the addition of Pd(Pt) impurities with strong spin-orbit coupling was explained by Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interactions in spin glass phase. PMID:27170057

  16. Cooling field and temperature dependent exchange bias in spin glass/ferromagnet bilayers

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    Rui, W. B.; Hu, Y.; Du, A.; You, B.; Xiao, M. W.; Zhang, W.; Zhou, S. M.; Du, J.

    2015-01-01

    We report on the experimental and theoretical studies of cooling field (HFC) and temperature (T) dependent exchange bias (EB) in FexAu1 − x/Fe19Ni81 spin glass (SG)/ferromagnet (FM) bilayers. When x varies from 8% to 14% in the FexAu1 − x SG alloys, with increasing T, a sign-changeable exchange bias field (HE) together with a unimodal distribution of coercivity (HC) are observed. Significantly, increasing in the magnitude of HFC reduces (increases) the value of HE in the negative (positive) region, resulting in the entire HE ∼ T curve to move leftwards and upwards. In the meanwhile, HFC variation has weak effects on HC. By Monte Carlo simulation using a SG/FM vector model, we are able to reproduce such HE dependences on T and HFC for the SG/FM system. Thus this work reveals that the SG/FM bilayer system containing intimately coupled interface, instead of a single SG layer, is responsible for the novel EB properties. PMID:26348277

  17. Structural and magnetic properties of (Fe/Mn) exchange-biased multilayers

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    El Bahoui, A.; Genevois, C.; Juraszek, J.; Bordel, C.; Ledue, D.

    2013-05-01

    Exchange-biasing of ferromagnetic (F) Fe layers by adjacent antiferromagnetic (AF) Mn layers has been investigated in (Fe/Mn)10 multilayered films. This study has been focused on the relationship between the evolution of the exchange-bias field and the evolution of the film microstructure as a function of the deposition temperature. The increase of the deposition temperature results in the formation of an Fe-Mn alloy at the interfaces and columnar features whose size increases with the deposition temperature. In parallel, the exchange-bias field decreases significantly, due to interface roughness.

  18. Perpendicular Exchange-Biased Magnetotransport at the Vertical Heterointerfaces in La(0.7)Sr(0.3)MnO3:NiO Nanocomposites.

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    Zhang, Wenrui; Li, Leigang; Lu, Ping; Fan, Meng; Su, Qing; Khatkhatay, Fauzia; Chen, Aiping; Jia, Quanxi; Zhang, Xinghang; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Wang, Haiyan

    2015-10-01

    Heterointerfaces in manganite-based heterostructures in either layered or vertical geometry control their magnetotransport properties. Instead of using spin-polarized tunneling across the interface, a unique approach based on the magnetic exchange coupling along the vertical interface to control the magnetotransport properties has been demonstrated. By coupling ferromagnetic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 and antiferromagnetic NiO in an epitaxial vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN) architecture, a dynamic and reversible switch of the resistivity between two distinct exchange biased states has been achieved. This study explores the use of vertical interfacial exchange coupling to tailor magnetotransport properties, and demonstrates their viability for spintronic applications.

  19. Exchange bias effect and glassy-like behavior of EuCrO3 and CeCrO3 nano-powders

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    Taheri, M.; Kremer, R. K.; Trudel, S.; Razavi, F. S.

    2015-09-01

    The magnetic properties of nano-sized EuCrO3 and CeCrO3 powders, synthesized by a solution combustion method, were investigated using DC/AC magnetization measurements. An exchange bias effect, magnetization irreversibility and AC susceptibility dispersion in these samples provided evidence for the presence of the spin disorder magnetic phase. The exchange bias phenomenon, which is assigned to the exchange coupling between the glassy-like shell and canted antiferromagnetic core, showed the opposite sign in EuCrO3 and CeCrO3 at low temperatures, suggesting different exchange interactions at the interfaces in these compounds. We also observed a sign reversal of exchange bias in CeCrO3 at different temperatures.

  20. Exchange bias effect and glassy-like behavior of EuCrO{sub 3} and CeCrO{sub 3} nano-powders

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    Taheri, M. Razavi, F. S.; Kremer, R. K.; Trudel, S.

    2015-09-28

    The magnetic properties of nano-sized EuCrO{sub 3} and CeCrO{sub 3} powders, synthesized by a solution combustion method, were investigated using DC/AC magnetization measurements. An exchange bias effect, magnetization irreversibility and AC susceptibility dispersion in these samples provided evidence for the presence of the spin disorder magnetic phase. The exchange bias phenomenon, which is assigned to the exchange coupling between the glassy-like shell and canted antiferromagnetic core, showed the opposite sign in EuCrO{sub 3} and CeCrO{sub 3} at low temperatures, suggesting different exchange interactions at the interfaces in these compounds. We also observed a sign reversal of exchange bias in CeCrO{sub 3} at different temperatures.

  1. Exchange bias controlled by electric current: Interplay of Joule heating and the induced field

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    Oda, Kent; Moriyama, Takahiro; Kawaguchi, Masashi; Kamiya, Michinari; Tanaka, Kensho; Kim, Kab-Jin; Ono, Teruo

    2016-07-01

    Exchange bias is a unidirectional magnetic anisotropy developed in a bilayer of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic layers. Its technical importance as a “fix layer” is seen in various spintronic devices. The exchange bias can also be a probe to investigate the antiferromagnetic layer as it partly reflects the magnetic state of the antiferromagnet. In this work, we investigated the modulation of the exchange bias by a flow of electric current in Pt/Fe50Mn50/FeNi and Cu/Fe50Mn50/FeNi. We show that the exchange bias can be modulated just by applying the current due to interplay among the Joule heating, Ampere field, and current-induced effective field.

  2. Room temperature exchange bias in SmFeO3 single crystal

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    Wang (王晓雄), Xiaoxiong; Cheng (程相义), Xiangyi; Gao (高尚), Shang; Song (宋俊达), Junda; Ruan (阮可青), Keqing; Li (李晓光), Xiaoguang

    2016-02-01

    Exchange bias phenomenon is generally ascribed to the unidirectional magnetic shift along the field axes at interface of two magnetic materials. Room temperature exchange bias is found in SmFeO3 single crystal. The behavior after different cooling procedure is regular, and the training behavior is attributed to the athermal training and its pinning origin is attributed to the antiferromagnetic clusters. Its being single phase and occurring at room temperature make it an appropriate candidate for application.

  3. Controlling disorder-mediated exchange bias in (Mn,Zn,Fe)3O4 thin films

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    Alaan, U. S.; Sreenivasulu, G.; Yu, K. M.; Jenkins, C.; Shafer, P.; Arenholz, E.; Srinivasan, G.; Suzuki, Y.

    2016-05-01

    We report exchange bias in (Mn,Zn,Fe)3O4 thin films that are compositionally homogeneous. We show that exchange bias in these Mn-Zn ferrite (MZFO) films can be tuned quite easily through annealing of the as-deposited films. The annealing process increases the crystallinity, as measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD). This improvement in crystallinity is accompanied by lower coercive fields, lower exchange bias fields, and higher saturation magnetizations. Exchange bias in these nominally homogeneous ferrite films is correlated with the degree of both structural and magnetic disorder. Based on the annealing experiments, we believe that these MZFO films may consist of crystalline regions that are separated from one another by disordered regions of the same nominal composition. The disordered regions serve to exchange bias the more structurally and magnetically ordered crystalline MZFO grains, leading to a shift of the magnetic hysteresis loop. Together these results indicate that the magnitude of the exchange bias can be controlled by tuning the degree of crystallinity in the system.

  4. Low temperature exchange bias in [DyFe(2)/YFe(2)] superlattices: effect of the thermo-magnetic preparation.

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    Dumesnil, K; Dufour, C; Fernandez, S; Oudich, M; Avisou, A; Rogalev, A; Wilhelm, F

    2009-06-10

    The effect of the thermo-magnetic preparation on exchange bias is investigated in an exchange-coupled [3 nm DyFe(2)/12 nmYFe(2)](22) superlattice. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) experiments at low temperature reveal that exchange bias originates from the quenched DyFe(2) magnetization, biasing the unpinned YFe(2) reversal. This quenched configuration can be tailored by changing the cooling field or the magnetic preparation at 300 K before zero-field cooling. Changing the amplitude of the cooling field induces interface domain walls and tends to modify the orientation of the pinning moments at the interfaces. This results in the observation of single loops and in the continuous variation of the bias field as a function of the cooling field. A specific magnetic preparation (field cycling) at 300 K induces different remanent states with lateral domains in the pinning layer, which remain unchanged at low temperature after zero-field cooling and behave independently. This gives rise to combined loops, whose shape reflects the domain populations. PMID:21825599

  5. Biased imitation in coupled evolutionary games in interdependent networks

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    Santos, M. D.; Dorogovtsev, S. N.; Mendes, J. F. F.

    2014-03-01

    We explore the evolutionary dynamics of two games--the Prisoner's Dilemma and the Snowdrift Game--played within distinct networks (layers) of interdependent networks. In these networks imitation and interaction between individuals of opposite layers is established through interlinks. We explore an update rule in which revision of strategies is a biased imitation process: individuals imitate neighbors from the same layer with probability p, and neighbors from the second layer with complementary probability 1 - p. We demonstrate that a small decrease of p from p = 1 (which corresponds to forbidding strategy transfer between layers) is sufficient to promote cooperation in the Prisoner's Dilemma subpopulation. This, on the other hand, is detrimental for cooperation in the Snowdrift Game subpopulation. We provide results of extensive computer simulations for the case in which layers are modelled as regular random networks, and support this study with analytical results for coupled well-mixed populations.

  6. Information Filtering via Biased Random Walk on Coupled Social Network

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    Dong, Qiang; Fu, Yan

    2014-01-01

    The recommender systems have advanced a great deal in the past two decades. However, most researchers focus their attentions on mining the similarities among users or objects in recommender systems and overlook the social influence which plays an important role in users' purchase process. In this paper, we design a biased random walk algorithm on coupled social networks which gives recommendation results based on both social interests and users' preference. Numerical analyses on two real data sets, Epinions and Friendfeed, demonstrate the improvement of recommendation performance by taking social interests into account, and experimental results show that our algorithm can alleviate the user cold-start problem more effectively compared with the mass diffusion and user-based collaborative filtering methods. PMID:25147867

  7. Eliminating leakage current in voltage-controlled exchange-bias devices

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    Mahmood, Ather; Echtenkamp, Will; Street, Michael; Binek, Christian; Magnetic Heterostructures Team

    Manipulation of magnetism by electric field has drawn much attention due to the technological importance for low-power devices, and for understanding fundamental magnetoelectric phenomena. A manifestation of electrically controlled magnetism is voltage control of exchange bias (EB). Robust isothermal voltage control of EB was demonstrated near room temperature using a heterostructure of Co/Pd thin film and an exchange coupled single crystal of the antiferromagnetic Cr2O3 (Chromia). A major obstacle for EB in lithographically patterned Chromia based thin-film devices is to minimize the leakage currents at high electric fields (>10 kV/mm). By combining electrical measurements on patterned devices and conductive Atomic Force Microscopy of Chromia thin-films, we investigate the defects which form conducting paths impeding the application of sufficient voltage for demonstrating the isothermal EB switching in thin film heterostructures. Technological challenges in the device fabrication will be discussed. This project was supported by SRC through CNFD, an SRC-NRI Center, by C-SPIN, part of STARnet, and by the NSF through MRSEC Abstract DMR-0820521.

  8. Unconventional exchange bias in CoCr2O4/Cr2O3 nanocomposites

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    Guo, S.; Liu, X. H.; Cui, W. B.; Liu, W.; Zhao, X. G.; Li, D.; Zhang, Z. D.

    2009-03-01

    Unconventional exchange bias (EB) has been studied in CoCr2O4/Cr2O3 nanocomposites, in which the Curie temperature of the ferrimagnetic CoCr2O4 is much lower than the Néel temperature of the antiferromagnetic Cr2O3. A negative EB field of about 2.5 kOe at 5 K is achieved upon cooling in a field of 30 kOe. Meanwhile, the coercivity of the CoCr2O4 nanoparticles has been enhanced significantly by coupling with Cr2O3. The effect of the cooling field on the EB field and coercivity at 10 K has also been investigated. The domain-state model is used to interpret the unconventional EB. Cooling field may play a decisive role in the creation of the interfacial spin configuration for the unconventional EB, not only by exchange interaction between the induced magnetization of a polarized paramagnet and interfacial spins of an antiferromagnet but also by Zeeman interaction between the domain-state surplus magnetization and the external field.

  9. Origin of spontaneous exchange bias in Co/NiMn bilayer structure

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    Akbulut, A.; Akbulut, S.; Yildiz, F.

    2016-11-01

    Spontaneous exchange bias (EB) is reported for as deposited Si/Pt(tPt)/Ni45Mn55(tAFM/Co(tFM)/Pt(30 Å) thin film system without requiring any post annealing, deposition with field or field cooling procedures. Magnetic properties of this system were investigated with respect to thicknesses of buffer Pt layer (tPt), antiferromagnetic NiMn layer (tAFM) and ferromagnetic Co layer (tFM). Exchange coupling between NiMn and Co layers enhanced considerably by increasing tPt. In order to observe a spontaneous EB in the system, Pt buffer layer must be thicker than a certain thickness, and NiMn layer must be grown directly on the buffer layer. On the other hand, significant increments in the coercive fields (HC) were reported for thinner Pt buffer layers. The thickness ranges for Co and NiMn layers were also determined to obtain spontaneous EB. This spontaneous EB is discussed to be a result of NiMn (111) texture which is induced by Pt buffer layer. Greater EB fields (HEB) are measured for the samples in the negative field direction by the effect of annealing and field cooling (from 400 K to 300 K at 2 kOe).

  10. Sources of tropical Atlantic coupled model biases derived from initialised hindcasts and partially coupled sensitivity experiments

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    Deppenmeier, Anna-Lena; Hazeleger, Wilco; Haarsma, Rein; Prodhomme, Chloé; Exarchou, Eleftheria; Doblas-Reyes, Francisco J.

    2016-04-01

    State-of-the-art coupled general circulation models (CGCMs) still fail to simulate the mean state and variability of the tropical Atlantic (TA) climate correctly. We investigate the importance of air-sea interaction at different regions in the TA by means of performing partially coupled sensitivity experiments with the state-of-the-art CGCM EC-Earth3.1. All simulations are intialised from the observed climate state. By studying the initial drift in sensitivity experiments we obtain insight into the tropical dynamics and sources of model bias. We test the influence of realistic wind stress forcing over different regions of the TA on the development of SST as well as other oceanic biases. A series of hindcasts fully initialised in May and run until the end of August are performed with prescribed ERA-Interim zonal and meridional wind stresses over three different regions: firstly, we force the entire TA from 15N - 30S. Secondly, we force the equatorial band only between 5N - 5S, and finally we force the coastal area of the Angola Benguela upwelling region between 0W and the coast and between 5S - 30N. Our setup only affects the oceanic forcing and leaves the atmosphere free to adapt, such that we can identify the air-sea interaction processes in the different regions and their effect on the SST bias in the fully coupled system. The differences between forcing the entire TA and the equatorial region only are very small, which hints to the great importance of the relatively narrow equatorial region. The coastal upwelling area does not strongly affect the equatorial region in our model. We identify the equatorial band as most susceptible to errors in the wind stress forcing and, due to the strong atmosphere-ocean coupling, as source of the main biases in our model. The partially coupled experiments with initialised seasonal hindcasts appear to be a powerful tool to identify the sources of model biases and to identify relevant air-sea interaction processes in the TA.

  11. Mapping motion of antiferromagnetic interfacial uncompensated magnetic moment in exchange-biased bilayers.

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    Zhou, X; Ma, L; Shi, Z; Fan, W J; Evans, R F L; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Chantrell, R W; Mangin, S; Zhang, H W; Zhou, S M

    2015-01-01

    In this work, disordered-IrMn3/insulating-Y3Fe5O12 exchange-biased bilayers are studied. The behavior of the net magnetic moment ΔmAFM in the antiferromagnet is directly probed by anomalous and planar Hall effects, and anisotropic magnetoresistance. The ΔmAFM is proved to come from the interfacial uncompensated magnetic moment. We demonstrate that the exchange bias and rotational hysteresis loss are induced by partial rotation and irreversible switching of the ΔmAFM. In the athermal training effect, the state of the ΔmAFM cannot be recovered after one cycle of hysteresis loop. This work highlights the fundamental role of the ΔmAFM in the exchange bias and facilitates the manipulation of antiferromagnetic spintronic devices.

  12. Mapping motion of antiferromagnetic interfacial uncompensated magnetic moment in exchange-biased bilayers

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    Zhou, X.; Ma, L.; Shi, Z.; Fan, W. J.; Evans, R. F. L.; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Chantrell, R. W.; Mangin, S.; Zhang, H. W.; Zhou, S. M.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, disordered-IrMn3/insulating-Y3Fe5O12 exchange-biased bilayers are studied. The behavior of the net magnetic moment ΔmAFM in the antiferromagnet is directly probed by anomalous and planar Hall effects, and anisotropic magnetoresistance. The ΔmAFM is proved to come from the interfacial uncompensated magnetic moment. We demonstrate that the exchange bias and rotational hysteresis loss are induced by partial rotation and irreversible switching of the ΔmAFM. In the athermal training effect, the state of the ΔmAFM cannot be recovered after one cycle of hysteresis loop. This work highlights the fundamental role of the ΔmAFM in the exchange bias and facilitates the manipulation of antiferromagnetic spintronic devices. PMID:25777540

  13. Effects of exchange bias on magnetotransport in permalloy kagome artificial spin ice

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    Le, B. L.; Rench, D. W.; Misra, R.; O’Brien, L.; Leighton, C.; Samarth, N.; Schiffer, P.

    2015-02-01

    We investigate the magnetotransport properties of connected kagome artificial spin ice networks composed of permalloy nanowires. Our data show clear evidence of magnetic switching among the wires, both in the longitudinal and transverse magnetoresistance. An unusual asymmetry with field sweep direction appears at temperatures below about 20 K that appears to be associated with exchange bias resulting from surface oxidation of permalloy, and which disappears in alumina-capped samples. These results demonstrate that exchange bias is a phenomenon that must be considered in understanding the physics of such artificial spin ice systems, and that opens up new possibilities for their control.

  14. Tiny Ni-NiO nanocrystals with exchange bias induced room temperature ferromagnetism

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    Chaghouri, Hanan Al; Tuna, F.; Santhosh, P. N.; Thomas, P. John

    2016-03-01

    Ni nanocrystals coated with a thin layer of NiO with a diameter of 5.0 nm show exchange bias induced ferromagnetism at room temperature. These particulates are freely dispersible in water and were obtained by annealing Ni nanoparticles coated with a thin amorphous layer of NiO. Particulates with diameters between 5.0 and 16.8 nm are studied. Detailed magnetic measurements reveal signs consistent with strong exchange bias including elevated blocking temperatures and tangible loop shifts. The structure of the particulates are characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis and x-ray diffraction.

  15. Improvement in both giant magnetoresistance and exchange bias through hydrogen ion irradiation at low energy

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    Shim, Jaechul; Han, Yoonsung; Lee, Jinwon; Hong, Jongill

    2008-09-01

    Irradiation of IrMn-based spin valves with 550 eV hydrogen ions increased their giant magnetoresistance and exchange bias by 20% and 60%, respectively. This significant enhancement stems from the strong (111) texture and small mosaic spread of the IrMn antiferromagnet that resulted from the microstructural reconstruction caused by the energy transfer during the bombardment by hydrogen ions, as well as by the narrow dispersion in the exchange bias. Irradiation with the hydrogen ion at low energy can improve the properties of spin valves without resulting in undue degradation in the performance or the microstructure.

  16. High temperature exchange bias effect in melt-spun Mn55Bi45alloys

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    Song, Yiming; Xiang, Zhen; Wang, Taolei; Niu, Junchao; Xia, Kada; Lu, Wei; Zhang, Hong; Cao, Yongze; Yoshimura, Satoru; Saito, Hitoshi

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we report a high-temperature exchange bias (EB) effect in melt-spun Mn55Bi45 alloy ribbons. A remarkable spontaneous exchange bias (up to 1700 Oe) was achieved at temperature from 300 K to 550 K, which is far higher than what has so far been observed in other alloy systems. Such a phenomenon is attributed to the local antiferromagnetic cluster formed in the ferromagnetic matrix. The observation of high-temperature EB in the Mn55Bi45 alloy is of interest from the perspective of practical applications, and it is a good starting point for designing high-temperature spintronic devices.

  17. Exchange bias of the interface spin system at the Fe/MgO interface.

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    Fan, Y; Smith, K J; Lüpke, G; Hanbicki, A T; Goswami, R; Li, C H; Zhao, H B; Jonker, B T

    2013-06-01

    The ferromagnet/oxide interface is key to developing emerging multiferroic and spintronic technologies with new functionality. Here we probe the Fe/MgO interface magnetization, and identify a new exchange bias phenomenon manifested only in the interface spin system, and not in the bulk. The interface magnetization exhibits a pronounced exchange bias, and the hysteresis loop is shifted entirely to one side of the zero field axis. However, the bulk magnetization does not, in marked contrast to typical systems where exchange bias is manifested in the net magnetization. This reveals the existence of an antiferromagnetic exchange pinning layer at the interface, identified here as FeO patches that exist even for a nominally 'clean' interface. These results demonstrate that atomic moments at the interface are non-collinear with the bulk magnetization, and therefore may affect the net anisotropy or serve as spin scattering sites. We control the exchange bias magnitude by varying the interface oxygen concentration and Fe-O bonding.

  18. Interfacial exchange coupling induced anomalous anisotropic magnetoresistance in epitaxial γ'-Fe₄N/CoN bilayers.

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    Li, Zirun; Mi, Wenbo; Wang, Xiaocha; Zhang, Xixiang

    2015-02-18

    Anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) of the facing-target reactively sputtered epitaxial γ'-Fe4N/CoN bilayers is investigated. The phase shift and rectangular-like AMR appears at low temperatures, which can be ascribed to the interfacial exchange coupling. The phase shift comes from the exchange bias (EB) that makes the magnetization lag behind a small field. When the γ'-Fe4N thickness increases, the rectangular-like AMR appears. The rectangular-like AMR should be from the combined contributions including the EB-induced unidirectional anisotropy, intrinsic AMR of γ'-Fe4N layer and interfacial spin scattering.

  19. Orbital Reconstruction Enhanced Exchange Bias in La0.6Sr0.4MnO3/Orthorhombic YMnO3 Heterostructures

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    Zheng, Dongxing; Jin, Chao; Li, Peng; Wang, Liyan; Feng, Liefeng; Mi, Wenbo; Bai, Haili

    2016-01-01

    The exchange bias in ferromagnetic/multiferroic heterostructures is usually considered to originate from interfacial coupling. In this work, an orbital reconstruction enhanced exchange bias was discovered. As La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (LSMO) grown on YMnO3 (YMO) suffers a tensile strain (a > c), the doubly degenerate eg orbital splits into high energy 3z2 − r2 and low energy x2 − y2 orbitals, which makes electrons occupy the localized x2 − y2 orbital and leads to the formation of antiferromagnetic phase in LSMO. The orbital reconstruction induced antiferromagnetic phase enhances the exchange bias in the LSMO/YMO heterostructures, lightening an effective way for electric-field modulated magnetic moments in multiferroic magnetoelectric devices. PMID:27090614

  20. Orbital Reconstruction Enhanced Exchange Bias in La0.6Sr0.4MnO3/Orthorhombic YMnO3 Heterostructures

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    Zheng, Dongxing; Jin, Chao; Li, Peng; Wang, Liyan; Feng, Liefeng; Mi, Wenbo; Bai, Haili

    2016-04-01

    The exchange bias in ferromagnetic/multiferroic heterostructures is usually considered to originate from interfacial coupling. In this work, an orbital reconstruction enhanced exchange bias was discovered. As La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (LSMO) grown on YMnO3 (YMO) suffers a tensile strain (a > c), the doubly degenerate eg orbital splits into high energy 3z2 ‑ r2 and low energy x2 ‑ y2 orbitals, which makes electrons occupy the localized x2 ‑ y2 orbital and leads to the formation of antiferromagnetic phase in LSMO. The orbital reconstruction induced antiferromagnetic phase enhances the exchange bias in the LSMO/YMO heterostructures, lightening an effective way for electric-field modulated magnetic moments in multiferroic magnetoelectric devices.

  1. Electric field induced reversible 180° magnetization switching through tuning of interfacial exchange bias along magnetic easy-axis in multiferroic laminates

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    Xue, Xu; Zhou, Ziyao; Peng, Bin; Zhu, Mingmin; Zhang, Yijun; Ren, Wei; Ren, Tao; Yang, Xi; Nan, Tianxiang; Sun, Nian X.; et al

    2015-11-18

    E-field control of interfacial exchange coupling and deterministic switching of magnetization have been demonstrated in two sets of ferromagnetic(FM)/antiferromagnetic(AFM)/ferroelectric(FE) multiferroic heterostructures, including NiFe/NiCoO/glass/PZN-PT (011) and NiFe/FeMn/glass/PZN-PT (011). We designed this experiment to achieve exchange bias tuning along the magnetic easy axis, which is critical for realizing reversible 180° magnetization deterministic switching at zero or small magnetic bias. Strong exchange coupling were established across AFM-FM interfaces, which plays an important role in voltage control of magnetization switching. Through the competition between the E-field induced uniaxial anisotropy in ferromagnetic layer and unidirectional anisotropy in antiferromagnetic layer, the exchange bias was significantly shiftedmore » by up to |ΔHex|/Hex=8% in NiFe/FeMn/glass/PZN-PT (011) and 13% in NiFe/NiCoO/glass/PZN-PT (011). In addition, the square shape of the hysteresis loop, as well as a strong shape tunability of |ΔHex|/Hc=67.5~125% in NiFe/FeMn/glass/PZN-PT and 30~38% in NiFe/NiCoO/glass/PZN-PT were achieved, which lead to a near 180° magnetization switching. Lastly, electrical tuning of interfacial exchange coupling in FM/AFM/FE systems paves a new way for realizing magnetoelectric random access memories and other memory technologies.« less

  2. Electric field induced reversible 180° magnetization switching through tuning of interfacial exchange bias along magnetic easy-axis in multiferroic laminates

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    Xue, Xu; Zhou, Ziyao; Peng, Bin; Zhu, Mingmin; Zhang, Yijun; Ren, Wei; Ren, Tao; Yang, Xi; Nan, Tianxiang; Sun, Nian X.; Liu, Ming

    2015-01-01

    E-field control of interfacial exchange coupling and deterministic switching of magnetization have been demonstrated in two sets of ferromagnetic(FM)/antiferromagnetic(AFM)/ferroelectric(FE) multiferroic heterostructures, including NiFe/NiCoO/glass/PZN-PT (011) and NiFe/FeMn/glass/PZN-PT (011). We designed this experiment to achieve exchange bias tuning along the magnetic easy axis, which is critical for realizing reversible 180° magnetization deterministic switching at zero or small magnetic bias. Strong exchange coupling were established across AFM-FM interfaces, which plays an important role in voltage control of magnetization switching. Through the competition between the E-field induced uniaxial anisotropy in ferromagnetic layer and unidirectional anisotropy in antiferromagnetic layer, the exchange bias was significantly shifted by up to |∆Hex|/Hex = 8% in NiFe/FeMn/glass/PZN-PT (011) and 13% in NiFe/NiCoO/glass/PZN-PT (011). In addition, the square shape of the hysteresis loop, as well as a strong shape tunability of |∆Hex|/Hc = 67.5 ~ 125% in NiFe/FeMn/glass/PZN-PT and 30 ~ 38% in NiFe/NiCoO/glass/PZN-PT were achieved, which lead to a near 180° magnetization switching. Electrical tuning of interfacial exchange coupling in FM/AFM/FE systems paves a new way for realizing magnetoelectric random access memories and other memory technologies. PMID:26576658

  3. Exchange bias due to defects and domains in the volume of the antiferromagnet

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    Guntherodt, Gernot

    2001-03-01

    The exchange bias (EB) coupling at ferro-/antiferromagnetic interfaces of epitaxially grown Co/CoO layers can intentionally be increased by a factor up to 4 upon introducing nonmagnetic defects in the volume of the antiferromagnet away from the interface. This leads to the stabilization of volume domains in the antiferromagnet(AF). Hence, EB is primarily not due to roughness at the interface, but rather due to a domain state (DS) in the volume of the AF. Monte Carlo simulations of a simple model of a ferromagnetic layer on a diluted Ising-type AF layer exhibit EB and qualitatively explain its dependence on dilution, temperature and cooling field as well as training effects and relaxation behavior. The experimental dependence of the EB field on the thickness t of the antiferromagnetic CoO layer is also consistent with the DS model. For nondiluted CoO layers the EB field decreases above t=5 nm, whereas for diluted CoO the EB field increases and saturates for t>20 nm. Work supported by DFG (Germany) through SFB 341 and SFB 491.

  4. Voltage controlled exchange bias in an all-thin-film Cr2O3 based heterostructure

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    Echtenkamp, Will; Binek, Christian

    2014-03-01

    Spintronics utilizes the electron's spin degree of freedom for an advanced generation of electronic devices with novel functionalities. Controlling magnetism by electrical means has been identified as a key challenge in the field of spintronics, and electric control of exchange bias is one of the most promising routes to address this challenge. Previously, robust isothermal electric control of exchange bias has been achieved near room temperature utilizing a bulk single crystal of Cr2O3. In this study electric control of exchange bias in an all-thin-film system is demonstrated with significant implications for device realization. In particular, voltage controlled switching of exchange bias in a Cr2O3 based magnetoelectric magnetic tunnel junction enables nonvolatile memory storage with virtually dissipationless writing at, or above, room temperature. Additionally, unique physical properties which arise due to the Cr2O3 thin film geometry are highlighted. This project is supported by NSF through MRSEC DMR 0213808, by the NRC/NRI supplement to MRSEC, and by CNFD and C-SPIN, one of six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program.

  5. Diffusion mechanism of exchange bias formation in permalloy-manganese nanostructures at thermo-magnetic treatment.

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    Blinov, I V; Krinitsina, T P; Matveev, S A; Milyaev, M A; Sedova, P N; Popov, V V; Ustinov, V V

    2012-09-01

    A mechanism of unidirectional exchange anisotropy formation at thermo-magnetic treatment of permalloy-manganese bilayers has been studied. A shift of hysteresis loops appears at annealing beginning from 230 degrees C. The maximal exchange field of 155 Oe is reached after the 250 degrees C annealing for 2 h. As demonstrated by transmission electron microscopy, the exchange bias and the coercivity growth result from an ordered anti-ferromagnetic NiFeMn phase formation due to the diffusion interaction of permalloy and manganese at annealing. PMID:23035517

  6. Tunable exchange bias-like effect in patterned hard-soft two-dimensional lateral composites with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Hierro-Rodriguez, A. Alvarez-Prado, L. M.; Martín, J. I.; Alameda, J. M.; Teixeira, J. M.; Vélez, M.

    2014-09-08

    Patterned hard-soft 2D magnetic lateral composites have been fabricated by e-beam lithography plus dry etching techniques on sputter-deposited NdCo{sub 5} thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Their magnetic behavior is strongly thickness dependent due to the interplay between out-of-plane anisotropy and magnetostatic energy. Thus, the spatial modulation of thicknesses leads to an exchange coupled system with hard/soft magnetic regions in which rotatable anisotropy of the thicker elements provides an extra tool to design the global magnetic behavior of the patterned lateral composite. Kerr microscopy studies (domain imaging and magneto-optical Kerr effect magnetometry) reveal that the resulting hysteresis loops exhibit a tunable exchange bias-like shift that can be switched on/off by the applied magnetic field.

  7. Exchange bias effect in Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}AlO{sub 9} ceramics

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    Huang, S.; Shi, L. R.; Sun, H. G.; Zhu, C. M.; Tian, Z. M.; Yuan, S. L.

    2014-11-10

    The exchange bias (EB) effect is observed in Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 3}AlO{sub 9} polycrystalline ceramics. The EB field (H{sub EB}), vertical magnetization shift, and coercive field show a strong dependence on the cooling fields. When a larger applied field is used to measure the hysteresis loop, the EB effect is suppressed. The induced spin-glass-like phase via Al{sup 3+} doping is responsible for the EB effect below the spin-glass temperature (T{sub SG}) of ∼25 K. Moreover, the H{sub EB} varies nonmonotonically with temperature above T{sub SG}, which is interpreted using a random field model with the exchange coupling between ferromagnetic clusters and an antiferromagnetic phase.

  8. Design of compensated ferrimagnetic Heusler alloys for giant tunable exchange bias.

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    Nayak, Ajaya K; Nicklas, Michael; Chadov, Stanislav; Khuntia, Panchanana; Shekhar, Chandra; Kalache, Adel; Baenitz, Michael; Skourski, Yurii; Guduru, Veerendra K; Puri, Alessandro; Zeitler, Uli; Coey, J M D; Felser, Claudia

    2015-07-01

    Rational material design can accelerate the discovery of materials with improved functionalities. This approach can be implemented in Heusler compounds with tunable magnetic sublattices to demonstrate unprecedented magnetic properties. Here, we have designed a family of Heusler alloys with a compensated ferrimagnetic state. In the vicinity of the compensation composition in Mn-Pt-Ga, a giant exchange bias (EB) of more than 3 T and a large coercivity are established. The large exchange anisotropy originates from the exchange interaction between the compensated host and ferrimagnetic clusters that arise from intrinsic anti-site disorder. Our design approach is also demonstrated on a second material with a magnetic transition above room temperature, Mn-Fe-Ga, exemplifying the universality of the concept and the feasibility of room-temperature applications. These findings may lead to the development of magneto-electronic devices and rare-earth-free exchange-biased hard magnets, where the second quadrant magnetization can be stabilized by the exchange bias.

  9. Exchange bias effect in Ti doped nanocrystalline SrFeO{sub 3-δ}

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    Sendil Kumar, A. Srinath, S.

    2014-08-15

    Materials of Ti doped nanocrystalline SrFeO{sub 3-δ} were synthesized through solid state reaction. Detailed magnetization measurements were carried out in zero field cooled (ZFC) and field cooled (FC) conditions. Compounds of SrFe{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3-δ} (x = 0.1 to 0.3) are found to be spin glass and parent compound is a helical antiferromagnet. Non magnetic Ti{sup 4+} reduces the strength of exchange interactions and the curvature of hysteresis is changed towards concave nature. Exchange bias is observed below the peak temperature (irreversibility in magnetization (T{sub Irr})) in ZFC-FC of SrFe{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3-δ} (x = 0 to 0.3). The coercivity and exchange bias field values are found to be decreases with increase in temperature. Observed exchange bias effect is attributed to competition between antiferromagnetic superexchange and ferromagnetic double exchange interactions.

  10. Interfacial ferromagnetism and exchange bias in CaRuO3/CaMnO3 superlattices.

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    He, C; Grutter, A J; Gu, M; Browning, N D; Takamura, Y; Kirby, B J; Borchers, J A; Kim, J W; Fitzsimmons, M R; Zhai, X; Mehta, V V; Wong, F J; Suzuki, Y

    2012-11-01

    We have found ferromagnetism in epitaxially grown superlattices of CaRuO(3)/CaMnO(3) that arises in one unit cell at the interface. Scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy indicate that the difference in magnitude of the Mn valence states between the center of the CaMnO(3) layer and the interface region is consistent with double exchange interaction among the Mn ions at the interface. Polarized neutron reflectivity and the CaMnO(3) thickness dependence of the exchange bias field together indicate that the interfacial ferromagnetism is only limited to one unit cell of CaMnO(3) at each interface. The interfacial moment alternates between the 1 μ(B)/interface Mn ion for even CaMnO(3) layers and the 0.5 μ(B)/interface Mn ion for odd CaMnO(3) layers. This modulation, combined with the exchange bias, suggests the presence of a modulating interlayer coupling between neighboring ferromagnetic interfaces via the antiferromagnetic CaMnO(3) layers.

  11. Study of exchange bias and training effect in NiCr2O4

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    Barman, Junmoni; Bora, Tribedi; Ravi, S.

    2015-07-01

    Single phase sample of NiCr2O4 crystallized in a tetragonal structure of I41/amd space group was prepared. Ferrimagnetic transition at TC=73 K along with a large irreversibility has been observed from the magnetization measurement. The sample exhibits exchange bias phenomenon and it is explained by considering the anisotropic exchange interaction between the ferrimagnetic and the antiferromagnetic components of magnetic moment. Presence of training effect is also observed. The exchange bias field (HEB) is found to decay exponentially with increase in temperature and however, the coercive field (HCeff) follows the empirical relation HCeff = HCeff [ 1 - T/TC']2 . The maximum experimental values of HEB and HCeff are found to be 313 Oe and 4839 Oe respectively.

  12. Exchange bias in a nanocrystalline hematite/permalloy thin film investigated with polarized neutron reflectometry

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    Cortie, D. L.; Lin, K.-W.; Shueh, C.; Hsu, H.-F.; Wang, X. L.; James, M.; Fritzsche, H.; Brück, S.; Klose, F.

    2012-08-01

    We investigated a hematite α-Fe2O3/permalloy Ni80Fe20 bilayer film where the antiferromagnetic layer consisted of small hematite grains in the 2 to 16 nm range. A pronounced exchange bias effect occurred below the blocking temperature of 40 K. The magnitude of exchange bias was enhanced relative to reports for identical compounds in large grain, epitaxial films. However, the blocking temperature was dramatically reduced. As the Néel temperature of bulk α-Fe2O3 is known to be very high (860 K), we attribute the low-temperature onset of exchange bias to the well-known finite-size effect which suppresses the Morin transition for nanostructured hematite. Polarized neutron reflectometry was used to place an upper limit on the concentration and length scale of a layer of uncompensated moments at the antiferromagnetic interface. The data were found to be consistent with an induced magnetic region at the antiferromagnetic interface of 0.5-1.0 μB per Fe atom within a depth of 1-2 nm. The field dependence of the neutron spin-flip signal and spin asymmetry was analyzed in the biased state, and the first and second magnetic reversal were found to occur by asymmetric mechanisms. For the fully trained permalloy loop, reversal occurred symmetrically at both coercive fields by an in-plane spin rotation of ferromagnetic domains.

  13. Exchange bias effect in multiferroic CoCr2O4/Cr2O3 nanogranular system synthesized through a phase segregation route

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    Tian, Zhaoming; Chen, Jingting; Yuan, Songliu; Tang, Jianbang; Huo, Shaoxin; Duan, Hanning

    2011-09-01

    A nanogranular system of multiferroic CoCr2O4 nanoparticles embedded in an antiferromagnetic Cr2O3 matrix has been synthesized through a high-temperature phase segregation route from a Co-doped Cr2O3 matrix. Magnetic studies show that exchange bias fields (HEB) accompanying vertical magnetization shifts (MShift) are observed at low temperatures after field cooled from 350 K. The corresponding exchange bias field can be as large as 1420 Oe, and the vertical magnetization shift reaches 0.116 emu/g at 10 K. The exchange bias field decreases with temperature increasing and disappears at T ≈ 70 K, while the coercive field (HC) initially increases with the temperature up to 40 K, and thereafter, it decreases to zero at 100 K. This exchange bias behavior is discussed in terms of the existence of exchange coupling between the ferrimagnetic CoCr2O4 core and spin glass-like phase at the interfaces.

  14. Magnetoelectric Control of Exchange Coupling in Monodomain BiFeO3 Heterostructures

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    Irwin, Julian; Saenrang, W.; Davidson, B.; Ryu, S.; Baek, S.-B.; Eom, C. B.; Rzchowski, M. S.; Freeland, J.

    2014-03-01

    The electric field control of magnetization via the exchange bias coupling of a ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic orderings has exciting applications in spintronic devices such as magnetic tunnel junctions. We investigate the exchange coupling between the monodomain multiferroic BiFeO3(BFO) thin film and a ferromagnetic Co layer. Recently, X-ray magnetic circular dichromism (XMCD) has been used to observe a ~20° rotation in the magnetization of the Co when the electric polarization of the BFO is reversed. Due to the formation of an antiferromagnetic surface ``dead layer'' at high temperatures, observed using X-ray linear magnetic dichromism, this rotation is only seen at temperatures below ~150K. Here we investigate the exchange coupling using anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) measurements that detect changes in the magnetization of the Co layer. Out approach using AMR can be applied more generally to study exchange coupling in multiferroic systems. This work is supported by the Army Research Office under Grant No. W911NF-10-1-0362.

  15. A Novel Method for Analyzing Extremely Biased Agonism at G Protein–Coupled Receptors

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    Zhou, Lei; Ehlert, Frederick J.; Bohn, Laura M.

    2015-01-01

    Seven transmembrane receptors were originally named and characterized based on their ability to couple to heterotrimeric G proteins. The assortment of coupling partners for G protein–coupled receptors has subsequently expanded to include other effectors (most notably the βarrestins). This diversity of partners available to the receptor has prompted the pursuit of ligands that selectively activate only a subset of the available partners. A biased or functionally selective ligand may be able to distinguish between different active states of the receptor, and this would result in the preferential activation of one signaling cascade more than another. Although application of the “standard” operational model for analyzing ligand bias is useful and suitable in most cases, there are limitations that arise when the biased agonist fails to induce a significant response in one of the assays being compared. In this article, we describe a quantitative method for measuring ligand bias that is particularly useful for such cases of extreme bias. Using simulations and experimental evidence from several κ opioid receptor agonists, we illustrate a “competitive” model for quantitating the degree and direction of bias. By comparing the results obtained from the competitive model with the standard model, we demonstrate that the competitive model expands the potential for evaluating the bias of very partial agonists. We conclude the competitive model provides a useful mechanism for analyzing the bias of partial agonists that exhibit extreme bias. PMID:25680753

  16. Perpendicular Exchange-Biased Magnetotransport at the Vertical Heterointerfaces in La(0.7)Sr(0.3)MnO3:NiO Nanocomposites.

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    Zhang, Wenrui; Li, Leigang; Lu, Ping; Fan, Meng; Su, Qing; Khatkhatay, Fauzia; Chen, Aiping; Jia, Quanxi; Zhang, Xinghang; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Wang, Haiyan

    2015-10-01

    Heterointerfaces in manganite-based heterostructures in either layered or vertical geometry control their magnetotransport properties. Instead of using spin-polarized tunneling across the interface, a unique approach based on the magnetic exchange coupling along the vertical interface to control the magnetotransport properties has been demonstrated. By coupling ferromagnetic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 and antiferromagnetic NiO in an epitaxial vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN) architecture, a dynamic and reversible switch of the resistivity between two distinct exchange biased states has been achieved. This study explores the use of vertical interfacial exchange coupling to tailor magnetotransport properties, and demonstrates their viability for spintronic applications. PMID:26394548

  17. Two-career couples: Information exchange

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    Sancetta, Constance

    AGU's Education and Human Resources Committee sponsored a panel session on The Two-Career Couple at the 1983 AGU Fall Meeting (a report on the session will appear in a forthcoming issue of Eos). The response was overwhelming—more than 150 persons crowded into the room, many of them midcareer professionals. Clearly, we had touched a nerve. In discussion following the panel presentation, members of the audience repeatedly expressed a desire for models, guidelines, or policy statements that could be shown to an employer, especially with reference to flexible work time, slow career advancement, and promotion policy. People felt that alternatives are feasible, and that the present lack of policies is largely due to ignorance, by both employers and employees, of practical solutions. “Surely, with so many women entering the work force, some corporations or agencies must have developed guidelines!”

  18. Micromagnetic simulation of exchange coupled ferri-/ferromagnetic heterostructures

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    Oezelt, Harald; Kovacs, Alexander; Reichel, Franz; Fischbacher, Johann; Bance, Simon; Gusenbauer, Markus; Schubert, Christian; Albrecht, Manfred; Schrefl, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Exchange coupled ferri-/ferromagnetic heterostructures are a possible material composition for future magnetic storage and sensor applications. In order to understand the driving mechanisms in the demagnetization process, we perform micromagnetic simulations by employing the Landau–Lifshitz–Gilbert equation. The magnetization reversal is dominated by pinning events within the amorphous ferrimagnetic layer and at the interface between the ferrimagnetic and the ferromagnetic layer. The shape of the computed magnetization reversal loop corresponds well with experimental data, if a spatial variation of the exchange coupling across the ferri-/ferromagnetic interface is assumed. PMID:25937693

  19. Ferromagnetic resonance of exchange-coupled perpendicularly magnetized bilayers

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    Devolder, Thibaut

    2016-04-01

    Strong ferromagnetic interlayer exchange couplings J in perpendicularly magnetized systems are becoming increasingly desirable for applications. We study whether ferromagnetic interlayer exchange couplings can be measured by a combination of broadband ferromagnetic resonance methods and magnetometry hysteresis loops. For this, we model the switching and the eigenexcitations in bilayer systems comprising a soft layer coupled to a thicker harder layer that possesses higher perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. For large J > 0, the switching fields are essentially independent of J but the frequency of the optical eigenmode of the bilayer and the linewidth of the acoustical and optical eigenmode are directly sensitive to the coupling. We derive a corpus of compact analytical expressions to analyze these frequencies, their linewidth and discuss the meaning thereof. We illustrate this corpus on a system mimicking the fixed layers of a magnetic tunnel junction meant for spin torque applications.

  20. Spin–orbit torque switching without an external field using interlayer exchange coupling

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    Lau, Yong-Chang; Betto, Davide; Rode, Karsten; Coey, J. M. D.; Stamenov, Plamen

    2016-09-01

    Manipulation of the magnetization of a perpendicular ferromagnetic free layer by spin–orbit torque (SOT) is an attractive alternative to spin-transfer torque (STT) in oscillators and switches such as magnetic random-access memory (MRAM) where a high current is passed across an ultrathin tunnel barrier. A small symmetry-breaking bias field is usually needed for deterministic SOT switching but it is impractical to generate the field externally for spintronic applications. Here, we demonstrate robust zero-field SOT switching of a perpendicular CoFe free layer where the symmetry is broken by magnetic coupling to a second in-plane exchange-biased CoFe layer via a nonmagnetic Ru or Pt spacer. The preferred magnetic state of the free layer is determined by the current polarity and the sign of the interlayer exchange coupling (IEC). Our strategy offers a potentially scalable solution to realize bias-field-free switching that can lead to a generation of SOT devices, combining a high storage density and endurance with a low power consumption.

  1. Spin-orbit torque switching without an external field using interlayer exchange coupling

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    Lau, Yong-Chang; Betto, Davide; Rode, Karsten; Coey, J. M. D.; Stamenov, Plamen

    2016-09-01

    Manipulation of the magnetization of a perpendicular ferromagnetic free layer by spin-orbit torque (SOT) is an attractive alternative to spin-transfer torque (STT) in oscillators and switches such as magnetic random-access memory (MRAM) where a high current is passed across an ultrathin tunnel barrier. A small symmetry-breaking bias field is usually needed for deterministic SOT switching but it is impractical to generate the field externally for spintronic applications. Here, we demonstrate robust zero-field SOT switching of a perpendicular CoFe free layer where the symmetry is broken by magnetic coupling to a second in-plane exchange-biased CoFe layer via a nonmagnetic Ru or Pt spacer. The preferred magnetic state of the free layer is determined by the current polarity and the sign of the interlayer exchange coupling (IEC). Our strategy offers a potentially scalable solution to realize bias-field-free switching that can lead to a generation of SOT devices, combining a high storage density and endurance with a low power consumption.

  2. Half-metallic exchange bias ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic interfaces in transition-metal chalcogenides.

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    Nakamura, Kohji; Kato, Yoshinori; Akiyama, Toru; Ito, Tomonori; Freeman, A J

    2006-02-01

    To investigate half-metallic exchange bias interfaces, magnetic structures at ferromagnetic (FM)/antiferromagnetic (AFM) interfaces in the zinc blende transition-metal chalcogenides, and with compensated and uncompensated AFM interfaces, were determined by the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method. With the uncompensated AFM interface, an antiparallel alignment of the Cr and Mn moments induces an excellent half-metallicity. More striking still, in the compensated AFM interface the Cr moments in the FM layer lie perpendicular to the Mn moments in the AFM layer but the Mn moments strongly cant to induce a net moment so as to retain the half-metallicity. These findings may offer a key ingredient for exchange biased spintronic devices with 100% spin polarization, having a unidirectional anisotropy to control and manipulate spins at the nanoscale.

  3. Exchange bias in polycrystalline magnetite films made by ion-beam assisted deposition

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    Kaur, Maninder; Jiang, Weilin; Qiang, You; Burks, Edward; Liu, Kai; Namavar, Fereydoon; Mccloy, John S.

    2014-11-03

    Iron oxide films were deposited onto Si substrates using ion-beam-assisted deposition. The films were ~300 nm thick polycrystalline magnetite with an average crystallite size of ~6 nm. Additionally, incorporation of significant fractions of argon in the films from ion bombardment is evident from chemical analysis, and Fe/O ratios are lower than expected from pure magnetite. However, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction both indicate that the films are single-phase magnetite. Since no direct evidence of a second phase could be found, exchange bias likely arises due to defects at grain boundaries, possibly amorphous, creating frustrated spins. Since these samples have such small grains, a large fraction of the material consists of grain boundaries, where spins are highly disordered and reverse independently with external field. The high energy deposition process results in an oxygen-rich, argon-containing magnetite film with low temperature exchange bias due to defects at the high concentration of grain boundaries.

  4. Competing effects of magnetocrystalline anisotropy and exchange bias in epitaxial Fe/IrMn bilayers

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    Zhang, Wei; Bowden, Mark E.; Krishnan, Kannan M.

    2011-03-01

    We systematically investigated the possible magnetization reversal behavior in well-characterized, epitaxial, Fe/IrMn exchange-biased bilayers as a function of the antiferromagnetic (AF) layer thickness. Several kinds of multi-step loops were observed for the samples measured at various field orientations. The angular dependence of the switching fields, observed using longitudinal and transverse magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE), were shown to depend on the competition between the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and the exchange bias (EB). A modified ‘effective field’ model was applied to quantitatively describe the evolution of the magnetic behavior and correctly predict the occurrence of different magnetic switching processes. The dependence of the effective anisotropy fields on the AF layer thickness directly reflects the competing effects of the pinned and rotatable antiferromagnetic spins at the EB interface.

  5. Magnetic exchange coupling in actinide-containing molecules.

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    Rinehart, Jeffrey D; Harris, T David; Kozimor, Stosh A; Bartlett, Bart M; Long, Jeffrey R

    2009-04-20

    Recent progress in the assembly of actinide-containing coordination clusters has generated systems in which the first glimpses of magnetic exchange coupling can be recognized. Such systems are of interest owing to the prospects for involving 5f electrons in stronger magnetic exchange than has been observed for electrons in the more contracted 4f orbitals of the lanthanide elements. Here, we survey the actinide-containing molecules thought to exhibit magnetic exchange interactions, including multiuranium, uranium-lanthanide, uranium-transition metal, and uranium-radical species. Interpretation of the magnetic susceptibility data for compounds of this type is complicated by the combination of spin-orbit coupling and ligand-field effects arising for actinide ions. Nevertheless, for systems where analogues featuring diamagnetic replacement components for the non-actinide spin centers can be synthesized, a data subtraction approach can be utilized to probe the presence of exchange coupling. In addition, methods have been developed for employing the resulting data to estimate lower and upper bounds for the exchange constant. Emphasis is placed on evaluation of the linear clusters (cyclam)M[(mu-Cl)U(Me(2)Pz)(4)](2) (M = Co, Ni, Cu, Zn; cyclam = 1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane; Me(2)Pz(-) = 3,5-dimethylpyrazolate), for which strong ferromagnetic exchange with 15 cm(-1) < or = J < or = 48 cm(-1) is observed for the Co(II)-containing species. Owing to the modular synthetic approach employed, this system in particular offers numerous opportunities for adjusting the strength of the magnetic exchange coupling and the total number of unpaired electrons. To this end, the prospects of such modularity are discussed through the lens of several new related clusters. Ultimately, it is hoped that this research will be of utility in the development of electronic structure models that successfully describe the magnetic behavior of actinide compounds and will perhaps even lead to new

  6. Temperature evolution of nickel sulphide phases from thiourea complex and their exchange bias effect

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    Kumar, Nitesh; Raman, N.; Sundaresan, A.

    2013-12-15

    Considering the very complex phase diagram of nickel sulphide, it is quite challenging to stabilize pure phases from a single precursor. Here, we obtain nanoparticles of various phases of nickel sulphide by decomposing nickel–thiourea complex at different temperatures. The first phase in the evolution is the one with the maximum sulphur content, namely, NiS{sub 2} nanoparticles obtained at 400 °C. As the temperature is increased, nanoparticles of phases with lesser sulphur content, NiS (600 °C) and Ni{sub 3}S{sub 2} (800 °C) are formed. NiS{sub 2} nanoparticles exhibit weak ferromagnetic transition at 30 K and show a large exchange bias at 2 K. NiS nanoparticles are antiferromagnetic and show relatively smaller exchange bias effect. On the other hand, Ni{sub 3}S{sub 2} nanoparticles exhibit very weak temperature dependent magnetization. Electrical measurements show that both NiS{sub 2} and NiS are semiconductors whereas Ni{sub 3}S{sub 2} is a metal. - Graphical abstract: Pure phases of NiS{sub 2}, NiS and Ni{sub 3}S{sub 2} have been obtained by thermal decomposition of nickel–thiourea complex wherein, NiS{sub 2} nanoparticles exhibit remarkable exchange bias effect at 2 K. - Highlights: • NiS{sub 2}, NiS and Ni{sub 3}S{sub 2} nanoparticles are obtained by thermal decomposition of nickel–thiourea complex at different temperatures. • As the temperature is increased, nickel sulphide phase with lesser sulphur content is obtained. • NiS{sub 2} nanoparticles show good exchange bias property which can be explained by antiferromagnetic core and ferromagnetic shell model. • NiS{sub 2} and NiS are semiconducting while Ni{sub 3}S{sub 2} shows metallic behavior.

  7. Closed system respirometry may underestimate tissue gas exchange and bias the respiratory exchange ratio (RER).

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    Malte, Christian Lind; Nørgaard, Simon; Wang, Tobias

    2016-02-01

    Closed respirometry is a commonly used method to measure gas exchange in animals due to its apparent simplicity. Typically, the rates of O2 uptake and CO2 excretion (VO2 and VCO2, respectively) are assumed to be in steady state, such that the measured rates of gas exchange equal those at tissue level. In other words, the respiratory gas exchange ratio (RER) is assumed to equal the respiratory quotient (RQ). However, because the gas concentrations change progressively during closure, the animal inspires air with a progressively increasing CO2 concentration and decreasing O2 concentration. These changes will eventually affect gas exchange causing the O2 and CO2 stores within the animal to change. Because of the higher solubility/capacitance of CO2 in the tissues of the body, VCO2 will be more affected than VO2, and we hypothesize therefore that RER will become progressively underestimated as closure time is prolonged. This hypothesis was addressed by a combination of experimental studies involving closed respirometry on ball pythons (Python regius) as well as mathematical models of gas exchange. We show that increased closed duration of the respirometer reduces RER by up to 13%, and these findings may explain previous reports of RER values being below 0.7. Our model reveals that the maximally possible reduction in RER is determined by the storage capacity of the body for CO2 (product of size and specific capacitance) relative to the respirometer storage capacity. Furthermore, modeling also shows that pronounced ventilatory and circulatory response to hypercapnia can alleviate the reduction in RER.

  8. 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.

  9. Exchange bias and magnetization reversal in ferromagnet/antiferromagnet antidot arrays

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    Luo, An; Ma, Fenghua; Hu, Yong

    2016-09-01

    Exchange bias and coercivity in ferromagnet/antiferromagnet antidot arrays magnetized perpendicularly are simulated to demonstrate the mechanism of their variations in specific nanostructures, using a modified Monte Carlo Metropolis algorithm. Three kinds of antidot array models characterized by different morphologies in the vicinity of pore are established and their magnetization behaviors are compared with that in the continuous film. An increase in the exchange bias field with a suppressed coercivity is obtained if the antiferromagnet covers the wall of pore entirely. By means of the results of the spin configurations, it is found that only the heterostructure component, e.g., the antiferromagnet can cut off the domain in the ferromagnet layer into small sizes effectively, and thus increases the pinning effect to the ferromagnet and changes the nucleation field. Moreover, the thermal stability of exchange bias in the antidot arrays is not enhanced and the coercivity is nonmonotonic with increasing temperature probably due to the magnetic field applied perpendicular to the film plane. We suggest that our numerical findings are also suitable for other nanostructures.

  10. Manipulation of competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic domains in exchange-biased nanostructures

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    Fraile Rodríguez, Arantxa; Basaran, Ali C.; Morales, Rafael; Kovylina, Miroslavna; Llobet, Jordi; Borrisé, Xavier; Marcus, Matthew A.; Scholl, Andreas; Schuller, Ivan K.; Batlle, Xavier; Labarta, Amílcar

    2015-11-01

    Using photoemission electron microscopy combined with x-ray magnetic circular dichroism we show that a progressive spatial confinement of a ferromagnet (FM), either through thickness variation or laterally via patterning, actively controls the domains of uncompensated spins in the antiferromagnet (AF) in exchange-biased systems. Direct observations of the spin structure in both sides of the FM/AF interface in a model system, Ni /Fe F2 , show that the spin structure is determined by the balance between the competing FM and AF magnetic energies. Coexistence of exchange bias domains, with opposite directions, can be established in Ni /Fe F2 bilayers for Ni thicknesses below 10 nm. Patterning the Ni /Fe F2 heterostructures with antidots destabilizes the FM state, enhancing the formation of opposite exchange bias domains below a critical antidot separation of the order of a few Fe F2 crystal domains. The results suggest that dimensional confinement of the FM may be used to manipulate the AF spin structure in spintronic devices and ultrahigh-density information storage media. The underlying mechanism of the uncompensated AF domain formation in Ni /Fe F2 may be generic to other magnetic systems with complex noncollinear FM/AF spin structures.

  11. Magnetocaloric effect at the exchange-inversion with magnetoelastic coupling

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    Piazzi, Marco; Basso, Vittorio

    2015-09-01

    We develop a thermodynamic model to describe antiferro- (AFM) to ferromagnetic (FM) phase transitions through magnetoelastic coupling in the framework of Kittel's exchange-inversion mechanism. By including both magnetic and structural contributions to the free energy, we derive the conditions to have a direct AFM-FM transition. These are represented either by the presence of a non-zero intra-sublattice coupling constant or by a sufficiently high value of the magnetoelastic coupling parameter. In the paper we establish these conditions by analytical means and we discuss the physical meaning of the model in relation to possible applications to magnetocaloric materials with AFM-FM transitions.

  12. Exchange bias up to room temperature in antiferromagnetic hexagonal Mn3Ge

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    Qian, J. F.; Nayak, A. K.; Kreiner, G.; Schnelle, W.; Felser, C.

    2014-07-01

    Mn3.04Ge0.96 has a hexagonal crystal structure, which can be stabilized by high-temperature annealing, and shows antiferromagnetic order with a small ferromagnetic component of less than 0.1μB and a coercivity of 0.45 T. In the ordered phase, magnetization curves M(H) exhibit an exchange bias of 62 mT at T = 2 K after field cooling, which is observable up to room temperature. The exchange anisotropy is suggested to originate from the exchange interaction between the host of triangular-antiferromagnetic Mn3Ge units and embedded ferrimagnetic-like clusters. Such clusters develop when excess Mn atoms occupy empty Ge sites in the original triangular-antiferromagnetic structure of Mn3Ge.

  13. Improvement of bias stability for a micromachined gyroscope based on dynamic electrical balancing of coupling stiffness

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    Su, Jianbin; Xiao, Dingbang; Wu, Xuezhong; Hou, Zhanqiang; Chen, Zhihua

    2013-07-01

    We present a dynamic electrical balancing of coupling stiffness for improving the bias stability of micromachined gyroscopes, which embeds the coupling stiffness in a closed-loop system to make the micromachined gyroscope possess more robust bias stability by suppressing the variation of coupling stiffness. The effect of the dynamic electrical balancing control is theoretically analyzed and implemented using a silicon micromachined gyroscope as an example case. It has been experimentally shown that, comparing with open loop detection, the proposed method increased the stability of the amplitude of the mechanical quadrature signal by 38 times, and therefore improved the bias stability by 5.2 times from 89 to 17 deg/h, and the temperature stability of scale factor by 2.7 times from 622 to 231 ppm/°C. Experimental results effectively indicated the theoretical model of dynamic electrical balancing of coupling stiffness.

  14. Survey Shows Anti-Couple Bias in Hiring, Writers Say.

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    Pingree, Suzanne; Butler, Matilda

    1978-01-01

    Indicates that the antinepotism rules that existed in the past are still maintained by communication/journalism department administrators. Reports on what those administrators see as the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a qualified professional couple for two job openings. (RL)

  15. Influence of 8-Oxoguanosine on the Fine Structure of DNA Studied with Biasing-Potential Replica Exchange Simulations

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    Kara, Mahmut; Zacharias, Martin W.

    2013-03-05

    Chemical modification or radiation can cause DNA damage, which plays a crucial role for mutagenesis of DNA, carcinogenesis, and aging. DNA damage can also alter the fine structure of DNA that may serve as a recognition signal for DNA repair enzymes. A new, advanced sampling replica-exchange method has been developed to specifically enhance the sampling of conformational substates in duplex DNA during molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The approach employs specific biasing potentials acting on pairs of pseudodihedral angles of the nucleic acid backbone that are added in the replica simulations to promote transitions of the most common substates of the DNA backbone. The sampled states can exchange with a reference simulation under the control of the original force field. The application to 7,8-dihydro-8oxo-guanosine, one of the most common oxidative damage in DNA indicated better convergence of sampled states during 10 ns simulations compared to 20 times longer standard MD simulations. It is well suited to study systematically the fine structure and dynamics of large nucleic acids under realistic conditions, including explicit solvent and ions. The biasing potential-replica exchange MD simulations indicated significant differences in the population of nucleic acid backbone substates in the case of 7,8-dihydro-8oxo-guanosine compared to a regular guanosine in the same sequence context. This concerns both the ratio of the B-DNA substates BI and BII associated with the backbone dihedral angles ε and z but also coupled changes in the backbone dihedral angles a and g. Such differences may play a crucial role in the initial recognition of damaged DNA by repair enzymes.

  16. Influence of 8-Oxoguanosine on the Fine Structure of DNA Studied with Biasing-Potential Replica Exchange Simulations

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    Kara, Mahmut; Zacharias, Martin

    2013-01-01

    Chemical modification or radiation can cause DNA damage, which plays a crucial role for mutagenesis of DNA, carcinogenesis, and aging. DNA damage can also alter the fine structure of DNA that may serve as a recognition signal for DNA repair enzymes. A new, advanced sampling replica-exchange method has been developed to specifically enhance the sampling of conformational substates in duplex DNA during molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The approach employs specific biasing potentials acting on pairs of pseudodihedral angles of the nucleic acid backbone that are added in the replica simulations to promote transitions of the most common substates of the DNA backbone. The sampled states can exchange with a reference simulation under the control of the original force field. The application to 7,8-dihydro-8oxo-guanosine, one of the most common oxidative damage in DNA indicated better convergence of sampled states during 10 ns simulations compared to 20 times longer standard MD simulations. It is well suited to study systematically the fine structure and dynamics of large nucleic acids under realistic conditions, including explicit solvent and ions. The biasing potential-replica exchange MD simulations indicated significant differences in the population of nucleic acid backbone substates in the case of 7,8-dihydro-8oxo-guanosine compared to a regular guanosine in the same sequence context. This concerns both the ratio of the B-DNA substates BI and BII associated with the backbone dihedral angles ε and ζ but also coupled changes in the backbone dihedral angles α and γ. Such differences may play a crucial role in the initial recognition of damaged DNA by repair enzymes. PMID:23473492

  17. Epitaxial growth of intermetallic MnPt films on oxides and large exchange bias

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    Liu, Zhiqi; Biegalski, Michael D.; Hsu, Shang-Lin; Shang, Shunli; Marker, Cassie; Liu, Jian; Li, Li; Fan, Lisha S.; Meyer, Tricia L.; Wong, Anthony T.; et al

    2015-11-05

    High-quality epitaxial growth of intermetallic MnPt films on oxides is achieved, with potential for multiferroic heterostructure applications. Antisite-stabilized spin-flipping induces ferromagnetism in MnPt films, although it is robustly antiferromagnetic in bulk. Thus, highly ordered antiferromagnetic MnPt films exhibit superiorly large exchange coupling with a ferromagnetic layer.

  18. Transient plasma potential in pulsed dual frequency inductively coupled plasmas and effect of substrate biasing

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    Mishra, Anurag; Yeom, Geun Young

    2016-09-01

    An electron emitting probe in saturated floating potential mode has been used to investigate the temporal evolution of plasma potential and the effect of substrate RF biasing on it for pulsed dual frequency (2 MHz/13.56 MHz) inductively coupled plasma (ICP) source. The low frequency power (P2MHz) has been pulsed at 1 KHz and a duty ratio of 50%, while high frequency power (P13.56MHz) has been used in continuous mode. The substrate has been biased with a separate bias power at (P12.56MHz) Argon has been used as a discharge gas. During the ICP power pulsing, three distinct regions in a typical plasma potential profile, have been identified as `initial overshoot', pulse `on-phase' and pulse `off-phase'. It has been found out that the RF biasing of the substrate significantly modulates the temporal evolution of the plasma potential. During the initial overshoot, plasma potential decreases with increasing RF biasing of the substrate, however it increases with increasing substrate biasing for pulse `on-phase' and `off-phase'. An interesting structure in plasma potential profile has also been observed when the substrate bias is applied and its evolution depends upon the magnitude of bias power. The reason of the evolution of this structure may be the ambipolar diffusion of electron and its dependence on bias power.

  19. Exchange bias in Core-Shell Iron-Iron Oxide Nanoclusters

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    Kaur, Maninder; McCloy, John S.; Qiang, You

    2013-04-03

    An exchange bias study has been performed on core-shell iron-iron oxide (Fe-Fe3O4) nanoclusters (NCs) of size 11 nm and 14 nm carrying a different core to shell ratio. NCs show complicated behaviors due to competition between interfacial exchange and Zeeman energy in the presence of magnetic field during cooling. These behaviors are accompanied by the evolution of size- dependent cluster structures in the ferromagnetic-core/ferri- or antiferro-magnetic-shell. Smaller clusters have larger coercive field, exchange bias field, and vertical magnetization shift due to the greater contribution from frozen spins of shell/interfaces. These smaller clusters thus also show more dramatic changes with the training effect. Both sizes of clusters display an additional anomaly of the upper part of the hysteresis loop at 10 K under low cooling field (0.1 kOe). This anomaly decreases with number of loop cycles with same field, and disappear with large cooling field (> 0.1 kOe). It may be caused by the competition between the magnetization reversal and the magnetostatic interactions.

  20. Electric field induced reversible 180° magnetization switching through tuning of interfacial exchange bias along magnetic easy-axis in multiferroic laminates

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    Xue, Xu; Zhou, Ziyao; Peng, Bin; Zhu, Mingmin; Zhang, Yijun; Ren, Wei; Ren, Tao; Yang, Xi; Nan, Tianxiang; Sun, Nian X.; Liu, Ming

    2015-11-18

    E-field control of interfacial exchange coupling and deterministic switching of magnetization have been demonstrated in two sets of ferromagnetic(FM)/antiferromagnetic(AFM)/ferroelectric(FE) multiferroic heterostructures, including NiFe/NiCoO/glass/PZN-PT (011) and NiFe/FeMn/glass/PZN-PT (011). We designed this experiment to achieve exchange bias tuning along the magnetic easy axis, which is critical for realizing reversible 180° magnetization deterministic switching at zero or small magnetic bias. Strong exchange coupling were established across AFM-FM interfaces, which plays an important role in voltage control of magnetization switching. Through the competition between the E-field induced uniaxial anisotropy in ferromagnetic layer and unidirectional anisotropy in antiferromagnetic layer, the exchange bias was significantly shifted by up to |ΔHex|/Hex=8% in NiFe/FeMn/glass/PZN-PT (011) and 13% in NiFe/NiCoO/glass/PZN-PT (011). In addition, the square shape of the hysteresis loop, as well as a strong shape tunability of |ΔHex|/Hc=67.5~125% in NiFe/FeMn/glass/PZN-PT and 30~38% in NiFe/NiCoO/glass/PZN-PT were achieved, which lead to a near 180° magnetization switching. Lastly, electrical tuning of interfacial exchange coupling in FM/AFM/FE systems paves a new way for realizing magnetoelectric random access memories and other memory technologies.

  1. Exchangers man the pumps: Functional interplay between proton pumps and proton-coupled Ca(2+) exchangers

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    Tonoplast-localised proton-coupled Ca(2+) transporters encoded by cation/H(+) exchanger (CAX) genes play a critical role in sequestering Ca(2+) into the vacuole. These transporters may function in coordination with Ca(2+) release channels, to shape stimulus-induced cytosolic Ca(2+) elevations. Recen...

  2. Biased ligands at G-protein-coupled receptors: promise and progress.

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    Violin, Jonathan D; Crombie, Aimee L; Soergel, David G; Lark, Michael W

    2014-07-01

    Drug discovery targeting G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is no longer limited to seeking agonists or antagonists to stimulate or block cellular responses associated with a particular receptor. GPCRs are now known to support a diversity of pharmacological profiles, a concept broadly referred to as functional selectivity. In particular, the concept of ligand bias, whereby a ligand stabilizes subsets of receptor conformations to engender novel pharmacological profiles, has recently gained increasing prominence. This review discusses how biased ligands may deliver safer, better tolerated, and more efficacious drugs, and highlights several biased ligands that are in clinical development. Biased ligands targeting the angiotensin II type 1 receptor and the μ opioid receptor illustrate the translation of the biased ligand concept from basic biology to clinical drug development.

  3. Biased ligands at G-protein-coupled receptors: promise and progress.

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    Violin, Jonathan D; Crombie, Aimee L; Soergel, David G; Lark, Michael W

    2014-07-01

    Drug discovery targeting G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is no longer limited to seeking agonists or antagonists to stimulate or block cellular responses associated with a particular receptor. GPCRs are now known to support a diversity of pharmacological profiles, a concept broadly referred to as functional selectivity. In particular, the concept of ligand bias, whereby a ligand stabilizes subsets of receptor conformations to engender novel pharmacological profiles, has recently gained increasing prominence. This review discusses how biased ligands may deliver safer, better tolerated, and more efficacious drugs, and highlights several biased ligands that are in clinical development. Biased ligands targeting the angiotensin II type 1 receptor and the μ opioid receptor illustrate the translation of the biased ligand concept from basic biology to clinical drug development. PMID:24878326

  4. Dynamics of inductively-coupled pulsed chlorine plasmas in the presence of continuous substrate bias

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    Malyshev, M. V.; Donnelly, V. M.

    2000-08-01

    We report an analysis of the dynamics of a pulsed power, inductively-coupled chlorine plasma operated with continuous radio frequency (rf) bias applied to the substrate stage. A comparison of pulsed plasmas operated with and without 12.5 MHz rf bias is performed through an investigation of the time dependences of electron (ne) and positive ion (ni+) densities and electron temperatures (Te), measured with a Langmuir probe in a 10 mTorr Cl2 plasma. There is no significant difference in the plasma characteristics with or without bias during the on portion of the power modulation of the source. Once the source power is turned off, Te initially decreases rapidly, and ne and ni+ decay slowly, independent of the presence of the rf bias. About 25 µs into this decay, when Te is about 0.5 eV (and would continue to decay in the absence of the rf bias), the presence of the rf bias (70-100 W) causes Te to increase rapidly and reach values higher than those recorded at the end of the on portion. Meanwhile, ne and ni+ continue to decay, independent of substrate bias. Only much later in the afterglow are charge densities affected by bias. About 50 µs into the off period, ne with added substrate bias is lower than with no bias. If the off period is sufficiently long, the plasma in the presence of the rf bias transforms into a so-called reactive ion etching (RIE) mode that is generated and sustained solely by the capacitively-coupled bias power. This occurs rather abruptly when ni+ decays to the level of positive ion density for RIE operation (i.e. with the stage powered and the source power off). Since ne at this instant has decayed well below the electron density during RIE operation, it rapidly increases when this transition occurs. The behaviour of Te in the off portion of the pulsed plasma indicates that the presence of rf bias prevents the sheath collapse that occurs without bias. Since this will prevent negative ions (Cl-) from reaching the wafer, the reduced plasma

  5. Exchange coupling in metallic multilayers with a top FeRh layer

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    Yamada, S.; Tanikawa, K.; Hirayama, J.; Kanashima, T.; Taniyama, T.; Hamaya, K.

    2016-05-01

    We study magnetic properties of metallic multilayers with FeRh/ferromagnet interfaces grown by low-temperature molecular beam epitaxy. Room-temperature coercivity of the ferromagnetic layers is significantly enhanced after the growth of FeRh, proving the existence of the exchange coupling between the antiferromagnetic FeRh layer and the ferromagnetic layer. However, exchange bias is not clearly observed probably due to the presence of disordered structures, which result from the lattice strain at the FeRh/ferromagnet interfaces due to the lattice mismatch. We infer that the lattice matched interface between FeRh and ferromagnetic layers is a key parameter for controlling magnetic switching fields in such multilayer systems.

  6. Investigating the mechanisms of seasonal ENSO phase locking bias in the ACCESS coupled model

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    Rashid, Harun A.; Hirst, Anthony C.

    2016-02-01

    The mechanisms of coupled model bias in seasonal ENSO phase locking are investigated using versions 1.0 and 1.3 of the CSIRO-BOM ACCESS coupled model (hereafter, ACCESS1.0 and ACCESS1.3, respectively). The two ACCESS coupled models are mostly similar in construction except for some differences, the most notable of which are in the cloud and land surface schemes used in the models. ACCESS1.0 simulates a realistic seasonal phase locking, with the ENSO variability peaking in December as in observations. On the other hand, the simulated ENSO variability in ACCESS1.3 peaks in March, a bias shown to be shared by many other CMIP5 models. To explore the mechanisms of this model bias, we contrast the atmosphere-ocean feedbacks associated with ENSO in both ACCESS model simulations and also compare the key feedbacks with those in other CMIP5 models. We find evidence that the ENSO phase locking bias in ACCESS1.3 is primarily caused by incorrect simulations of the shortwave feedback and the thermocline feedback in this model. The bias in the shortwave feedback is brought about by unrealistic SST-cloud interactions leading to a positive cloud feedback bias that is largest around March, in contrast to the strongest negative cloud feedback found in ACCESS1.0 simulations and observations at that time. The positive cloud feedback bias in ACCESS1.3 is the result of a dominant role played by the low-level clouds in its modeled SST-cloud interactions in the tropical eastern Pacific. Two factors appear to contribute to the dominance of low-level clouds in ACCESS1.3: the occurrence of a stronger mean descending motion bias and, to a lesser extent, a larger mean SST cold bias during March-April in ACCESS1.3 than in ACCESS1.0. A similar association is found between the positive cloud feedback bias and the biases in spring-time mean descending motion and SST for a group of CMIP5 models that show a seasonal phase locking bias similar to ACCESS1.3. Significant differences are also found

  7. Exchange bias effect in nickel zinc ferrite-mesoporous silica nanocomposites

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    Banerjee, Shilpi; Hajra, Partha; Mada, Mykanth Reddy; Bhaumik, Asim; Bandyopadhyay, Sri; Chakravorty, Dipankar

    2013-04-01

    Nickel zinc ferrite-mesoporous silica nanocomposite (NZF-MS) was synthesized using impregnation method. The microstructure was investigated by transmission electron microscopy. A magnetic exchange bias effect was exhibited by the nanocomposites. This was ascribed to the presence of a ferromagnetic core and antiferromagnetic shell structure. Electron microscopic studies confirmed the presence of a core-shell structure with NZF forming the core. The zero-field cooled magnetization data as a function of temperature indicated the presence of an antiferromagnetic phase which is believed to be formed by the diffusion of Fe3+ or Ni2+ ions into the silica glass.

  8. Exchange scattering as the driving force for ultrafast all-optical and bias-controlled reversal in ferrimagnetic metallic structures

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    Kalashnikova, A. M.; Kozub, V. I.

    2016-02-01

    Experimentally observed ultrafast all-optical magnetization reversal in ferrimagnetic metals and heterostructures based on antiferromagnetically coupled ferromagnetic d - and f -metallic layers relies on intricate energy and angular momentum flow between electrons, phonons, and spins. Here we treat the problem of angular momentum transfer in the course of ultrafast laser-induced dynamics in a ferrimagnetic metallic system using microscopical approach based on the system of rate equations. We show that the magnetization reversal is supported by a coupling of d and f subsystems to delocalized s or p electrons. The latter can transfer spin between the two subsystems in an incoherent way owing to the (s ;p )-(d ;f ) exchange scattering. Since the effect of the external excitation in this process is reduced to the transient heating of the mobile electron subsystem, we also discuss the possibility to trigger the magnetization reversal by applying a voltage bias pulse to antiferromagnetically coupled metallic ferromagnetic layers embedded in point contact or tunneling structures. We argue that such devices allow controlling reversal with high accuracy. We also suggest using the anomalous Hall effect to register the reversal, thus playing a role of reading probes.

  9. Azimuthal angular dependence of exchange bias in FeMn/Py bilayers with Ta/Cu hybrid underlayers: Effect of deposition sequence and sense of rotation

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    Kim, Ki-Yeon; Choi, Hyeok-Cheol; You, Chun-Yeol

    2014-03-01

    We have investigated the azimuthal angular dependent exchange bias of bottom-pinned Py(5nm)/FeMn(5nm) and top-pinned FeMn(5nm)/Py(5nm) bilayers prepared at the same deposition condition except deposition order by vector MOKE experiment. It was found that exchange biased (EB) direction is not collinear with an applied magnetic field during deposition. Second, the critical angle at which the phase of a transverse loop reverses is once (160° @CCW, 170 ~ 175° @CW) for Py/FeMn bilayer and twice (155 ~ 160°, 340 ~ 345° @CCW, 10 ~ 15°, 195-200° @CW) for FeMn/Py bilayer. Therefore, phase of transverse loop remains the same as the initial transverse loop or reverse after 360° rotation, depending on deposition sequence. Third, hysteresis is observed in the transverse magnetization component only if hysteresis loops are measured consecutively between cw and ccw directions over the angular range including the critical angle. This is considered to originate from thermally activated irreversible rearrangement of uncompensated AF spins via interface exchange coupling. Fourth, exchange bias field and coercivity of top-pinned FeMn/Py bilayers with Ta/Cu underlayers are enhanced compared with those of bottom-pinned Py/FeMn bilayers. This is in consistent with our previous results.

  10. Large spontaneous exchange bias and giant magnetoresistance in Ni50Mn37-xFexIn13(x=2-4) Heusler alloys

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    Jing, Chao; Liu, Yang; Zheng, Dong; Wang, Xiaolong; Sun, Junkun; Zhang, Yuanlei; Liu, Changqin; Deng, Dongmei; Feng, Zhenjie; Xu, Kun; Li, Zhe

    2016-09-01

    In the present work, we have obtained a large zero-field cooled exchange-bias (spontaneous exchange bias, SEB) in Ni50Mn35Fe2In13 Heusler alloy. The experimental results indicate that the sample with x=2 exhibits super-spin glass (SSG), super-paramagnetic (SPM), super-ferromagnetic (SFM) and antiferromagnetic (AFM) behaviors in the martensite state at low temperature. Contributing to the complex magnetic interactions, a large SEB effect with the value of 1567 Oe was obtained at 5 K. At the same time, a non-monotonic behavior of spontaneous exchange bias field (spontaneous HEB) was observed with the variation of temperature, which is resulted from the competition between the volume fraction of SFM clusters and the exchange coupling of the SFM-AFM interface. In addition, during martensitic transformation (MT), extraordinary electrical transport properties of Ni50Mn37-xFexIn13 (x=2-4) alloys have been observed under various external magnetic field. The maximal value of the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) reaches about 57% at 135 K under the external magnetic field change of 50 kOe. The effect of field induced reverse martensitic transformation (FIRMT) on the GMR has been also discussed.

  11. Structural insights into biased G protein-coupled receptor signaling revealed by fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Rahmeh, Rita; Damian, Marjorie; Cottet, Martin; Orcel, Hélène; Mendre, Christiane; Durroux, Thierry; Sharma, K. Shivaji; Durand, Grégory; Pucci, Bernard; Trinquet, Eric; Zwier, Jurriaan M.; Deupi, Xavier; Bron, Patrick; Banères, Jean-Louis; Mouillac, Bernard; Granier, Sébastien

    2012-01-01

    G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are seven-transmembrane proteins that mediate most cellular responses to hormones and neurotransmitters, representing the largest group of therapeutic targets. Recent studies show that some GPCRs signal through both G protein and arrestin pathways in a ligand-specific manner. Ligands that direct signaling through a specific pathway are known as biased ligands. The arginine-vasopressin type 2 receptor (V2R), a prototypical peptide-activated GPCR, is an ideal model system to investigate the structural basis of biased signaling. Although the native hormone arginine-vasopressin leads to activation of both the stimulatory G protein (Gs) for the adenylyl cyclase and arrestin pathways, synthetic ligands exhibit highly biased signaling through either Gs alone or arrestin alone. We used purified V2R stabilized in neutral amphipols and developed fluorescence-based assays to investigate the structural basis of biased signaling for the V2R. Our studies demonstrate that the Gs-biased agonist stabilizes a conformation that is distinct from that stabilized by the arrestin-biased agonists. This study provides unique insights into the structural mechanisms of GPCR activation by biased ligands that may be relevant to the design of pathway-biased drugs. PMID:22493271

  12. Are atmospheric biases responsible for the tropical Atlantic SST biases in the CNRM-CM5 coupled model?

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    Voldoire, A.; Claudon, M.; Caniaux, G.; Giordani, H.; Roehrig, R.

    2014-12-01

    southeastern Atlantic regions, to comprehensively address the Atlantic SST bias. As pointed out in Richter (Clim Dyn, doi:10.1007/s00382-012-1624-5, 2013), the need to improve the atmospheric component of the CNRM-CM model is emphasized, even though strong positive coupling feedbacks are highlighted.

  13. Magnetic interactions in exchange-coupled yet unbiased IrMn/NiCu bilayers

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    Cichelero, R.; Harres, A.; Sossmeier, K. D.; Schmidt, J. E.; Geshev, J.

    2013-10-01

    This paper reports experimental and model magnetization results obtained on exchange-coupled ferromagnet/antiferromagnet (FM/AF) bilayers that show zero net bias. The coercivity of the films, either irradiated with He or implanted with Ge ions at 40 keV, varies significantly with the fluence used. We employed the remanence plots technique in order to estimate the nature of the interactions present and check if there exists a correlation between their type and the coercivity variations. The analysis of the remanence plots through numerical simulations based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation demonstrated that outcomes of interactions within the FM layer could be distinguished from those coming from coupling at the FM/AF interface and that demagnetizing interaction effects could be achieved without the presence of dipolar interactions. Our findings indicate that such experiments could give selective information on modifications caused by a post-deposition treatment in each layer of the film.

  14. Doping dependent magnetism and exchange bias in CaMn{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 3} manganites

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    Markovich, V. Gorodetsky, G.; Fita, I.; Wisniewski, A.; Puzniak, R.; Naumov, S. V.; Mostovshchikova, E. V.; Telegin, S. V.; Jung, G.

    2014-09-07

    Magnetic properties of CaMn{sub 1−x}W{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1) have been investigated, and the research was focused on the exchange bias (EB) phenomenon in CaMn{sub 0.93}W{sub 0.07}O{sub 3}. Magnetic ground state was found to be dependent on tungsten doping level and the following states were distinguished: (i) G-type antiferromagnetic (AFM) state with a weak ferromagnetic (FM) component at x = 0 and 0.04; (ii) mostly orbitally ordered C-type AFM at x = 0.07 and 0.1. For the studied manganites, spontaneous magnetization increases sharply with increasing doping level reaching M{sub 0} ≈ 9.5 emu/g at T = 10 K for x = 0.04, and then decreases rapidly reaching zero for x = 0.1. Exchange bias effect, manifested by vertical and horizontal shifts in the hysteresis loop for field cooled sample, has been observed in CaMn{sub 0.93}W{sub 0.07}O{sub 3}. Exchange bias field, coercivity, remanence asymmetry, and magnetic coercivity depend strongly on temperature, cooling field, and maximal measuring field. Horizontal and vertical shifts of magnetization loop sharply decrease with increasing temperature and vanish above 70 K, whereas coercivity and magnetic coercivity disappear only above 100 K (temperature of transition to the G-type AFM state). The exchange bias field H{sub EB} increases with increasing cooling field H{sub cool} and goes through a broad maximum at 40 kOe, while the remanence asymmetry increases monotonously in the entire investigated cooling field range, up to 50 kOe. For the compound with x = 0.07, the size of the FM regions ≈2 nm was estimated from the dependence of exchange bias field H{sub EB} upon H{sub cool}. It is suggested that the exchange bias originates from interface exchange coupling between small FM clusters and the G-type AFM phase inside the primary C-type orbitally ordered AFM phase.

  15. Exchange Bias Effect in La1-xAgxMnO3 Nanopowders

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    Mihalik, M.; Antoňák, M.; Csach, K.; Fitta, M.; Mihalik, M.; Vavra, M.; Zentková, M.

    2013-01-01

    Exchange bias (EB) phenomena were first observed in the La1-xAgxMnO3 as prepared and heat treated (300 °C/2 hours) nanopowders (x = 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) which were synthetized by self-combustion glycine-nitrate method. These nanoparticles have an average size of about 25 nm and adopt orthorhombic Pnma crystal structure. Cooling in magnetic field Hcf ≠ 0 through the Curie temperature TC shifts hysteresis loop in horizontal and vertical direction. The values of exchange bias field HE, coercive field Hc, remnant asymmetry μE and coercive magnetization μc increase with increasing value of cooling field Hcf. In addition the training effect was observed. Basic magnetic properties like the Curie temperature TC and the saturated magnetization µs increase and HE or µE decrease with heat treatment. Heat treatment at 600 °C/2 hours increases the average size of nanoparticles to about 55 nm, crystal structure changes to rhombohedral structure (space group R3c) and EB effect vanishes.

  16. Exchange Bias and Magnetotransport in Permalloy Connected Kagome Artificial Spin Ice

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    Le, Brian; Rench, David; Misra, Rajiv; O'Brien, Liam; Leighton, Chris; Samarth, Nitin; Schiffer, Peter

    2015-03-01

    Artificial spin ice consists of nanoscale ferromagnets arranged in a periodic lattice, with the resultant magnetostatic interactions emulating the local magnetic behavior of spin ice. Kagome artificial spin ice consists of elongated ferromagnetic islands or nanowires arranged in a honeycomb lattice. We present magnetotransport results in connected kagome artificial spin ice composed of permalloy (Ni81Fe19) nanowires. Magnetoresistance was measured as a function of applied field strength at different temperatures. At temperatures below 20 K, the field reversal symmetry of the magnetoresistance is broken. This asymmetry appears to be associated with exchange bias due to the surface oxidation of permalloy and is suppressed in aluminum-capped samples. These results signify that exchange bias can play a substantial role in the physics of artificial spin ice that has potential as a new mode of controlling its behavior. Supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division under grant number DE-SC0010778. Work at the University of Minnesota was supported by the NSF MRSEC under award DMR-0819885 and a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship within the 7th European Community Framework Programme (project no. 299376).

  17. Exchange bias caused by field-induced spin reconfiguration in Ni-Mn-Sn

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    ćakır, A.; Acet, M.; Farle, M.

    2016-03-01

    Exchange bias is observed in ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic (FM/AF) layered stacks and in materials with neighboring ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic granules. The latter is commonly observed in Ni-Mn-based martensitic Heusler alloys. In general, the exchange-bias effect is identified as horizontally shifted hysteresis loop when the system is field cooled from high temperatures. We report here loop shifts not only under field-cooled but also under zero-field-cooled conditions in magnetically granular martensitic Ni50Mn50 -xSnx Heusler alloys in the compositional range 13.0 ≥x ≥8.9 . Under zero-field-cooled conditions, the initially applied field can carry the system over energy barriers and stabilize a spin-reconfigured state so that a negatively shifted hysteresis loop can also occur here as in the field-cooled state. Spin reconfiguration occurs when the relative size of the AF and FM regions as well as the relative strength of the of AF and FM interactions are in balance.

  18. Exchange bias properties of [Co/CoO]{sub n} multilayers

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    Oeztuerk, M.; S Latin-Small-Letter-Dotless-I n Latin-Small-Letter-Dotless-I r, E.; Demirci, E.; Erkovan, M.; Oeztuerk, O.; Akdogan, N.

    2012-11-01

    In this study, the exchange bias properties of four polycrystalline multilayer stack samples of antiferromagnetic (AF) CoO and ferromagnetic (FM) Co in the form of [CoO/Co]{sub n} with n = 1, 2, 3, and 5 are reported. The samples were grown on top of Si (001) substrates by using magnetron sputtering method. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to determine the structural properties of the samples. XPS measurements of cobalt oxide layer revealed the coexistence of different phases in cobalt oxide as CoO and Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}, the latter of which lowers the blocking temperature. The blocking temperature is also affected by the finite size scaling effects observed in AF layers. In-plane ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements revealed uniaxial in-plane magnetic anisotropy for the samples. Low temperature vibrating sample magnetometer measurements provided exchange bias with a stepwise character. Observed steps are believed to be due to magnetization reversals of individual FM layers with varying thicknesses, each of which is pinned through two interfaces from above and below with two AFM layers, except the uppermost FM Co layer with a single AFM neighbor.

  19. Exchange bias effect in spin glass CoCr2O4 nanoparticles

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    Zhu, Changming; Tian, Zhaoming; Wang, Liguang; Yuan, Songliu

    2015-11-01

    CoCr2O4 nanoparticles are about 5.4 nm in diameter synthesized by a hydrothermal technique. Magnetization measurements reveal that the nanoparticles exhibit a spin glass behavior below glass transition temperature. Signature of memory effect is clear in reheating curve where the step-like shape increasing with the increase of temperature is recovered after cooling process. Magnetic relaxation is performed to prove memory effect. Ageing effect is also detected in CoCr2O4 nanoparticles to verify the spin glass behavior. As temperature decreases to 5 K, which is far below the glass transition temperature, exchange bias effect can be observed clearly accompanied with a shift in field-cooled hysteresis loop. As particle size decreases to 5.4 nm, spin glass behavior appears due to the increased spin disorder effect. The spin glass phase providing a pinning force from some frozen spins to the rotatable spins gives the key to explain the exchange bias effects.

  20. Exchange bias in a mixed metal oxide based magnetocaloric compound YFe0.5Cr0.5O3

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    Sharma, Mohit K.; Singh, Karan; Mukherjee, K.

    2016-09-01

    We report a detailed investigation of magnetization, magnetocaloric effect and exchange bias studies on a mixed metal oxide YFe0.5Cr0.5O3 belonging to perovskite family. Our results reveal that the compound is in canted magnetic state (CMS) where ferromagnetic correlations are present in an antiferromagnetic state. Magnetic entropy change of this compound follows a power law (∆SM∼Hm) dependence of magnetic field. In this compound, inverse magnetocaloric effect (IMCE) is observed below 260 K while conventional magnetocaloric effect (CMCE) above it. The exponent 'm' is found to be independent of temperature and field only in the IMCE region. Investigation of temperature and magnetic field dependence studies of exchange bias, reveal a competition between effective Zeeman energy of the ferromagnetic regions and anisotropic exchange energy at the interface between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic regions. Variation of exchange bias due to temperature and field cycling is also investigated.

  1. Biased ligands for better cardiovascular drugs: dissecting G-protein-coupled receptor pharmacology.

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    DeWire, Scott M; Violin, Jonathan D

    2011-07-01

    Drug discovery efforts targeting G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) have been immensely successful in creating new cardiovascular medicines. Currently marketed GPCR drugs are broadly classified as either agonists that activate receptors or antagonists that prevent receptor activation by endogenous stimuli. However, GPCR couple to a multitude of intracellular signaling pathways beyond classical G-protein signals, and these signals can be independently activated by biased ligands to vastly expand the potential for new drugs at these classic targets. By selectively engaging only a subset of a receptor's potential intracellular partners, biased ligands may deliver more precise therapeutic benefit with fewer side effects than current GPCR-targeted drugs. In this review, we discuss the history of biased ligand research, the current understanding of how biased ligands exert their unique pharmacology, and how research into GPCR signaling has uncovered previously unappreciated capabilities of receptor pharmacology. We focus on several receptors to illustrate the approaches taken and discoveries made, and how these are steadily illuminating the intricacies of GPCR pharmacology. Discoveries of biased ligands targeting the angiotensin II type 1 receptor and of separable pharmacology suggesting the potential value of biased ligands targeting the β-adrenergic receptors and nicotinic acid receptor GPR109a highlight the powerful clinical promise of this new category of potential therapeutics.

  2. Giant self-biased magnetoelectric coupling in co-fired textured layered composites

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    Yan, Yongke; Zhou, Yuan; Priya, Shashank

    2013-02-01

    Co-fired magnetostrictive/piezoelectric/magnetostrictive laminate structure with silver inner electrode was synthesized and characterized. We demonstrate integration of textured piezoelectric microstructure with the cost-effective low-temperature co-fired layered structure to achieve strong magnetoelectric coupling. Using the co-fired composite, a strategy was developed based upon the hysteretic response of nickel-copper-zinc ferrite magnetostrictive materials to achieve peak magnetoelectric response at zero DC bias, referred as self-biased magnetoelectric response. Fundamental understanding of self-bias phenomenon in composites with single phase magnetic material was investigated by quantifying the magnetization and piezomagnetic changes with applied DC field. We delineate the contribution arising from the interfacial strain and inherent magnetic hysteretic behavior of copper modified nickel-zinc ferrite towards self-bias response.

  3. Roles of Surface and Interface Spins in Exchange Coupled Nanostructures

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    Phan, Manh-Huong

    Exchange bias (EB) in magnetic nanostructures has remained a topic of global interest because of its potential use in spin valves, MRAM circuits, magnetic tunnel junctions, and spintronic devices. The exploration of EB on the nanoscale provides a novel approach to overcoming the superparamagnetic limit and increasing the thermoremanence of magnetic nanoparticles, a critical bottleneck for magnetic data storage applications. Recent advances in chemical synthesis have given us a unique opportunity to explore the EB in a variety of nanoparticle systems ranging from core/shell nanoparticles of Fe/γFe2O3, Co/CoO,and FeO/Fe3O4 to hollow nanoparticles of γFe2O3 and hybrid composite nanoparticles of Au/Fe3O4. Our studies have addressed the following fundamental and important questions: (i) Can one decouple collective contributions of the interface and surface spins to the EB in a core/shell nanoparticle system? (ii) Can the dynamic and static response of the core and shell be identified separately? (iii) Can one tune ``minor loop'' to ``exchange bias'' effects in magnetic hollow nanoparticles by varying the number of surface spins? (iv) Can one decouple collective contributions of the inner and outer surface spins to the EB in a hollow nanoparticle system? (v) Can EB be induced in a magnetic nanoparticle by forming its interface with a non-magnetic metal? Such knowledge is essential to tailor EB in magnetic nanostructures for spintronics applications. In this talk, we will discuss the aforementioned findings in terms of our experimental and atomistic Monte Carlo studies. The work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Award No. DE-FG02-07ER46438.

  4. Stabilization of magnetic helix in exchange-coupled thin films

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    Dzemiantsova, L. V.; Meier, G.; Röhlsberger, R.

    2015-01-01

    Based on micromagnetic simulations, we report on a novel magnetic helix in a soft magnetic film that is sandwiched between and exchange-coupled to two hard magnetic layers with different anisotropies. We show that such a confined helix stays stable without the presence of an external magnetic field. The magnetic stability is determined by the energy minimization and is a result of an internal magnetic field created by the exchange interaction. We show that this internal field stores a magnetic energy density of a few kJ/m3. We also find that it dramatically modifies ferromagnetic resonances, such that the helix can be used as a ferromagnetic resonance filter and a fast acting attenuator. PMID:26537574

  5. Fulfilling the Promise of "Biased" G Protein–Coupled Receptor Agonism

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    Maudsley, Stuart; Bohn, Laura M.

    2015-01-01

    The fact that over 30% of current pharmaceuticals target heptahelical G protein–coupled receptors (GPCRs) attests to their tractability as drug targets. Although GPCR drug development has traditionally focused on conventional agonists and antagonists, the growing appreciation that GPCRs mediate physiologically relevant effects via both G protein and non–G protein effectors has prompted the search for ligands that can "bias" downstream signaling in favor of one or the other process. Biased ligands are novel entities with distinct signaling profiles dictated by ligand structure, and the potential prospect of biased ligands as better drugs has been pleonastically proclaimed. Indeed, preclinical proof-of-concept studies have demonstrated that both G protein and arrestin pathway-selective ligands can promote beneficial effects in vivo while simultaneously antagonizing deleterious ones. But along with opportunity comes added complexity and new challenges for drug discovery. If ligands can be biased, then ligand classification becomes assay dependent, and more nuanced screening approaches are needed to capture ligand efficacy across several dimensions of signaling. Moreover, because the signaling repertoire of biased ligands differs from that of the native agonist, unpredicted responses may arise in vivo as these unbalanced signals propagate. For any given GPCR target, establishing a framework relating in vitro efficacy to in vivo biologic response is crucial to biased drug discovery. This review discusses approaches to describing ligand efficacy in vitro, translating ligand bias into biologic response, and developing a systems-level understanding of biased agonism in vivo, with the overall goal of overcoming current barriers to developing biased GPCR therapeutics. PMID:26134495

  6. Synthesis and controllable oxidation of monodisperse cobalt-doped wüstite nanoparticles and their core-shell stability and exchange-bias stabilization.

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    Chen, Chih-Jung; Chiang, Ray-Kuang; Kamali, Saeed; Wang, Sue-Lein

    2015-09-14

    Cobalt-doped wüstite (CWT), Co0.33Fe0.67O, nanoparticles were prepared via the thermal decomposition of CoFe2-oleate complexes in organic solvents. A controllable oxidation process was then performed to obtain Co0.33Fe0.67O/CoFe2O4 core-shell structures with different core-to-shell volume ratios and exchange bias properties. The oxidized core-shell samples with a ∼4 nm CoFe2O4 shell showed good resistance to oxygen transmission. Thus, it is inferred that the cobalt ferrite shell provides a better oxidation barrier performance than magnetite in the un-doped case. The hysteresis loops of the oxidized 19 nm samples exhibited a high exchange bias field (H(E)), an enhanced coercivity field (H(C)), and a pronounced vertical shift, thus indicating the presence of a strong exchange bias coupling effect. More importantly, the onset temperature of H(E) was found to be higher than 200 K, which suggests that cobalt doping increases the Néel temperature (T(N)) of the CWT core. In general, the results show that the homogeneous dispersion of Co in iron precursors improves the stability of the final CWT nanoparticles. Moreover, the CoFe2O4 shells formed following oxidation increase the oxidation resistance of the CWT cores and enhance their anisotropy energy.

  7. Synthesis and controllable oxidation of monodisperse cobalt-doped wüstite nanoparticles and their core-shell stability and exchange-bias stabilization.

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    Chen, Chih-Jung; Chiang, Ray-Kuang; Kamali, Saeed; Wang, Sue-Lein

    2015-09-14

    Cobalt-doped wüstite (CWT), Co0.33Fe0.67O, nanoparticles were prepared via the thermal decomposition of CoFe2-oleate complexes in organic solvents. A controllable oxidation process was then performed to obtain Co0.33Fe0.67O/CoFe2O4 core-shell structures with different core-to-shell volume ratios and exchange bias properties. The oxidized core-shell samples with a ∼4 nm CoFe2O4 shell showed good resistance to oxygen transmission. Thus, it is inferred that the cobalt ferrite shell provides a better oxidation barrier performance than magnetite in the un-doped case. The hysteresis loops of the oxidized 19 nm samples exhibited a high exchange bias field (H(E)), an enhanced coercivity field (H(C)), and a pronounced vertical shift, thus indicating the presence of a strong exchange bias coupling effect. More importantly, the onset temperature of H(E) was found to be higher than 200 K, which suggests that cobalt doping increases the Néel temperature (T(N)) of the CWT core. In general, the results show that the homogeneous dispersion of Co in iron precursors improves the stability of the final CWT nanoparticles. Moreover, the CoFe2O4 shells formed following oxidation increase the oxidation resistance of the CWT cores and enhance their anisotropy energy. PMID:26243163

  8. Nature of magnetization reversal in exchange-coupled polycrystalline NiO-Co bilayers

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    Chopra, Harsh Deep; Yang, David X.; Chen, P. J.; Brown, H. J.; Swartzendruber, L. J.; Egelhoff, W. F.

    2000-06-01

    The nature of magnetization reversal in exchange-coupled NiO-Co polycrystalline bilayers was investigated. As-deposited bilayers exhibit a moderate value of exchange bias HE (=-0.9 mT) and a significantly enhanced coercivity (HNiO-Coc=12.4 mT), which is roughly 5 times the coercivity of a reference Co single film (HCoc=2.7 mT). Real time investigation of magnetization reversal in exchange-coupled NiO-Co bilayers shows that reversal is highly local and nonuniform in nature. It is preceded by the formation of precursors or embryos of reversed domains as the applied field reaches a critical value ≅8.8-9.0 mT. Once this critical applied field value is reached, numerous reversed domains are formed. Growths of such reversed domains occur primarily by the abrupt nucleation and the subsequent coalescence together of reversed domains; wall motion is not the dominant growth mode. Clear evidence is presented which shows that the strength of exchange bias varies at the microscopic scale across the sample. This manifests itself as different microscopic regions switching abruptly at different fields, and a given microscopic area switching at different fields in the positive and negative field directions. When the applied field is along the unidirectional anisotropy, reversal of a given strongly coupled microscopic region is aided by exchange bias, and such a region switches first; the same region undergoes reversal last when the polarity of the applied field is changed to oppose unidirectional anisotropy. Significantly, it was found that, locally, the measured value of exchange bias may vary by a factor of 3 or more from the macroscopically measured value of HE (=-0.9 mT) obtained from the shift of the M-H loop. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) shows that that the local variation in HE may be explained by considering the underlying microstructure and interfacial topography of the NiO-Co interface. HRTEM results show that the NiO surface parallel to the

  9. Skin Temperature Analysis and Bias Correction in a Coupled Land-Atmosphere Data Assimilation System

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    Bosilovich, Michael G.; Radakovich, Jon D.; daSilva, Arlindo; Todling, Ricardo; Verter, Frances

    2006-01-01

    In an initial investigation, remotely sensed surface temperature is assimilated into a coupled atmosphere/land global data assimilation system, with explicit accounting for biases in the model state. In this scheme, an incremental bias correction term is introduced in the model's surface energy budget. In its simplest form, the algorithm estimates and corrects a constant time mean bias for each gridpoint; additional benefits are attained with a refined version of the algorithm which allows for a correction of the mean diurnal cycle. The method is validated against the assimilated observations, as well as independent near-surface air temperature observations. In many regions, not accounting for the diurnal cycle of bias caused degradation of the diurnal amplitude of background model air temperature. Energy fluxes collected through the Coordinated Enhanced Observing Period (CEOP) are used to more closely inspect the surface energy budget. In general, sensible heat flux is improved with the surface temperature assimilation, and two stations show a reduction of bias by as much as 30 Wm(sup -2) Rondonia station in Amazonia, the Bowen ratio changes direction in an improvement related to the temperature assimilation. However, at many stations the monthly latent heat flux bias is slightly increased. These results show the impact of univariate assimilation of surface temperature observations on the surface energy budget, and suggest the need for multivariate land data assimilation. The results also show the need for independent validation data, especially flux stations in varied climate regimes.

  10. Exchange bias in sputtered FM/BiFeO3 thin films (FM = Fe and Co)

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    Chang, H. W.; Yuan, F. T.; Shih, C. W.; Li, W. L.; Chen, P. H.; Wang, C. R.; Chang, W. C.; Jen, S. U.

    2012-04-01

    Magnetic properties of sputter-deposited ferromagnetic (FM)/BiFeO3 (BFO) films on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrate (FM = Co and Fe) have been investigated. Isotropic perovskite BFO single phase is obtained for 200-nm-thick BFO films deposited at 300-450 °C and BFO films at 400 °C with thickness of 50-400 nm. Large exchange bias field (HEB) of 308-400 Oe and coercivity (Hc) of 1201-3632 Oe at RT are obtained for polycrystalline Co/BFO bilayers. The roughened surface induced by high deposition temperature and increasing thickness of BFO layer enhances localized shape anisotropy of FM layer, resulting in the increase of Hc the improved crystallinity and roughened surface of BFO/Co interface might be responsible for the HEB enhancement. Additionally, comparison on the HEB in polycrystalline Co/BFO and Fe/BFO systems is also discussed.

  11. Exchange bias in polycrystalline magnetite films made by ion-beam assisted deposition

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    Kaur, Maninder; Qiang, You; Jiang, Weilin; Burks, Edward C.; Liu, Kai; Namavar, Fereydoon; McCloy, John S.

    2014-11-07

    Iron oxide films were produced using ion-beam-assisted deposition, and Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction indicate single-phase magnetite. However, incorporation of significant fractions of argon in the films from ion bombardment is evident from chemical analysis, and Fe/O ratios are lower than expected from pure magnetite, suggesting greater than normal disorder. Low temperature magnetometry and first-order reversal curve measurements show strong exchange bias, which likely arises from defects at grain boundaries, possibly amorphous, creating frustrated spins. Since these samples contain grains ∼6 nm, a large fraction of the material consists of grain boundaries, where spins are highly disordered and reverse independently with external field.

  12. Landau-Lifshitz-Bloch equation for exchange-coupled grains

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    Vogler, Christoph; Abert, Claas; Bruckner, Florian; Suess, Dieter

    2014-12-01

    Heat-assisted recording is a promising technique to further increase the storage density in hard disks. Multilayer recording grains with graded Curie temperature is discussed to further assist the write process. Describing the correct magnetization dynamics of these grains, from room temperature to far above the Curie point, during a write process is required for the calculation of bit error rates. We present a coarse-grained approach based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Bloch (LLB) equation to model exchange-coupled grains with low computational effort. The required temperature-dependent material properties such as the zero-field equilibrium magnetization as well as the parallel and normal susceptibilities are obtained by atomistic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert simulations. Each grain is described with one magnetization vector. In order to mimic the atomistic exchange interaction between the grains a special treatment of the exchange field in the coarse-grained approach is presented. With the coarse-grained LLB model the switching probability of a recording grain consisting of two layers with graded Curie temperature is investigated in detail by calculating phase diagrams for different applied heat pulses and external magnetic fields.

  13. Suppression of exchange bias effect in maghemite nanoparticles functionalized with H2Y

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    Guivar, Juan A. Ramos; Morales, M. A.; Litterst, F. Jochen

    2016-12-01

    The structural, vibrational, morphological and magnetic properties of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles functionalized with polar molecules EDTA(or H4Y) and H2Y are reported. The samples were functionalized before and after total synthesis of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles. The molecules are anchored on the monodentate mode on the nanoparticles surface. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed the formation of maghemite nanoparticles with small diameter of 4 nm for the sample functionalized upon synthesis and 7.6 and 6.9 nm for the samples functionalized with EDTA and H2Y after the formation of nanoparticles. Exchange bias phenomena were observed in some of the samples functionalized with EDTA at temperatures below 70 K. The presence of the bias effect was discussed in terms of the formation of a thin layer of a secondary phase like lepidocrocite, and the absence of this effect was explained in terms of the chemisorption of carboxylic groups from EDTA which suppressed the canting. Studies of Mössbauer spectroscopy as a function of temperature showed slow relaxation effects and allowed discussion of the secondary phase. In the M-T curves a maximum around 116 K was associated with this secondary phase also in agreement with the Mössbauer studies. The dynamic properties were studied by AC susceptibility, the out of phase signal revealed a spin glass like regime below 36.5 K.

  14. Current-driven non-linear magnetodynamics in exchange-biased spin valves

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    Seinige, Heidi; Wang, Cheng; Tsoi, Maxim

    2015-05-07

    This work investigates the excitation of parametric resonance in exchange-biased spin valves (EBSVs). Using a mechanical point contact, high density dc and microwave currents were injected into the EBSV sample. Observing the reflected microwave power and the small rectification voltage that develops across the contact allows detecting the current-driven magnetodynamics not only in the bulk sample but originating exclusively from the small contact region. In addition to ferromagnetic resonance (FMR), parametric resonance at twice the natural FMR frequency was observed. In contrast to FMR, this non-linear resonance was excited only in the vicinity of the point contact where current densities are high. Power-dependent measurements displayed a typical threshold-like behavior of parametric resonance and a broadening of the instability region with increasing power. Parametric resonance showed a linear shift as a function of applied dc bias which is consistent with the field-like spin-transfer torque induced by current on magnetic moments in EBSV.

  15. Determination of the anisotropies and reversal process in exchange-bias bilayers using a rotational magnetization curve approach

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    Sui Wenbo; Zhu Jingyi; Li Jinyun; Chai Guozhi; Jiang Changjun; Fan Xiaolong; Xue Desheng

    2011-05-15

    Rotational magnetization curves of the exchange-bias bilayers were investigated based on the Stoner-Wohlfarth model, which can be grouped into three cases according to the magnetization reversal process. The unidirectional anisotropic field H{sub E} = 41.4 Oe, the uniaxial anisotropic field H{sub k} = 4.2 Oe and the accurate direction of the easy axis of our FeNi/FeMn exchange-bias bilayers were obtained by fitting their experimental rotational magnetization curves. During the rotational process the magnetization reversal of the bilayers is a coherent rotation with a critical magnetization reversal field H{sub 1} = 41.372 Oe.

  16. Comment on ``Size-dependent scaling of perpendicular exchange bias in magnetic nanostructures''

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    Baltz, V.; Bollero, A.; Rodmacq, B.; Dieny, B.; Sort, J.

    2008-01-01

    From results at one given temperature (300K) , Malinowski [Phys. Rev. B 75, 012413 (2007)] draw the conclusion that lateral confinement of ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic exchange-biased structures does not enhance thermally activated unpinning of the antiferromagnetic spins, which would thus contrast with a recent report [Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 117201 (2005)], as explicitly mentioned in their manuscript. In this Comment, we discuss why such a conclusion might need revision above a “crossover temperature,” as evidenced in the literature. The value of such a crossover temperature certainly depends on the magnetic parameters of each system studied, e.g., anisotropy and exchange stiffness. From the above reasons, and contrary to the statement of Malinowski , we rather think that their results might well agree with the report to which they refer to. In our Comment we notably aim at complementing the conclusion of Malinowski by explaining why some differences between the two studies are observed at one given temperature, and why it might be expected to observe similar trends over a whole range of temperatures.

  17. Biased thermohaline exchanges with the Arctic across the Iceland-Faroe Ridge in ocean climate models

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    Olsen, S. M.; Hansen, B.; Østerhus, S.; Quadfasel, D.; Valdimarsson, H.

    2016-04-01

    The northern limb of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation and its transport of heat and salt towards the Arctic strongly modulate the climate of the Northern Hemisphere. The presence of warm surface waters prevents ice formation in parts of the Arctic Mediterranean, and ocean heat is directly available for sea-ice melt, while salt transport may be critical for the stability of the exchanges. Through these mechanisms, ocean heat and salt transports play a disproportionally strong role in the climate system, and realistic simulation is a requisite for reliable climate projections. Across the Greenland-Scotland Ridge (GSR) this occurs in three well-defined branches where anomalies in the warm and saline Atlantic inflow across the shallow Iceland-Faroe Ridge (IFR) have been shown to be particularly difficult to simulate in global ocean models. This branch (IF-inflow) carries about 40 % of the total ocean heat transport into the Arctic Mediterranean and is well constrained by observation during the last 2 decades but associated with significant inter-annual fluctuations. The inconsistency between model results and observational data is here explained by the inability of coarse-resolution models to simulate the overflow across the IFR (IF-overflow), which feeds back onto the simulated IF-inflow. In effect, this is reduced in the model to reflect only the net exchange across the IFR. Observational evidence is presented for a substantial and persistent IF-overflow and mechanisms that qualitatively control its intensity. Through this, we explain the main discrepancies between observed and simulated exchange. Our findings rebuild confidence in modelled net exchange across the IFR, but reveal that compensation of model deficiencies here through other exchange branches is not effective. This implies that simulated ocean heat transport to the Arctic is biased low by more than 10 % and associated with a reduced level of variability, while the quality of the simulated salt

  18. Tailoring coercivity of unbiased exchange-coupled ferromagnet/antiferromagnet bilayers

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    Sossmeier, K. D.; Schafer, D.; Bastos, A. P. O.; Schmidt, J. E.; Geshev, J.

    2012-07-01

    This paper reports experimental results obtained on unconventional exchange-coupled ferromagnet/antiferromagnet (FM/AF) system showing zero net bias. The Curie temperature of the FM (NiCu) is lower than the blocking temperature of the AF (IrMn). Samples were either annealed or irradiated with He, Ar, or Ge ions at 40 keV. Due to the exchange coupling at the FM/AF interface, the coercivity (H{sub C}) of the as-deposited FM/AF bilayer is rather higher than that of the corresponding FM single layer. We found that by choosing a proper ion fluence or annealing temperature, it is possible to controllably vary H{sub C}. Ion irradiation of the FM single layer has lead to only a decrease of H{sub C} and annealing or He ion irradiation has not caused important changes at the FM/AF interface; nevertheless, a twofold increase of H{sub C} was obtained after these treatments. Even more significant enhancement of H{sub C} was attained after Ge ion irradiation and attributed to ion-implantation-induced modification of only the FM layer; damages of the FM/AF interface, on the other hand, decrease the coercivity.

  19. Tailoring coercivity of unbiased exchange-coupled ferromagnet/antiferromagnet bilayers

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    Sossmeier, K. D.; Schafer, D.; Bastos, A. P. O.; Schmidt, J. E.; Geshev, J.

    2012-07-01

    This paper reports experimental results obtained on unconventional exchange-coupled ferromagnet/antiferromagnet (FM/AF) system showing zero net bias. The Curie temperature of the FM (NiCu) is lower than the blocking temperature of the AF (IrMn). Samples were either annealed or irradiated with He, Ar, or Ge ions at 40 keV. Due to the exchange coupling at the FM/AF interface, the coercivity (HC) of the as-deposited FM/AF bilayer is rather higher than that of the corresponding FM single layer. We found that by choosing a proper ion fluence or annealing temperature, it is possible to controllably vary HC. Ion irradiation of the FM single layer has lead to only a decrease of HC and annealing or He ion irradiation has not caused important changes at the FM/AF interface; nevertheless, a twofold increase of HC was obtained after these treatments. Even more significant enhancement of HC was attained after Ge ion irradiation and attributed to ion-implantation-induced modification of only the FM layer; damages of the FM/AF interface, on the other hand, decrease the coercivity.

  20. Evaluation of a regional air-quality model with bidirectional NH3 exchange coupled to an agroecosystem model

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    Bash, J. O.; Cooter, E. J.; Dennis, R. L.; Walker, J. T.; Pleim, J. E.

    2013-03-01

    Atmospheric ammonia (NH3) is the primary atmospheric base and an important precursor for inorganic particulate matter and when deposited NH3 contributes to surface water eutrophication, soil acidification and decline in species biodiversity. Flux measurements indicate that the air-surface exchange of NH3 is bidirectional. However, the effects of bidirectional exchange, soil biogeochemistry and human activity are not parameterized in air quality models. The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Community Multiscale Air-Quality (CMAQ) model with bidirectional NH3 exchange has been coupled with the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Environmental Policy Integrated Climate (EPIC) agroecosystem model. The coupled CMAQ-EPIC model relies on EPIC fertilization timing, rate and composition while CMAQ models the soil ammonium (NH4+) pool by conserving the ammonium mass due to fertilization, evasion, deposition, and nitrification processes. This mechanistically coupled modeling system reduced the biases and error in NHx (NH3 + NH4+) wet deposition and in ambient aerosol concentrations in an annual 2002 Continental US (CONUS) domain simulation when compared to a 2002 annual simulation of CMAQ without bidirectional exchange. Fertilizer emissions estimated in CMAQ 5.0 with bidirectional exchange exhibits markedly different seasonal dynamics than the US EPA's National Emissions Inventory (NEI), with lower emissions in the spring and fall and higher emissions in July.

  1. Room temperature skyrmion ground state stabilized through interlayer exchange coupling

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    Chen, Gong Schmid, Andreas K.; Mascaraque, Arantzazu; N'Diaye, Alpha T.

    2015-06-15

    Possible magnetic skyrmion device applications motivate the search for structures that extend the stability of skyrmion spin textures to ambient temperature. Here, we demonstrate an experimental approach to stabilize a room temperature skyrmion ground state in chiral magnetic films via exchange coupling across non-magnetic spacer layers. Using spin polarized low-energy electron microscopy to measure all three Cartesian components of the magnetization vector, we image the spin textures in Fe/Ni films. We show how tuning the thickness of a copper spacer layer between chiral Fe/Ni films and perpendicularly magnetized Ni layers permits stabilization of a chiral stripe phase, a skyrmion phase, and a single domain phase. This strategy to stabilize skyrmion ground states can be extended to other magnetic thin film systems and may be useful for designing skyrmion based spintronics devices.

  2. Energy exchange in strongly coupled plasmas with electron drift

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    Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.; Ghorbanalilu, M.

    2015-11-15

    In this paper, the generalized viscoelastic collisional quantum hydrodynamic model is employed in order to investigate the linear dielectric response of a quantum plasma in the presence of strong electron-beam plasma interactions. The generalized Chandrasekhar's relativistic degeneracy pressure together with the electron-exchange and Coulomb interaction effects are taken into account in order to extend current research to a wide range of plasma number density relevant to big planetary cores and astrophysical compact objects. The previously calculated shear viscosity and the electron-ion collision frequencies are used for strongly coupled ion fluid. The effect of the electron-beam velocity on complex linear dielectric function is found to be profound. This effect is clearly interpreted in terms of the wave-particle interactions and their energy-exchange according to the sign of the imaginary dielectric function, which is closely related to the wave attenuation coefficient in plasmas. Such kinetic effect is also shown to be in close connection with the stopping power of a charged-particle beam in a quantum plasma. The effect of many independent plasma parameters, such as the ion charge-state, electron beam-velocity, and relativistic degeneracy, is shown to be significant on the growing/damping of plasma instability or energy loss/gain of the electron-beam.

  3. Wealth distribution of simple exchange models coupled with extremal dynamics

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    Bagatella-Flores, N.; Rodríguez-Achach, M.; Coronel-Brizio, H. F.; Hernández-Montoya, A. R.

    2015-01-01

    Punctuated Equilibrium (PE) states that after long periods of evolutionary quiescence, species evolution can take place in short time intervals, where sudden differentiation makes new species emerge and some species extinct. In this paper, we introduce and study the effect of punctuated equilibrium on two different asset exchange models: the yard sale model (YS, winner gets a random fraction of a poorer player's wealth) and the theft and fraud model (TF, winner gets a random fraction of the loser's wealth). The resulting wealth distribution is characterized using the Gini index. In order to do this, we consider PE as a perturbation with probability ρ of being applied. We compare the resulting values of the Gini index at different increasing values of ρ in both models. We found that in the case of the TF model, the Gini index reduces as the perturbation ρ increases, not showing dependence with the agents number. While for YS we observe a phase transition which happens around ρc = 0.79. For perturbations ρ <ρc the Gini index reaches the value of one as time increases (an extreme wealth condensation state), whereas for perturbations greater than or equal to ρc the Gini index becomes different to one, avoiding the system reaches this extreme state. We show that both simple exchange models coupled with PE dynamics give more realistic results. In particular for YS, we observe a power low decay of wealth distribution.

  4. Energy exchange in strongly coupled plasmas with electron drift

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    Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.; Ghorbanalilu, M.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, the generalized viscoelastic collisional quantum hydrodynamic model is employed in order to investigate the linear dielectric response of a quantum plasma in the presence of strong electron-beam plasma interactions. The generalized Chandrasekhar's relativistic degeneracy pressure together with the electron-exchange and Coulomb interaction effects are taken into account in order to extend current research to a wide range of plasma number density relevant to big planetary cores and astrophysical compact objects. The previously calculated shear viscosity and the electron-ion collision frequencies are used for strongly coupled ion fluid. The effect of the electron-beam velocity on complex linear dielectric function is found to be profound. This effect is clearly interpreted in terms of the wave-particle interactions and their energy-exchange according to the sign of the imaginary dielectric function, which is closely related to the wave attenuation coefficient in plasmas. Such kinetic effect is also shown to be in close connection with the stopping power of a charged-particle beam in a quantum plasma. The effect of many independent plasma parameters, such as the ion charge-state, electron beam-velocity, and relativistic degeneracy, is shown to be significant on the growing/damping of plasma instability or energy loss/gain of the electron-beam.

  5. Towards designing Mn4 molecules with strong intramolecular exchange coupling

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    Nguyen, Anh Tuan; Dam, Hieu Chi

    2011-03-01

    Distorted cubane Mn4+Mn3+3 single-molecule magnets (SMMs) have been studied by first-principles calculations, i.e. [Mn4L3X(OAc)3(dbm)3] (L=O; X=F, Cl, and Br; dbmH=dibenzoyl-methane). It was shown in our previous paper (Tuan et al 2009 Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 11 717) that the ferrimagnetic structure of Mn4+Mn3+3 SMMs is dominated by π type hybridization between the dz2 orbitals at the three high-spin Mn3+ ions and the t2g orbitals at the Mn4+ ion. To design new Mn4+Mn3+3 molecules having much more stable ferrimagnetic states, one approach is suggested. This involves controlling the Mn4+–L–Mn3+ exchange pathways by rational variations in ligands to strengthen the hybridization between the Mn ions. Based on this method, we succeed in designing new distorted cubane Mn4+Mn3+3 molecules having Mn4+–Mn3+ exchange coupling of about 3 times stronger than that of the synthesized Mn4+Mn3+3 molecules. These results give some hints regarding experimental efforts to synthesize new superior Mn4+Mn3+3 SMMs.

  6. Implications of room temperature oxidation on crystal structure and exchange bias effect in Co/CoO nanoparticles

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    Feygenson, Mikhail; Formo, Eric V.; Freeman, Katherine; Schieber, Natalie P.; Gai, Zheng; Rondinone, Adam J.

    2015-11-02

    In this study, we describe how the exchange bias effect in Co/CoO nanoparticles depends on the size focusing and temperature treatment of precursor Co nanoparticles before oxidation at ambient conditions. By appealing to magnetization, microscopy, neutron and synchrotron x-ray measurements we found that as-synthesized Co nanoparticles readily oxidize in air only after 20 days. The highest exchange bias field of 814 Oe is observed at T = 2K. When the same nanoparticles are centrifuged and annealed at 70 °C in vacuum prior to oxidation, the exchange bias field is increased to 2570 Oe. Annealing of Co nanoparticles in vacuum improvesmore » their crystallinity and prevents complete oxidation, so that Co-core/CoO-shell structure is preserved even after 120 days. The crystal structure of CoO shell in both samples is different from its bulk counterpart. Implications of such distorted CoO shells on exchange bias are discussed. Coating of Co nanoparticles with amorphous silica shell makes them resistant to oxidation, but ultimately modifies the crystal structure of both Co core and SiO2 shell.« less

  7. Implications of room temperature oxidation on crystal structure and exchange bias effect in Co/CoO nanoparticles

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    Feygenson, Mikhail; Formo, Eric V.; Freeman, Katherine; Schieber, Natalie P.; Gai, Zheng; Rondinone, Adam J.

    2015-11-02

    In this study, we describe how the exchange bias effect in Co/CoO nanoparticles depends on the size focusing and temperature treatment of precursor Co nanoparticles before oxidation at ambient conditions. By appealing to magnetization, microscopy, neutron and synchrotron x-ray measurements we found that as-synthesized Co nanoparticles readily oxidize in air only after 20 days. The highest exchange bias field of 814 Oe is observed at T = 2K. When the same nanoparticles are centrifuged and annealed at 70 °C in vacuum prior to oxidation, the exchange bias field is increased to 2570 Oe. Annealing of Co nanoparticles in vacuum improves their crystallinity and prevents complete oxidation, so that Co-core/CoO-shell structure is preserved even after 120 days. The crystal structure of CoO shell in both samples is different from its bulk counterpart. Implications of such distorted CoO shells on exchange bias are discussed. Coating of Co nanoparticles with amorphous silica shell makes them resistant to oxidation, but ultimately modifies the crystal structure of both Co core and SiO2 shell.

  8. Tuning the ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic interfaces of granular Co-CoO exchange bias systems by annealing

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    Menéndez, E. Modarresi, H.; Pereira, L. M. C.; Temst, K.; Vantomme, A.; Dias, T.; Geshev, J.

    2014-04-07

    The low-temperature magnetic behavior of granular Co-CoO exchange bias systems, prepared by oxygen ion implantation in Co thin films and subsequent annealing, is addressed. The thermal activation effects lead to an O migration which results in virtually pure Co areas embedded in a structurally relaxed and nearly stoichiometric CoO phase. This yields decreased training and exchange bias shifts, while the blocking temperature significantly increases, coming close to the Néel temperature of bulk CoO for samples implanted to a fluence above 1 × 10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2} (15% O). The dependence of the exchange bias shift on the pristine O-implanted content is analogous to that of the antiferromagnetic thickness in most ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic systems (i.e., an increase in the exchange bias shift up to a maximum followed by a decrease until a steady state is reached), suggesting that, after annealing, the enriched Co areas might be rather similar in size for samples implanted above 1 × 10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2}, whereas the corresponding CoO counterparts become enlarged with pristine O content (i.e., effect of the antiferromagnet size). This study demonstrates that the magnetic properties of granular Co-CoO systems can be tailored by controllably modifying the local microstructure through annealing treatments.

  9. Observation of giant exchange bias in bulk Mn{sub 50}Ni{sub 42}Sn{sub 8} Heusler alloy

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    Sharma, Jyoti; Suresh, K. G.

    2015-02-16

    We report a giant exchange bias (EB) field of 3520 Oe in bulk Mn{sub 50}Ni{sub 42}Sn{sub 8} Heusler alloy. The low temperature magnetic state of the martensite phase has been studied by DC magnetization and AC susceptibility measurements. Frequency dependence of spin freezing temperature (T{sub f}) on critical slowing down relation and observation of memory effect in zero field cooling mode confirms the super spin glass (SSG) phase at low temperatures. Large EB is attributed to the strong exchange coupling between the SSG clusters formed by small regions of ferromagnetic order embedded in an antiferromagnetic (AFM) matrix. The temperature and cooling field dependence of EB have been studied and related to the change in unidirectional anisotropy at SSG/AFM interface. The training effect also corroborates with the presence of frozen (SSG) moments at the interface and their role in EB.

  10. Effect of ball milling and thermal treatment on exchange bias and magnetocaloric properties of Ni48Mn39.5Sn10.5Al2 ribbons

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    Czaja, P.; Przewoźnik, J.; Fitta, M.; Bałanda, M.; Chrobak, A.; Kania, B.; Zackiewicz, P.; Wójcik, A.; Szlezynger, M.; Maziarz, W.

    2016-03-01

    The combined effect of ball milling and subsequent heat treatment on microstructure, magnetic, magnetocaloric and exchange bias properties of Ni48Mn39.5Sn10.5Al2 ribbons is reported. The annealing treatment results in the increase of the critical martensitic transformation temperature. The magnetic entropy change ΔSM of the order of 7.9 and -2.3 J kg K-1 for the annealed 50-32 μm powder fraction is determined. This is less than in the as melt spun ribbon but appears at a considerably higher temperature. At the same time EB is decreased due to annealing treatment. This decrease is attributed to the strengthened ferromagnetic exchange coupling due heat induced stress and structural relaxation.

  11. Exchange bias in Fe/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} core-shell magnetic nanoparticles mediated by frozen interfacial spins.

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    Ong, Q. K.; Wei, A.; Lin, X.-M.; Center for Nanoscale Materials; Purdue Univ.

    2009-10-01

    The magnetization curves of monodisperse Fe/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} core-shell and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hollow-shell nanoparticles reveal an unusual exchange-bias effect. Hysteresis measurements of core-shell particles at 5 K after field cooling exhibit a large loop shift associated with unidirectional anisotropy whereas Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hollow-shell nanoparticles support much smaller shifts. Both core-shell and hollow-shell particles exhibit sharp demagnetization jumps at low fields associated with a sudden switching of shell moments. Temperature-dependent magnetization of core-shell particles at high fields shows a deviation between field-cooled and zero-field-cooled curves below 30 K, suggesting the presence of frozen spins at the interface. These frozen interfacial spins play an important role in mediating the exchange coupling between the ferromagnetic core and ferrimagnetic shell.

  12. Microscopic model for exchange bias from grain-boundary disorder in a ferromagnet/antiferromagnet thin film with a nanocrystalline microstructure

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    Cortie, D. L.; Biternas, A. G.; Chantrell, R. W.; Wang, X. L.; Klose, F.

    2014-07-21

    Monte Carlo spin simulations were coupled to a Voronoi microstructure-generator to predict the magnitude and behavior of exchange bias in a ferromagnet/antiferromagnet (AF) thin film bilayer with a nanocrystalline microstructure. Our model accounts for the effects of irregular grain-shapes, finite-sized particles, and the possible presence of local random-fields originating from the antiferromagnet's grain-boundary regions. As the grain-boundary represents a crystal-structure distortion, we model the local effect on the exchange constants in the Gaussian approximation which can cause regions resembling a spin glass confined to an unusual 2D topology. Although an ensemble of completely disconnected AF grains isolated by non-magnetic barriers provides a small exchange bias, the introduction of a spin-glass network at the boundaries causes a four-fold enhancement in the magnitude of the loop-shift. This implies the importance of local grain-boundary behavior in defect-engineered antiferromagnets.

  13. Cosmic voids in coupled dark energy cosmologies: the impact of halo bias

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    Pollina, Giorgia; Baldi, Marco; Marulli, Federico; Moscardini, Lauro

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we analyse the properties of cosmic voids in standard and coupled dark energy cosmologies. Using large numerical simulations, we investigate the effects produced by the dark energy coupling on three statistics: the filling factor, the size distribution and the stacked profiles of cosmic voids. We find that the bias of the tracers of the density field used to identify the voids strongly influences the properties of the void catalogues, and, consequently, the possibility of using the identified voids as a probe to distinguish coupled dark energy models from the standard Λ cold dark matter cosmology. In fact, on one hand coupled dark energy models are characterized by an excess of large voids in the cold dark matter distribution as compared to the reference standard cosmology, due to their higher normalization of linear perturbations at low redshifts. Specifically, these models present an excess of large voids with Reff > 20, 15, 12h-1 Mpc , at z = 0, 0.55, 1, respectively. On the other hand, we do not find any significant difference in the properties of the voids detected in the distribution of collapsed dark matter haloes. These results imply that the tracer bias has a significant impact on the possibility of using cosmic void catalogues to probe cosmology.

  14. An Air-Coupled Multiple Moving Membrane Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer With Inverse Biasing Functionality.

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    Emadi, Arezoo; Buchanan, Douglas A

    2016-08-01

    A novel air-coupled multiple moving membrane-capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer ( [Formula: see text]-CMUT) with individually biased deflectable plates has been developed. Unlike the conventional capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer, this device cell structure includes an additional deflectable plate that is suspended underneath the transducer top plate. This added flexible plate contributes to the device signal transmission and reception. It is demonstrated that due to the presence of this added moving plate, the transducer is capable of operating under inverse bias condition, where the driving voltage is sandwiched between two grounded electrodes. COMSOL electromechanical simulations were conducted to investigate the influence of the transducer additional moving plate. A set of three individuals and an array of [Formula: see text]-CMUT transducers were fabricated using a sacrificial technique and with resonant frequencies ranging from 0.8 to 2.1 MHz. Electrical, optical, and pitch-catch acoustic measurements were performed to characterize the transducers properties under inverse bias condition. The experimental results are shown to be in good agreement with the simulation results for all of the fabricated transducers. It is shown that these transducers are fully functional under both normal and inverse bias conditions without any degradation in the transducer performance. PMID:27254861

  15. Coupling and tuning of modal frequencies in direct current biased microelectromechanical systems arrays

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    Kambali, Prashant N.; Swain, Gyanadutta; Pandey, Ashok Kumar; Buks, Eyal; Gottlieb, Oded

    2015-08-10

    Understanding the coupling of different modal frequencies and their tuning mechanisms has become essential to design multi-frequency MEMS devices. In this work, we fabricate a MEMS beam with fixed boundaries separated from two side electrodes and a bottom electrode. Subsequently, we perform experiments to obtain the frequency variation of in-plane and out-of-plane mechanical modes of the microbeam with respect to both DC bias and laser heating. We show that the frequencies of the two modes coincide at a certain DC bias, which in turn can also be varied due to temperature. Subsequently, we develop a theoretical model to predict the variation of the two modes and their coupling due to a variable gap between the microbeam and electrodes, initial tension, and fringing field coefficients. Finally, we discuss the influence of frequency tuning parameters in arrays of 3, 33, and 40 microbeams, respectively. It is also found that the frequency bandwidth of a microbeam array can be increased to as high as 25 kHz for a 40 microbeam array with a DC bias of 80 V.

  16. Interplay between magnetocrystalline anisotropy and exchange bias in epitaxial CoO/Co films

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    Liu, Hao-Liang; Brems, Steven; Zeng, Yu-Jia; Temst, Kristiaan; Vantomme, André; Van Haesendonck, Chris

    2016-05-01

    The interplay between magnetocrystalline anisotropy and exchange bias is investigated in CoO/Co bilayer films, which are grown epitaxially on MgO (0 0 1), by magnetization reversal measurements based on the anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) effect. While an asymmetric magnetization reversal survives after training for cooling field (CF) along the hard axis, the magnetization reversal becomes symmetric and is dominated in both branches of the hysteresis loop by domain wall motion before and after training for CF along the easy axis. When performing an in-plane hysteresis loop perpendicular to the CF, the hysteresis loop along the easy axis becomes asymmetric: magnetization rotation dominates in the ascending branch, while there is a larger contribution of domain wall motion in the descending branch. Furthermore, the azimuthal angular dependence of the AMR shows two minima after performing a perpendicular hysteresis loop, instead of only one minimum after training. Relying on the extended Fulcomer and Charap model, these effects can be related to an increased deviation of the average uncompensated antiferromagnetic magnetization from the CF direction. This model provides a consistent interpretation of training and asymmetry of the magnetization reversal for epitaxial films with pronounced magnetocrystalline anisotropy as well as for the previously investigated polycrystalline films.

  17. Field-free magnetization reversal by spin-Hall effect and exchange bias

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    van den Brink, A.; Vermijs, G.; Solignac, A.; Koo, J.; Kohlhepp, J. T.; Swagten, H. J. M.; Koopmans, B.

    2016-03-01

    As the first magnetic random access memories are finding their way onto the market, an important issue remains to be solved: the current density required to write magnetic bits becomes prohibitively high as bit dimensions are reduced. Recently, spin-orbit torques and the spin-Hall effect in particular have attracted significant interest, as they enable magnetization reversal without high current densities running through the tunnel barrier. For perpendicularly magnetized layers, however, the technological implementation of the spin-Hall effect is hampered by the necessity of an in-plane magnetic field for deterministic switching. Here we interface a thin ferromagnetic layer with an anti-ferromagnetic material. An in-plane exchange bias is created and shown to enable field-free S HE-driven magnetization reversal of a perpendicularly magnetized Pt/Co/IrMn structure. Aside from the potential technological implications, our experiment provides additional insight into the local spin structure at the ferromagnetic/anti-ferromagnetic interface.

  18. Multilevel Thermally Assisted Magnetoresistive Random-Access Memory Based on Exchange-Biased Vortex Configurations

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    de Araujo, C. I. L.; Alves, S. G.; Buda-Prejbeanu, L. D.; Dieny, B.

    2016-08-01

    A concept of multilevel thermally assisted magnetoresistive random-access memory is proposed and investigated by micromagnetic simulations. The storage cells are magnetic tunnel junctions in which the storage layer is exchange biased and in a vortex configuration. The reference layer is an unpinned soft magnetic layer. The stored information is encoded via the position of the vortex core in the storage layer. This position can be varied along two degrees of freedom: the radius and the in-plane angle. The information is read out from the amplitude and phase of the tunnel magnetoresistance signal obtained by applying a rotating field on the cell without heating the cell. Various configurations are compared in which the soft reference layer consists of either a simple ferromagnetic layer or a synthetic antiferromagnetic sandwich (SAF). Among those, the most practical one comprises a SAF reference layer in which the magnetostatic interaction between the SAF and storage layer is minimized. This type of cell should allow one to store at least 40 different states per cell representing more than five bits per cell.

  19. Large exchange bias in polycrystalline ribbons of Ni56Mn21Al22Si1

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    Singh, Rohit; Ingale, Babita; Varga, Lajos K.; Khovaylo, Vladimir V.; Taskaev, S.; Chatterjee, Ratnamala

    2015-11-01

    Large exchange bias (EB) effect is demonstrated in a Ni56Mn21Al22Si1 polycrystalline ribbon that shows spin-glass behaviour below 68 K and superparamagnetic (SPM) behaviour above this temperature. The average magnetic moment μ of the SPM clusters is estimated to be considerably smaller than that reported for other Heusler alloy systems that demonstrate spin glass behaviour and EB effect. The M-H loops measured in field-cooled (FC) conditions show significant asymmetry that is observed to be strongly field and temperature dependant. The maximum EB field (HEB ~2.6 kOe at 20 kOe and 2 K) is much larger than that reported for any metallic alloy system with conventional EB effect. The dependence of HEB on temperature shows an exponential decrease. An approach towards enhancement of the EB effect in this conventional EB system can be realized via manipulation of SPM or superferromagnetic (SFM) cluster size with variation of cooling magnetic field.

  20. Field-free magnetization reversal by spin-Hall effect and exchange bias.

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    van den Brink, A; Vermijs, G; Solignac, A; Koo, J; Kohlhepp, J T; Swagten, H J M; Koopmans, B

    2016-01-01

    As the first magnetic random access memories are finding their way onto the market, an important issue remains to be solved: the current density required to write magnetic bits becomes prohibitively high as bit dimensions are reduced. Recently, spin-orbit torques and the spin-Hall effect in particular have attracted significant interest, as they enable magnetization reversal without high current densities running through the tunnel barrier. For perpendicularly magnetized layers, however, the technological implementation of the spin-Hall effect is hampered by the necessity of an in-plane magnetic field for deterministic switching. Here we interface a thin ferromagnetic layer with an anti-ferromagnetic material. An in-plane exchange bias is created and shown to enable field-free S HE-driven magnetization reversal of a perpendicularly magnetized Pt/Co/IrMn structure. Aside from the potential technological implications, our experiment provides additional insight into the local spin structure at the ferromagnetic/anti-ferromagnetic interface. PMID:26940861

  1. Manipulation of Superparamagnetic Beads on Patterned Exchange-Bias Layer Systems for Biosensing Applications

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    Ehresmann, Arno; Koch, Iris; Holzinger, Dennis

    2015-01-01

    A technology platform based on a remotely controlled and stepwise transport of an array arrangement of superparamagnetic beads (SPB) for efficient molecular uptake, delivery and accumulation in the context of highly specific and sensitive analyte molecule detection for the application in lab-on-a-chip devices is presented. The near-surface transport of SPBs is realized via the dynamic transformation of the SPBs’ magnetic potential energy landscape above a magnetically stripe patterned Exchange-Bias (EB) thin film layer systems due to the application of sub-mT external magnetic field pulses. In this concept, the SPB velocity is dramatically influenced by the magnitude and gradient of the magnetic field landscape (MFL) above the magnetically stripe patterned EB substrate, the SPB to substrate distance, the magnetic properties of both the SPBs and the EB layer system, respectively, as well as by the properties of the external magnetic field pulses and the surrounding fluid. The focus of this review is laid on the specific MFL design in EB layer systems via light-ion bombardment induced magnetic patterning (IBMP). A numerical approach is introduced for the theoretical description of the MFL in comparison to experimental characterization via scanning Hall probe microscopy. The SPB transport mechanism will be outlined in terms of the dynamic interplay between the EB substrate’s MFL and the pulse scheme of the external magnetic field. PMID:26580625

  2. Spin-Hall Switching of In-plane Exchange Biased Heterostructures

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    Mann, Maxwell; Beach, Geoffrey

    The spin Hall effect (SHE) in heavy-metal/ferromagnet bilayers generates a pure transverse spin current from in-plane charge current, allowing for efficient switching of spintronic devices with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Here, we demonstrate that an AFM deposited adjacent to the FM establishes a large in-plane exchange bias field, allowing operation at zero HIP. We sputtered Pt(3nm)/Co(0.9nm)/Ni80Co20O(tAF) stacks at room-temperature in an in-plane magnetic field of 3 kOe. The current-induced effective field was estimated in Hall cross devices by measuring the variation of the out-of-plane switching field as a function of JIP and HIP. The spin torque efficiency, dHSL/dJIP, is measured versus HIP for a sample with tAF =30 nm, and for a control in which NiCoO is replaced by TaOx. In the latter, dHSL/dJIP varied linearly with HIP. In the former, dHSL/dJIP varied nonlinearly with HIP and exhibited an offset indicating nonzero spin torque efficiency with zero HIP. The magnitude of HEB was 600 Oe in-plane.

  3. Substantial reduction of critical current for magnetization switching in an exchange-biased spin valve.

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    Jiang, Y; Nozaki, T; Abe, S; Ochiai, T; Hirohata, A; Tezuka, N; Inomata, K

    2004-06-01

    Great interest in current-induced magnetic excitation and switching in a magnetic nanopillar has been caused by the theoretical predictions of these phenomena. The concept of using a spin-polarized current to switch the magnetization orientation of a magnetic layer provides a possible way to realize future 'current-driven' devices: in such devices, direct switching of the magnetic memory bits would be produced by a local current application, instead of by a magnetic field generated by attached wires. Until now, all the reported work on current-induced magnetization switching has been concentrated on a simple ferromagnet/Cu/ferromagnet trilayer. Here we report the observation of current-induced magnetization switching in exchange-biased spin valves (ESPVs) at room temperature. The ESPVs clearly show current-induced magnetization switching behaviour under a sweeping direct current with a very high density. We show that insertion of a ruthenium layer between an ESPV nanopillar and the top electrode effectively decreases the critical current density from about 10(8) to 10(7) A cm(-2). In a well-designed 'antisymmetric' ESPV structure, this critical current density can be further reduced to 2 x 10(6) A cm(-2). We believe that the substantial reduction of critical current could make it possible for current-induced magnetization switching to be directly applied in spintronic devices, such as magnetic random-access memory.

  4. ESTIMATING GASEOUS EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE ATMOSPHERE AND PLANTS USING A COUPLED BIOCHEMICAL DRY DEPOSITION MODEL

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    To study gaseous exchanges between the soil, biosphere and atmosphere, a biochemical model was coupled with the latest version of Meyers Multi-Layer Deposition Model. The biochemical model describes photosynthesis and respiration and their coupling with stomatal resistance for...

  5. Towards Rare-Earth-Free Permanent Magnets: Exchange Bias In Binary Manganese-based Alloys

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    Marion, Joshua Leland

    Quantum-mechanical exchange interactions between phases in ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic (FM/AF) magnetic nanocomposite systems can result in useful effects such as exchange bias (Hex) and remanence enhancement. These effects are more pronounced in nanostructured systems than in their coarse-grained counterparts due to improved interphase contact and can be developed to create good permanent magnetic behavior, but are currently poorly understood in bulk three-dimensional systems. To achieve this goal, factors such as the magnetic and structural phase identity, chemistry, size, shape, and character are investigated. To this end, synthesis, characterization and analysis of the magnetic and structural properties of nanocomposites are carried out on MnX (X = Cu, Al) alloys comprised of nanostructured FM and AF phases. It is recommended for future work that Fe be added to augment the FM response of the nanostructured MnX alloys. Cu30Mn70 and Al45Mn55 ribbons are fabricated using the nonequilibrium technique of rapid solidification via melt-spinning to access and retain metastable nanostructured states, then subject to post-synthesis processing techniques — thermal annealing and cryogenic milling — to investigate the effects of structural modifications on the magnetic response. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses of the crystal structure show the as-quenched ribbons consist of two majority crystallographic phases with slightly different lattice dimensions. Superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry reveals prominent hysteresis shifts of ˜10-13 kOe at T = 10 K, attributed to the Hex effect. These data suggest that nanoscopic disproportionation of local Mn content causes a structural and corresponding magnetic phase separation into FM Mn-poor and AF Mn-rich regions; exchange interactions between these regions produce the large low-temperature Hex values observed. Interestingly, magnetic and calorimetric analyses of Al45Mn 55 melt-spun ribbons also

  6. Effect of Ni precursor solution concentration on the magnetic properties and exchange bias of Ni-NiO nanoparticulate systems

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    Roy, Aparna; De Toro, J. A.; Amaral, V. S.; Marques, D. P.; Ferreira, J. M. F.

    2014-09-01

    We report on a comparative study of the exchange bias effect and magnetic properties of Ni-NiO nanoparticulate systems synthesized by the chemical reduction of NiCl2 solution of two different molar concentrations—1 M (high) and 0.05 M (low)—followed by annealing of the dried precipitate in the temperature range 400-600 °C in air. Interestingly, the samples derived from the low molarity solution have higher Ni content and larger crystallite size than those prepared from their high molarity counterparts. These molarity dependent features subsequently modulate the magnitude of the exchange bias field in the samples, which is found to be absent or small in the 0.05 M series, but of moderate value in the 1 M samples. The different physical attributes of the particles derived from different concentrations of Ni-precursor solution are explained by invoking different nucleation kinetics and supersaturation degrees surrounding the viable growing nucleus. Furthermore, an observed increase of exchange bias with increasing annealing temperature, in contrast to the reported agglomeration of particles on annealing and subsequent reduction in bias magnitude, has been explained in correlation to the Ni-NiO interface density.

  7. Coexistance of magnetoelectric effect and exchange bias in Ni50.3Mn36.9Sb12.8/BiFeO3 heterostructure thin film

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    Barman, Rahul; Kaur, Davinder

    2016-05-01

    In the present study structural, magnetic and ferroelectric properties of Ni50.3Mn36.9Sb12.8/BiFeO3 heterostructure thin film, grown on LaNiO3 coated Si (100) substrate has been systematically investigated. Ni50.3Mn36.9Sb12.8 film exhibits L21 structure with preferred (220) orientation. The bottom LaNiO3 layer was implemented to favor the growth of pervoskite BiFeO3 film with (l00) orientation. The shift in hysteresis loop up to 34 Oe from the origin was observed at 300 K which is mainly due to the coupling of FM-AFM spins at the interface. Besides the exchange bias effect, large coupling between ferromagnetic and ferroelectric order parameters was also found with maximum coupling sensitivity of 7.58 V/cm-Oe at 300K in Ni50.3Mn36.9Sb12.8/BiFeO3 heterostructure thin film. The observed magneto-electric effect in this heterostructure is due to the transfer of strain from ferromagnetic shape memory alloy Ni50.3Mn36.9Sb12.8 layer to multiferroic BiFeO3 layer in the presence of magnetic field. Hence, coexistence of magneto-electric coupling and exchange bias in Ni50.3Mn36.9Sb12.8/BiFeO3 heterostructure make them a promising candidate for various multifunctional MEMS devices.

  8. Synthesis and controllable oxidation of monodisperse cobalt-doped wüstite nanoparticles and their core-shell stability and exchange-bias stabilization

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    Chen, Chih-Jung; Chiang, Ray-Kuang; Kamali, Saeed; Wang, Sue-Lein

    2015-08-01

    Cobalt-doped wüstite (CWT), Co0.33Fe0.67O, nanoparticles were prepared via the thermal decomposition of CoFe2-oleate complexes in organic solvents. A controllable oxidation process was then performed to obtain Co0.33Fe0.67O/CoFe2O4 core-shell structures with different core-to-shell volume ratios and exchange bias properties. The oxidized core-shell samples with a ~4 nm CoFe2O4 shell showed good resistance to oxygen transmission. Thus, it is inferred that the cobalt ferrite shell provides a better oxidation barrier performance than magnetite in the un-doped case. The hysteresis loops of the oxidized 19 nm samples exhibited a high exchange bias field (HE), an enhanced coercivity field (HC), and a pronounced vertical shift, thus indicating the presence of a strong exchange bias coupling effect. More importantly, the onset temperature of HE was found to be higher than 200 K, which suggests that cobalt doping increases the Néel temperature (TN) of the CWT core. In general, the results show that the homogeneous dispersion of Co in iron precursors improves the stability of the final CWT nanoparticles. Moreover, the CoFe2O4 shells formed following oxidation increase the oxidation resistance of the CWT cores and enhance their anisotropy energy.Cobalt-doped wüstite (CWT), Co0.33Fe0.67O, nanoparticles were prepared via the thermal decomposition of CoFe2-oleate complexes in organic solvents. A controllable oxidation process was then performed to obtain Co0.33Fe0.67O/CoFe2O4 core-shell structures with different core-to-shell volume ratios and exchange bias properties. The oxidized core-shell samples with a ~4 nm CoFe2O4 shell showed good resistance to oxygen transmission. Thus, it is inferred that the cobalt ferrite shell provides a better oxidation barrier performance than magnetite in the un-doped case. The hysteresis loops of the oxidized 19 nm samples exhibited a high exchange bias field (HE), an enhanced coercivity field (HC), and a pronounced vertical shift, thus

  9. Martensitic transition, magnetic, magnetocaloric and exchange bias properties of Fe-substituted Mn-Ni-Sn Heusler alloys

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    Sharma, Jyoti; Suresh, K. G.

    2016-12-01

    In this report, effect of Fe substitution on martensitic transition, magnetic, magnetocaloric and exchange bias (EB) properties of Mn50Ni40-xFexSn10 (x=0, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2 and 3) Heusler alloys series has been investigated systematically. Fe substitution has been found to affect the ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic interactions significantly in both the martensite and austenite phases. Martensitic transition temperature decreases with increasing Fe content, which is attributed to the decrease in number of average valence electrons per atom (e/a ratio) of these alloys. Large magnetic entropy change (ΔSM) and refrigerant capacity (RC) have been observed in these alloys, as a maximum ΔSM of ~12.6 J/kg. K is observed for composition x=0.5. Present alloys have also been found to show large exchange bias properties, as maximum exchange bias fields (HEB) of 890 Oe and 810 Oe are observed for x=0 and 0.5, respectively at 5 K. Composition and temperature dependencies of EB are associated with the change in exchange anisotropy at interfaces of competing magnetic phases. Study of minor loop and training effect also corroborates with the presence of EB in these alloys.

  10. A hybrid model of radio frequency biased inductively coupled plasma discharges: description of model and experimental validation in argon

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    Wen, De-Qi; Liu, Wei; Gao, Fei; Lieberman, M. A.; Wang, You-Nian

    2016-08-01

    A hybrid model, i.e. a global model coupled bidirectionally with a parallel Monte-Carlo collision (MCC) sheath model, is developed to investigate an inductively coupled discharge with a bias source. This hybrid model can self-consistently reveal the interaction between the bulk plasma and the radio frequency (rf) bias sheath. More specifically, the plasma parameters affecting characteristics of rf bias sheath (sheath length and self-bias) are calculated by a global model and the effect of the rf bias sheath on the bulk plasma is determined by the voltage drop of the rf bias sheath. Moreover, specific numbers of ions are tracked in the rf bias sheath and ultimately the ion energy distribution function (IEDF) incident on the bias electrode is obtained. To validate this model, both bulk plasma density and IEDF on the bias electrode in an argon discharge are compared with experimental measurements, and a good agreement is obtained. The advantage of this model is that it can quickly calculate the bulk plasma density and IEDF on the bias electrode, which are of practical interest in industrial plasma processing, and the model could be easily extended to serve for industrial gases.

  11. Measuring Population Health Using Electronic Health Records: Exploring Biases and Representativeness in a Community Health Information Exchange.

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    Dixon, Brian E; Gibson, P Joseph; Frederickson Comer, Karen; Rosenman, Marc

    2015-01-01

    Assessment is a core function of public health. Comprehensive clinical data may enhance community health assessment by providing up-to-date, representative data for use in public health programs and policies, especially when combined with community-level data relevant to social determinants. In this study we examine routinely collected and geospatially-enhanced EHR data to assess population health at various levels of geographic granularity available from a regional health information exchange. We present preliminary findings and discuss important biases in EHR data. Future work is needed to develop methods for correcting for those biases to support routine epidemiology work of public health.

  12. Negative magnetization and exchange bias effect in Ni1.4Mn2Ga0.6

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    Albagami, Abdullah; Khan, Mahmud

    Ni-Mn-X based Heusler alloys have attracted significant interest in recent years due to their multifunctional properties. Exchange bias (EB) is one such property that results from competing magnetic interactions in these alloys. The EB effect is typically observed in materials where ferromagnetic (FM) and antiferromagnetic (AFM) interactions co-exist. Since the discovery of EB effect in CoO (AFM) coated Co (FM) nanoparticles by Meikle John and Bean in 1956, a significant amount of research efforts have been made on this subject. Here, we have performed an experimental study on the magnetic and exchange bias properties of polycrystalline Ni1.4Mn2Ga0.6 alloy by X-ray diffraction, dc magnetization, and ac susceptibility measurements. The material exhibits a ferromagnetic Curie temperature of ~300 K. The magnetization versus field data obtained at 5 K under zero field condition exhibits a double shifted hysteresis loop that disappears at higher temperatures. When the sample is cooled from room temperature to 5 K in applied magnetic fields, exchange bias is observed, whose magnitude is strongly dependent on the cooling field. A maximum exchange bias field of 730 Oe is observed under field cooling condition at 5 K. A negative magnetization is observed in the magnetization versus temperature data obtained at magnetic fields smaller than 75 Oe. The experimental results are explained in terms of the competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic exchange interaction that exist in the materials due to the Mn atoms occupying multiple crystalline sites resulting in a spin glass-type frustrated ground state.

  13. Exchange narrowing of the phonon contribution to the electron spin resonance line width in exchange-coupled magnetic insulators.

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    Huber, D L

    2014-02-01

    In this paper we extend earlier calculations of the phonon contribution to the electron spin resonance line width at high temperatures in exchange-coupled magnetic insulators. We show that the one-phonon contribution is exchange-narrowed, similar to the static anisotropy contribution. The effect of the exchange narrowing is to limit contributing phonons to those modes whose energies are less than a cutoff, γ(max), that is proportional to the exchange interaction. Linear-T behavior in the line width occurs when kBT is greater than γ(max).

  14. Biasing Potential Replica Exchange Multi-Site λ-Dynamics for Efficient Free Energy Calculations

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    Armacost, Kira A.; Goh, Garrett B.; Brooks, Charles L.

    2016-01-01

    Traditional free energy calculation methods are well known for their drawbacks in scalability and speed in converging results particularly for calculations with large perturbations. In the present work, we report on the development of biasing potential replica exchange multi-site λ-dynamics (BP-REX MSλD), which is a free energy method that is capable of performing simultaneous alchemical free energy transformations, including perturbations between flexible moieties. BP-REX MSλD and the original MSλD are applied to a series of symmetrical 2,5-benzoquinone derivatives covering a diverse chemical space and range of conformational flexibility. Improved λ-space sampling is observed for the BP-REX MSλD simulations, yielding a 2–5-fold increase in the number of transitions between substituents compared to traditional MSλD. We also demonstrate the efficacy of varying the value of c, the parameter that controls the ruggedness of the landscape mediating the sampling of λ-states, based on the flexibility of the fragment. Finally, we developed a protocol for maximizing the transition frequency between fragments. This protocol reduces the “kinetic barrier” for alchemically transforming fragments by grouping and ordering based on volume. These findings are applied to a challenging test set involving a series of geldanamycin-based inhibitors of heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90). Even though the perturbations span volume changes by as large as 60 Å3, the values for the free energy change achieve an average unsigned error (AUE) of 1.5 kcal/mol relative to experimental Kd measurements with a reasonable correlation (R = 0.56). Our results suggest that the BP-REX MSλD algorithm is a highly efficient and scalable free energy method, which when utilized will enable routine calculations on the order of hundreds of compounds using only a few simulations. PMID:26579773

  15. Implementation of Coupled Skin Temperature Analysis and Bias Correction in a Global Atmospheric Data Assimilation System

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    Radakovich, Jon; Bosilovich, M.; Chern, Jiun-dar; daSilva, Arlindo

    2004-01-01

    The NASA/NCAR Finite Volume GCM (fvGCM) with the NCAR CLM (Community Land Model) version 2.0 was integrated into the NASA/GMAO Finite Volume Data Assimilation System (fvDAS). A new method was developed for coupled skin temperature assimilation and bias correction where the analysis increment and bias correction term is passed into the CLM2 and considered a forcing term in the solution to the energy balance. For our purposes, the fvDAS CLM2 was run at 1 deg. x 1.25 deg. horizontal resolution with 55 vertical levels. We assimilate the ISCCP-DX (30 km resolution) surface temperature product. The atmospheric analysis was performed 6-hourly, while the skin temperature analysis was performed 3-hourly. The bias correction term, which was updated at the analysis times, was added to the skin temperature tendency equation at every timestep. In this presentation, we focus on the validation of the surface energy budget at the in situ reference sites for the Coordinated Enhanced Observation Period (CEOP). We will concentrate on sites that include independent skin temperature measurements and complete energy budget observations for the month of July 2001. In addition, MODIS skin temperature will be used for validation. Several assimilations were conducted and preliminary results will be presented.

  16. Numerical study of the influence of interfacial roughness on the exchange bias properties of ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic bilayers

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    Moritz, J.; Bacher, P.; Dieny, B.

    2016-09-01

    Exchange bias and coercivity are both studied numerically in antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic (AFM/FM) bilayers in the presence of a rough interface. The roughness is modeled by an AFM atomic mesa of variable width, in a periodic bidimensional system. Unlike the flat interface case, roughness can favor the presence of magnetic interfacial frustration or the formation of sharp magnetic domain walls pinned within the first AFM planes, inside the AFM mesa, in a Peierls potential well. We demonstrate by using athermal steepest-descent calculations that irreversible processes can occur during the hysteresis loops, when the AFM mesa width is less than half of the system period. In this case, the depinning of the domain wall from the Peierls potential well during the descending branch is not followed by its rewinding in a certain range of the AFM anisotropy. This leads to a large increase of both exchange bias and coercivity at low temperature and to an athermal training effect. When the thermal activation is taken into account by using Monte Carlo simulations, we show that a random walk of the domain wall occurs within the AFM layer. These processes induce changes in the AFM spin configuration when the system is cycled several times and produce a thermally activated training effect. Our simulations, interpreted in the context of periodic Peierls potential, provide an explanation for two important features of the exchange bias phenomenon, i.e., the thermal variation of its characteristic fields and the different contributions giving rise to the training effect (AFM bulk vs interface). More generally, the presence of interfacial atomic roughness reduces both exchange bias and coercivity with respect to the perfect interface case.

  17. Biased agonism at G protein-coupled receptors: the promise and the challenges--a medicinal chemistry perspective.

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    Shonberg, Jeremy; Lopez, Laura; Scammells, Peter J; Christopoulos, Arthur; Capuano, Ben; Lane, J Robert

    2014-11-01

    Historically, determination of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) ligand efficacy has often been restricted to identifying the ligand as an agonist or antagonist at a given signaling pathway. This classification was deemed sufficient to predict compound efficacy at all signaling endpoints, including the therapeutically relevant one(s). However, it is now apparent that ligands acting at the same GPCR can stabilize multiple, distinct, receptor conformations linked to different functional outcomes. This phenomenon, known as biased agonism, stimulus bias, or functional selectivity offers the opportunity to separate on-target therapeutic effects from side effects through the design of drugs that show pathway selectivity. However, the medicinal chemist faces numerous challenges to develop biased ligands, including the detection and quantification of biased agonism. This review summarizes the current state of the field of research into biased agonism at GPCRs, with a particular focus on efforts to relate biased agonism to ligand structure.

  18. Lamellar magnetism and exchange bias in billion-year-old titanohematite with nanoscale ilmenite exsolution lamellae: I. Mineral and magnetic characterization

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    McEnroe, Suzanne A.; Robinson, Peter; Miyajima, Nobuyoshi; Fabian, Karl; Dyar, Darby; Sklute, Elizabeth

    2016-07-01

    Recent high-resolution aeromagnetic surveys in South Norway have revealed numerous remanent anomalies over Mesoproterozoic metamorphic rocks. Studies on the nature of the minerals that are the remanent carriers has led to discoveries of titanohematite samples with unusual magnetic properties caused by nanoscale exsolution lamellae with their related lamellar magnetism. Here we focus on a rock unit dominated by quartz-plagioclase-biotite granulite containing titanohematite grains with a strong lattice-preferred orientation parallel to regional foliation. When samples with their natural remanent magnetization (NRM), acquired nearly 1 billion years ago, are cooled to 10 K and hysteresis loops measured, these loops show bi-modal exchange bias caused by the magnetism induced within the ilmenite by antiferromagnetic coupling with the adjacent lamellar NRM. By contrast when the samples are cooled in a strong magnetic field (1.5 Tesla), this results in unimodal lamellar magnetism, and, below the TN of ilmenite it adopts a consistent negative orientation, giving rise to unimodal negative exchange bias of >500 mT. The results presented here cover the chemical and magnetic properties, Mossbauer results and transmission electron microscopy of the titanohematite and ilmenite lamellae. Initial magnetic experiments indicated the shifts found in the exchange-bias experiments were directly related to the orientation of the sample to the applied field and the initial state of the NRM. In most samples with these unusual magnetic properties, ilmenite lamellae could not be seen in an optical or a scanning electron microscope. However magnetic experiments gave proof of the presence of ilmenite, later confirmed by Mössbauer spectroscopy. Several attempts were made to identify ilmenite in TEM studies, finally successful in showing ilmenite lamellae parallel to (001) of hematite with thicknesses ˜1.2 to 1.7 nm and aspect ratios 7-13. Here we compare new TEM images and the magnetic

  19. Probing biased/partial agonism at the G protein-coupled A(2B) adenosine receptor.

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    Gao, Zhan-Guo; Balasubramanian, Ramachandran; Kiselev, Evgeny; Wei, Qiang; Jacobson, Kenneth A

    2014-08-01

    G protein-coupled A(2B) adenosine receptor (AR) regulates numerous important physiological functions, but its activation by diverse A(2B)AR agonists is poorly profiled. We probed potential partial and/or biased agonism in cell lines expressing variable levels of endogenous or recombinant A(2B)AR. In cAMP accumulation assays, both 5'-substituted NECA and C2-substituted MRS3997 are full agonists. However, only 5'-substituted adenosine analogs are full agonists in calcium mobilization, ERK1/2 phosphorylation and β-arrestin translocation. A(2B)AR overexpression in HEK293 cells markedly increased the agonist potency and maximum effect in cAMP accumulation, but less in calcium and ERK1/2. A(2B)AR siRNA silencing was more effective in reducing the maximum cAMP effect of non-nucleoside agonist BAY60-6583 than NECA's. A quantitative 'operational model' characterized C2-substituted MRS3997 as either balanced (cAMP accumulation, ERK1/2) or strongly biased agonist (against calcium, β-arrestin). N⁶-substitution biased against ERK1/2 (weakly) and calcium and β-arrestin (strongly) pathways. BAY60-6583 is ERK1/2-biased, suggesting a mechanism distinct from adenosine derivatives. BAY60-6583, as A(2B)AR antagonist in MIN-6 mouse pancreatic β cells expressing low A(2B)AR levels, induced insulin release. This is the first relatively systematic study of structure-efficacy relationships of this emerging drug target.

  20. Exchange bias effect in Au-Fe3O4 dumbbell nanoparticles induced by the charge transfer from gold

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    Feygenson, Mikhail; Bauer, John C; Gai, Zheng; Marques, Carlos; Aronson, Meigan C.; Teng, Xiaowei; Su, Dong; Stanic, Vesna; Urban, Volker S; Kevin, Beyer; et al

    2015-08-10

    We have studied the origin of the exchange bias effect in the Au-Fe3O4 dumbbell nanoparticles in two samples with different sizes of the Au seed nanoparticles (4.1 and 2.7 nm) and same size of Fe3O4 nanoparticles (9.8 nm). The magnetization, small-angle neutron scattering, synchrotron x-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscope measurements determined the antiferromagnetic FeO wüstite phase within Fe3O4 nanoparticles, originating at the interface with the Au nanoparticles. The interface between antiferromagnetic FeO and ferrimagnetic Fe3O4 is giving rise to the exchange bias effect. The strength of the exchange bias fields depends on the interfacial area and lattice mismatchmore » between both phases. We propose that the charge transfer from the Au nanoparticles is responsible for a partial reduction of the Fe3O4 into FeO phase at the interface with Au nanoparticles. The Au-O bonds are formed across the interface to accommodate an excess of oxygen released during the reduction of magnetite.« less

  1. Exchange bias effect in Au-Fe3O4 dumbbell nanoparticles induced by the charge transfer from gold

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    Feygenson, Mikhail; Bauer, John C.; Gai, Zheng; Marques, Carlos; Aronson, Meigan C.; Teng, Xiaowei; Su, Dong; Stanic, Vesna; Urban, Volker S.; Beyer, Kevin A.; Dai, Sheng

    2015-08-10

    We have studied the origin of the exchange bias effect in the Au-Fe3O4 dumbbell nanoparticles in two samples with different sizes of the Au seed nanoparticles (4.1 and 2.7 nm) and same size of Fe3O4 nanoparticles (9.8 nm). The magnetization, small-angle neutron-scattering, synchrotron x-ray diffraction, and scanning transmission electron microscope measurements determined the antiferromagnetic FeO wustite phase within Fe3O4 nanoparticles, originating at the interface with the Au nanoparticles. The interface between antiferromagnetic FeO and ferrimagnetic Fe3O4 is giving rise to the exchange bias effect. The strength of the exchange bias fields depends on the interfacial area and lattice mismatch between both phases. We propose that the charge transfer from the Au nanoparticles is responsible for a partial reduction of the Fe3O4 into the FeO phase at the interface with Au nanoparticles. The Au-O bonds are formed, presumably across the interface to accommodate an excess of oxygen released during the reduction of magnetite

  2. Enhanced interlayer exchange coupling in antiferromagnetically coupled ultrathin (Co70Fe30/Pd) multilayers

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    Meng, Zhaoliang; Qiu, Jinjun; Han, Guchang; Teo, Kie Leong

    2015-12-01

    We report the studies of magnetization reversal and magnetic interlayer coupling in synthetic antiferromagnetic (SAF) [Pd/Co70Fe30]9/Ru(tRu)/Pd(tPd)/[Co70Fe30/Pd]9 structure as functions of inserted Pd layer (tPd) and Ru layer (tRu) thicknesses. We found the exchange coupling field (Hex) and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) can be controlled by both the tPd and tRu, The Hex shows a Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida-type oscillatory decay dependence on tRu and a maximum interlayer coupling strength Jex = 0.522 erg/cm2 is achieved at tPd + tRu ≈ 0.8 nm in the as-deposited sample. As it is known that a high post-annealing stability of SAF structure is required for magnetic random access memory applications, the dependence of Hex and PMA on the post-annealing temperature (Ta) is also investigated. We found that both high PMA of the top Co70Fe30/Pd multilayer is maintained and Hex is enhanced with increasing Ta up to 350 °C for tRu > 0.7 nm in our SAF structure.

  3. Lengthscale effects on exchange coupling in Co-Pt L10 + L12 nanochessboards

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    Vetter, Eric P.; Geng, Liwei; Ghatwai, Priya; Gilbert, Dustin A.; Jin, Yongmei; Soffa, William A.; Floro, Jerrold A.

    2016-09-01

    The Co-Pt nanochessboard is a quasi-periodic, nanocomposite tiling of L10 and L12 magnetic phases that offers a novel structure for the investigation of exchange coupling, relevant to permanent magnet applications. Periodicity of the tiling is controlled by the rate of cooling through the eutectoid isotherm, resulting in control over the L10-L12 exchange coupling. First order reversal curve analysis reveals a transition from partial coupling to nearly complete exchange-coupling in a Co40.2Pt59.8 nanochessboard structured alloy as the periodicity is reduced below the critical correlation length. Micromagnetic simulations give insights into how exchange coupling manifests in the tiling, and its impact on microscopic magnetization reversal mechanisms.

  4. Positive exchange-bias and giant vertical hysteretic shift in La0.3Sr0.7FeO3/SrRuO3 bilayers

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    Rana, Rakesh; Pandey, Parul; Singh, R. P.; Rana, D. S.

    2014-01-01

    The exchange-bias effects in the mosaic epitaxial bilayers of the itinerant ferromagnet (FM) SrRuO3 and the antiferromagnetic (AFM) charge-ordered La0.3Sr0.7FeO3 were investigated. An uncharacteristic low-field positive exchange bias, a cooling-field driven reversal of positive to negative exchange-bias and a layer thickness optimised unusual vertical magnetization shift were all novel facets of exchange bias realized for the first time in magnetic oxides. The successive magnetic training induces a transition from positive to negative exchange bias regime with changes in domain configurations. These observations are well corroborated by the hysteretic loop asymmetries which display the modifications in the AFM spin correlations. These exotic features emphasize the key role of i) mosaic disorder induced subtle interplay of competing AFM-superexchange and FM double exchange at the exchange biased interface and, ii) training induced irrecoverable alterations in the AFM spin structure. PMID:24569516

  5. Strong perpendicular exchange bias in epitaxial La0.7Sr0.3MnO3:LaFeO3 nanocomposite thin films

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    Fan, Meng; Zhang, Wenrui; Jian, Jie; Huang, Jijie; Wang, Haiyan

    2016-07-01

    Strong exchange bias (EB) in perpendicular direction has been demonstrated in vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN) (La0.7Sr0.3MnO3)1-x : (LaFeO3)x (LSMO:LFO, x = 0.33, 0.5, 0.67) thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition. Under a moderate magnetic field cooling, an EB field as high as ˜800 Oe is achieved in the VAN film with x = 0.33, suggesting a great potential for its applications in high density memory devices. Such enhanced EB effects in perpendicular direction can be attributed to the high quality epitaxial co-growth of vertically aligned ferromagnetic LSMO and antiferromagnetic LFO phases, and the vertical interface coupling associated with a disordered spin-glass state. The VAN design paves a powerful way for integrating perpendicular EB effect within thin films and provides a new dimension for advanced spintronic devices.

  6. Quantifying exchange coupling in f-ion pairs using the diamagnetic substitution method

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    Lukens, Wayne W.; Walter, Marc D.

    2010-04-01

    One of the challenges in the chemistry of actinide and lanthanide (f-ion) is quantifying exchange coupling between f-ions. While qualitative information about exchange coupling may be readily obtained using the diamagnetic substitution approach, obtaining quantitative information is much more difficult. This article describes how exchange coupling may be quantified using the susceptibility of a magnetically isolated analog, as in the diamagnetic substitution approach, along with the anisotropy of the ground state as determined by EPR spectroscopy. Several examples are used to illustrate and test this approach.

  7. Brillouin Light Scattering study of the rotatable magnetic anisotropy in exchange biased bilayers of Ni81 Fe19 Ir20 Mn80

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    Rodríguez, Roberto; Oliveira, Alexandre; Estrada, Francisco; Santos, Obed; Azevedo, Antonio; Rezende, Sergio

    It is known that when a ferromagnet (FM) is in atomic contact with an antiferromagnet (AF) the exchange coupling between the FM and AF spins at the interface induces a unidirectional anisotropy in the ferromagnetic film. This effect is known as exchange bias (EB). Despite the large amount of research on this topic there are still several aspects of the EB mechanism that are not well understood. One of this aspects is the origin of the rotatable anisotropy in polycrystalline AFs. By means of Brillouin Light Scattering (BLS) measurements, we investigated the dependence of the rotatable anisotropy field HRA and exchange field HE with the magnitude of the external magnetic field (Ho) in FM/AM bilayers of Ni81Fe19(10nm)/Ir20Mn80(tAF) . We developed an algorithm to numerically fit the in-plane angular dependence of the magnon frequency, at a fixed value of Ho measured by BLS. From the fit parameters we were able to investigate HRA and HE dependency on Ho. The results reveal that HRA value depends on Ho, so we argue that AF grain distribution at the interface is partially modified by the applied field strength. Contrary to this, the relation between HE and Ho is not straightforward, remaining constant at high values of Ho.

  8. Comparison of the function of exchange in couples of similar and differing physical attractiveness.

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    Murstein, Bernard I; Reif, Jeffrey A; Syracuse-Siewert, Gia

    2002-08-01

    Couples (22 young, married, 18 young unmarried) completed the Exchange Orientation Scale, which measures how much individuals believe equality of exchange should characterize their social relationships, as well as the Norman Personality Trait Scale, which gives measures for the self and ideal-self. Couples also rated their sexual satisfaction, their partners' physical attractiveness, their own attractiveness, and had their photographs evaluated for attractiveness by disinterested raters. Subgroups were formed of physically attractive couples, couples in which the members were of disparate attractiveness, and couples in which the individuals perceived themselves as equal to their partners in attractiveness or as inferior. In accordance with exchange theory, the hypotheses were (1) unmarried men would show higher exchange scores than married men, (2) attractive men in disparately attractive couples would show greater exchange scores than attractive men in both-attractive couples, (3) attractive members of disparately attractive couples would possess lower self-acceptance and (4) experience greater sexual satisfaction than attractive members of both-attractive couples. Results supported all hypotheses in varying extents. PMID:12353796

  9. Biased signaling through G-protein-coupled PROKR2 receptors harboring missense mutations.

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    Sbai, Oualid; Monnier, Carine; Dodé, Catherine; Pin, Jean-Philippe; Hardelin, Jean-Pierre; Rondard, Philippe

    2014-08-01

    Various missense mutations in the gene coding for prokineticin receptor 2 (PROKR2), a G-protein-coupled receptor, have been identified in patients with Kallmann syndrome. However, the functional consequences of these mutations on the different signaling pathways of this receptor have not been studied. We first showed that the wild-type PROKR2 can activate different G-protein subtypes (Gq, Gs, and Gi/o) and recruit β-arrestins in transfected HEK-293 cells. We then examined, for each of these signaling pathways, the effects of 9 mutations that did not significantly impair cell surface targeting or ligand binding of the receptor. Four mutant receptors showing defective Gq signaling (R85C, R85H, R164Q, and V331M) could still recruit β-arrestins on ligand activation, which may cause biased signaling in vivo. Conversely, the R80C receptor could activate the 3 types of G proteins but could not recruit β-arrestins. Finally, the R268C receptor could recruit β-arrestins and activate the Gq and Gs signaling pathways but could not activate the Gi/o signaling pathway. Our results validate the concept that mutations in the genes encoding membrane receptors can bias downstream signaling in various ways, possibly leading to pathogenic and, perhaps in some cases, protective (e.g., R268C) effects.

  10. Zero-bias microwave detectors based on array of nanorectifiers coupled with a dipole antenna

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    Kasjoo, Shahrir R.; Singh, Arun K.; Mat Isa, Siti S.; Ramli, Muhammad M.; Mohamad Isa, Muammar; Ahmad, Norhawati; Mohd Nor, Nurul I.; Khalid, Nazuhusna; Song, Ai Min

    2016-04-01

    We report on zero-bias microwave detection using a large array of unipolar nanodevices, known as the self-switching diodes (SSDs). The large array was realized in a single lithography step without the need of interconnection layers, hence allowing for a simple and low-cost fabrication process. The SSD array was coupled with a narrowband dipole antenna with a resonant frequency of 890 MHz, to form a simple rectenna (rectifying antenna). The extrinsic voltage responsivity and noise-equivalent-power (NEP) of the rectenna were ∼70 V/W and ∼0.18 nW/Hz1/2, respectively, measured in the far-field region at unbiased condition. Nevertheless, the estimated intrinsic voltage responsivity can achieve up to ∼5 kV/W with NEP of ∼2.6 pW/Hz1/2.

  11. Realizing topological stability of magnetic helices in exchange-coupled multilayers for all-spin-based system

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    Fust, Sergej; Mukherjee, Saumya; Paul, Neelima; Stahn, Jochen; Kreuzpaintner, Wolfgang; Böni, Peter; Paul, Amitesh

    2016-09-01

    Topologically stabilized spin configurations like helices in the form of planar domain walls (DWs) or vortex-like structures with magnetic functionalities are more often a theoretical prediction rather than experimental realization. In this paper we report on the exchange coupling and helical phase characteristics within Dy-Fe multilayers. The magnetic hysteresis loops with temperature show an exchange bias field of around 1.0 kOe at 10 K. Polarized neutron reflectivity reveal (i) ferrimagnetic alignment of the layers at low fields forming twisted magnetic helices and a more complicated but stable continuous helical arrangement at higher fields (ii) direct evidence of helices in the form of planar 2π-DWs within both layers of Fe and Dy. The helices within the Fe layers are topologically stabilized by the reasonably strong induced in-plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Dy and the exchange coupling at the Fe-Dy interfaces. The helices in Dy are plausibly reminiscent of the helical ordering at higher temperatures induced by the field history and interfacial strain. Stability of the helical order even at large fields have resulted in an effective modulation of the periodicity of the spin-density like waves and subsequent increase in storage energy. This opens broad perspectives for future scientific and technological applications in increasing the energy density for systems in the field of all-spin-based engineering which has the potential for energy-storing elements on nanometer length scales.

  12. Realizing topological stability of magnetic helices in exchange-coupled multilayers for all-spin-based system

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    Fust, Sergej; Mukherjee, Saumya; Paul, Neelima; Stahn, Jochen; Kreuzpaintner, Wolfgang; Böni, Peter; Paul, Amitesh

    2016-01-01

    Topologically stabilized spin configurations like helices in the form of planar domain walls (DWs) or vortex-like structures with magnetic functionalities are more often a theoretical prediction rather than experimental realization. In this paper we report on the exchange coupling and helical phase characteristics within Dy-Fe multilayers. The magnetic hysteresis loops with temperature show an exchange bias field of around 1.0 kOe at 10 K. Polarized neutron reflectivity reveal (i) ferrimagnetic alignment of the layers at low fields forming twisted magnetic helices and a more complicated but stable continuous helical arrangement at higher fields (ii) direct evidence of helices in the form of planar 2π-DWs within both layers of Fe and Dy. The helices within the Fe layers are topologically stabilized by the reasonably strong induced in-plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Dy and the exchange coupling at the Fe-Dy interfaces. The helices in Dy are plausibly reminiscent of the helical ordering at higher temperatures induced by the field history and interfacial strain. Stability of the helical order even at large fields have resulted in an effective modulation of the periodicity of the spin-density like waves and subsequent increase in storage energy. This opens broad perspectives for future scientific and technological applications in increasing the energy density for systems in the field of all-spin-based engineering which has the potential for energy-storing elements on nanometer length scales. PMID:27677227

  13. A new reversal mode in exchange coupled antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic disks: distorted viscous vortex

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    Gilbert, Dustin A.; Ye, Li; Varea, Aïda; Agramunt-Puig, Sebastià; del Valle, Nuria; Navau, Carles; López-Barbera, José Francisco; Buchanan, Kristen S.; Hoffmann, Axel; Sánchez, Alvar; et al

    2015-04-28

    Magnetic vortices have generated intense interest in recent years due to their unique reversal mechanisms, fascinating topological properties, and exciting potential applications. In addition, the exchange coupling of magnetic vortices to antiferromagnets has also been shown to lead to a range of novel phenomena and functionalities. Here we report a new magnetization reversal mode of magnetic vortices in exchange coupled Ir20Mn80/Fe20Ni80 microdots: distorted viscous vortex reversal. In contrast to the previously known or proposed reversal modes, the vortex is distorted close to the interface and viscously dragged due to the uncompensated spins of a thin antiferromagnet, which leads to unexpectedmore » asymmetries in the annihilation and nucleation fields. These results provide a deeper understanding of the physics of exchange coupled vortices and may also have important implications for applications involving exchange coupled nanostructures.« less

  14. A new reversal mode in exchange coupled antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic disks: distorted viscous vortex

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    Gilbert, Dustin A.; Ye, Li; Varea, Aïda; Agramunt-Puig, Sebastià; del Valle, Nuria; Navau, Carles; López-Barbera, José Francisco; Buchanan, Kristen S.; Hoffmann, Axel; Sánchez, Alvar; Sort, Jordi; Liu, Kai; Nogués, Josep

    2015-04-28

    Magnetic vortices have generated intense interest in recent years due to their unique reversal mechanisms, fascinating topological properties, and exciting potential applications. In addition, the exchange coupling of magnetic vortices to antiferromagnets has also been shown to lead to a range of novel phenomena and functionalities. Here we report a new magnetization reversal mode of magnetic vortices in exchange coupled Ir20Mn80/Fe20Ni80 microdots: distorted viscous vortex reversal. In contrast to the previously known or proposed reversal modes, the vortex is distorted close to the interface and viscously dragged due to the uncompensated spins of a thin antiferromagnet, which leads to unexpected asymmetries in the annihilation and nucleation fields. These results provide a deeper understanding of the physics of exchange coupled vortices and may also have important implications for applications involving exchange coupled nanostructures.

  15. A Cu(II)2 Paramagnetic Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Contrast Agent Enabled by Magnetic Exchange Coupling.

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    Du, Kang; Harris, T David

    2016-06-29

    The ability of magnetic exchange coupling to enable observation of paramagnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer (PARACEST) in transition metal ions with long electronic relaxation times (τs) is demonstrated. Metalation of the dinucleating, tetra(carboxamide) ligand HL with Cu(2+) in the presence of pyrophosphate (P2O7)(4-) affords the complex [LCu(II)2(P2O7)](-). Solution-phase variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility data reveal weak ferromagnetic superexchange coupling between the two S = 1/2 Cu(II) centers, with a coupling constant of J = +2.69(5) cm(-1), to give an S = 1 ground state. This coupling results in a sharpened NMR line width relative to a GaCu analogue, indicative of a shortening of τs. Presaturation of the amide protons in the Cu2 complex at 37 °C leads to a 14% intensity decrease in the bulk water (1)H NMR signal through the CEST effect. Conversely, no CEST effect is observed in the GaCu complex. These results provide the first example of a Cu-based PARACEST magnetic resonance contrast agent and demonstrate the potential to expand the metal ion toolbox for PARACEST agents through introduction of magnetic exchange coupling. PMID:27276533

  16. Exchange coupling in transition metal monoxides: Electronic structure calculations

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    Fischer, Guntram; Daene, Markus W; Ernst, Arthur; Bruno, Patrick; Lueders, Martin; Szotek, Zdzislawa; Temmerman, Walter M; Wolfam, Hergert

    2009-01-01

    An ab initio study of magnetic-exchange interactions in antiferromagnetic and strongly correlated 3d transition metal monoxides is presented. Their electronic structure is calculated using the local self-interaction correction approach, implemented within the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker band-structure method, which is based on multiple scattering theory. The Heisenberg exchange constants are evaluated with the magnetic force theorem. Based on these the corresponding Neel temperatures TN and spin-wave dispersions are calculated. The Neel temperatures are obtained using mean-field approximation, random-phase approximation and Monte Carlo simulations. The pressure dependence of TN is investigated using exchange constants calculated for different lattice constants. All the calculated results are compared to experimental data.

  17. Ferromagnetic resonance study of the misalignment between anisotropy axes in exchange-biased NiFe/FeMn/Co trilayers

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    Barreto, P. G.; Sousa, M. A.; Pelegrini, F.; Alayo, W.; Litterst, F. J.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.

    2014-05-01

    Exchange-biased NiFe/FeMn/Co trilayers were grown by dc magnetron sputtering and analyzed by in-plane ferromagnetic resonance using Q-band microwaves. The experiments revealed that distinct Co and NiFe resonance modes were excited by the microwave field. A misalignment between the anisotropy axes of the magnetic layers was deduced from the angular variations of the resonance fields, which also showed the effects of uniaxial and unidirectional anisotropies. A phenomenological model was used to fit the experimental results taking also into account a rotatable anisotropy field associated to the domain structure of the FeMn layer and the magnetic history of the films.

  18. Large exchange bias effect in LaCr0.9Ru0.1O3

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    Sarkar, Babusona; Dalal, Biswajit; De, S. K.

    2016-11-01

    The incorporation of tetravalent Ru (10%) into antiferromagnetic spin structure of LaCrO3 leads to mixed valence states of Cr (Cr2+ and Cr3+). Highly delocalized 4d orbital of Ru induces prominent ferromagnetic (FM) component in antiferromagnetic (AFM) matrix of parent compound. The complex magnetic interaction across the interface of FM and AFM regions gives rise to large exchange bias field (HEB) of about 10 kOe. The inverse and normal magnetocaloric effect for magnetic field up to 50 kOe coexists in a single material due to multiple magnetic phase transitions with temperature.

  19. Land-atmosphere CO2 exchange simulated by a land surface process model coupled to an atmospheric general circulation model

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    Bonan, Gordon B.

    1995-02-01

    CO2 uptake during plant photosynthesis and CO2 loss during plant and microbial respiration were added to a land surface process model to simulate the diurnal and annual cycles of biosphere-atmosphere CO2 exchange. The model was coupled to a modified version of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Community Climate Model version 2 (CCM2), and the coupled model was run for 5 years. The geographic patterns of annual net primary production are qualitatively similar to other models. When compared by vegetation type, annual production and annual microbial respiration are consistent with other models, except for needleleaf evergreen tree vegetation, where production is too high, and semidesert vegetation, where production and microbial respiration are too low. The seasonality of the net CO2 flux agrees with other models in the southern hemisphere and the tropics. The diurnal range is large for photosynthesis and lower for plant and microbial respiration, which agrees with qualitative expectations. The simulation of the central United States is poor due to temperature and precipitation biases in the coupled model. Despite these deficiencies the current approach is a promising means to include terrestrial CO2 fluxes in a climate system model that simulates atmospheric CO2 concentrations, because it alleviates important parameterization discrepancies between standard biogeochemical models and the land surface models typically used in general circulation models, and because the model resolves the diurnal range of CO2 exchange, which can be large (15 - 45 micromol CO2 sq m/s).

  20. Paramagnetic molecule induced strong antiferromagnetic exchange coupling on a magnetic tunnel junction based molecular spintronics device.

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    Tyagi, Pawan; Baker, Collin; D'Angelo, Christopher

    2015-07-31

    This paper reports our Monte Carlo (MC) studies aiming to explain the experimentally observed paramagnetic molecule induced antiferromagnetic coupling between ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes. Recently developed magnetic tunnel junction based molecular spintronics devices (MTJMSDs) were prepared by chemically bonding the paramagnetic molecules between the FM electrodes along the tunnel junction's perimeter. These MTJMSDs exhibited molecule-induced strong antiferromagnetic coupling. We simulated the 3D atomic model analogous to the MTJMSD and studied the effect of molecule's magnetic couplings with the two FM electrodes. Simulations show that when a molecule established ferromagnetic coupling with one electrode and antiferromagnetic coupling with the other electrode, then theoretical results effectively explained the experimental findings. Our studies suggest that in order to align MTJMSDs' electrodes antiparallel to each other, the exchange coupling strength between a molecule and FM electrodes should be ∼50% of the interatomic exchange coupling for the FM electrodes.

  1. Magnetism and associated exchange bias in Ni2-xCoxMn1.4Ga0.6

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    Chapai, Ramakanta; Khan, Mahmud

    2016-04-01

    A series of Ni2-xCoxMn1.4Ga0.6 Heusler alloys have been systematically investigated by x-ray diffraction, dc magnetization, and ac susceptibility measurements. For all Co concentration, the alloys exhibit the L10 martensitic structure at room temperature. Interestingly, Co doping simultaneously causes a reduction in the ferromagnetic exchange interaction and enhancement of magnetic anisotropy in Ni2-xCoxMn1.4Ga0.6. Exchange bias effects under both zero field cooled and field cooled condition have been observed in all alloys for x<0.3. The ac susceptibility data show frequency dependence that changes with increasing Co concentration, indicating a change of ground state from spin glass to super spin glass. The experimental results are explained considering the atomic radii of Ni and Co and the fundamental magnetic interactions in Heusler alloys.

  2. Temperature dependence of exchange bias and training effect in Co/CoO film with induced uniaxial anisotropy

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    Wu, R.; Fu, J. B.; Zhou, D.; Ding, S. L.; Wei, J. Z.; Zhang, Y.; Du, H. L.; Wang, C. S.; Yang, Y. C.; Yang, J. B.

    2015-06-01

    The exchange bias effect and training effect of the Co/CoO film with induced uniaxial anisotropy were investigated as functions of temperature. It was found that both effects exhibited drastic differences along the easy and the hard axes. Along the easy axis, the magnetization reversal was dominated by domain wall motion throughout the whole temperature range. However, along the hard axis, the magnetization reversal was dominated by domain wall motion and domain rotation at temperatures below and above 150 K, respectively. The crossover of the two reversal modes characterized with significant asymmetry in the hysteresis loop was observed along the hard axis at 150 K due to the interplay between the exchange and uniaxial anisotropies. Significant difference of training effect in the two directions was observed and ascribed to the differences of the duration and intensity of the interaction between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic spins in the two magnetization reversal modes.

  3. Anisotropic behavior of exchange bias effect in tensile-deformed Pt{sub 3}Fe single crystal

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    Kobayashi, Satoru Morita, Ryo

    2015-05-07

    Plastic strain in Pt{sub 3}Fe causes changes in the atomic arrangement around the (111) glide plane and induces ferromagnetism even at room temperature. We have performed detailed magnetization measurements on a Pt{sub 3}Fe single crystal with plastic strains of 11.6% under magnetic fields in various directions with respect to the [100] strain axis in order to elucidate the reversal mechanism of induced ferromagnetic domains. We observed that by decreasing the angle between the magnetization direction and strain axis, hysteresis loops are strongly sheared, which is associated with a large increase in coercivity. We also observed that an exchange bias effect appears for all field orientations, but the exchange field maximizes for an intermediate field direction. On the other hand, both phenomena are insensitive to magnetic fields perpendicular to the [100] strain axis. These observations were explained by a single-domain model with uniaxial anisotropy along the [100] strain axis.

  4. Magnetic susceptibility and exchange coupling in the mineral ardennite

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    Thorpe, A.N.; Senftle, F.E.; Donnay, G.

    1969-01-01

    Ardennite, a rare silicate mineral, contains about 19 wt.% manganese. Some of the manganese atoms are in positions which are close enough to allow negative exchange and hence a reduction of the total magnetic susceptibility. It is shown that the susceptibility can be accounted for approximately by the treatment of Earnshaw and Lewis (1958) for S = 5 2 and a Hamiltonian H = -2g??Hb-2JS1??S2. ?? 1969.

  5. The effects of size and orientation on magnetic properties and exchange bias in Co3O4 mesoporous nanowires

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    Zeng, R.; Wang, J. Q.; Chen, Z. X.; Li, W. X.; Dou, S. X.

    2011-04-01

    Co3O4 mesoporous nanowires with average single crystalline grain sizes of about 8 nm, 12nm, 25 nm, and 45 nm were synthesized by sintering of microwave-assisted hydrothermal processed belt-Co(OH)2 precursors at 300-500 °C for 2 h. Microstructure analysis was conducted by x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), field emission SEM (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high resolution TEM (HRTEM) to confirm the composition, structure, and orientation in the nanowires. Systematic magnetic measurements have also been conducted on the nanowires. It was found that the size and orientation have significant effects on the magnetic and exchange bias properties. The interesting finding was made that room temperature ferromagnetism appeared at 350 °C in the high orientation samples. Systematic comparison and analysis of the relationships among the grain size, microstructure, orientation (texture), surface electric structure (O vacancies), and defects with magnetic properties (ferromagnetism, coercive field, exchange bias, etc.) are presented in this work.

  6. Southern Ocean albedo, inter-hemispheric energy transports and the double ITCZ: global impacts of biases in a coupled model

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    Hawcroft, Matt; Haywood, Jim M.; Collins, Mat; Jones, Andy; Jones, Anthony C.; Stephens, Graeme

    2016-06-01

    A causal link has been invoked between inter-hemispheric albedo, cross-equatorial energy transport and the double-Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) bias in climate models. Southern Ocean cloud biases are a major determinant of inter-hemispheric albedo biases in many models, including HadGEM2-ES, a fully coupled model with a dynamical ocean. In this study, targeted albedo corrections are applied in the Southern Ocean to explore the dynamical response to artificially reducing these biases. The Southern Hemisphere jet increases in strength in response to the increased tropical-extratropical temperature gradient, with increased energy transport into the mid-latitudes in the atmosphere, but no improvement is observed in the double-ITCZ bias or atmospheric cross-equatorial energy transport, a finding which supports other recent work. The majority of the adjustment in energy transport in the tropics is achieved in the ocean, with the response further limited to the Pacific Ocean. As a result, the frequently argued teleconnection between the Southern Ocean and tropical precipitation biases is muted. Further experiments in which tropical longwave biases are also reduced do not yield improvement in the representation of the tropical atmosphere. These results suggest that the dramatic improvements in tropical precipitation that have been shown in previous studies may be a function of the lack of dynamical ocean and/or the simplified hemispheric albedo bias corrections applied in that work. It further suggests that efforts to correct the double ITCZ problem in coupled models that focus on large-scale energetic controls will prove fruitless without improvements in the representation of atmospheric processes.

  7. Disentangling the exchange coupling of entangled donors in the Si quantum computer architecture.

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    Koiller, Belita; Hu, Xuedong; Drew, H D; Sarma, S Das

    2003-02-14

    We develop a theory for micro-Raman scattering by single and coupled two-donor states in silicon. We find the Raman spectra to have significant dependence on the donor exchange splitting and the relative spatial positions of the two-donor sites. In particular, we establish a strong correlation between the temperature dependence of the Raman peak intensity and the interdonor exchange coupling. Micro-Raman scattering can therefore potentially become a powerful tool to measure interqubit coupling in the development of a Si quantum computer architecture.

  8. Energy Exchange in Driven Open Quantum Systems at Strong Coupling

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    Carrega, Matteo; Solinas, Paolo; Sassetti, Maura; Weiss, Ulrich

    2016-06-01

    The time-dependent energy transfer in a driven quantum system strongly coupled to a heat bath is studied within an influence functional approach. Exact formal expressions for the statistics of energy dissipation into the different channels are derived. The general method is applied to the driven dissipative two-state system. It is shown that the energy flows obey a balance relation, and that, for strong coupling, the interaction may constitute the major dissipative channel. Results in analytic form are presented for the particular value K =1/2 of strong Ohmic dissipation. The energy flows show interesting behaviors including driving-induced coherences and quantum stochastic resonances. It is found that the general characteristics persists for K near 1/2 .

  9. NOAH-GECROS: A coupled land surface - crop growth model for simulating water and energy exchange between croplands and atmosphere

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    Ingwersen, J.; Streck, T.

    2011-12-01

    The current NOAH land surface model (LSM) describes the vegetation dynamics of croplands in a prescribed and generalized way leading under some conditions to a biased energy partitioning of net radiation and disabling the feedback of atmospheric conditions on land surface properties (LS) in coupled weather and climate simulations. The aim of the present study was to couple the NOAH LSM with the generic crop growth model (CGM) GECROS for improving the description of vegetation dynamics over croplands. We tested two different coupling approaches. In the first approach ("data hand-over"- coupling), the two self-contained models simply exchange data between each time step. GECROS hands over data on plant phenology. NOAH delivers the amount of plant available water in the rooting zone and computes the surface exchange fluxes. In the second approach ("cut and merge"- coupling) we cut from the NOAH code the empirical Jarvis scheme for computing canopy transpiration and merged the remaining code with the GECROS CGM. In this way, we introduced a Penman-Monteith approach, in which the stomatal resistance is a function of photosynthesis, for computing canopy transpiration. The coupled model runs were benchmarked against an uncoupled NOAH simulation based on a field-specific parameterization. All simulations were compared with "sensible heat flux"- corrected eddy covariance (EC) flux measurements, which were collected over a winter wheat stand in Southwest Germany during the vegetation period in 2009. The "cut and merge"- coupling significantly outperformed the field-specific uncoupled NOAH simulation. While, for example, the root mean square error (RMSE) of the latent heat (LE) fluxes of the uncoupled NOAH simulation was on average 73.0 W m-2, the RMSE of the coupled LS-CGM was 16.2 W m-2. The simulation of the sensible heat flux was improved in a similar magnitude. The "data hand-over" approach also slightly improved the simulation (RMSE of LE fluxes = 54.3 W m-2) but showed

  10. Mercury vapor air-surface exchange measured by collocated micrometeorological and enclosure methods - Part II: Bias and uncertainty analysis

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    Zhu, W.; Sommar, J.; Lin, C.-J.; Feng, X.

    2015-05-01

    Dynamic flux chambers (DFCs) and micrometeorological (MM) methods are extensively deployed for gauging air-surface Hg0 gas exchange. However, a systematic evaluation of the precision of the contemporary Hg0 flux quantification methods is not available. In this study, the uncertainty in Hg0 flux measured by the relaxed eddy accumulation (REA) method, the aerodynamic gradient method (AGM), the modified Bowen ratio (MBR) method, as well as DFC of traditional (TDFC) and novel (NDFC) designs, are assessed using a robust data set from two field intercomparison campaigns. The absolute precision in Hg0 concentration difference (ΔC) measurements is estimated at 0.064 ng m-3 for the gradient-based MBR and AGM systems. For the REA system, the parameter is Hg0 concentration (C) dependent at 0.069 + 0.022C. During the campaigns, 57 and 62 % of the individual vertical gradient measurements are found to be significantly different from 0, while for the REA technique, the percentage of significant observations is lower. For the chambers, non-significant fluxes are confined to a few night-time periods with varying ambient Hg0 concentrations. Relative bias for DFC-derived fluxes is estimated to be ~ ±10, and ~ 85% of the flux bias is within ±2 ng m-2 h-1 in absolute terms. The DFC flux bias follows a diurnal cycle, which is largely affected by the forced temperature and irradiation bias in the chambers. Due to contrasting prevailing micrometeorological conditions, the relative uncertainty (median) in turbulent exchange parameters differs by nearly a factor of 2 between the campaigns, while that in ΔC measurement is fairly consistent. The estimated flux uncertainties for the triad of MM techniques are 16-27, 12-23 and 19-31% (interquartile range) for the AGM, MBR and REA methods, respectively. This study indicates that flux-gradient-based techniques (MBR and AGM) are preferable to REA in quantifying Hg0 flux over ecosystems with low vegetation height. A limitation of all Hg0 flux

  11. Magnetic patterning: local manipulation of the intergranular exchange coupling via grain boundary engineering

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    Huang, Kuo-Feng; Liao, Jung-Wei; Hsieh, Cheng-Yu; Wang, Liang-Wei; Huang, Yen-Chun; Wen, Wei-Chih; Chang, Mu-Tung; Lo, Shen-Chuan; Yuan, Jun; Lin, Hsiu-Hau; Lai, Chih-Huang

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic patterning, with designed spatial profile of the desired magnetic properties, has been a rising challenge for developing magnetic devices at nanoscale. Most existing methods rely on locally modifying magnetic anisotropy energy or saturation magnetization, and thus post stringent constraints on the adaptability in diverse applications. We propose an alternative route for magnetic patterning: by manipulating the local intergranular exchange coupling to tune lateral magnetic properties. As demonstration, the grain boundary structure of Co/Pt multilayers is engineered by thermal treatment, where the stress state of the multilayers and thus the intergranular exchange coupling can be modified. With Ag passivation layers on top of the Co/Pt multilayers, we can hinder the stress relaxation and grain boundary modification. Combining the pre-patterned Ag passivation layer with thermal treatment, we can design spatial variations of the magnetic properties by tuning the intergranular exchange coupling, which diversifies the magnetic patterning process and extends its feasibility for varieties of new devices. PMID:26156786

  12. Ignition calculations using a reduced coupled-mode electron- ion energy exchange model*

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    Garbett, W. J.; Chapman, D. A.

    2016-03-01

    Coupled-mode models for electron-ion energy exchange can predict large deviations from standard binary collision models in some regimes. A recently developed reduced coupled-mode model for electron-ion energy exchange, which accurately reproduces full numerical results over a wide range of density and temperature space, has been implemented in the Nym hydrocode and used to assess the impact on ICF capsule fuel assembly and performance. Simulations show a lack of sensitivity to the model, consistent with results from a range of simpler alternative models. Since the coupled-mode model is conceptually distinct to models based on binary collision theory, this result provides increased confidence that uncertainty in electron-ion energy exchange will not impact ignition attempts.

  13. Strain-modulated antiferromagnetic spin orientation and exchange coupling in Fe/CoO(001)

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    Zhu, J.; Li, Q.; Li, J. X.; Ding, Z.; Wu, Y. Z.; Hua, C. Y.; Huang, M. J.; Lin, H.-J.; Hu, Z.; Won, C.

    2014-05-21

    The effect of CoO spin orientation on exchange coupling was investigated in single-crystalline Fe/CoO/MnO/MgO(001) systems. An antiferromagnetic CoO spin reorientation transition from the in-plane direction to the out-of-plane direction was found to be associated with the in-plane strain transition in CoO film from compression to expansion. The induced uniaxial anisotropies by exchange coupling at the Fe/CoO interface are significantly stronger for the in-plane CoO spin orientation than for the out-of-plane CoO spin orientation. Our study provides a way to modify the exchange coupling in the ferromagnetic (FM)/antiferromagnetic (AFM) bilayer by modulating the strain in the AFM film.

  14. Determination of rotatable and frozen CoO spins and their relationship to exchange bias in CoO/Fe/Ag(001)

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    Wu, J.; Park, J.; Kim, W.; Arenholz, E.; Liberati, M.; Scholl, A.; Wu, Y.; Hwang, C.; Qiu, Z.

    2010-02-10

    The exchange bias of epitaxially grown CoO/Fe/Ag(001) was investigated using X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism (XMCD) and X-ray Magnetic Linear Dichroism (XMLD) techniques. A direct XMLD measurement on the CoO layer during the Fe magnetization reversal shows that the CoO compensated spins are rotatable at thinner thickness and frozen, i.e. fixed in direction to the lattice, at larger thickness. By a quantitative determination of the rotatable and frozen CoO spins as a function of the CoO film thickness, we find the remarkable result that the exchange bias is well established before frozen spins are detectable in the CoO film, contrary to the common assumption that the majority of antiferromagnetic spins need to be frozen to generate the exchange bias. We further show that the rotatable/frozen CoO spins are uniformly distributed in the CoO film.

  15. Magnetoelectric switching of perpendicular exchange bias in Pt/Co/α-Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Pt stacked films

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    Toyoki, Kentaro; Shiratsuchi, Yu Kobane, Atsushi; Nakatani, Ryoichi; Mitsumata, Chiharu; Kotani, Yoshinori; Nakamura, Tetsuya

    2015-04-20

    We report the realization of magnetoelectric switching of the perpendicular exchange bias in Pt/Co/α-Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Pt stacked films. The perpendicular exchange bias was switched isothermally by the simultaneous application of magnetic and electric fields. The threshold electric field required to switch the perpendicular exchange bias was found to be inversely proportional to the magnetic field, which confirmed the magnetoelectric mechanism of the process. The observed temperature dependence of the threshold electric field suggested that the energy barrier of the antiferromagnetic spin reversal was significantly lower than that assuming the coherent rotation. Pulse voltage measurements indicated that the antiferromagnetic domain propagation dominates the switching process. These results suggest an analogy of the electric-field-induced magnetization with a simple ferromagnet.

  16. Metastable magnetic state and exchange bias training effect in Mn-rich YMnO3 thin films

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    Kumar, Manish; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.

    2015-04-01

    The magnetic nature of stoichiometric and Mn rich hexagonal YMnO3 films grown at different oxygen partial pressures is investigated. The stoichiometric YMnO3 thin film showed antiferromagnetic ordering below 72 K while the film having excess Mn content revealed metastable magnetic behaviour at a temperature of less than 42 K. The metastable magnetic behaviour in this sample is attributed to the competing anti-ferromagnetic and ferromagnetic phase fractions (caused by Mn2+ ions that originated due to excess Mn content). Also, in the metastable regime the exchange bias effect is observed, which is further supported by the training effect. Both the samples reveal room temperature ferroelectric behaviour.

  17. Thermodynamics of information exchange between two coupled quantum dots.

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    Kutvonen, Aki; Sagawa, Takahiro; Ala-Nissila, Tapio

    2016-03-01

    We propose a setup based on two coupled quantum dots where thermodynamics of a measurement can be quantitatively characterized. The information obtained in the measurement can be utilized by performing feedback in a manner apparently breaking the second law of thermodynamics. In this way the setup can be operated as a Maxwell's demon, where both the measurement and feedback are performed separately by controlling an external parameter. This is analogous to the case of the original Szilard engine. Since the setup contains both the microscopic demon and the engine itself, the operation of the whole measurement-feedback cycle can be explained in detail at the level of single realizations. In addition, we derive integral fluctuation relations for both the bare and coarse-grained entropy productions in the setup. PMID:27078332

  18. Thermodynamics of information exchange between two coupled quantum dots

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    Kutvonen, Aki; Sagawa, Takahiro; Ala-Nissila, Tapio

    2016-03-01

    We propose a setup based on two coupled quantum dots where thermodynamics of a measurement can be quantitatively characterized. The information obtained in the measurement can be utilized by performing feedback in a manner apparently breaking the second law of thermodynamics. In this way the setup can be operated as a Maxwell's demon, where both the measurement and feedback are performed separately by controlling an external parameter. This is analogous to the case of the original Szilard engine. Since the setup contains both the microscopic demon and the engine itself, the operation of the whole measurement-feedback cycle can be explained in detail at the level of single realizations. In addition, we derive integral fluctuation relations for both the bare and coarse-grained entropy productions in the setup.

  19. Spin-Josephson effects in exchange coupled antiferromagnetic insulators

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    Liu, Yizhou; Yin, Gen; Zang, Jiadong; Lake, Roger K.; Barlas, Yafis

    2016-09-01

    The spin superfluid analogy can be extended to include Josephson-like oscillations of the spin current. In a system of two antiferromagnetic insulators (AFMIs) separated by a thin metallic spacer, a threshold spin chemical potential established perpendicular to the direction of the Néel vector field drives terahertz oscillations of the spin current. This spin current also has a nonlinear, time-averaged component which provides a "smoking gun" signature of spin superfluidity. The time-averaged spin current can be detected via the inverse spin Hall effect in a metallic spacer with large spin-orbit coupling. The physics illustrated here with AFMIs also applies to easy-plane ferromagnetic insulators. These findings may provide a new approach for experimental verification of spin superfluidity and realization of a terahertz spin oscillator.

  20. A facile way to realize exchange coupling interaction in hard/soft magnetic composites

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    Li, Dongyun; Wang, Fan; Xia, Ailin; Zhang, Lijiao; Li, Tingting; Jin, Chuangui; Liu, Xianguo

    2016-11-01

    SrFe12O19/CoFe2O4 and SrFe12O19/Fe-B hard/soft magnetic composites were obtained by using powders synthesized via a hydrothermal and a molten salt method, respectively. The exchange coupling interaction was found to exist in the composites after a facile grinding according to the results of magnetic hysteresis loops and irreversible sloping recoil loops. It can be found that different grinding time affects their magnetic properties slightly. Our study proves that the conditions of realizing exchange coupling interaction may not be so stringent.

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

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

    2016-10-01

    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.

  2. 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

  3. Exchange-coupling modified spin wave spectra in the perpendicularly magnetized Permalloy nanodot chain arrays

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    Dou, Jian; Hernandez, Sarah C.; Yu, Chengtao; Pechan, Michael J.; Folks, Liesl; Katine, Jordan A.; Carey, Matthew J.

    2010-05-01

    Spin wave spectra in exchange-coupled nanoscale dot chain arrays were studied using ferromagnetic resonance. The dot chain arrays, with dot diameters of 300 nm and thicknesses of 40 nm, coupled via Permalloy bridges of width ranging from 0 (no bridge) to 60 nm, were fabricated using e-beam lithography. In the perpendicularly magnetized isolated dots, multiple sharp ferromagnetic resonant peaks were observed, which are associated with the quantized in-plane wave vector due to the finite dot radius. These spectrum lines shift to higher fields for samples with wider bridges due to the increasing effective demagnetizing factor. For coupled dots, additional satellite peaks were observed at both sides of higher order spin wave modes and at the lower field side of the uniform mode. We show that these satellite peaks can be attributed to the excitation in each bridged dot and the interdot exchange coupling, respectively.

  4. Exchange bias and magnetization reversal in Ni(Cr1-xFex)2O4 (x=0-0.20)

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    Barman, Junmoni; Babu, P. D.; Ravi, S.

    2016-11-01

    Exchange bias and magnetization reversal in single phase samples of Ni(Cr1-xFex)2O4 (x=0-0.20) were studied through magnetic measurements. Substitution of Fe for Cr changes the crystal structure at room temperature from tetragonal (space group: I41/amd) to cubic (space group: Fd 3 bar m) form. Temperature variation of magnetization measurements show that these samples undergo ferrimagnetic transitions and the transition temperature (TC) increases from 73 K for x=0.0 to 314 K for x=0.20. An interesting magnetization reversal phenomenon was observed for x=0.06 sample with a magnetic compensation temperature of 49 K. M-H loop measurements at different temperature show the signature of presence of strong antiferromagnetic interactions especially at low temperature (T<50 K). Tunable exchange bias behavior with a maximum exchange bias field of 5670 Oe is observed for x=0.06 sample and it is explained by considering the exchange anisotropy between the ferrimagnetic and the antiferromagnetic components. The exchange bias field and the vertical shift in magnetization decrease exponentially with increase in temperature.

  5. Temperature and thickness dependence of tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance in exchange-biased Py/IrMn/MgO/Ta stacks

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    Reichlová, H.; Novák, V.; Kurosaki, Y.; Yamada, M.; Yamamoto, H.; Nishide, A.; Hayakawa, J.; Takahashi, H.; Maryško, M.; Wunderlich, J.; Marti, X.; Jungwirth, T.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the thickness and temperature dependence of a series of Ni{}0.8Fe{}0.2/Ir{}0.2Mn{}0.8 bilayer samples with varying thickness ratio of the ferromagnet/antiferromagnet ({{t}}{{FM}}/{{t}}{{AFM}}) in order to explore the exchange coupling strengths in tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance (TAMR) devices. Specific values of {{t}}{{FM}}/{{t}}{{AFM}} lead to four distinct scenarios with specific electric responses to moderate magnetic fields. The characteristic dependence of the measured TAMR signal on applied voltage allows us to confirm its persistence up to room temperature despite an overlapped contribution by a thermal magnetic noise.

  6. Mercury vapor air-surface exchange measured by collocated micrometeorological and enclosure methods - Part II: Bias and uncertainty analysis

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    Zhu, W.; Sommar, J.; Lin, C.-J.; Feng, X.

    2015-02-01

    Dynamic flux chambers (DFCs) and micrometeorological (MM) methods are extensively deployed for gauging air-surface Hg0 gas exchange. However, a systematic evaluation of the precision of the contemporary Hg0 flux quantification methods is not available. In this study, the uncertainty in Hg0 flux measured by relaxed eddy accumulation (REA) method, aerodynamic gradient method (AGM), modified Bowen-ratio (MBR) method, as well as DFC of traditional (TDFC) and novel (NDFC) designs is assessed using a robust data-set from two field intercomparison campaigns. The absolute precision in Hg0 concentration difference (Δ C) measurements is estimated at 0.064 ng m-3 for the gradient-based MBR and AGM system. For the REA system, the parameter is Hg0 concentration (C) dependent at 0.069+0.022C. 57 and 62% of the individual vertical gradient measurements were found to be significantly different from zero during the campaigns, while for the REA-technique the percentage of significant observations was lower. For the chambers, non-significant fluxes are confined to a few nighttime periods with varying ambient Hg0 concentration. Relative bias for DFC-derived fluxes is estimated to be ~ ±10%, and ~ 85% of the flux bias are within ±2 ng m-2 h-1 in absolute term. The DFC flux bias follows a diurnal cycle, which is largely dictated by temperature controls on the enclosed volume. Due to contrasting prevailing micrometeorological conditions, the relative uncertainty (median) in turbulent exchange parameters differs by nearly a factor of two between the campaigns, while that in Δ C measurements is fairly stable. The estimated flux uncertainties for the triad of MM-techniques are 16-27, 12-23 and 19-31% (interquartile range) for the AGM, MBR and REA method, respectively. This study indicates that flux-gradient based techniques (MBR and AGM) are preferable to REA in quantifying Hg0 flux over ecosystems with low vegetation height. A limitation of all Hg0 flux measurement systems investigated

  7. Self Exchange Bias and Bi-stable Magneto-Resistance States in Amorphous TbFeCo and TbSmFeCo Thin Films

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    Ma, Chung; Li, Xiaopu; Lu, Jiwei; Poon, Joseph; Comes, Ryan; Devaraj, Arun; Spurgeon, Steven

    Amorphous ferrimagetic TbFeCo and TbSmFeCo thin films are found to exhibit strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Self exchange bias effect and bi-stable magneto-resistance states are observed near compensation temperature by magnetic hysteresis loop, anomalous Hall effect and transverse magneto-resistance measurements. Atom probe tomography, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy mapping have revealed two nanoscale amorphous phases with different Tb concentration distributed within the amorphous films. The observed exchange anisotropy originates from the exchange interaction between the two nanoscale amorphous phases. Exchange bias effect is used for increasing stability in spin valves and magnetic tunneling junctions. This study opens up a new platform for using amorphous ferrimagnetic thin films that require no epitaxial growth in nanodevices.. The work was supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Grant and the U.S. Department of Energy.

  8. The influence of oxidation process on exchange bias in egg-shaped FeO/Fe3O4 core/shell nanoparticles

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    Leszczyński, Błażej; Hadjipanayis, George C.; El-Gendy, Ahmed A.; Załęski, Karol; Śniadecki, Zbigniew; Musiał, Andrzej; Jarek, Marcin; Jurga, Stefan; Skumiel, Andrzej

    2016-10-01

    Egg-shaped nanoparticles with a core-shell morphology were synthesized by thermal decomposition of an iron oleate complex. XRD and M(T) magnetic measurements confirmed the presence of FeO (wustite) and Fe3O4 (magnetite) phases in the nanoparticles. Oxidation of FeO to Fe3O4 was found to be the mechanism for the shell formation. As-made nanoparticles exhibited high values of exchange bias at 2 K. Oxidation led to decrease of exchange field from 2880 Oe (in as-made sample) to 330 Oe (in oxidized sample). At temperatures higher than the Néel temperature of FeO (200 K) there was no exchange bias. An interesting observation was made showing the exchange field to be higher than the coercive field at temperatures close to magnetite's Verwey transition.

  9. Temperature dependent exchange bias training effect in single-crystalline BiFeO{sub 3}/Co bilayers

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    He, M. C.; You, B.; Tu, H. Q.; Rui, W. B.; Gao, Y.; Zhang, Y. Q.; Sheng, Y.; Xu, Q. Y. E-mail: jdu@nju.edu.cn; Xu, Y. B.; Du, J. E-mail: jdu@nju.edu.cn

    2015-05-07

    Single-crystalline BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO)/Co bilayers were prepared by combined pulsed laser deposition and magnetron sputtering on (001) SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. Exchange bias (EB) and accompanying training effect have been studied as a function of temperature (T) between 5 K and 300 K. A non-monotonic exchange field variation with sharp increase below 100 K has been observed. In the meanwhile, strong training effect was recorded when T < 100 K and it weakens monotonically with increasing T up to 300 K. These temperature dependent EB and training effect may be caused by the uncompensated spins in both the interfacial spin-glass (SG) phase at low temperature and the antiferromagnetic BFO layer at higher temperature. The low temperature EB training results can be well fitted by a modified Binek's model considering asymmetric changes of the pinning SG spins at the descending and the ascending branches.

  10. Tunable exchange bias in dilute magnetic alloys – chiral spin glasses

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    Hudl, Matthias; Mathieu, Roland; Nordblad, Per

    2016-01-01

    A unidirectional anisotropy appears in field cooled samples of dilute magnetic alloys at temperatures well below the cusp temperature of the zero field cooled magnetization curve. Magnetization measurements on a Cu(13.5 at% Mn) sample show that this anisotropy is essentially temperature independent and acts on a temperature dependent excess magnetization, ΔM. The anisotropy can be partially or fully transferred from being locked to the direction of the cooling field at lower fields to becoming locked to the direction of ΔM at larger fields, thus instead appearing as a uniaxial anisotropy. This introduces a deceiving division of the anisotropy into a superposition of a unidirectional and a uniaxial part. This two faced nature of the anisotropy has been empirically scrutinized and concluded to originate from one and the same exchange mechanism: the Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction. PMID:26817418

  11. Extensive and biased intergenomic nonreciprocal DNA exchanges shaped a nascent polyploid genome, Gossypium (cotton).

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    Guo, Hui; Wang, Xiyin; Gundlach, Heidrun; Mayer, Klaus F X; Peterson, Daniel G; Scheffler, Brian E; Chee, Peng W; Paterson, Andrew H

    2014-08-01

    Genome duplication is thought to be central to the evolution of morphological complexity, and some polyploids enjoy a variety of capabilities that transgress those of their diploid progenitors. Comparison of genomic sequences from several tetraploid (AtDt) Gossypium species and genotypes with putative diploid A- and D-genome progenitor species revealed that unidirectional DNA exchanges between homeologous chromosomes were the predominant mechanism responsible for allelic differences between the Gossypium tetraploids and their diploid progenitors. Homeologous gene conversion events (HeGCEs) gradually subsided, declining to rates similar to random mutation during radiation of the polyploid into multiple clades and species. Despite occurring in a common nucleus, preservation of HeGCE is asymmetric in the two tetraploid subgenomes. At-to-Dt conversion is far more abundant than the reciprocal, is enriched in heterochromatin, is highly correlated with GC content and transposon distribution, and may silence abundant A-genome-derived retrotransposons. Dt-to-At conversion is abundant in euchromatin and genes, frequently reversing losses of gene function. The long-standing observation that the nonspinnable-fibered D-genome contributes to the superior yield and quality of tetraploid cotton fibers may be explained by accelerated Dt to At conversion during cotton domestication and improvement, increasing dosage of alleles from the spinnable-fibered A-genome. HeGCE may provide an alternative to (rare) reciprocal DNA exchanges between chromosomes in heterochromatin, where genes have approximately five times greater abundance of Dt-to-At conversion than does adjacent intergenic DNA. Spanning exon-to-gene-sized regions, HeGCE is a natural noninvasive means of gene transfer with the precision of transformation, potentially important in genetic improvement of many crop plants.

  12. O2 activation by binuclear Cu sites: Noncoupled versus exchange coupled reaction mechanisms

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    Chen, Peng; Solomon, Edward I.

    2004-09-01

    Binuclear Cu proteins play vital roles in O2 binding and activation in biology and can be classified into coupled and noncoupled binuclear sites based on the magnetic interaction between the two Cu centers. Coupled binuclear Cu proteins include hemocyanin, tyrosinase, and catechol oxidase. These proteins have two Cu centers strongly magnetically coupled through direct bridging ligands that provide a mechanism for the 2-electron reduction of O2 to a µ-2:2 side-on peroxide bridged species. This side-on bridged peroxo-CuII2 species is activated for electrophilic attack on the phenolic ring of substrates. Noncoupled binuclear Cu proteins include peptidylglycine -hydroxylating monooxygenase and dopamine -monooxygenase. These proteins have binuclear Cu active sites that are distant, that exhibit no exchange interaction, and that activate O2 at a single Cu center to generate a reactive CuII/O2 species for H-atom abstraction from the C-H bond of substrates. O2 intermediates in the coupled binuclear Cu enzymes can be trapped and studied spectroscopically. Possible intermediates in noncoupled binuclear Cu proteins can be defined through correlation to mononuclear CuII/O2 model complexes. The different intermediates in these two classes of binuclear Cu proteins exhibit different reactivities that correlate with their different electronic structures and exchange coupling interactions between the binuclear Cu centers. These studies provide insight into the role of exchange coupling between the Cu centers in their reaction mechanisms.

  13. Unexpected magnetism, Griffiths phase, and exchange bias in the mixed lanthanide Pr0.6Er0.4Al2

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    Pathak, Arjun K.; Paudyal, D.; Jayasekara, W. T.; Calder, S.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, Alan I.; Gschneidner, Karl A.

    2014-06-01

    We report an unusual coexistence of ferromagnetism and ferrimagnetism, and metamagnetism in Pr0.6Er0.4Al2. In addition, this compound retains a clear Griffiths phase behavior even at 1 kOe magnetic field and shows a large exchange bias after field cooling from the paramagnetic state. The crystal-field excitations and opposite exchange interactions between nearest-neighbor and next-nearest-neighbor rare earth sites explain these behaviors.

  14. Tilt engineering of exchange coupling at G-type SrMnO3/(La,Sr)MnO3 interfaces

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    Li, F.; Song, C.; Wang, Y. Y.; Cui, B.; Mao, H. J.; Peng, J. J.; Li, S. N.; Wang, G. Y.; Pan, F.

    2015-01-01

    With the recent realization of hybrid improper ferroelectricity and room-temperature multiferroic by tilt engineering, “functional” octahedral tilting has become a novel concept in multifunctional perovskite oxides, showing great potential for property manipulation and device design. However, the control of magnetism by octahedral tilting has remained a challenging issue. Here a qualitative and quantitative tilt engineering of exchange coupling, one of the magnetic properties, is demonstrated at compensated G-type antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic (SrMnO3/La2/3Sr1/3MnO3) interfaces. According to interfacial Hamiltonian, exchange bias (EB) in this system originates from an in-plane antiphase rotation (a−) in G-type antiferromagnetic layer. Based on first-principles calculation, tilt patterns in SrMnO3 are artificially designed in experiment with different epitaxial strain and a much stronger EB is attained in the tensile heterostructure than the compressive counterpart. By controlling the magnitude of octahedral tilting, the manipulation of exchange coupling is even performed in a quantitative manner, as expected in the theoretical estimation. This work realized the combination of tilt engineering and exchange coupling, which might be significant for the development of multifunctional materials and antiferromagnetic spintronics. PMID:26531154

  15. Ultrafast spin exchange-coupling torque via photo-excited charge-transfer processes

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    Ma, X.; Fang, F.; Li, Q.; Zhu, J.; Yang, Y.; Wu, Y. Z.; Zhao, H. B.; Lüpke, G.

    2015-10-28

    In this study, optical control of spin is of central importance in the research of ultrafast spintronic devices utilizing spin dynamics at short time scales. Recently developed optical approaches such as ultrafast demagnetization, spin-transfer and spin-orbit torques open new pathways to manipulate spin through its interaction with photon, orbit, charge or phonon. However, these processes are limited by either the long thermal recovery time or the low-temperature requirement. Here we experimentally demonstrate ultrafast coherent spin precession via optical charge-transfer processes in the exchange-coupled Fe/CoO system at room temperature. The efficiency of spin precession excitation is significantly higher and the recoverymore » time of the exchange-coupling torque is much shorter than for the demagnetization procedure, which is desirable for fast switching. The exchange coupling is a key issue in spin valves and tunnelling junctions, and hence our findings will help promote the development of exchange-coupled device concepts for ultrafast coherent spin manipulation.« less

  16. Ultrafast spin exchange-coupling torque via photo-excited charge-transfer processes

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    Ma, X.; Fang, F.; Li, Q.; Zhu, J.; Yang, Y.; Wu, Y. Z.; Zhao, H. B.; Lüpke, G.

    2015-10-28

    In this study, optical control of spin is of central importance in the research of ultrafast spintronic devices utilizing spin dynamics at short time scales. Recently developed optical approaches such as ultrafast demagnetization, spin-transfer and spin-orbit torques open new pathways to manipulate spin through its interaction with photon, orbit, charge or phonon. However, these processes are limited by either the long thermal recovery time or the low-temperature requirement. Here we experimentally demonstrate ultrafast coherent spin precession via optical charge-transfer processes in the exchange-coupled Fe/CoO system at room temperature. The efficiency of spin precession excitation is significantly higher and the recovery time of the exchange-coupling torque is much shorter than for the demagnetization procedure, which is desirable for fast switching. The exchange coupling is a key issue in spin valves and tunnelling junctions, and hence our findings will help promote the development of exchange-coupled device concepts for ultrafast coherent spin manipulation.

  17. Ultrafast spin exchange-coupling torque via photo-excited charge-transfer processes

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    Ma, X.; Fang, F.; Li, Q.; Zhu, J.; Yang, Y.; Wu, Y. Z.; Zhao, H. B.; Lüpke, G.

    2015-01-01

    Optical control of spin is of central importance in the research of ultrafast spintronic devices utilizing spin dynamics at short time scales. Recently developed optical approaches such as ultrafast demagnetization, spin-transfer and spin-orbit torques open new pathways to manipulate spin through its interaction with photon, orbit, charge or phonon. However, these processes are limited by either the long thermal recovery time or the low-temperature requirement. Here we experimentally demonstrate ultrafast coherent spin precession via optical charge-transfer processes in the exchange-coupled Fe/CoO system at room temperature. The efficiency of spin precession excitation is significantly higher and the recovery time of the exchange-coupling torque is much shorter than for the demagnetization procedure, which is desirable for fast switching. The exchange coupling is a key issue in spin valves and tunnelling junctions, and hence our findings will help promote the development of exchange-coupled device concepts for ultrafast coherent spin manipulation. PMID:26508587

  18. Effects of Exchange Energy and Spin-Orbit Coupling on Bond Energies

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    Smith, Derek W.

    2004-01-01

    Since chemical reactions involve the breaking and making of bonds, understanding the relative strengths of bonds is of paramount importance in the study, teaching, and practice of chemistry. Further, it is showed that free atoms having p(super n) configuration with n = 2,3, or 4 are stabilized by exchange energy, and by spin-orbit coupling for n =…

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. First-order exchange energy of intermolecular interactions from coupled cluster density matrices and their cumulants.

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    Korona, Tatiana

    2008-06-14

    A new method for the calculation of the first-order intermolecular exchange energy is proposed. It is based on the partition of two-particle density matrices of monomers into the antisymmetrized product of one-particle density matrices and the remaining cumulant part. This partition is used to modify the formula for the first-order exchange energy developed by Moszynski et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 100, 5080 (1994)]. The new expression has been applied for the case of monomer density matrices derived from the expectation value expression for the coupled cluster singles and doubles wave function. In this way an accurate method of calculation of the first-order exchange energy for many-electron systems has been obtained, where both monomers are described on the coupled cluster level. Numerical results are presented for several benchmark van der Waals systems to illustrate the performance of the new approach.

  2. Effect of interface roughness on exchange coupling in polycrystalline Co/CoO bilayer structure: An in-situ investigation

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    Kumar, Dileep; Singh, Sadhana; Gupta, Ajay

    2016-08-01

    The effect of interface roughness on exchange-bias (EB) properties of polycrystalline Co/CoO bilayer structure has been studied in-situ. Isothermal annealing of a 135 Å thick Co layer under the partial pressure of pure oxygen at 573 K results in the formation of a 35 Å thick CoO layer, the surface roughness of which increases with the increasing annealing time. Bilayers were characterized in-situ using magneto-optic Kerr effect, reflection high energy electron diffraction, and x-ray reflectivity for their magnetic and structural properties during each stage of bilayer growth. Combined analysis revealed that the increase in the roughness from 7 ±0.5 Å to 13 ±Å causes the exchange bias field (HEB) to decrease from 171 Oe to 81 Oe, whereas coercivity (HC) increases up to 616 Oe. In contrast to some earlier studies on polycrystalline films, where HEB increased with roughness due to the increase in the uncompensated spins at ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic (AFM) layer interface, in the present case, dependence of HEB and HC on the roughness is attributed to the disorder at the interface of AFM layer, which leads to a decrease in HEB due to weakening of the effective spin coupling at the interface. Present in-situ experiments make it possible to study the variations in EB properties with the interface roughness in a single sample, and thus avoiding the possibility of the sample to sample variation in the morphological properties along with the change in the interface roughness.

  3. Modulation of interlayer exchange coupling strength in magnetic tunnel junctions via strain effect

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    Jiang, Xin Li, Zhipeng; Zheng, Yuankai; Kaiser, Christian; Diao, Zhitao; Fang, Jason; Leng, Qunwen

    2015-09-15

    Interlayer exchange coupling of two ferromagnetic electrodes separated by a thin MgO tunnel barrier is investigated using magneto-optical Kerr effect. We find that the coupling field can be reduced by more than 40% as the thickness of a top Ta capping layer increases from 0.5 to 1.2 nm. In contrast, a similar film stack with an additional 3 nm Ru capping layer displays no such dependence on Ta thickness. Transmission electron microscopy study shows that the oxidation of the exposed Ta capping layer induces changes in the crystalline structures of the underlying films, giving rise to the observed reduction of the interlayer coupling field.

  4. On the use of a weak-coupling thermostat in replica-exchange molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Lin, Zhixiong; van Gunsteren, Wilfred F

    2015-07-21

    In a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, various thermostat algorithms, including Langevin dynamics (LD), Nosé-Hoover (NH), and weak-coupling (WC) thermostats, can be used to keep the simulation temperature constant. A canonical ensemble is generated by the use of LD and NH, while the nature of the ensemble produced by WC has not yet been identified. A few years ago, it was shown that when using a WC thermostat with particular values of the temperature coupling time for liquid water at ambient temperature and pressure, the distribution of the potential energy is less wide than the canonical one. This led to an artifact in temperature replica-exchange molecular dynamics (T-REMD) simulations in which the potential energy distributions appear not to be equal to the ones of standard MD simulations. In this paper, we re-investigate this problem. We show that this artifact is probably due to the ensemble generated by WC being incompatible with the T-REMD replica-exchange criterion, which assumes a canonical configurational ensemble. We also show, however, that this artifact can be reduced or even eliminated by particular choices of the temperature coupling time of WC and the replica-exchange time period of T-REMD, i.e., when the temperature coupling time is chosen very close to the MD time step or when the exchange time period is chosen large enough. An attempt to develop a T-REMD replica-exchange criterion which is likely to be more compatible with the WC configurational ensemble is reported. Furthermore, an exchange criterion which is compatible with a microcanonical ensemble is used in total energy REMD simulations.

  5. Substituent effects on the vibronic coupling for the phenoxyl/phenol self-exchange reaction.

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    Ludlow, Michelle K; Skone, Jonathan H; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2008-01-17

    The impact of substituents on the vibronic coupling for the phenoxyl/phenol self-exchange reaction, which occurs by a proton-coupled electron transfer mechanism, is investigated. The vibronic couplings are calculated with a grid-based nonadiabatic method and a nuclear-electronic orbital nonorthogonal configuration interaction method. The quantitative agreement between these two methods for the unsubstituted phenoxyl/phenol system and the qualitative agreement in the predicted trends for the substituted phenoxyl/phenol systems provides a level of validation for both methods. Analysis of the results indicates that electron-donating groups enhance the vibronic coupling, while electron-withdrawing groups attenuate the vibronic coupling. Thus, if all other aspects of the reaction are the same, then electron-donating groups will increase the rate, while electron-withdrawing groups will decrease the rate. Correlations between the vibronic coupling and physical properties of the phenol are also analyzed. Negative Hammett constants correspond to higher vibronic couplings, while positive Hammett constants correspond to similar or slightly lower vibronic couplings relative to the unsubstituted phenoxyl/phenol system. In addition, lower bond dissociation enthalpies, ionization potentials, and redox potentials, as well as higher pKa values, tend to correspond to higher vibronic couplings relative to the unsubstituted phenoxyl/phenol system. The observed trends enable the prediction of the impact of general substituents on the vibronic coupling, and hence the rate, for the phenoxyl/phenol self-exchange reaction. The fundamental physical insights obtained from these studies are applicable to other proton-coupled electron transfer systems. PMID:17939710

  6. Exchange bias and surface effects in bimagnetic CoO -core /Co0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 -shell nanoparticles

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    Lavorato, Gabriel; Winkler, Elin; Ghirri, Alberto; Lima, Enio; Peddis, Davide; Troiani, Horacio E.; Fiorani, Dino; Agostinelli, Elisabetta; Rinaldi, Daniele; Zysler, Roberto D.

    2016-08-01

    Bimagnetic nanoparticles have been proposed for the design of new materials with controlled properties, which requires a comprehensive investigation of their magnetic behavior due to multiple effects arising from their complex structure. In this work we fabricated bimagnetic core/shell nanoparticles formed by an ˜3 -nm antiferromagnetic (AFM) CoO core encapsulated within an ˜1.5 -nm ferrimagnetic (FiM) Co0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 shell, aiming at studying the enhancement of the magnetic anisotropy and the surface effects of a ferrimagnetic oxide shell. The magnetic properties of as-synthesized and annealed samples were analyzed by ac and dc magnetization measurements. The results indicate that the magnetic response of the as-synthesized particles is governed by the superparamagnetic behavior of the interacting nanoaggregates of spins that constitute the disordered ferrimagnetic shell, whose total moments block at =49 K and collectively freeze in a superspin-glass-type state at =3 K. On the other hand, annealed nanoparticles are superparamagnetic at room temperature and behave as an exchange-coupled system below the blocking temperature =70 K, with enhanced coercivity HC(10 K) ˜14.6 kOe and exchange bias field HE B(10 K) ˜2.3 kOe, compared with the as-synthesized system where HC(10 K) ˜5.5 kOe and HE B(10 K) ˜0.8 kOe. Our results, interpreted using different models for thermally activated and surface relaxation processes, can help clarify the complex magnetic behavior of many core/shell and hollow nanoparticle systems.

  7. Magnetic Exchange Couplings in Heterodinuclear Complexes Based on Differential Local Spin Rotations.

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    Joshi, Rajendra P; Phillips, Jordan J; Peralta, Juan E

    2016-04-12

    We analyze the performance of a new method for the calculation of magnetic exchange coupling parameters for the particular case of heterodinuclear transition metals complexes of Cu, Ni, and V. This method is based on a generalized perturbative approach which uses differential local spin rotations via formal Lagrange multipiers (Phillips, J. J.; Peralta, J. E. J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 138, 174115). The reliability of the calculated couplings has been assessed by comparing with results from traditional energy differences with different density functional approximations and with experimental values. Our results show that this method to calculate magnetic exchange couplings can be reliably used for heteronuclear transition metal complexes, and at the same time, that it is independent from the different mapping schemes used in energy difference methods. PMID:26953521

  8. Direct imaging of thermally-activated grain-boundary diffusion in Cu/Co/IrMn/Pt exchange-bias structures using atom-probe tomography

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    Letellier, F.; Lardé, R.; Le Breton, J.-M.; Akmaldinov, K.; Auffret, S.; Dieny, B.; Baltz, V.

    2014-11-28

    Magnetic devices are often subject to thermal processing steps, such as field cooling to set exchange bias and annealing to crystallize amorphous magnetic electrodes. These processing steps may result in interdiffusion and the subsequent deterioration of magnetic properties. In this study, we investigated thermally-activated diffusion in Cu/Co/IrMn/Pt exchange biased polycrystalline thin-film structures using atom probe tomography. Images taken after annealing at 400 °C for 60 min revealed Mn diffusion into Co grains at the Co/IrMn interface and along Pt grain boundaries for the IrMn/Pt stack, i.e., a Harrison type C regime. Annealing at 500 °C showed further Mn diffusion into Co grains. At the IrMn/Pt interface, annealing at 500 °C led to a type B behavior since Mn diffusion was detected both along Pt grain boundaries and also into Pt grains. The deterioration of the films' exchange bias properties upon annealing was correlated to the observed diffusion. In particular, the topmost Pt capping layer thickness turned out to be crucial since a faster deterioration of the exchange bias properties for thicker caps was observed. This is consistent with the idea that Pt acts as a getter for Mn, drawing Mn out of the IrMn layer.

  9. Direct imaging of thermally-activated grain-boundary diffusion in Cu/Co/IrMn/Pt exchange-bias structures using atom-probe tomography

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    Letellier, F.; Lechevallier, L.; Lardé, R.; Le Breton, J.-M.; Akmaldinov, K.; Auffret, S.; Dieny, B.; Baltz, V.

    2014-11-01

    Magnetic devices are often subject to thermal processing steps, such as field cooling to set exchange bias and annealing to crystallize amorphous magnetic electrodes. These processing steps may result in interdiffusion and the subsequent deterioration of magnetic properties. In this study, we investigated thermally-activated diffusion in Cu/Co/IrMn/Pt exchange biased polycrystalline thin-film structures using atom probe tomography. Images taken after annealing at 400 °C for 60 min revealed Mn diffusion into Co grains at the Co/IrMn interface and along Pt grain boundaries for the IrMn/Pt stack, i.e., a Harrison type C regime. Annealing at 500 °C showed further Mn diffusion into Co grains. At the IrMn/Pt interface, annealing at 500 °C led to a type B behavior since Mn diffusion was detected both along Pt grain boundaries and also into Pt grains. The deterioration of the films' exchange bias properties upon annealing was correlated to the observed diffusion. In particular, the topmost Pt capping layer thickness turned out to be crucial since a faster deterioration of the exchange bias properties for thicker caps was observed. This is consistent with the idea that Pt acts as a getter for Mn, drawing Mn out of the IrMn layer.

  10. Coupled acoustic-gravity field for dynamic evaluation of ion exchange with a single resin bead.

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    Kanazaki, Takahiro; Hirawa, Shungo; Harada, Makoto; Okada, Tetsuo

    2010-06-01

    A coupled acoustic-gravity field is efficient for entrapping a particle at the position determined by its acoustic properties rather than its size. This field has been applied to the dynamic observation of ion-exchange reactions occurring in a single resin bead. The replacement of counterions in an ion-exchange resin induces changes in its acoustic properties, such as density and compressibility. Therefore, we can visually trace the advancement of an ion-exchange reaction as a time change in the levitation position of a resin bead entrapped in the field. Cation-exchange reactions occurring in resin beads with diameters of 40-120 microm are typically completed within 100-200 s. Ion-exchange equilibrium or kinetics is often evaluated with off-line chemical analyses, which require a batch amount of ion exchangers. Measurements with a single resin particle allow us to evaluate ion-exchange dynamics and kinetics of ions including those that are difficult to measure by usual off-line analyses. The diffusion properties of ions in resins have been successfully evaluated from the time change in the levitation positions of resin beads. PMID:20462180

  11. Real-Time PPP Based on the Coupling Estimation of Clock Bias and Orbit Error with Broadcast Ephemeris

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    Pan, Shuguo; Chen, Weirong; Jin, Xiaodong; Shi, Xiaofei; He, Fan

    2015-01-01

    Satellite orbit error and clock bias are the keys to precise point positioning (PPP). The traditional PPP algorithm requires precise satellite products based on worldwide permanent reference stations. Such an algorithm requires considerable work and hardly achieves real-time performance. However, real-time positioning service will be the dominant mode in the future. IGS is providing such an operational service (RTS) and there are also commercial systems like Trimble RTX in operation. On the basis of the regional Continuous Operational Reference System (CORS), a real-time PPP algorithm is proposed to apply the coupling estimation of clock bias and orbit error. The projection of orbit error onto the satellite-receiver range has the same effects on positioning accuracy with clock bias. Therefore, in satellite clock estimation, part of the orbit error can be absorbed by the clock bias and the effects of residual orbit error on positioning accuracy can be weakened by the evenly distributed satellite geometry. In consideration of the simple structure of pseudorange equations and the high precision of carrier-phase equations, the clock bias estimation method coupled with orbit error is also improved. Rovers obtain PPP results by receiving broadcast ephemeris and real-time satellite clock bias coupled with orbit error. By applying the proposed algorithm, the precise orbit products provided by GNSS analysis centers are rendered no longer necessary. On the basis of previous theoretical analysis, a real-time PPP system was developed. Some experiments were then designed to verify this algorithm. Experimental results show that the newly proposed approach performs better than the traditional PPP based on International GNSS Service (IGS) real-time products. The positioning accuracies of the rovers inside and outside the network are improved by 38.8% and 36.1%, respectively. The PPP convergence speeds are improved by up to 61.4% and 65.9%. The new approach can change the

  12. Real-Time PPP Based on the Coupling Estimation of Clock Bias and Orbit Error with Broadcast Ephemeris.

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    Pan, Shuguo; Chen, Weirong; Jin, Xiaodong; Shi, Xiaofei; He, Fan

    2015-07-22

    Satellite orbit error and clock bias are the keys to precise point positioning (PPP). The traditional PPP algorithm requires precise satellite products based on worldwide permanent reference stations. Such an algorithm requires considerable work and hardly achieves real-time performance. However, real-time positioning service will be the dominant mode in the future. IGS is providing such an operational service (RTS) and there are also commercial systems like Trimble RTX in operation. On the basis of the regional Continuous Operational Reference System (CORS), a real-time PPP algorithm is proposed to apply the coupling estimation of clock bias and orbit error. The projection of orbit error onto the satellite-receiver range has the same effects on positioning accuracy with clock bias. Therefore, in satellite clock estimation, part of the orbit error can be absorbed by the clock bias and the effects of residual orbit error on positioning accuracy can be weakened by the evenly distributed satellite geometry. In consideration of the simple structure of pseudorange equations and the high precision of carrier-phase equations, the clock bias estimation method coupled with orbit error is also improved. Rovers obtain PPP results by receiving broadcast ephemeris and real-time satellite clock bias coupled with orbit error. By applying the proposed algorithm, the precise orbit products provided by GNSS analysis centers are rendered no longer necessary. On the basis of previous theoretical analysis, a real-time PPP system was developed. Some experiments were then designed to verify this algorithm. Experimental results show that the newly proposed approach performs better than the traditional PPP based on International GNSS Service (IGS) real-time products. The positioning accuracies of the rovers inside and outside the network are improved by 38.8% and 36.1%, respectively. The PPP convergence speeds are improved by up to 61.4% and 65.9%. The new approach can change the

  13. Tunability of exchange bias in Ni@NiO core-shell nanoparticles obtained by sequential layer deposition

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    D'Addato, Sergio; Spadaro, Maria Chiara; Luches, Paola; Valeri, Sergio; Grillo, Vincenzo; Rotunno, Enzo; Roldan Gutierrez, Manuel A.; Pennycook, Stephen J.; Ferretti, Anna Maria; Capetti, Elena; Ponti, A.

    2015-01-01

    Films of magnetic Ni@NiO core–shell nanoparticles (NPs, core diameter d ≅ 12 nm, nominal shell thickness variable between 0 and 6.5 nm) obtained with sequential layer deposition were investigated, to gain insight into the relationships between shell thickness/morphology, core-shell interface, and magnetic properties. Different values of NiO shell thickness ts could be obtained while keeping the Ni core size fixed, at variance with conventional oxidation procedures where the oxide shell is grown at the expense of the core. Chemical composition, morphology of the as-produced samples and structural features of the Ni/NiO interface were investigated with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and microscopy (scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy) techniques, and related with results from magnetic measurements obtained with a superconducting quantum interference device. The effect of the shell thickness on the magnetic properties could be studied. The exchange bias (EB) field Hbias is small and almost constant for ts up to 1.6 nm; then it rapidly grows, with no sign of saturation. This behavior is clearly related to the morphology of the top NiO layer, and is mostly due to the thickness dependence of the NiO anisotropy constant. The ability to tune the EB effect by varying the thickness of the last NiO layer represents a step towards the rational design and synthesis of core–shell NPs with desired magnetic properties.

  14. On the scaling of rf and dc self-bias voltages with pressure in electronegative capacitively coupled plasmas

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    Agarwal, Ankur; Dorf, Leonid; Rauf, Shahid; Collins, Ken

    2012-03-15

    Higher gas densities and lower diffusion losses at higher operating pressures typically lead to increased charged species densities (and hence flux) for a constant power deposition in capacitively coupled plasmas (CCP). As a result, one would expect that the bias radio-frequency (rf) voltage required to deposit a given power in a CCP reactor decreases with increasing operating pressure. These observations may not hold true in multiple frequency CCPs, commonly used for dielectric etching in microelectronics fabrication, due to nonlinear interactions between the rf sources. Wafer-based measurements of the rf and self-generated direct current (dc) bias voltages in a dual-frequency capacitively coupled electronegative plasma were made, which indicate that the rf and dc voltages vary nonmonotonically with pressure. These experimental results are presented in this paper and a computational plasma model is used to explain the experimental observations for varying 60 MHz and 13 MHz powers in the Ar/CF{sub 4}/CHF{sub 3} plasma over a pressure range of 25 to 400 mTorr. The authors found that while the ion density increases with pressure, the increase is most dominant near the electrode with the high frequency source (60 MHz). The rf and dc bias voltages are ultimately influenced by both charged species density magnitudes and spatial profiles.

  15. Enhanced exchange bias effect in size modulated Sm{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} phase separated manganite

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    Giri, S. K.; Nath, T. K.; Yusuf, S. M.; Mukadam, M. D.

    2014-03-07

    The effect of grain size modulation on exchange bias effect in CE-type antiferromagnetic Sm{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} phase separated manganite is reported here. With the reduction of particle size, ferromagnetic clusters are found to form in the charge ordered antiferromagnetic matrix and gradually become larger. The horizontal and vertical shifts of the magnetic hysteresis loops in the field cooled magnetization process clearly indicate the size dependent exchange bias effect and it can be tuned with the reduction of particle sizes. The values of exchange bias parameter, i.e., exchange bias field (H{sub E}), coercivity (H{sub C}), remanence asymmetry (M{sub E}), and magnetic coercivity (M{sub C}) are found to depend strongly on the particle size. The variations of H{sub E} follow non-monotonic dependencies with reduction in particle size and show maximum (1205 Oe) at particle size of 150 nm at T = 5 K, which can be ascribed due to the changes in uncompensated surface spins. The values of H{sub E} and M{sub E} are found to decrease exponentially with increasing temperature below the spin- or cluster-glass like freezing temperature. The spin relaxation model has been employed for analysis of large magnetic training effect. The linear relationship between H{sub E} and M{sub E} further confirms the role of uncompensated surface spins. In view of spintronics application of manganites, the present observation of large exchange bias shift in this half-doped manganite may have great technological importance.

  16. Anisotropic magnetization relaxation in ferromagnetic multilayers with variable interlayer exchange coupling

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    Kravets, A. F.; Polishchuk, D. M.; Dzhezherya, Yu. I.; Tovstolytkin, A. I.; Golub, V. O.; Korenivski, V.

    2016-08-01

    The ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) linewidth and its anisotropy in F1/f /F2 /AF multilayers, where spacer f has a low Curie point compared to the strongly ferromagnetic F1 and F2, is investigated. The role of the interlayer exchange coupling in magnetization relaxation is determined experimentally by varying the thickness of the spacer. It is shown that stronger interlayer coupling via thinner spacers enhances the microwave energy exchange between the outer ferromagnetic layers, with the magnetization of F2 exchange dragged by the resonance precession in F1. A weaker mirror effect is also observed: the magnetization of F1 can be exchange dragged by the precession in F2, which leads to antidamping and narrower FMR linewidths. A theory is developed to model the measured data, which allows separating various contributions to the magnetic relaxation in the system. Key physical parameters, such as the interlayer coupling constant, in-plane anisotropy of the FMR linewidth, and dispersion of the magnetic anisotropy fields, are quantified. These results should be useful for designing high-speed magnetic nanodevices based on thermally assisted switching.

  17. Photo-carrier control of exchange bias in BiFeO{sub 3}/La{sub 2/3}Sr{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3} thin films

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    Sung, K. D.; Lee, T. K.; Park, Y. A.; Hur, N.; Jung, J. H.

    2014-06-23

    We report the facile control of exchange bias in BiFeO{sub 3}/La{sub 2/3}Sr{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3} (BFO/LSMO) thin films on an SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) substrate using light irradiation. Illumination with weak red light (λ: 630 nm, intensity: ∼1 mW/cm{sup 2}) reduced the exchange bias field (H{sub E}) of BFO/LSMO from +30 Oe in the dark to −2 Oe with red light. In accompanying the decrease of H{sub E}, the resistance of BFO/LSMO significantly increased. These results were attributed to the reduction in the hole-doping ratio of LSMO and the weakened exchange coupling between Fe and Mn spins at the interface, resulting from photo-injected electrons from the STO substrate. Successive turning on/off of red light gives rise to cyclical change of corresponding H{sub E}, which should be useful for applications like photo-controlled tunneling magnetoresistance devices.

  18. Tropical Indian Ocean surface salinity bias in Climate Forecasting System coupled models and the role of upper ocean processes

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    Parekh, Anant; Chowdary, Jasti S.; Sayantani, Ojha; Fousiya, T. S.; Gnanaseelan, C.

    2016-04-01

    In the present study sea surface salinity (SSS) biases and seasonal tendency over the Tropical Indian Ocean (TIO) in the coupled models [Climate Forecasting System version 1 (CFSv1) and version 2 (CFSv2)] are examined with respect to observations. Both CFSv1 and CFSv2 overestimate SSS over the TIO throughout the year. CFSv1 displays improper SSS seasonal cycle over the Bay of Bengal (BoB), which is due to weaker model precipitation and improper river runoff especially during summer and fall. Over the southeastern Arabian Sea (AS) weak horizontal advection associated with East Indian coastal current during winter limits the formation of spring fresh water pool. On the other hand, weaker Somali jet during summer results for reduced positive salt tendency in the central and eastern AS. Strong positive precipitation bias in CFSv1 over the region off Somalia during winter, weaker vertical mixing and absence of horizontal salt advection lead to unrealistic barrier layer during winter and spring. The weaker stratification and improper spatial distribution of barrier layer thickness (BLT) in CFSv1 indicate that not only horizontal flux distribution but also vertical salt distribution displays large discrepancies. Absence of fall Wyrtki jet and winter equatorial currents in this model limit the advection of horizontal salt flux to the eastern equatorial Indian Ocean. The associated weaker stratification in eastern equatorial Indian Ocean can lead to deeper mixed layer and negative Sea Surface Temperature (SST) bias, which in turn favor positive Indian Ocean Dipole bias in CFSv1. It is important to note that improper spatial distribution of barrier layer and stratification can alter the air-sea interaction and precipitation in the models. On the other hand CFSv2 could produce the seasonal evolution and spatial distribution of SSS, BLT and stratification better than CFSv1. However CFSv2 displays positive bias in evaporation over the whole domain and negative bias in

  19. Strong room temperature exchange bias in self-assembled BiFeO3-Fe3O4 nanocomposite heteroepitaxial films

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    Choi, Eun-Mi; Weal, Emily; Bi, Zhenxing; Wang, Haiyan; Kursumovic, Ahmed; Fix, Thomas; Blamire, Mark G.; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.

    2013-01-01

    Self-assembled, nanocomposite heteroepitaxial films of BiFeO3 + Fe3O4 (x BiFeO3 + (1 - x) Fe3O4), where x = 0.5 or 0.9, were grown on (011) SrTiO3. Depending on the value of x and on the film thickness, either exchange bias or exchange enhancement of coercivity was demonstrated. In epitaxially and highly strained (7%) films of 250 nm thickness, and for x = 0.9, exchange bias (HEB) values of 40 Oe and HEB/HC ratios of 0.5 were achieved. Most crucially, these effects were measured at room temperature, showing the high potential of chemically compatible BiFeO3 + Fe3O4 for achieving room temperature magnetoelectricity.

  20. Interlayer exchange coupling between layers with perpendicular and easy-plane magnetic anisotropies

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    Fallarino, Lorenzo; Sluka, Volker; Kardasz, Bartek; Pinarbasi, Mustafa; Berger, Andreas; Kent, Andrew D.

    2016-08-01

    Interlayer exchange coupling between layers with perpendicular and easy-plane magnetic anisotropies separated by a non-magnetic spacer is studied using ferromagnetic resonance. The samples consist of a Co/Ni multilayer with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and a CoFeB layer with easy-plane anisotropy separated by a variable thickness Ru layer. At a fixed frequency, we show that there is an avoided crossing of layer ferromagnetic resonance modes providing direct evidence for interlayer coupling. The mode dispersions for different Ru thicknesses are fit to a Heisenberg-type model to determine the interlayer exchange coupling strength and layer properties. The resulting interlayer exchange coupling varies continuously from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic as a function of the Ru interlayer thickness. These results show that the magnetic layer single domain ground state consists of magnetizations that can be significantly canted with respect to the layer planes and the canting can be tuned by varying the Ru thickness and the layer magnetic characteristics, a capability of interest for applications in spin-transfer torque devices.

  1. Tunability of exchange bias in Ni@NiO core-shell nanoparticles obtained by sequential layer deposition

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    D'Addato, Sergio; Spadaro, Maria Chiara; Luches, Paola; Valeri, Sergio; Grillo, Vincenzo; Rotunno, Enzo; Roldan Gutierrez, Manuel A.; Pennycook, Stephen J.; Ferretti, Anna Maria; Capetti, Elena; et al

    2015-01-01

    Films of magnetic Ni@NiO core–shell nanoparticles (NPs, core diameter d ≅ 12 nm, nominal shell thickness variable between 0 and 6.5 nm) obtained with sequential layer deposition were investigated, to gain insight into the relationships between shell thickness/morphology, core-shell interface, and magnetic properties. Different values of NiO shell thickness ts could be obtained while keeping the Ni core size fixed, at variance with conventional oxidation procedures where the oxide shell is grown at the expense of the core. Chemical composition, morphology of the as-produced samples and structural features of the Ni/NiO interface were investigated with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and microscopymore » (scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy) techniques, and related with results from magnetic measurements obtained with a superconducting quantum interference device. The effect of the shell thickness on the magnetic properties could be studied. The exchange bias (EB) field Hbias is small and almost constant for ts up to 1.6 nm; then it rapidly grows, with no sign of saturation. This behavior is clearly related to the morphology of the top NiO layer, and is mostly due to the thickness dependence of the NiO anisotropy constant. The ability to tune the EB effect by varying the thickness of the last NiO layer represents a step towards the rational design and synthesis of core–shell NPs with desired magnetic properties.« less

  2. Néel walls between tailored parallel-stripe domains in IrMn/CoFe exchange bias layers

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    Ueltzhöffer, Timo Schmidt, Christoph; Ehresmann, Arno; Krug, Ingo; Nickel, Florian; Gottlob, Daniel

    2015-03-28

    Tailored parallel-stripe magnetic domains with antiparallel magnetizations in adjacent domains along the long stripe axis have been fabricated in an IrMn/CoFe Exchange Bias thin film system by 10 keV He{sup +}-ion bombardment induced magnetic patterning. Domain walls between these domains are of Néel type and asymmetric as they separate domains of different anisotropies. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism asymmetry images were obtained by x-ray photoelectron emission microscopy at the Co/Fe L{sub 3} edges at the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II. They revealed Néel-wall tail widths of 1 μm in agreement with the results of a model that was modified in order to describe such walls. Similarly obtained domain core widths show a discrepancy to values estimated from the model, but could be explained by experimental broadening. The rotation senses in adjacent walls were determined, yielding unwinding domain walls with non-interacting walls in this layer system.

  3. Exchange bias and crystal structure of epitaxial (111) FePt/BiFeO{sub 3} sputtered thin films

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    Chiu, Shang-Jui; Hsiao, Shih-Nan Lee, Hsin-Yi; Huang, Li-Chun; Yu, Ge-Ping; Chang, Huang-Wei

    2014-05-07

    Crystallographic structure and magnetic properties of the epitaxial FePt (10 nm)/BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) (10 nm) bilayer films grown on (111) SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) substrates with different deposition temperatures of FePt layers (T{sub d}) have been investigated using magnetron sputtering. Out-of-plane radial scan along (111) direction and off-normal (002) azimuthal scan, determined by synchrotron radiation x-ray diffractometry, evidence that the FePt layers were well epitaxially grown on the (111) epitaxial BFO layers for the samples with T{sub d} = 300 and 700 °C. On the contrary, for the bilayer films with T{sub d} = 500 °C, the FePt and BFO layers exhibit low epitaxial quality. Large in-plane exchange bias field (H{sub eb}) values of 45–412 Oe are obtained for the L1{sub 0}-FePt/BFO bilayer films measured with applied field of 12 kOe at room temperature. The change of effective interfacial area, observed by scanning electron microscopy, between FePt island-like particles and BFO continuous layers, and epitaxiality of the bilayer were correlated with the evolution of H{sub eb}.

  4. Magnetization reversal in Ni/FeF2 heterostructures with the coexistence of positive and negative exchange bias

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    Kovylina, Miroslavna; Morales, Rafael; Labarta, Amílcar; Batlle, Xavier

    2012-12-01

    Magnetization reversal mechanisms are studied in Ni/FeF2 heterostructures with the coexistence of positive and negative exchanged bias (PEB/NEB), showing single and double hysteresis loops (DHL) in magnetoresistance measurements. Micromagnetic simulations show that PEB and NEB domains of a minimum critical size must be introduced in order to reproduce the occurrence of DHLs. The simulations reveal that different magnetic configurations and, hence, different magnetization reversal processes take place in a ferromagnet (FM) on top of minority PEB domains that are either greater or smaller than the critical size. In particular, for the case of DHLs, core reversal of a depthwise domain wall is observed over minority PEB domains when the magnetic field is decreased from positive saturation. As the field is further decreased, a complex domain-wall evolution takes place in the FM, including the dependences of the domain-wall width and domain size on the magnetic field and distance from the antiferromagnet (AF). These effects should be taken into account when the domain size is estimated from data measured by depth-dependent techniques since they average the distribution of domain sizes in the FM for different distances from the AF.

  5. Etch characteristics of magnetic tunnel junction materials using bias pulsing in the CH4/N2O inductively coupled plasma.

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    Jeon, Min Hwan; Youn, Ji Youn; Yang, Kyung Chae; Yun, Deok Hyun; Lee, Du Yeong; Shim, Tae Hun; Park, Jea Gun; Yeom, Geun Young

    2014-12-01

    The etch characteristics of magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ) related materials such as CoFeB, MgO, FePt, Ru, and W as hard mask have been investigated as functions of rf pulse biasing, substrate heating, and CH4/N2O gas combination in an inductively coupled plasma system. When CH4/N2O gas ratio was varied, at CH4/N2O gas ratio of 2:1, not only the highest etch rates but also the highest etch selectivity over W could be obtained. By increasing the substrate temperature, the linear increase of both the etch rates of MTJ materials and the etch selectivity over W could be obtained. The use of the rf pulse biasing improved the etch selectivity of the MTJ materials over hard mask such as W further. The surface roughness and residual thickness remaining on the etched surface of the CoFeB were also decreased by using rf pulse biasing and with the decrease of rf duty percentage. The improvement of etch characteristics by substrate heating and rf pulse biasing was possibly related to the formation of more stable and volatile etch compounds and the removal of chemically reacted compounds more easily on the etched CoFeB surface. Highly selective etching of MTJ materials over the hard mask could be obtained by using the rf pulse biasing of 30% of duty ratio and by increasing the substrate temperature to 200 degrees C in the CH4/N2O (2:1) plasmas. PMID:25971096

  6. Tunable photonic cavity coupled to a voltage-biased double quantum dot system: Diagrammatic nonequilibrium Green's function approach

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    Agarwalla, Bijay Kumar; Kulkarni, Manas; Mukamel, Shaul; Segal, Dvira

    2016-07-01

    We investigate gain in microwave photonic cavities coupled to voltage-biased double quantum dot systems with an arbitrarily strong dot-lead coupling and with a Holstein-like light-matter interaction, by employing the diagrammatic Keldysh nonequilibrium Green's function approach. We compute out-of-equilibrium properties of the cavity: its transmission, phase response, mean photon number, power spectrum, and spectral function. We show that by the careful engineering of these hybrid light-matter systems, one can achieve a significant amplification of the optical signal with the voltage-biased electronic system serving as a gain medium. We also study the steady-state current across the device, identifying elastic and inelastic tunneling processes which involve the cavity mode. Our results show how recent advances in quantum electronics can be exploited to build hybrid light-matter systems that behave as microwave amplifiers and photon source devices. The diagrammatic Keldysh approach is primarily discussed for a cavity-coupled double quantum dot architecture, but it is generalizable to other hybrid light-matter systems.

  7. Tunable High-Field Magnetization in Strongly Exchange-Coupled Freestanding Co/CoO Core/Shell Coaxial Nanowires.

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    Salazar-Alvarez, German; Geshev, Julian; Agramunt-Puig, Sebastià; Navau, Carles; Sanchez, Alvaro; Sort, Jordi; Nogués, Josep

    2016-08-31

    The exchange bias properties of Co/CoO coaxial core/shell nanowires were investigated with cooling and applied fields perpendicular to the wire axis. This configuration leads to unexpected exchange-bias effects. First, the magnetization value at high fields is found to depend on the field-cooling conditions. This effect arises from the competition between the magnetic anisotropy and the Zeeman energies for cooling fields perpendicular to the wire axis. This allows imprinting predefined magnetization states to the antiferromagnetic (AFM) shell, as corroborated by micromagnetic simulations. Second, the system exhibits a high-field magnetic irreversibility, leading to open hysteresis loops attributed to the AFM easy axis reorientation during the reversal (effect similar to athermal training). A distinct way to manipulate the high-field magnetization in exchange-biased systems, beyond the archetypical effects, was thus experimentally and theoretically demonstrated. PMID:27502034

  8. Exchange coupling in hard/soft-magnetic multilayer films with non-magnetic spacer layers

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    Cui, W. B.; Liu, W.; Gong, W. J.; Liu, X. H.; Guo, S.; Yang, F.; Wang, Z. H.; Zhang, Z. D.

    2012-04-01

    The exchange coupling in textured HM/NM/α-Fe/NM/HM multilayer films (HM = NdFeB or PrFeB hard magnetic layers; NM = nonmagnetic Mo, Cu, and Cr layer) is shown to be indirect and long-range. The influences of thickness of NM spacer layer and HM layer, the material of HM phase and NM spacer layers, and the texture of HM layer, on the effective critical correlation length (Lexeff) and exchange-coupling between soft-magnetic (SM) and HM layers are investigated. A non-linear dependence of Lexeff on the thickness of NM spacer layer is observed. Magnetostatic interaction may lead to the observed non-linear dependence.

  9. Exchange Coupling Nanophase Fe-Pd Ferromagnets Through Solid State Transformation

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    Shugart, Kathleen N.; Ludtka, Gerard Michael; Ludtka, Gail Mackiewicz-; Soffa, William A

    2011-01-01

    This study continues previous work on off stoichiometric Fe-Pd alloys using a combined reaction strategy during thermomechanical processing [1,2]. Severe plastic deformation of the initial disordered fcc gamma phase ( ), followed by heat treatment in the two phase field produces a nano-composite ferromagnet comprised of soft alpha-Fe/ferrite in a high-anisotropy L10 FePd matrix. The length scale and morphology of the transformation products have been characterized using x-ray diffraction, and scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The transformed microstructures exhibit strong texture retention similar to the stoichiometric alloy suggesting a massive ordering mode. The alloy has shown a proclivity to exchange couple at a length scale not in agreement with proposed theories of exchange coupling [3,4]. The magnetic properties were measured using standard vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF-DMR).

  10. Switching field distribution of exchange coupled ferri-/ferromagnetic composite bit patterned media

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    Oezelt, Harald; Kovacs, Alexander; Fischbacher, Johann; Matthes, Patrick; Kirk, Eugenie; Wohlhüter, Phillip; Heyderman, Laura Jane; Albrecht, Manfred; Schrefl, Thomas

    2016-09-01

    We investigate the switching field distribution and the resulting bit error rate of exchange coupled ferri-/ferromagnetic bilayer island arrays by micromagnetic simulations. Using islands with varying microstructure and anisotropic properties, the intrinsic switching field distribution is computed. The dipolar contribution to the switching field distribution is obtained separately by using a model of a triangular patterned island array resembling 1.4 Tb/in2 bit patterned media. Both contributions are computed for different thicknesses of the soft exchange coupled ferrimagnet and also for ferromagnetic single phase FePt islands. A bit patterned media with a bilayer structure of FeGd( 5 nm )/FePt( 5 nm ) shows a bit error rate of 10-4 with a write field of 1.16 T .

  11. Spin orbital torque driven magnetization switching in magnetic tunnel junction with inter-layer exchange coupling

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    Xu, Lei; Ma, Zhongshui; Wei, Dan

    2015-01-14

    The switching processes of elliptically shaped magnetic tunnel junction bits with the structure Ta/CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB have been studied by the micromagnetic models. By comparing the tunneling magneto-resistance minor and major loops calculated by our model with related experimental results, we found that the inter-layer exchange coupling between the two CoFeB layers and a reduced saturation magnetization M{sub s} distribution at the edge of the elliptical bit should be included. The chosen strength of the inter-layer exchange coupling also matches well with experimental observations. The current induced magnetization switching is generated from the spin Hall effect in the Ta layer. The critical switching currents calculated by our model are coincident with experiment. This shows the reliability of our micromagnetic model with the spin orbital torque term.

  12. Spin signatures of exchange-coupled triplet pairs formed by singlet fission

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    Bayliss, Sam L.; Weiss, Leah R.; Rao, Akshay; Friend, Richard H.; Chepelianskii, Alexei D.; Greenham, Neil C.

    2016-07-01

    We study the effect of an exchange interaction on the magnetic-field-dependent photoluminescence in singlet fission materials. We show that, for strongly interacting triplet exciton pairs (intertriplet exchange interaction greater than the intratriplet spin-dipolar interaction), quantum beating and magnetic-field effects vanish apart from at specific magnetic fields where singlet and quintet levels are mixed by a level anticrossing. We characterize these effects and show that the absence of a magnetic-field effect or zero-field quantum beats does not necessarily mean that fission is inoperative. These results call for a reconsideration of the observations that are considered hallmarks of singlet fission and demonstrate how the spin coherence and exchange coupling of interacting triplet pairs can be measured through magneto-photoluminescence experiments.

  13. Ferromagnetic resonance of an heterogeneous multilayer system with interlayer exchange coupling: an accessible model

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    Franco, A. F.; Landeros, P.

    2016-09-01

    We present a general model for the coupled magnetic resonances of an exchange interacting multilayer system, which can be implemented without complex analytical calculations or numerical simulations. The model allows one to study the spin wave modes of a multilayer structure with any number of layers, accounting for individual uniaxial and cubic anisotropies, and (static and dynamic) demagnetizing and external fields as well, assuming that only the interlayer exchange coupling mechanism is relevant between such magnetic layers. This scheme is applied to recent measurements of a NiFe/CoFe bilayer, and to studying the influence of the strength of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic exchange interactions and the applied field orientation on the spin wave modes and intensities of the ferromagnetic resonance response. We find that the acoustic oscillation mode tends to stabilize in frequency if the magnetizations of the layers are parallel to each other, while the optical mode stabilizes when the magnetizations are antiparallel. Furthermore, we find that each oscillation mode is governed by either the NiFe or the CoFe. The modes swap the governing layer as the perpendicular field increases, inducing a gap between their frequencies, which appears to be proportional to the exchange coupling. Finally, we find that the field linewidth of the bilayer due to Gilbert damping has a dependence on the frequency very similar to the linear dependence of the linewidth in single layers. The theoretical scheme presented here can be further used to explore magnetization dynamics in different multilayer architectures—such as exchange springs, structures with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, and complex compositions of layer stacks—and can be useful as a basis to study multilayers with chiral and dipolar interactions.

  14. Magnetism behaviours dominated by the interplay of magnetic anisotropy and exchange coupling in local Co discs.

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    Yang, En-Cui; Liu, Zhong-Yi; Zhang, Lei; Yang, Na; Zhao, Xiao-Jun

    2016-05-10

    Disc-like Co core-derived (4,4)- and (3,6)-connected layers, {[Co7(C2H5OH)1.5(H2O)0.5(Hdatrz)2(μ3-OH)4(ip)5]·2.5H2O·C2H5OH}n () and [Co7(H2O)4(ade)2(μ3-OH)6(sip)2]n () (Hdatrz = 3,5-diamino-1,2,4-triazole, ade(-) = adeninate, ip(2-) = isophthalate and sip(3-) = 5-sulfoisophthalate) were solvothermally generated and structurally and magnetically characterized. The effect of magnetic anisotropy and exchange coupling from the local Co cores on the resulting magnetism properties are discussed. A crystallographically asymmetric Co core in exhibited an unusual single-molecule magnet (SMM)-like response under zero dc field resulting from strong anisotropy generated by two different types of Co(II) polyhedra and highly anisotropic exchange interactions. By contrast, a highly symmetric Co disc in belonging to the C2h point group showed only strong ferromagnetic exchange, to lead to an overall ST = 7/2 spin ground-state at low temperature. Thus, the interplay of magnetic anisotropy and exchange coupling has a great and complicated influence on the overall magnetic phenomena, which should be fully considered for the design and preparation of new Co(II)-SMMs.

  15. Magnetism behaviours dominated by the interplay of magnetic anisotropy and exchange coupling in local Co discs.

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    Yang, En-Cui; Liu, Zhong-Yi; Zhang, Lei; Yang, Na; Zhao, Xiao-Jun

    2016-05-10

    Disc-like Co core-derived (4,4)- and (3,6)-connected layers, {[Co7(C2H5OH)1.5(H2O)0.5(Hdatrz)2(μ3-OH)4(ip)5]·2.5H2O·C2H5OH}n () and [Co7(H2O)4(ade)2(μ3-OH)6(sip)2]n () (Hdatrz = 3,5-diamino-1,2,4-triazole, ade(-) = adeninate, ip(2-) = isophthalate and sip(3-) = 5-sulfoisophthalate) were solvothermally generated and structurally and magnetically characterized. The effect of magnetic anisotropy and exchange coupling from the local Co cores on the resulting magnetism properties are discussed. A crystallographically asymmetric Co core in exhibited an unusual single-molecule magnet (SMM)-like response under zero dc field resulting from strong anisotropy generated by two different types of Co(II) polyhedra and highly anisotropic exchange interactions. By contrast, a highly symmetric Co disc in belonging to the C2h point group showed only strong ferromagnetic exchange, to lead to an overall ST = 7/2 spin ground-state at low temperature. Thus, the interplay of magnetic anisotropy and exchange coupling has a great and complicated influence on the overall magnetic phenomena, which should be fully considered for the design and preparation of new Co(II)-SMMs. PMID:27089955

  16. Shape anisotropy and exchange bias in magnetic flattened nanospindles with metallic/oxide core/shell structures.

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    Mendoza-Reséndez, Raquel; Luna, Carlos

    2012-09-01

    A preliminary study of the magnetic phenomenology of Fe and Fe90Co10 nanospindles with axial ratio equal to 5 is presented. These nanospindles are constituted by single-domains single-crystals coated by oxide surface layer and assembled in chains into the nanospindle. The thermal dependence of the coercive field and the saturation magnetization in the temperature range from 4 K up to room temperature indicates that the coercive field is roughly proportional to the saturation magnetization (which follows the T3/2 Bloch law) at temperatures above the blocking temperature of the oxide. This suggests that the predominant source of magnetic anisotropy in this temperature range is the shape anisotropy. However, at temperatures below the oxide blocking temperature, the magnetic coupling between the spins of the oxide and the nanocrystals is produced at the interface. This exchange coupling enhances the effective anisotropy of the nanospindles and the coercive field increases more abruptly than the saturation of magnetization as temperature decreases.

  17. Experiments and Simulations on a Heat Exchanger of an Automotive Exhaust Thermoelectric Generation System Under Coupling Conditions

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    Liu, X.; Yu, C. G.; Chen, S.; Wang, Y. P.; Su, C. Q.

    2014-06-01

    The present experimental and computational study investigates an exhaust gas waste heat recovery system for vehicles, using thermoelectric modules and a heat exchanger to produce electric power. It proposes a new plane heat exchanger of a thermoelectric generation (TEG) system, producing electricity from a limited hot surface area. To investigate the new plane heat exchanger, we make a coupling condition of heat-flow and flow-solid coupling analysis on it to obtain the temperature, heat, and pressure field of the heat exchanger, and compared it with the old heat exchanger. These fields couple together to solve the multi-field coupling of the flow, solid, and heat, and then the simulation result is compared with the test bench experiment of TEG, providing a theoretical and experimental basis for the present exhaust gas waste heat recovery system.

  18. Magnetic properties of exchange-coupled PtFe/Fe films with spacer layers

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    Cui, W. B.; Liu, W.; Yang, F.; Li, D.; Delikanli, S.; Guo, S.; Gong, W. J.; Zhang, Z. D.

    2011-04-01

    The exchange coupling between PtFe and Fe in PtFe/Fe films with Cr2O3 or Cr2O3/Cu spacer layers is indirect and long range. Microstructures of as-deposited and annealed thin films are studied. Coercivity over 10 kOe is obtained in PtFe/Cr2O3(5 Å)/Fe(25 Å) films but decrease with thicker Cr2O3 spacer layer. Comparably, coercivity can be maintained at about 10 kOe if spacer layer is changed into Cr2O3(x Å)/Cu(5 Å) (5 Å ≤ x ≤ 25 Å). For a fixed total thickness of the spacer layers, the coercivity generally decreases with gradual replacement of Cr2O3 by Cu, indicating the different effects of spacer layers on mediating the exchange coupling between PtFe and Fe. Using Cr2O3 or Cr2O3/Cu as a spacer layer is a promising way for realizing exchange-coupled PtFe/Fe composite films.

  19. Quantum interference and correlations in single dopants and exchange-coupled dopants in silicon

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    Salfi, Joe

    2015-03-01

    Quantum electronics exploiting the highly coherent states of single dopants in silicon invariably requires interactions between states and interfaces, and inter-dopant coupling by exchange interactions. We have developed a low temperature STM scheme for spatially resolved single-electron transport in a device-like environment, providing the first wave-function measurements of single donors and exchange-coupled acceptors in silicon. For single donors, we directly observed valley quantum interference due to linear superpositions of the valleys, and found that valley degrees of freedom are highly robust to the symmetry-breaking perturbation of nearby (3 nm) surfaces. For exchange-coupled acceptors, we measured the singlet-triplet splitting, and from the spatial tunneling probability, extracted enough information about the 2-body wavefunction amplitudes to determine the entanglement entropy, a measure of the quantum inseparability (quantum correlations) generated by the interactions between indistinguishable particles. Entanglement entropy of the J=3/2 holes was found to increase with increasing dopant distance, as Coulomb interactions overcome tunneling, coherently localizing spin towards a Heitler-London singlet, mimicing S=1/2 particles. In the future these capabilities will be exploited to peer into the inner workings of few-dopant quantum devices and shed new light on multi-dopant correlated states, engineered atom-by-atom. Work done collaboratively with J. A. Mol, R. Rahman, G. Klimeck, M. Y. Simmons, L. C. L. Hollenberg, and S. Rogge. Primary financial support from the ARC.

  20. Coupling of replica exchange simulations to a non-Boltzmann structure reservoir.

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    Roitberg, Adrian E; Okur, Asim; Simmerling, Carlos

    2007-03-15

    Computing converged ensemble properties remains challenging for large biomolecules. Replica exchange molecular dynamics (REMD) can significantly increase the efficiency of conformational sampling by using high temperatures to escape kinetic traps. Several groups, including ours, introduced the idea of coupling replica exchange to a pre-converged, Boltzmann-populated reservoir, usually at a temperature higher than that of the highest temperature replica. This procedure reduces computational cost because the long simulation times needed for extensive sampling are only carried out for a single temperature. However, a weakness of the approach is that the Boltzmann-weighted reservoir can still be difficult to generate. We now present the idea of employing a non-Boltzmann reservoir, whose structures can be generated through more efficient conformational sampling methods. We demonstrate that the approach is rigorous and derive a correct statistical mechanical exchange criterion between the reservoir and the replicas that drives Boltzmann-weighted probabilities for the replicas. We test this approach on the trpzip2 peptide and demonstrate that the resulting thermal stability profile is essentially indistinguishable from that obtained using very long (>100 ns) standard REMD simulations. The convergence of this reservoir-aided REMD is significantly faster than for regular REMD. Furthermore, we demonstrate that modification of the exchange criterion is essential; REMD simulations using a standard exchange function with the non-Boltzmann reservoir produced incorrect results.

  1. A Mean Field Analysis of the Exchange Coupling (J) For 2- and 3-D Structured Tetracyanoethylenide (TCNE -)-based Magnets

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    McConnell, Amber C.; Fishman, Randy Scott; Miller, Joel S.

    2012-01-01

    Mean field expressions based on the simple Heisenberg model were derived to correlate the inter- and intralayer exchange coupling to the critical temperatures, Tc, for several TCNE (tetracyanoethylene) based magnets with extended 2- and 3-D structure types. These expressions were used to estimate the exchange coupling, J, for 2-D ferrimagnetic [MII(TCNE)(NCMe)2]+ (M = Mn, Fe), 3-D antiferromagnetic MnII(TCNE)[C4(CN)8]1/2, and 3-D ferrimagnetic MnII(TCNE)3/2(I3)1/2. The sign and magnitude of the exchange coupling are in accord with previously reported magnetic data.

  2. Coupling of lever arm swing and biased Brownian motion in actomyosin.

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    Nie, Qing-Miao; Togashi, Akio; Sasaki, Takeshi N; Takano, Mitsunori; Sasai, Masaki; Terada, Tomoki P

    2014-04-01

    An important unresolved problem associated with actomyosin motors is the role of Brownian motion in the process of force generation. On the basis of structural observations of myosins and actins, the widely held lever-arm hypothesis has been proposed, in which proteins are assumed to show sequential structural changes among observed and hypothesized structures to exert mechanical force. An alternative hypothesis, the Brownian motion hypothesis, has been supported by single-molecule experiments and emphasizes more on the roles of fluctuating protein movement. In this study, we address the long-standing controversy between the lever-arm hypothesis and the Brownian motion hypothesis through in silico observations of an actomyosin system. We study a system composed of myosin II and actin filament by calculating free-energy landscapes of actin-myosin interactions using the molecular dynamics method and by simulating transitions among dynamically changing free-energy landscapes using the Monte Carlo method. The results obtained by this combined multi-scale calculation show that myosin with inorganic phosphate (Pi) and ADP weakly binds to actin and that after releasing Pi and ADP, myosin moves along the actin filament toward the strong-binding site by exhibiting the biased Brownian motion, a behavior consistent with the observed single-molecular behavior of myosin. Conformational flexibility of loops at the actin-interface of myosin and the N-terminus of actin subunit is necessary for the distinct bias in the Brownian motion. Both the 5.5-11 nm displacement due to the biased Brownian motion and the 3-5 nm displacement due to lever-arm swing contribute to the net displacement of myosin. The calculated results further suggest that the recovery stroke of the lever arm plays an important role in enhancing the displacement of myosin through multiple cycles of ATP hydrolysis, suggesting a unified movement mechanism for various members of the myosin family.

  3. Magnetic proximity effect and interlayer exchange coupling of ferromagnetic/topological insulator/ferromagnetic trilayer

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    Li, Mingda; Cui, Wenping; Yu, Jin; Dai, Zuyang; Wang, Zhe; Katmis, Ferhat; Guo, Wanlin; Moodera, Jagadeesh

    2015-01-01

    The magnetic proximity effect between the topological insulator (TI) and ferromagnetic insulator (FMI) is considered to have great potential in spintronics. However, a complete determination of interfacial magnetic structure has been highly challenging. We theoretically investigate the interlayer exchange coupling of two FMIs separated by a TI thin film, and show that the particular electronic states of the TI contributing to the proximity effect can be directly identified through the coupling behavior between two FMIs, together with a tunability of the coupling constant. Such an FMI/TI/FMI structure not only serves as a platform to clarify the magnetic structure of the FMI/TI interface, but also provides insights in designing the magnetic storage devices with ultrafast response.

  4. Giant spontaneous exchange bias triggered by crossover of superspin glass in Sb-doped Ni50Mn38Ga12 Heusler alloys.

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    Tian, Fanghua; Cao, Kaiyan; Zhang, Yin; Zeng, Yuyang; Zhang, Rui; Chang, Tieyan; Zhou, Chao; Xu, Minwei; Song, Xiaoping; Yang, Sen

    2016-01-01

    A spontaneous exchange bias (SEB) discovered by Wang et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 077203.] after zero-field cooling (ZFC) has attracted recent attention due to its interesting physics. In this letter, we report a giant SEB tuned by Sb-doping in Ni50Mn38Ga12-xSbx Heusler alloys. Such an SEB was switched on below the blocking temperature of approximately 50 K. The maximum exchange bias HE can arrive at 2930 Oe in a Ni50Mn38Ga10Sb2 sample after ZFC to 2 K. Further studies showed that this SEB was attributable to interaction of superspin glass (SSG) and antiferromagnetic matix, which was triggered by the crossover of SSG from canonical spin glass to a cluster spin glass. Our results not only explain the underlying physics of SEB, but also provide a way to tune and control the SEB performance.

  5. Enhanced exchange bias and improved ferromagnetic properties in Permalloy–BiFe0.95Co0.05O3 core–shell nanostructures

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    Javed, K.; Li, W. J.; Ali, S. S.; Shi, D. W.; Khan, U.; Riaz, S.; Han, X. F.

    2015-01-01

    Hybrid core–shell nanostructures consisting of permalloy (Ni80Fe20) and multiferroic(BiFeO3, BFO/BiFe0.95Co0.05O3, BFC) materials were synthesized by a two-step method, based on wet chemical impregnation and subsequent electrodeposition within porous alumina membranes. Structural and magnetic characterizations have been done to investigate doping effect on magnetic properties and exchange bias. The magnetometry analysis revealed significant enhancements of the exchange bias and coercivity in NiFe-BFC core-shell nanostructures as compared with NiFe-BFO core-shell nanostructures. The enhancements can be attributed to the effective reduction of ferromagnet domain sizes between adjacent layers of core-shell structure. It indicates that it is possible to improve properties of multiferroic composites by site-engineering method. Our approach opens a pathway to obtain optimized nanostructured multiferroic composites exhibiting tunable magnetic properties. PMID:26658956

  6. Optimization of exchange bias in Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} Heusler alloy layers

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    Hirohata, Atsufumi; Izumida, Keisuke; Ishizawa, Satoshi; Nakayama, Tadachika; Sagar, James

    2014-05-07

    We have fabricated and investigated IrMn{sub 3}/Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} stacks to meet the criteria for future spintronic device applications which requires low-temperature crystallisation (<250 °C) and a large exchange bias H{sub ex} (>500 Oe). Such a system would form the pinned layer in spin-valve or tunnel junction applications. We have demonstrated that annealing at 300 °C which can achieve crystalline ordering in the Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} layer giving ∼80% of the predicted saturation magnetisation. We have also induced an exchange bias of ∼240 Oe at the interface. These values are close to the above criteria and confirm the potential of using antiferromagnet/Heusler-alloy stacks in current Si-based processes.

  7. Giant spontaneous exchange bias triggered by crossover of superspin glass in Sb-doped Ni50Mn38Ga12 Heusler alloys.

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    Tian, Fanghua; Cao, Kaiyan; Zhang, Yin; Zeng, Yuyang; Zhang, Rui; Chang, Tieyan; Zhou, Chao; Xu, Minwei; Song, Xiaoping; Yang, Sen

    2016-01-01

    A spontaneous exchange bias (SEB) discovered by Wang et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 077203.] after zero-field cooling (ZFC) has attracted recent attention due to its interesting physics. In this letter, we report a giant SEB tuned by Sb-doping in Ni50Mn38Ga12-xSbx Heusler alloys. Such an SEB was switched on below the blocking temperature of approximately 50 K. The maximum exchange bias HE can arrive at 2930 Oe in a Ni50Mn38Ga10Sb2 sample after ZFC to 2 K. Further studies showed that this SEB was attributable to interaction of superspin glass (SSG) and antiferromagnetic matix, which was triggered by the crossover of SSG from canonical spin glass to a cluster spin glass. Our results not only explain the underlying physics of SEB, but also provide a way to tune and control the SEB performance. PMID:27478090

  8. Tuning exchange bias by Co doping in Mn₅₀Ni{sub 41–x}Sn₉Co{sub x} melt-spun ribbons

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    Zhao, D. W.; Li, G. K.; Wang, S. Q.; Ma, L. Zhen, C. M.; Hou, D. L.; Wang, W. H.; Liu, E. K.; Chen, J. L.; Wu, G. H.

    2014-09-14

    In Mn₅₀Ni{sub 41–x}Sn₉Co{sub x} ribbons, the exchange bias field is very sensitive to the Co content. Based on both theoretical and experimental studies, it has been found that with increasing Co content, the pinned phase (ferromagnetic phase) remains almost unchanged while the pinning phase is changed from a canonical spin glass to a cluster spin glass and finally to a ferromagnetic phase. Changing the Co content in Mn₅₀Ni{sub 41–x}Sn₉Co{sub x} alloys has been proven to be an effective way of tuning the magnetic anisotropy and the phase structure of the pinning phase. With different Co contents, a continuous tuning of the exchange bias field from 345 Oe to 3154 Oe is realized.

  9. Giant spontaneous exchange bias triggered by crossover of superspin glass in Sb-doped Ni50Mn38Ga12 Heusler alloys

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    Tian, Fanghua; Cao, Kaiyan; Zhang, Yin; Zeng, Yuyang; Zhang, Rui; Chang, Tieyan; Zhou, Chao; Xu, Minwei; Song, Xiaoping; Yang, Sen

    2016-01-01

    A spontaneous exchange bias (SEB) discovered by Wang et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 077203.] after zero-field cooling (ZFC) has attracted recent attention due to its interesting physics. In this letter, we report a giant SEB tuned by Sb-doping in Ni50Mn38Ga12-xSbx Heusler alloys. Such an SEB was switched on below the blocking temperature of approximately 50 K. The maximum exchange bias HE can arrive at 2930 Oe in a Ni50Mn38Ga10Sb2 sample after ZFC to 2 K. Further studies showed that this SEB was attributable to interaction of superspin glass (SSG) and antiferromagnetic matix, which was triggered by the crossover of SSG from canonical spin glass to a cluster spin glass. Our results not only explain the underlying physics of SEB, but also provide a way to tune and control the SEB performance. PMID:27478090

  10. Magnetic stability under magnetic cycling of MgO-based magnetic tunneling junctions with an exchange-biased synthetic antiferromagnetic pinned layer

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    Hao, Qiang; Reid, Cameron; Xiao, Gang; Chan, Hon Ming

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the magnetic stability and endurance of MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with an exchange-biased synthetic antiferromagnetic (SAF) pinned layer. When a uniaxially cycling switching field is applied along the easy axis of the free magnetic layer, the magnetoresistance varies only by 1.7% logarithmically with the number of cycles, while no such change appears in the case of a rotating field. This observation is consistent with the effect of the formation and motion of domain walls in the free layer, which create significant stray fields within the pinned hard layer. Unlike in previous studies, the decay we observed only occurs during the first few starting cycles (<20), at which point there is no further variance in all performance parameters up to 107 cycles. Exchange-biased SAF structure is ideally suited for solid-state magnetic sensors and magnetic memory devices.

  11. Large exchange bias enhancement in (Pt(or Pd)/Co)/IrMn/Co trilayers with ultrathin IrMn thanks to interfacial Cu dusting

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    Vinai, G.; Moritz, J.; Bandiera, S.; Prejbeanu, I. L.; Dieny, B.

    2014-04-21

    The magnitude of exchange bias (H{sub ex}) at room temperature can be significantly enhanced in IrMn/Co and (Pt(or Pd)/Co)/IrMn/Co structures thanks to the insertion of an ultrathin Cu dusting layer at the IrMn/Co interface. The combination of trilayer structure and interfacial Cu dusting leads to a three-fold increase in H{sub ex} as compared to the conventional IrMn/Co bilayer structure, with an increased blocking temperature (T{sub B}) and a concave curvature of the temperature dependence H{sub ex}(T), ideal for improved Thermally Assisted-Magnetic Random Access Memory storage layer. This exchange bias enhancement is ascribed to a reduction of the spin frustration at the IrMn/Co interface thanks to interfacial Cu addition.

  12. Enhanced exchange bias and improved ferromagnetic properties in Permalloy-BiFe0.95Co0.05O3 core-shell nanostructures

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    Javed, K.; Li, W. J.; Ali, S. S.; Shi, D. W.; Khan, U.; Riaz, S.; Han, X. F.

    2015-12-01

    Hybrid core-shell nanostructures consisting of permalloy (Ni80Fe20) and multiferroic(BiFeO3, BFO/BiFe0.95Co0.05O3, BFC) materials were synthesized by a two-step method, based on wet chemical impregnation and subsequent electrodeposition within porous alumina membranes. Structural and magnetic characterizations have been done to investigate doping effect on magnetic properties and exchange bias. The magnetometry analysis revealed significant enhancements of the exchange bias and coercivity in NiFe-BFC core-shell nanostructures as compared with NiFe-BFO core-shell nanostructures. The enhancements can be attributed to the effective reduction of ferromagnet domain sizes between adjacent layers of core-shell structure. It indicates that it is possible to improve properties of multiferroic composites by site-engineering method. Our approach opens a pathway to obtain optimized nanostructured multiferroic composites exhibiting tunable magnetic properties.

  13. A direct measurement of rotatable and frozen CoO spins in exchange bias system of CoO/Fe/Ag(001)

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    Wu, J.; Park, J. S.; Kim, W.; Arenholz, E.; Liberati, M.; Scholl, A.; Wu, Y. Z.; Hwang, C.; Qiu, Z. Q.

    2010-03-10

    The exchange bias of epitaxially grown CoO/Fe/Ag(001) was investigated using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and x-ray magnetic linear dichroism (XMLD) techniques. A direct XMLD measurement on the CoO layer during the Fe magnetization reversal shows that the CoO compensated spins are rotatable at thinner thickness and frozen at larger thickness. By a quantitative determination of the rotatable and frozen CoO spins as a function of the CoO film thickness, we find the remarkable result that the exchange bias is well established before frozen spins are detectable in the CoO film. We further show that the rotatable and frozen CoO spins are uniformly distributed in the CoO film.

  14. Giant spontaneous exchange bias triggered by crossover of superspin glass in Sb-doped Ni50Mn38Ga12 Heusler alloys

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    Tian, Fanghua; Cao, Kaiyan; Zhang, Yin; Zeng, Yuyang; Zhang, Rui; Chang, Tieyan; Zhou, Chao; Xu, Minwei; Song, Xiaoping; Yang, Sen

    2016-08-01

    A spontaneous exchange bias (SEB) discovered by Wang et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 077203.] after zero-field cooling (ZFC) has attracted recent attention due to its interesting physics. In this letter, we report a giant SEB tuned by Sb-doping in Ni50Mn38Ga12-xSbx Heusler alloys. Such an SEB was switched on below the blocking temperature of approximately 50 K. The maximum exchange bias HE can arrive at 2930 Oe in a Ni50Mn38Ga10Sb2 sample after ZFC to 2 K. Further studies showed that this SEB was attributable to interaction of superspin glass (SSG) and antiferromagnetic matix, which was triggered by the crossover of SSG from canonical spin glass to a cluster spin glass. Our results not only explain the underlying physics of SEB, but also provide a way to tune and control the SEB performance.

  15. Study of angular dependence of exchange bias and misalignment in uniaxial and unidirectional anisotropy in NiFe(111)/FeMn(111)/CoFeB(amorphous) stack

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    Singh, Braj Bhusan; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2015-07-01

    We report the investigation of the in-plane azimuthal angular dependence of the magnetization reversal in the ion beam sputtered exchanged biased NiFe(111)/FeMn(111)/CoFeB(amorphous) stack. Compared to the as-deposited case, the magnetic annealing resulted in 3 fold enhancement in exchange bias but decrease in coercivity. The observed cosine dependence of exchange biased CoFeB layer on the in-plane azimuthal angle of applied field is corroborated with Meiklejohn and Bean model. The training effect associated with the exchange bias showed unconventional increase in coercivity after first cycle of hysteresis loop, while the exchange bias decreases sharply, and for subsequent cycles the exchange bias follows the empirical relation based on the energy dissipation in the AF layer. The ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements also exhibited the in-plane azimuthal angle dependence of the magnetic resonance field indicating that the uniaxial and unidirectional anisotropies are not collinear, although they lie in the same plane. However, no misalignment between the unidirectional anisotropy and the exchange bias direction is observed. The misalignment angle between the uniaxial and unidirectional anisotropy, as measured by FMR, is found to be 10° and 14° for CoFeB and NiFe, respectively. This misalignment is attributed to the interface roughness as revealed by x-ray reflectance measurements.

  16. Exchange bias effect in Au-Fe3O4 dumbbell nanoparticles induced by the charge transfer from gold

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    Feygenson, Mikhail; Bauer, John C; Gai, Zheng; Marques, Carlos; Aronson, Meigan C.; Teng, Xiaowei; Su, Dong; Stanic, Vesna; Urban, Volker S; Kevin, Beyer; Dai, Sheng

    2015-08-10

    We have studied the origin of the exchange bias effect in the Au-Fe3O4 dumbbell nanoparticles in two samples with different sizes of the Au seed nanoparticles (4.1 and 2.7 nm) and same size of Fe3O4 nanoparticles (9.8 nm). The magnetization, small-angle neutron scattering, synchrotron x-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscope measurements determined the antiferromagnetic FeO wüstite phase within Fe3O4 nanoparticles, originating at the interface with the Au nanoparticles. The interface between antiferromagnetic FeO and ferrimagnetic Fe3O4 is giving rise to the exchange bias effect. The strength of the exchange bias fields depends on the interfacial area and lattice mismatch between both phases. We propose that the charge transfer from the Au nanoparticles is responsible for a partial reduction of the Fe3O4 into FeO phase at the interface with Au nanoparticles. The Au-O bonds are formed across the interface to accommodate an excess of oxygen released during the reduction of magnetite.

  17. Overcoming Bias toward Same-Sex Couples: A Case Study from inside an MFT Ethics Classroom

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    Charles, Laurie L.; Thomas, Dina; Thornton, Matthew L.

    2005-01-01

    This article illustrates a teaching case in which a marriage and family therapy (MFT) trainee learned to develop cultural sensitivity toward same-sex couples despite religious beliefs that put her at risk of discriminating against that population. The case took place during a marriage and family therapy ethics course in the spring of 2003. From…

  18. Joint perpendicular anisotropy and strong interlayer exchange coupling in systems with thin vanadium spacers

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    Devolder, T. Le Goff, A.; Eimer, S.; Adam, J.-P.

    2015-04-28

    We study the influence of the insertion of a vanadium spacer layer between an FeCoB layer and a [Co/Ni] multilayer in an MgO substrate-based system mimicking the reference system of a perpendicular anisotropy magnetic tunnel junction. The anisotropy of the [Co/Ni] multilayer gradually improves with the vanadium thicknesses t, up to an optimized state for t = 8 Å, with little influence of the thermal annealing. The interlayer exchange coupling is ferromagnetic and very strong for t≤6 Å. It can be adjusted by thermal treatment at t = 8 Å from no coupling in the as-grown state to more than 2 mJ/m{sup 2} after 250 °C annealing. For this spacer thickness, the magnetic properties are consistent with the occurrence of a bcc (001) to an fcc (111) crystalline structure transition at the vanadium spacer. The remaining interlayer exchange coupling at t = 8 Å is still substantially higher than the one formerly obtained with a Tantalum spacer, which holds promise for further optimization of the reference layers of tunnel junctions meant for magnetic random access memories.

  19. Thickness dependence of exchange coupling in (111)-oriented perovskite oxide superlattices

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    Jia, Yue; Chopdekar, Rajesh V.; Arenholz, Elke; Liu, Zhiqi; Biegalski, Michael D.; Porter, Zachary D.; Mehta, Apurva; Takamura, Yayoi

    2016-03-01

    Epitaxial L a0.7S r0.3Mn O3(LSMO )/L a0.7S r0.3Fe O3 (LSFO) superlattices on (111)-oriented SrTi O3 substrates with sublayer thicknesses ranging from 3 to 60 unit cells (u.c.) were synthesized and characterized. Detailed analysis of their structural, electronic, and magnetic properties were performed to explore the effect of sublayer thickness on the magnetic structure and exchange coupling at (111)-oriented perovskite oxide interfaces. In the ultrathin limit (3-6 u.c.), we find that the antiferromagnetic (AF) properties of the LSFO sublayers are preserved with an out-of-plane canting of the AF spin axis, while the ferromagnetic (FM) properties of the LSMO sublayers are significantly depressed. For thicker LSFO layers (>9 u.c.), the out-of-plane canting of the AF spin axis is only present in superlattices with thick LSMO sublayers. As a result, exchange coupling in the form of spin-flop coupling exists only in superlattices which display both robust ferromagnetism and out-of-plane canting of the AF spin axis.

  20. Exchange-coupling modified spin wave spectra in the perpendicularly magnetized permalloy nanodot chain arrays

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    Dou, Jian; Hernandez, Sarah C.; Yu, Chengtao; Pechan, Michael J.; Folks, Liesl; Katine, Jordan A.; Carey, Matthew J.

    2009-03-01

    Spin wave spectra in exchange coupled nanoscale dot chain arrays were studied using ferromagnetic resonance. The dot chain arrays, with dot diameters of 300 nm and thicknesses of 40 nm, coupled via permalloy bridges of width ranging from 0 to 60 nm, were fabricated using e-beam lithography. In the perpendicularly magnetized isolated dots, multiple sharp ferromagnetic resonant peaks were observedootnotetextG.N.Kakazei et al, Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 443 (2004), which is associated with the quantized in-plane wave vector due to the finite dot radius. These spectrum lines shift to higher fields for samples with wider bridges due to the increasing effective demagnetizing factor. Additional higher order spin wave modes were observed as satellite peaks near the resonance peaks at both higher and lower fields, with larger separation between adjacent spin wave peaks for wider bridge samples. These extra spin wave modes, associated with the inter-dot exchange coupling,will be described in detail. This work is supported by US Dept. of Energy at MU.

  1. Peculiarities of MCD C-term saturation behavior of the exchange coupled Co(II) dimers

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    Ostrovsky, S. M.

    2011-07-01

    The MCD C-term saturation behavior of the exchange coupled octahedrally coordinated cobalt dimers is studied for different types of distortion of the local surrounding of each interacting ion. It was found that in the case of antiferromagnetic exchange interaction the change of sign of the MCD signal with temperature and magnetic field increase can take place. This signal behavior is not the result of overlapping of different electronic transitions and it is characteristic of an individual MCD line. The origin of this magneto-optical behavior is explained by the strong contribution coming from the unquenched orbital angular momenta of interacting cobalt ions. The found peculiarity is inherent to complexes composed of nonequivalent cobalt ions as well as to the dimeric complexes with the equivalent Co ions with nonparallel local axes.

  2. XY ring exchange model with frustrated Ising coupling on the triangular lattice

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    Owerre, S. A.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the nature of a Z2-invariant XY ring-exchange interaction with a frustrated Ising coupling on the triangular lattice. Within the limits of pure XY ring-exchange interaction, we show that the classical ground state is degenerate resulting from the Z2-invariance of the Hamiltonian. Quantum fluctuations lift these classical degenerate ground states and produce an unusual state whose excitation spectrum exhibits a gapped maximum quadratic dispersion near k = 0 and vanishes at the midpoints of each side of the Brillouin zone. This result is in contrast to a gapless quadratic dispersion near k = 0 in the U(1)-invariant counterpart. We also study the effects of frustration when competing with a classically frustrated Ising interaction. We provide a glimpse into the possible quantum phases that could emerge. A comprehensive understanding of this Hamiltonian, however, cannot be elucidated analytically and requires an explicit numerical simulation.

  3. Gate-tunable indirect exchange interaction in spin-orbit-coupled mesoscopic rings

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    Nikoofard, H.; Heidari Semiromi, E.

    2015-05-01

    We study the carrier-mediated exchange interaction, the so-called Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) coupling, between two magnetic impurity moments embedded in a semiconductor mesoscopic ring. We treat the ring in the presence of an Aharonov-Bohm-type magnetic flux and the Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interactions (RSOI and DSOI). Energy eigenvalues of the system are obtained within a tight-binding framework and the strength of the indirect exchange interaction vs. RSOI strengths are plotted for different values of DSOI strength. The results show that the type of the impurity magnetic order, ferromagnetic (F) or antiferromagnetic (AF), depends on the RSOI and DSOI strengths. This leads to a full electrical control on the magnetic alignment of the system through, e.g., an external gate voltage.

  4. Effect of exchange coupling on magnetic property in Sm-Co/α-Fe layered system

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    C, X. Sang; G, P. Zhao; W, X. Xia; X, L. Wan; F, J. Morvan; X, C. Zhang; L, H. Xie; J, Zhang; J, Du; A, R. Yan; P, Liu

    2016-03-01

    The hysteresis loops as well as the spin distributions of Sm-Co/α-Fe bilayers have been investigated by both three-dimensional (3D) and one-dimensional (1D) micromagnetic calculations, focusing on the effect of the interface exchange coupling under various soft layer thicknesses ts. The exchange coupling coefficient Ahs between the hard and soft layers varies from 1.8 × 10-6 erg/cm to 0.45 × 10-6 erg/cm, while the soft layer thickness increases from 2 nm to 10 nm. As the exchange coupling decreases, the squareness of the loop gradually deteriorates, both pinning and coercive fields rise up monotonically, and the nucleation field goes down. On the other hand, an increment of the soft layer thickness leads to a significant drop of the nucleation field, the deterioration of the hysteresis loop squareness, and an increase of the remanence. The simulated loops based on the 3D and 1D methods are consistent with each other and in good agreement with the measured loops for Sm-Co/α-Fe multilayers. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11074179 and 10747007), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2014CB643702), the Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. LY14E010006), the Construction Plan for Scientific Research Innovation Teams of Universities in Sichuan Province, China (Grant No. 12TD008), the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars of the Education Ministry, China, and the Program for Key Science and Technology Innovation Team of Zhejiang Province, China (Grant No. 2013TD08).

  5. Microwave-assisted shingled magnetic recording simulations on an exchange-coupled composite medium

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    Tanaka, T.; Kashiwagi, S.; Kanai, Y.; Matsuyama, K.

    2016-10-01

    The potential of microwave-assisted magnetic recording combined with the shingled recording scheme has been studied by simulating read/write processes on exchange-coupled composite media focusing on recording characteristics in the cross-track direction. Microwave fields enhance writability, especially at the track edge, resulting in lower noise and higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), which enables higher track density in the shingled recording scheme. Read/write simulations of microwave-assisted shingled recording achieve 1.4 Mtracks/in. while retaining high SNR. Further increases in SNR and track density will require either a narrower reader or track edge noise reduction.

  6. Kondo Resonance of a Co Atom Exchange Coupled to a Ferromagnetic Tip

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    Choi, D.-J.; Guissart, S.; Ormaza, M.; Bachellier, N.; Bengone, O.; Simon, P.; Limot, L.

    2016-10-01

    The Kondo effect of a Co atom on Cu(100) was investigated with a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope using a monoatomically sharp nickel tip. Upon a tip-Co contact, the differential conductance spectra exhibit a spin-split asymmetric Kondo resonance. The computed ab initio value of the exchange coupling is too small to suppress the Kondo effect, but sufficiently large to produce the splitting observed. A quantitative analysis of the line shape using the numerical renormalization group technique indicates that the junction spin polarization is weak.

  7. Photoregenerative I⁻/I₃⁻ couple as a liquid cathode for proton exchange membrane fuel cell.

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    Liu, Zhen; Wang, Yadong; Ai, Xinping; Tu, Wenmao; Pan, Mu

    2014-10-28

    A photoassisted oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) through I(-)/I3(-) redox couple was investigated for proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell cathode reaction. The I(-)/I3(-)-based liquid cathode was used to replace conventional oxygen cathode, and its discharge product I(-) was regenerated to I3(-) by photocatalytic oxidation with the participation of oxygen. This new and innovative approach may provide a strategy to eliminate the usage of challenging ORR electrocatalysts, resulting in an avenue for developing low-cost and high-efficiency PEM fuel cells.

  8. Strong Exchange Coupling in a Trimetallic Radical-Bridged Cobalt(II)-Hexaazatrinaphthylene Complex.

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    Moilanen, Jani O; Chilton, Nicholas F; Day, Benjamin M; Pugh, Thomas; Layfield, Richard A

    2016-04-25

    Reducing hexaazatrinaphthylene (HAN) with potassium in the presence of 18-c-6 produces [{K(18-c-6)}HAN], which contains the S=1/2 radical [HAN](.-) . The [HAN](.-) radical can be transferred to the cobalt(II) amide [Co{N(SiMe3 )2 }2 ], forming [K(18-c-6)][(HAN){Co(N'')2 }3 ]; magnetic measurements on this compound reveal an S=4 spin system with strong cobalt-ligand antiferromagnetic exchange and J≈-290 cm(-1) (-2 J formalism). In contrast, the Co(II) centres in the unreduced analogue [(HAN){Co(N'')2 }3 ] are weakly coupled (J≈-4.4 cm(-1) ). The finding that [HAN](.-) can be synthesized as a stable salt and transferred to cobalt introduces potential new routes to magnetic materials based on strongly coupled, triangular HAN building blocks. PMID:26997130

  9. Effect of mesh bias on the properties of the lateral conductivity of intrinsic microcrystalline silicon films deposited by low-frequency inductively coupled plasma

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    Yan, W. S.; Xu, S.; Sern, C. C.; Wei, D. Y.

    2011-11-14

    A meshgrid is installed to study the effect of mesh bias on the lateral conductivity properties of intrinsic microcrystalline silicon films deposited by low frequency inductively coupled plasma. When a mesh bias is increased from 0 to -15 V, the dark conductivity remarkably decreases by three orders of magnitude, whereas the ratio of the photo and dark conductivity improves by one order. On contrary, the applied substrate bias has only a marginal effect on the lateral conductivity. It is revealed from the measured electron energy distribution functions that the sheath layer induced ion bombardment is responsible for the drastic change.

  10. Thermally activated switching at long time scales in exchange-coupled magnetic grains

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    Almudallal, Ahmad M.; Mercer, J. I.; Whitehead, J. P.; Plumer, M. L.; van Ek, J.; Fal, T. J.

    2015-10-01

    Rate coefficients of the Arrhenius-Néel form are calculated for thermally activated magnetic moment reversal for dual layer exchange-coupled composite (ECC) media based on the Langer formalism and are applied to study the sweep rate dependence of M H hysteresis loops as a function of the exchange coupling I between the layers. The individual grains are modeled as two exchange-coupled Stoner-Wohlfarth particles from which the minimum energy paths connecting the minimum energy states are calculated using a variant of the string method and the energy barriers and attempt frequencies calculated as a function of the applied field. The resultant rate equations describing the evolution of an ensemble of noninteracting ECC grains are then integrated numerically in an applied field with constant sweep rate R =-d H /d t and the magnetization calculated as a function of the applied field H . M H hysteresis loops are presented for a range of values I for sweep rates 105Oe /s ≤R ≤1010Oe /s and a figure of merit that quantifies the advantages of ECC media is proposed. M H hysteresis loops are also calculated based on the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equations for 108Oe /s ≤R ≤1010Oe /s and are shown to be in good agreement with those obtained from the direct integration of rate equations. The results are also used to examine the accuracy of certain approximate models that reduce the complexity associated with the Langer-based formalism and which provide some useful insight into the reversal process and its dependence on the coupling strength and sweep rate. Of particular interest is the clustering of minimum energy states that are separated by relatively low-energy barriers into "metastates." It is shown that while approximating the reversal process in terms of "metastates" results in little loss of accuracy, it can reduce the run time of a kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulation of the magnetic decay of an ensemble of dual layer ECC media by 2 -3 orders of magnitude

  11. Altering the exchange bias in Co90Fe10/(Co,Fe)O bilayers by changing the antiferromagnet's magnetism via interfacial ion-beam bombardment and different single crystalline MgO substrates

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    Shueh, C.; Liu, C.-H.; Skoropata, E.; Wu, T.-H.; van Lierop, J.; Lin, K.-W.

    2013-05-01

    In this study, we investigated the exchange bias (coupling) effects in CoFe/(Co,Fe)O bilayers by using different single crystal substrates of MgO(100) and MgO(110) and Ar ion-beam bombardment on the surface of the bottom antiferromagnet (Co,Fe)O layer before capping with ferromagnet CoFe. In the CoFe/(Co,Fe)O/MgO(110) bilayer, above the irreversibility temperature (Tirr. ˜ 170 K), there was a rapid decrease in M(T) with increasing temperature, unlike the CoFe/(Co,Fe)O/MgO(100) film that showed an increased Tirr. ˜ 300 K and no observable decrease in M(T) above Tirr. The different M vs T zero-field-cooled/field-cooled behavior of the CoFe/(Co,Fe)O bilayers on MgO(100) and MgO(110) indicated that the FM CoFe spin orientations were affected by the different substrates used via exchange coupling to the AF (Co,Fe)O layer altered by MgO.

  12. Exchange bias effect in epitaxial La{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}/SrMnO{sub 3} thin film structure

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    Yu, T.; Ning, X. K.; Liu, W. Feng, J. N.; Zhao, X. G.; Zhang, Z. D.

    2014-08-28

    Bilayers consisting of La{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} (LCMO) and SrMnO{sub 3} (SMO) have been prepared by pulsed-laser deposition on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) substrates. Unconventional magnetic coupling was found after cooling in a small field. The LCMO/SMO bilayers exhibit an exchange bias field of 209 Oe, which vanishes as the temperature rises above 90 K. A small magnetization has been found above the Curie temperature of the pure LCMO thin films. Spin-cluster-like antiferromagnetic (AFM)/ferromagnetic (FM) clusters have been deduced to exist at the interface due to the competing types of magnetic order at the interface. The magnetic relaxation is found to follow a double-exponential equation and a slow relaxation process is observed due to the strong exchange coupling between AFM/FM clusters and the LCMO layer. We speculate that the short-range high-temperature FM order of the Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} moments above the Curie temperature at the interface gives rise to the magnetic regions that pin the FM LCMO layer as the temperature decreases.

  13. Using Ensemble Short-Term Initialized Coupled NASA GEOS5 Climate Model Integrations to Study Convective Bias Growth

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    Robertson, F. R.; Cohen, C.

    2014-12-01

    The representation of convective processes, particularly deep convection in the tropics, remains a persistent problem in climate models. In fact structural biases in the distribution of tropical rainfall in the CMIP5 models is hardly different than that of the CMIP3 versions. Given that regional climate change at higher latitudes is sensitive to the configuration of tropical forcing, this persistent bias is a major issue for the credibility of climate change projections. In this study we use model output from integrations of the NASA Global Earth Observing System Five (GEOS5) climate modeling system to study the evolution of biases in the location and intensity of convective processes. We take advantage of a series of hindcast experiments done in support of the US North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) initiative. For these experiments a nine-month forecast using a coupled model configuration is made approximately every five days over the past 30 years. Each forecast is started with an updated analysis of the ocean, atmosphere and land states. For a given calendar month we have approximately 180 forecasts with daily means of various quantities. These forecasts can be averaged to essentially remove "weather scales" and highlight systematic errors as they evolve. Our primary question is to ask how the spatial structure of daily mean precipitation over the tropics evolves from the initial state and what physical processes are involved. Errors in parameterized convection, various water and energy fluxes and the divergent circulation are found to set up on fast time scales (order five days) compared to errors in the ocean, although SST changes can be non-negligible over that time. For the month of June the difference between forecast day five versus day zero precipitation looks quite similar to the difference between the June precipitation climatology and that from the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP). We focus much of our analysis on the influence of

  14. Using Ensemble Short-Term Initialized Coupled NASA GEOS5 Climate Model Integrations to Study Convective Bias Growth

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    Cohen, Charlie; Robertson, Franklin; Molod, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    The representation of convective processes, particularly deep convection in the tropics, remains a persistent problem in climate models. In fact structural biases in the distribution of tropical rainfall in the CMIP5 models is hardly different than that of the CMIP3 versions. Given that regional climate change at higher latitudes is sensitive to the configuration of tropical forcing, this persistent bias is a major issue for the credibility of climate change projections. In this study we use model output from integrations of the NASA Global Earth Observing System Five (GEOS5) climate modeling system to study the evolution of biases in the location and intensity of convective processes. We take advantage of a series of hindcast experiments done in support of the US North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) initiative. For these experiments a nine-month forecast using a coupled model configuration is made approximately every five days over the past 30 years. Each forecast is started with an updated analysis of the ocean, atmosphere and land states. For a given calendar month we have approximately 180 forecasts with daily means of various quantities. These forecasts can be averaged to essentially remove "weather scales" and highlight systematic errors as they evolve. Our primary question is to ask how the spatial structure of daily mean precipitation over the tropics evolves from the initial state and what physical processes are involved. Errors in parameterized convection, various water and energy fluxes and the divergent circulation are found to set up on fast time scales (order five days) compared to errors in the ocean, although SST changes can be non-negligible over that time. For the month of June the difference between forecast day five versus day zero precipitation looks quite similar to the difference between the June precipitation climatology and that from the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP). We focus much of our analysis on the influence of

  15. Positive to negative zero-field cooled exchange bias in La0.5Sr0.5Mn0.8Co0.2O3 ceramics

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    Shang, Cui; Guo, Shaopu; Wang, Ruilong; Sun, Zhigang; Xiao, Haibo; Xu, Lingfang; Yang, Changping; Xia, Zhengcai

    2016-01-01

    Exchange bias effect obtained after zero-field cooling from unmagnetized state usually exhibits a shift of hysteresis loop negative to the direction of the initial magnetic field, known as negative zero-field cooled exchange bias. Here, positive zero-field cooled exchange bias is reported in La0.5Sr0.5Mn0.8Co0.2O3 ceramics. In addition, a transition from positive to negative exchange bias has been observed with increasing initial magnetization field and measurement temperature. Based on a simple spin bidomain model with variable interface, two type of interfacial spin configuration formed during the initial magnetization process are proposed to interpret the observed phenomenon. PMID:27168382

  16. Positive to negative zero-field cooled exchange bias in La0.5Sr0.5Mn0.8Co0.2O3 ceramics.

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    Shang, Cui; Guo, Shaopu; Wang, Ruilong; Sun, Zhigang; Xiao, Haibo; Xu, Lingfang; Yang, Changping; Xia, Zhengcai

    2016-01-01

    Exchange bias effect obtained after zero-field cooling from unmagnetized state usually exhibits a shift of hysteresis loop negative to the direction of the initial magnetic field, known as negative zero-field cooled exchange bias. Here, positive zero-field cooled exchange bias is reported in La0.5Sr0.5Mn0.8Co0.2O3 ceramics. In addition, a transition from positive to negative exchange bias has been observed with increasing initial magnetization field and measurement temperature. Based on a simple spin bidomain model with variable interface, two type of interfacial spin configuration formed during the initial magnetization process are proposed to interpret the observed phenomenon. PMID:27168382

  17. Rho Family Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factor Brx Couples Extracellular Signals to the Glucocorticoid Signaling System*

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    Kino, Tomoshige; Souvatzoglou, Emanuel; Charmandari, Evangelia; Ichijo, Takamasa; Driggers, Paul; Mayers, Chantal; Alatsatianos, Anton; Manoli, Irini; Westphal, Heiner; Chrousos, George P.; Segars, James H.

    2014-01-01

    Glucocorticoids regulate many crucial biologic functions through their cytoplasmic/nuclear glucocorticoid receptors (GR). Excess, deficiency, or alteration in tissue sensitivity to glucocorticoids has been associated with major causes of human morbidity and mortality. Brx, a cytoplasmic Rho family guanine nucleotide exchange factor, binds to and influences the activity of several nuclear hormone receptors. We examined the functional and molecular interactions between GR and Brx. The glucocorticoid sensitivity of lymphocytes obtained from mice haplo-insufficient for Brx was significantly decreased. Conversely, GR-mediated transcriptional activity of a glucocorticoid response element (GRE)-mediated glucocorticoid-responsive promoter was enhanced by Brx in a guanine nucleotide exchange factor domain-dependent fashion. Brx interacted with GR, forming a ternary complex with RhoA. In a chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, Brx and RhoA were co-precipitated with GREs only in the presence of ligand-activated GR. Extracellularly administered lyso-phosphatidic acid, which activates its signaling cascade through a specific membrane GTP-binding protein (G-protein)-coupled receptor in a G-protein α13-, Brx-, and RhoA-dependent fashion, enhanced GR transcriptional activity, whereas depletion of endogenous Brx attenuated this effect. These findings suggest that glucocorticoid signaling and, hence, the tissue sensitivity to glucocorticoids, may be coupled to extracellular signals via Brx and small G-proteins. Nuclear Brx might act as a local GRE-GR-transcripto-some activator by mediating the effect of small G-proteins on glucocorticoid-regulated genes. PMID:16469733

  18. Interlayer exchange coupling between [Pd/Co] multilayers and CoFeB/MgO layers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

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    Jung, J. H.; Lim, S. H.; Lee, S. R.

    2012-12-01

    Interlayer exchange coupling between [Pd/Co] multilayers and CoFeB/MgO layers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is investigated as functions of the thicknesses of the Ru spacer and CoFeB layer. The dependence of the coupling behavior on the Ru thickness is similar to that of in-plane anisotropy systems. However, one feature is that the PMA is strengthened through interlayer exchange coupling, as indicated by the fact that PMA of the interface-based CoFeB/MgO structure forms for a thick magnetic layer (1.4 nm). Another observation is the conversion from perpendicular to in-plane anisotropy with thick Ru spacers with almost zero exchange coupling strength.

  19. Numerical calculation of the transient behaviour of two pure cross-flow heat exchangers coupled by a circulating flow stream

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    Na Ranong, Chakkrit; Hapke, Jobst; Roetzel, Wilfried

    2010-11-01

    The transient thermal behaviour of a heat shifting system consisting of two pure cross-flow heat exchangers coupled by a circulating flow stream is studied theoretically. A suitable mathematical description of the system is based on the energy balance equation for general flow processes yielding a system of coupled hyperbolic partial differential equations in two dimensions. System responses to perturbations of inlet temperatures and mass flow rates are numerically calculated with an explicit finite difference method. A criterion for the generation of computational grids minimising effects of numerical dispersion and dissipation is applied to the system of coupled pure cross-flow heat exchangers which has not been considered up to now. Due to its internal circulation the coupled system shows a different behaviour compared to single cross-flow heat exchangers like inverse response and oscillatory behaviour to non-oscillating input signals.

  20. Inversion of exchange bias and complex magnetization reversal in full-nitride epitaxial γ‧-Fe4N/CoN bilayers

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    Li, Z. R.; Mi, W. B.; Wang, X. C.; Bai, H. L.

    2015-04-01

    Exchange bias has been observed in the full-nitride epitaxial γ‧-Fe4N/CoN bilayers. With the increase of temperature, the sign of exchange bias (EB) is inverse, which is independent on the cooling field and training effect. This novel behavior appears in the bilayers with different CoN and γ‧-Fe4N thicknesses. The inversion of EB sign not only occurs at low temperatures, but also takes place even at 200 K for the 10 and 12 nm thick CoN layer. With the decreased γ‧-Fe4N layer thickness, the inversion temperature of EB sign shows a roughly increased tendency. For the bilayer with a 4 nm-thick γ‧-Fe4N, the interfacial magnetization reversal presents a complex trend, which is considered as the combined actions of the disordered ferromagnetic spins and various competed magnetic structures. This new manifestation of EB has been discussed in terms of the complicated interfacial spin structures and frustration effects due to the competition between the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic exchange interactions at the interface.

  1. Conformational analysis of g protein-coupled receptor signaling by hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry.

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    Li, Sheng; Lee, Su Youn; Chung, Ka Young

    2015-01-01

    Conformational change and protein-protein interactions are two major mechanisms of membrane protein signal transduction, including G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Upon agonist binding, GPCRs change conformation, resulting in interaction with downstream signaling molecules such as G proteins. To understand the precise signaling mechanism, studies have investigated the structural mechanism of GPCR signaling using X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), or electron paramagnetic resonance. In addition to these techniques, hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX-MS) has recently been used in GPCR studies. HDX-MS measures the rate at which peptide amide hydrogens exchange with deuterium in the solvent. Exposed or flexible regions have higher exchange rates and excluded or ordered regions have lower exchange rates. Therefore, HDX-MS is a useful tool for studying protein-protein interfaces and conformational changes after protein activation or protein-protein interactions. Although HDX-MS does not give high-resolution structures, it analyzes protein conformations that are difficult to study with X-ray crystallography or NMR. Furthermore, conformational information from HDX-MS can help in the crystallization of X-ray crystallography by suggesting highly flexible regions. Interactions between GPCRs and downstream signaling molecules are not easily analyzed by X-ray crystallography or NMR because of the large size of the GPCR-signaling molecule complexes, hydrophobicity, and flexibility of GPCRs. HDX-MS could be useful for analyzing the conformational mechanism of GPCR signaling. In this chapter, we discuss details of HDX-MS for analyzing GPCRs using the β2AR-G protein complex as a model system.

  2. The Look that Binds: Partner-Directed Altruistic Motivation and Biased Perception in Married Couples

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    Petrican, Raluca; Todorov, Alexander; Burris, Christopher T.; Rosenbaum, R. Shayna; Grady, Cheryl

    2016-01-01

    A trustworthy appearance is regarded as a marker of a globally positive personality and, thus, evokes a host of benevolent responses from perceivers. Nevertheless, it is yet to be determined whether the reverse is also true, that is, whether social targets who evoke unambiguously benign motivations in perceivers are regarded as possessing a more trustworthy appearance (cf. Oosterhof & Todorov, 2008). To this end, elderly long-term married couples completed measures of partner-directed altruistic motivation, accommodative behaviors, marital satisfaction, and trust in the partner. They also completed a face-processing task involving spousal and stranger faces one year later. Higher motivation to prioritize a spouse’s well-being (but none of the other relationship functioning variables assessed) predicted perceiving one’s spouse’s emotionally neutral face as being more trustworthy-looking. Results are discussed in the context of the reciprocal relationship between higher-order motivational processes and basic perceptual mechanisms in shaping relational climates. PMID:27330235

  3. EXCHANGE

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    Boltz, J.C.

    1992-09-01

    EXCHANGE is published monthly by the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL), a multidisciplinary facility operated for the US Department of Energy (DOE). The purpose of EXCHANGE is to inform computer users about about recent changes and innovations in both the mainframe and personal computer environments and how these changes can affect work being performed at DOE facilities.

  4. Simulation of land-atmosphere gaseous exchange using a coupled land surface-biogeochemical model

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    Gu, C.; Riley, W. J.; Perez, T. J.; Pan, L.

    2009-12-01

    It is important to develop and evaluate biogeochemical models that on the one hand represent vegetation and soil dynamics and on the other hand provide energy and water fluxes in a temporal resolution suitable for biogeochemical processes. In this study, we present a consistent coupling between a common land surface model (CLM3.0) and a recently developed biogeochemical model (TOUGHREACT-N). The model TOUGHREACT-N (TR-N) is one of the few process-based models that simulate green house gases fluxes by using an implicit scheme to solve the diffusion equations governing soil heat and water fluxes. By coupling with CLM3.0, we have significantly improved TR-N by including realistic representations of surface water, energy, and momentum exchanges, through the use of improved formulations for soil evaporation, plant transpiration, vegetation growth, and plant nitrogen uptake embedded in CLM3.0. The coupled CLMTR-N model is a first step for a full coupling of land surface and biogeochemical processes. The model is evaluated with measurements of soil temperature, soil water content, and N2O and N2 gaseous emission data from fallow, corn, and forest sites in Venezuela. The results demonstrate that the CLMTR-N model simulates realistic diurnal variation of soil temperature, soil water content, and N gaseous fluxes. For example, mean differences between predicted and observed midday near-surface soil water content were 8, 11, and 4 % in July, August, and September. The sensitivity of the biogeochemical processes and resulting N emissions to variation in environmental drivers is high, which indicates the need to calculate biogeochemical processes in, at least, two hourly time steps using dynamically updated (rather than daily averaged) soil environmental conditions. The development in CLMTR-N of such a complex representation of processes will allow us to characterize relevant processes and simplifications appropriate for regional to global-scale coupled biogeochemical and

  5. Modeling coupled thermal-mechanical processes of frozen soil induced by borehole heat exchanger

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    Shao, H.

    2015-12-01

    To utilize the shallow geothermal energy, heat pumps are often coupled with Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHE) to provide heating and cooling for buildings. In cold regions, soil freezing around the BHE is a potential problem which will dramatically influence the underground soil temperature distribution, subsequently the inlet and outlet refrigerant temperature of the BHE, and finally the efficiency of the heat pump. In this study, a numerical model has been developed to simulate the coupled temperature evolution both inside the BHE, and the propagating freezing front in the surrounding soil. The coupled model was validated against analytical solutions and experimental data. The influence of the freezing process on the overall system performance is investigated by comparing one long BHE configuration without freezing and another short one with latent heat from the frozen groundwater. It is found that when freezing happens, the coefficient of performance (COP) of the heat pump will decrease by around 0.5, leading to more electricity consumption. Furthermore, analysis of the simulation result reveals that the exploitation of latent heat through groundwater freezing is only economically attractive if electricity price is low and interest rate high, and it is not the case is most European countries.

  6. A new perspective on self-reversed thermo-remanent magnetization and room-temperature magnetic exchange bias in quenched and annealed ferri-ilmenite solid solutions

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    Robinson, P.; Harrison, R. J.; Fabian, K.; McEnroe, S. A.; Miyajima, N.

    2012-04-01

    kinds of regions, one dominated by A-ordering containing smaller regions of B-ordering and the other dominated by B-ordering with smaller regions of A-ordering. The key feature for self-reversal is that small and shrinking domains became progressively Fe-enriched compared to their larger neighbors, and the elusive "x-phase" is explained as a less strongly ordered Fe-enriched phase near APBs during coarsening. We pursued these studies further with TEM of the APB's and demonstrating chemical phase separation in a synthetic composition FeTiO3 = 0.61. Subsequent annealing of this sample showed self-reversed TRM and room-temperature magnetic exchange bias. Analysis of charge balance across APB's showed the significant role of contact layers and disordered layers. Monte Carlo simulations demonstrated the necessity for Fe-enrichment in the diminishing phase. A theoretical approach to the ferri-ilmenite phase diagram showed potential for metastable chemical phase separation over a wide composition range, related to the order parameter Q, at temperatures well above phase separation over a limited composition range related to a chemical solvus. A key feature of the new perspective is the recognition of simple antiferromagnetic coupling across the APBs. Evidence suggests negative magnetic (antiferromagnetic) coupling required for magnetic self-reversal can only be maintained when the antiphase domains are smaller than ~ 50 nm.

  7. Thermally driven asymmetric responses of grains versus spin-glass related distributions of blocking temperature in exchange biased Co/IrMn bilayers

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    Baltz, V.

    2013-02-11

    Controlling ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic blocking temperatures in exchange biased based devices appears crucial for applications. The blocking temperature is ascribed to the ability of both antiferromagnetic grains and interfacial spin-glass-like phases to withstand ferromagnetic magnetization reversal. To better understand the respective contributions of grains versus spin-glass, blocking temperature distributions were measured after various thermal treatments for cobalt/iridium-manganese bilayers. The high-temperature contribution linked to antiferromagnetic grains shifts towards lower temperatures above a threshold thermal annealing. In contrast, the occurrence and evolution of training effects for the low-temperature contribution only agree with its inferred interfacial spin-glass-like origin.

  8. Exchange bias properties of 140 nm-sized dipolarly interacting circular dots with ultrafine IrMn and NiFe layers

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    Spizzo, F.; Tamisari, M.; Chinni, F.; Bonfiglioli, E.; Gerardino, A.; Barucca, G.; Bisero, D.; Fin, S.; Del Bianco, L.

    2016-02-01

    We studied the exchange bias effect in an array of IrMn(3 nm)/NiFe(3 nm) circular dots (size ~140 nm and center-to-center distance ~200 nm, as revealed by microscopy analyses), prepared on a large area (3×3 mm2) by electron beam lithography and lift-off, using dc sputtering deposition. Hysteresis loops were measured by SQUID magnetometer at increasing values of temperature T (in the 5-300 K range) after cooling from 300 K down to 5 K in zero field (ZFC mode) and in a saturating magnetic field (FC mode). The exchange bias effect disappears above T~200 K and, at each temperature, the exchange field HEX measured in ZFC is substantially lower than the FC one. Micromagnetic calculations indicate that, at room temperature, each dot is in high-remanence ground state, but magnetic dipolar interactions establish a low-remanence configuration of the array as a whole. Hence, at low temperature, following the ZFC procedure, the exchange anisotropy in the dot array is averaged out, tending to zero. However, even the FC values of HEX and of the coercivity HC are definitely smaller compared to those measured in a reference continuous film with the same stack configuration (at T=5 K, HEX~90 Oe and HC~180 Oe in the dots and HEX~1270 Oe and HC~860 Oe in the film). Our explanation is based on the proven glassy magnetic nature of the ultrathin IrMn layer, implying the existence of magnetic correlations among the spins, culminating in a collective freezing below T~100 K. We propose, also by the light of micromagnetic simulations, that the small dot size imposes a spatial constraint on the magnetic correlation length among the IrMn spins so that, even at the lowest temperature, their thermal stability, especially at the dot border, is compromised.

  9. Avoiding bias effects in NMR experiments for heteronuclear dipole-dipole coupling determinations: principles and application to organic semiconductor materials.

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    Kurz, Ricardo; Cobo, Marcio Fernando; de Azevedo, Eduardo Ribeiro; Sommer, Michael; Wicklein, André; Thelakkat, Mukundan; Hempel, Günter; Saalwächter, Kay

    2013-09-16

    Carbon-proton dipole-dipole couplings between bonded atoms represent a popular probe of molecular dynamics in soft materials or biomolecules. Their site-resolved determination, for example, by using the popular DIPSHIFT experiment, can be challenged by spectral overlap with nonbonded carbon atoms. The problem can be solved by using very short cross-polarization (CP) contact times, however, the measured modulation curves then deviate strongly from the theoretically predicted shape, which is caused by the dependence of the CP efficiency on the orientation of the CH vector, leading to an anisotropic magnetization distribution even for isotropic samples. Herein, we present a detailed demonstration and explanation of this problem, as well as providing a solution. We combine DIPSHIFT experiments with the rotor-directed exchange of orientations (RODEO) method, and modifications of it, to redistribute the magnetization and obtain undistorted modulation curves. Our strategy is general in that it can also be applied to other types of experiments for heteronuclear dipole-dipole coupling determinations that rely on dipolar polarization transfer. It is demonstrated with perylene-bisimide-based organic semiconductor materials, as an example, in which measurements of dynamic order parameters reveal correlations of the molecular dynamics with the phase structure and functional properties.

  10. Exchange-coupled nanoscale SmCo/NdFeB hybrid magnets

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    Wang, Dapeng; Poudyal, Narayan; Rong, Chuanbing; Zhang, Ying; Kramer, Matthew J.; Liu, J. Ping

    2012-05-11

    Nanoscalehybridmagnets containing SmCo5 and Nd2Fe14B hard magnetic phases have been produced via a novel “in-one-pot” processing route. The grain size of the processed bulk composite materials is controlled below 20 nm. The refinement of the nanoscale morphology leads to effective inter-phase exchange coupling that results in single-phase like magnetic properties. Energy product of 14 MGOe was obtained in the isotropic nanocomposite magnets at room temperature. At elevated temperatures, the hybridmagnets have greatly improved thermal stability compared to the Nd2Fe14B single-phase counterpart and have substantially increased magnetization and energy products compared to the single-phase SmCo5 counterpart.

  11. Stable microwave-assisted magnetization switching for nanoscale exchange-coupled composite grain

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    2013-01-01

    Magnetization mechanisms of nanoscale magnetic grains greatly differ from well-known magnetization mechanisms of micrometer- or millimeter-sized magnetic grains or particles. Magnetization switching mechanisms of nanoscale exchange-coupled composite (ECC) grain in a microwave field was studied using micromagnetic simulation. Magnetization switching involving a strongly damped or precessional oscillation was studied using various strengths of external direct current and microwave fields. These studies imply that the switching behavior of microwave-assisted magnetization switching of the ECC grain can be divided into two groups: stable and unstable regions, similar to the case of the Stoner-Wahlfarth grain. A significant reduction in the switching field was observed in the ECC grain when the magnetization switching involved precessional oscillations similar to the case of the Stoner-Wohlfarth grain. This switching behavior is preferred for the practical applications of microwave-assisted magnetization switching. PMID:24191895

  12. Molecular (Feshbach) treatment of charge exchange Li/sup 3 +/+He collisions. I. Energies and couplings

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    Martin, F.; Riera, A.; Yanez, M.

    1986-05-15

    We point out a fundamental difference between the molecular treatment of charge exchange X/sup n/++H(1s) and X/sup n/++He(1s/sup 2/) collisions, which is that the latter process involves molecular states that are formally autoionizing. Then standard ab initio methods do not, in general, yield the relevant wave functions that are needed in the collision treatment, irrespective of whether quasimolecular autoionization be significant or not during the collision. We implement a particularly simple and useful form of the Feshbach formalism to calculate the energies of those two electron systems, and a method to evaluate the corresponding dynamical couplings is presented for the first time. Our implementation of this formalism together with the new computational techniques involved are presented in detail.

  13. Indirect exchange interaction in Rashba-spin-orbit-coupled graphene nanoflakes

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    Nikoofard, Hossein; Semiromi, Ebrahim Heidari

    2016-10-01

    We study the indirect exchange interaction, named Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) coupling, between localized magnetic impurities in graphene nanoflakes with zig-zag edges in the presence of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction (RSOI). We calculate the isotropic and anisotropic RKKY amplitudes by utilizing the tight-binding (TB) model. The RSOI, as a gate tunable variable, is responsible for changes of the RKKY amplitude. We conclude that there is not any switching of the magnetic order (from ferro- to antiferro-magnetic and vice versa) in such a system through the RSOI. The dependence of the RKKY amplitude on the positions of the magnetic impurities and the size of the system is studied. The symmetry breaking, which can occur due to the Rashba interaction, leads to spatial anisotropy in the RKKY amplitude and manifests as collinear and noncollinear terms. Our results show the possibility of control and manipulation of spin correlations in carbon spin-based nanodevices.

  14. Controlled Under Pressure: Understanding Spin Orbit Coupling and Exchange Anisotropy in Organic Magnets

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    Hill, Stephen

    2015-03-01

    The application of high pressure in the study of molecule-based materials has gained considerable interest, in part due to their high compressibilities, but also because the relevant electronic/magnetic degrees of freedom are often very sensitive to pressure. For example, small changes in the coordination environment around a magnetic transition metal ion can produce quite dramatic variations in both the on-site spin-orbit anisotropy as well as the exchange interactions between such ions when assembled into clusters or 3D networks. This has spurred the development of sophisticated spectroscopic tools that can be integrated with high-pressure instrumentation. The study of magnetic structure/property relations requires not only precise crystallographic data, but also detailed spectroscopic information concerning the unpaired electrons that give rise to the magnetic properties. This invited talk will begin with a brief description of the development and application of methods enabling EPR studies of oriented single-crystal samples subjected to hydrostatic pressures of up to 3.5 GPa. After an introductory example, the remainder of the talk will focus on a family of heavy atom organic radical ferromagnets (containing S and Se heteroatoms) that hold records for both the highest transition temperature and coercivity (for organic magnets). The latter is the result of an unexpectedly high magnetic anisotropy, attributable to spin-orbit-mediated exchange (hopping) processes., Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements reveal a continuous increase in the magnetic anisotropy with increasing pressure in the all Se compound, in excellent agreement with ab initio calculations based on the known pressure-dependence of its structure. The large value of anisotropic exchange terms in this heavy atom organic ferromagnet emphasizes the important role of spin-orbit coupling in a wide range of organics where this effect is usually considered to be small. This work was supported by the

  15. Ionosphere-exosphere coupling through charge exchange and momentum transfer in hydrogen-proton collisions

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    Hodges, R. R., Jr.; Breig, E. L.

    1991-01-01

    The implications of a traditional assumption of exospheric physics, that collisions of hydrogen atoms and protons preferentially result in charge exchange with negligible momentum transfer are examined. Initially adopted as a necessary convenience to accommodate limited computer resources in exosphere model calculations, this approximation results in a direct transformation of the proton velocity distribution into a hot component of neutral hydrogen. With expanding computational facilities, the need for the approximation has passed. As the first step toward its replacement with a realistic, quantum mechanical model of the H - H(+) collision process, differential and cumulative cross sections were calculated for quantum elastic scattering of indistinguishable nuclei for a fine grid of encounter energies and scattering angles. These data are used to study the nature of ionosphere-exosphere coupling through H - H(+) collisions, and to demonstrate that the distribution of velocities of scattered H produced in the traditional exospheric charge exchange approximation, as well as that arising from an alternative, fluid dynamic approach, leads to unacceptable abundances of coronal atoms in long-term, highly elliptic trajectories.

  16. Coupling groundwater modeling and biological indicators for identifying river/aquifer exchanges.

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    Graillot, Didier; Paran, Frédéric; Bornette, Gudrun; Marmonier, Pierre; Piscart, Christophe; Cadilhac, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    Future climate changes and the resulting modifications in anthropogenic activities will alter the interactions between rivers and groundwater. The quantification of these hydraulic interactions is absolutely necessary for achieving sustainable water use and requires accurate analytical methodologies. This report proposes an interdisciplinary approach to the quantitative and qualitative characterization of hydraulic interactions between rivers and shallow aquifers, wherein it outlines the advantages of coupling groundwater modeling with biological markers. As a first step, we built independent diagnostic maps of hydrological exchanges at the sector scale on the basis of hydrogeological modeling and biological indicators. In a second step, these maps were compared to provide a quantitative and qualitative understanding of exchanges between groundwater and surface water. This comparison significantly improved the calibration of groundwater models through a better assessment of boundary zones. Our approach enabled us to identify the conditions under which it could be possible to use biological indicators instead of a large set of piezometric measures. The integration of such combined tools in a future decision support system will assist governmental authorities in proposing appropriate long-term water policies for the preservation of groundwater resources, such as for supplying potable water and/or mitigating pollution risks.

  17. Inter-model variability and biases of the global water cycle in CMIP3 coupled climate models

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    Liepert, Beate G.; Previdi, Michael

    2012-03-01

    Observed changes such as increasing global temperatures and the intensification of the global water cycle in the 20th century are robust results of coupled general circulation models (CGCMs). In spite of these successes, model-to-model variability and biases that are small in first order climate responses, however, have considerable implications for climate predictability especially when multi-model means are used. We show that most climate simulations of the 20th and 21st century A2 scenario performed with CMIP3 (Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Phase 3) models have deficiencies in simulating the global atmospheric moisture balance. Large biases of only a few models (some biases reach the simulated global precipitation changes in the 20th and 21st centuries) affect the multi-model mean global moisture budget. An imbalanced flux of -0.14 Sv exists while the multi-model median imbalance is only -0.02 Sv. Moreover, for most models the detected imbalance changes over time. As a consequence, in 13 of the 18 CMIP3 models examined, global annual mean precipitation exceeds global evaporation, indicating that there should be a ‘leaking’ of moisture from the atmosphere whereas for the remaining five models a ‘flooding’ is implied. Nonetheless, in all models, the actual atmospheric moisture content and its variability correctly increases during the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. These discrepancies therefore imply an unphysical and hence ‘ghost’ sink/source of atmospheric moisture in the models whose atmospheres flood/leak. The ghost source/sink of moisture can also be regarded as atmospheric latent heating/cooling and hence as positive/negative perturbation of the atmospheric energy budget or non-radiative forcing in the range of -1 to +6 W m-2 (median +0.1 W m-2). The inter-model variability of the global atmospheric moisture transport from oceans to land areas, which impacts the terrestrial water cycle, is also quite high and ranges from 0.26 to

  18. Inter-model variability and biases of the global water cycle in CMIP3 coupled climate models

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    Liepert, B. G.

    2012-04-01

    Observed changes such as increasing global temperatures and the intensification of the global water cycle in the 20th century are robust results of coupled general circulation models (CGCMs). In spite of these successes, model-to-model variability and biases that are small in first order climate responses, however, have considerable implications for climate predictability especially when multi-model means are used. We show that most climate simulations of the 20th and 21st century A2 scenario performed with CMIP3 (Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project Phase 3) models have deficiencies in simulating the global atmospheric moisture balance. Large biases of only a few models (some biases reach the simulated global precipitation changes in the 20th and 21st centuries) affect the multi-model mean global moisture budget. An imbalanced flux of -0.14 Sv exists while the multi-model median imbalance is only -0.02 Sv. Moreover, for most models the detected imbalance changes over time. As a consequence, in 13 of the 18 CMIP3 models examined, global annual mean precipitation exceeds global evaporation, indicating that there should be a 'leaking' of moisture from the atmosphere whereas for the remaining five models a 'flooding' is implied. Nonetheless, in all models, the actual atmospheric moisture content and its variability correctly increases during the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. These discrepancies therefore imply an unphysical and hence 'ghost' sink/source of atmospheric moisture in the models whose atmospheres flood/leak. The ghost source/sink of moisture can also be regarded as atmospheric latent heating/cooling and hence as positive/negative perturbation of the atmospheric energy budget or non-radiative forcing in the range of -1 to +6 W m-2 (median +0.1 W m-2). The inter-model variability of the global atmospheric moisture transport from oceans to land areas, which impacts the terrestrial water cycle, is also quite high and ranges from 0.26 to 1.78 Sv. In

  19. Passive 670 GHz imaging with uncooled low-noise HEMT amplifiers coupled to zero-bias diodes

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    Grossman, E. N.; Leong, K.; Mei, X. B.; Deal, W. R.

    2014-06-01

    We discuss the application of recently developed 670 GHz low-noise amplifiers based on InP HEMTs to passive indoor imaging. Packaged LNAs were integrated with commercial zero-bias diodes, and accurate measurements of system noise-equivalent temperature difference (NETD) made, using blackbody sources. The NETD values are compared with independent prior measurements (Deal et al. 2011) of LNA gain, noise figure, and bandwidth, and with cryogenic bolometer measurements made in the same test conditions. Currently, the LNA gain is not sufficient to render the ZBD noise negligible; measurements are presented that separate the two components. Low-frequency noise measurements are also presented that display the effects of 1/f noise in the ZBD and gain variations in the LNA. The implications of the low-frequency noise are discussed in terms of scanning or beam-steering strategies for an imager based on the LNAs. Raster-scanned, single-pixel images of indoor scenes are presented. They are quantitatively interpreted in terms of NETD, and angular resolution and coupling efficiency of the optics.

  20. Fast computation of close-coupling exchange integrals using polynomials in a tree representation

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    Wallerberger, Markus; Igenbergs, Katharina; Schweinzer, Josef; Aumayr, Friedrich

    2011-03-01

    The semi-classical atomic-orbital close-coupling method is a well-known approach for the calculation of cross sections in ion-atom collisions. It strongly relies on the fast and stable computation of exchange integrals. We present an upgrade to earlier implementations of the Fourier-transform method. For this purpose, we implement an extensive library for symbolic storage of polynomials, relying on sophisticated tree structures to allow fast manipulation and numerically stable evaluation. Using this library, we considerably speed up creation and computation of exchange integrals. This enables us to compute cross sections for more complex collision systems. Program summaryProgram title: TXINT Catalogue identifier: AEHS_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEHS_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 12 332 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 157 086 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Fortran 95 Computer: All with a Fortran 95 compiler Operating system: All with a Fortran 95 compiler RAM: Depends heavily on input, usually less than 100 MiB Classification: 16.10 Nature of problem: Analytical calculation of one- and two-center exchange matrix elements for the close-coupling method in the impact parameter model. Solution method: Similar to the code of Hansen and Dubois [1], we use the Fourier-transform method suggested by Shakeshaft [2] to compute the integrals. However, we heavily speed up the calculation using a library for symbolic manipulation of polynomials. Restrictions: We restrict ourselves to a defined collision system in the impact parameter model. Unusual features: A library for symbolic manipulation of polynomials, where polynomials are stored in a space-saving left-child right

  1. Effect of Hartree-Fock exact exchange on intramolecular magnetic coupling constants of organic diradicals

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    Cho, Daeheum; Ko, Kyoung Chul; Lee, Jin Yong; Ikabata, Yasuhiro; Wakayama, Kazufumi; Yoshikawa, Takeshi; Nakai, Hiromi

    2015-01-14

    The intramolecular magnetic coupling constant (J) of diradical systems linked with five- or six-membered aromatic rings was calculated to obtain the scaling factor (experimental J/calculated J ratio) for various density functional theory (DFT) functionals. Scaling factors of group A (PBE, TPSSh, B3LYP, B97-1, X3LYP, PBE0, and BH and HLYP) and B (M06-L, M06, M06-2X, and M06-HF) were shown to decrease as the amount of Hartree-Fock exact exchange (HFx) increases, in other words, overestimation of calculated J becomes more severe as the HFx increases. We further investigated the effect of HFx fraction of DFT functional on J value, spin contamination, and spin density distributions by comparing the B3LYP analogues containing different amount of HFx. It was revealed that spin contamination and spin densities at each atom increases as the HFx increases. Above all, newly developed BLYP-5 functional, which has 5% of HFx, was found to have the scaling factor of 1.029, indicating that calculated J values are very close to that of experimental values without scaling. BLYP-5 has potential to be utilized for accurate evaluation of intramolecular magnetic coupling constant (J) of diradicals linked by five- or six-membered aromatic ring couplers.

  2. Strong Exchange Coupling in a Trimetallic Radical‐Bridged Cobalt(II)‐Hexaazatrinaphthylene Complex

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    Moilanen, Jani O.; Chilton, Nicholas F.; Day, Benjamin M.; Pugh, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Reducing hexaazatrinaphthylene (HAN) with potassium in the presence of 18‐c‐6 produces [{K(18‐c‐6)}HAN], which contains the S=1/2 radical [HAN].−. The [HAN].− radical can be transferred to the cobalt(II) amide [Co{N(SiMe3)2}2], forming [K(18‐c‐6)][(HAN){Co(N′′)2}3]; magnetic measurements on this compound reveal an S=4 spin system with strong cobalt–ligand antiferromagnetic exchange and J≈−290 cm−1 (−2 J formalism). In contrast, the CoII centres in the unreduced analogue [(HAN){Co(N′′)2}3] are weakly coupled (J≈−4.4 cm−1). The finding that [HAN].− can be synthesized as a stable salt and transferred to cobalt introduces potential new routes to magnetic materials based on strongly coupled, triangular HAN building blocks. PMID:26997130

  3. Effect of hydrogen on the interlayer exchange coupling in Fe/V superlattices

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    Ostanin, S.; Uzdin, V. M.; Demangeat, C.; Wills, J. M.; Alouani, M.; Dreysse, H.

    2000-02-15

    Electronic and magnetic structures of Fe/V superlattices with and without hydrogen in the vanadium spacer are investigated using a relativistic full-potential linear muffin-tin orbital method. We obtained short-range induced spin polarization in V as well as reduced Fe polarization at the Fe/V interface. The value of the magnetic moment induced on the vanadium atoms depends strongly on the distortion caused by the lattice mismatch and hydrogen loading whereas the total moment of the Fe and V interface layers remains almost unchanged. Hydrogenation of the V spacer leads to the decrease of the interface magnetic moment on the V atoms and to a reduction of the density of states (DOS) at the Fermi level. A low DOS could be one of the reasons for the experimental increase of the resistivity of the samples under hydrogen loading and leads to the disappearance of the antiferromagnetic exchange coupling in the Fe/(VH) superlattices for large hydrogen concentration. Doping the V film by a gold monolayer increases the DOS at the Fermi level and could recover the antiferromagnetic coupling. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  4. Pulse-biased etching of Si3N4-layer in capacitively-coupled plasmas for nano-scale patterning of multi-level resist structures.

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    Lee, Hyelim; Kim, Sechan; Choi, Gyuhyun; Lee, Nae-Eung

    2014-12-01

    Pulse-biased plasma etching of various dielectric layers is investigated for patterning nano-scale, multi-level resist (MLR) structures composed of multiple layers via dual-frequency, capacitively-coupled plasmas (CCPs). We compare the effects of pulse and continuous-wave (CW) biasing on the etch characteristics of a Si3N4 layer in CF4/CH2F2/O2/Aretch chemistries using a dual-frequency, superimposed CCP system. Pulse-biasing conditions using a low-frequency power source of 2 MHz were varied by controlling duty ratio, period time, power, and the gas flow ratio in the plasmas generated by the 27.12 MHz high-frequency power source. Application of pulse-biased plasma etching significantly affected the surface chemistry of the etched Si3N4 surfaces, and thus modified the etching characteristics of the Si3N4 layer. Pulse-biased etching was successfully applied to patterning of the nano-scale line and space pattern of Si3N4 in the MLR structure of KrF photoresist/bottom anti-reflected coating/SiO2/amorphous carbon layer/Si3N4. Pulse-biased etching is useful for tuning the patterning of nano-scale dielectric hard-mask layers in MLR structures. PMID:25971085

  5. Pulsed electron spin nutation spectroscopy for weakly exchange-coupled multi-spin molecular systems with nuclear hyperfine couplings: a general approach to bi- and triradicals and determination of their spin dipolar and exchange interactions

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    Ayabe, Kazuki; Sato, Kazunobu; Nakazawa, Shigeaki; Nishida, Shinsuke; Sugisaki, Kenji; Ise, Tomoaki; Morita, Yasushi; Toyota, Kazuo; Shiomi, Daisuke; Kitagawa, Masahiro; Suzuki, Shuichi; Okada, Keiji; Takui, Takeji

    2013-10-01

    Weakly exchange-coupled biradicals have attracted much attention in terms of their dynamic nuclear polarisation application in NMR spectroscopy for biological systems or the use of synthetic electron-spin qubits in quantum information processing/quantum-computing technology. Analogues multi-partite molecular systems are important in entering a new phase of the relevant fields. Many stable organic biradicals known so far have nitrogen nuclei at their electron spin sites, where singly occupied molecular orbitals are dominating and large hyperfine couplings occur. A salient feature of such weakly exchange-coupled molecular systems in terms of electronic spin structures is underlain by small zero-field splitting (ZFS) parameters comparable with nuclear hyperfine and/or exchange interactions. Pulse-based electron spin nutation (ESN) spectroscopy of weakly exchange-coupled biradicals, applicable to oriented or non-oriented media, has proven to be a useful and facile approach to the determination of ZFS parameters, which reflect relatively short distances between unpaired electron spins. In the present study, we first treat two-dimensional single-crystal ESN spectroscopy (Q-band) of a 15N-labelled weakly exchange-coupled biradical, showing the nuclear hyperfine effects on the ESN phenomena from both the experimental and theoretical side. ESN spectroscopy is transition moment spectroscopy, in which the nutation frequency as a function of the microwave irradiation strength ω1 (angular frequency) for any cases of weakly exchange-coupled systems can be treated. The results provide a testing ground for the simplified but general approach to the ESN analysis. In this study, we have invoked single-crystal electron-electron double resonance measurements on a typical biradical well incorporated in a diamagnetic host lattice and checked the accuracy of our ESN analysis for the spin dipolar tensor and exchange interaction. Next, we extend the general approach to analogues multi

  6. Towards quantifying the role of exact exchange in the prediction hydrogen bond spin-spin coupling constants involving fluorine.

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    San Fabián, J; Omar, S; García de la Vega, J M

    2016-08-28

    The effect of a fraction of Hartree-Fock exchange on the calculated spin-spin coupling constants involving fluorine through a hydrogen bond is analyzed in detail. Coupling constants calculated using wavefunction methods are revisited in order to get high-level calculations using the same basis set. Accurate MCSCF results are obtained using an additive approach. These constants and their contributions are used as a reference for density functional calculations. Within the density functional theory, the Hartree-Fock exchange functional is split in short- and long-range using a modified version of the Coulomb-attenuating method with the SLYP functional as well as with the original B3LYP. Results support the difficulties for calculating hydrogen bond coupling constants using density functional methods when fluorine nuclei are involved. Coupling constants are very sensitive to the Hartree-Fock exchange and it seems that, contrary to other properties, it is important to include this exchange for short-range interactions. Best functionals are tested in two different groups of complexes: those related with anionic clusters of type [F(HF)n](-) and those formed by difluoroacetylene and either one or two hydrogen fluoride molecules. PMID:27586916

  7. Ex situ synthesis of magnetically exchange coupled SrFe12O19/Fe-Co composites

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    Xu, Xia; Hong, Yang-Ki; Park, Jihoon; Lee, Woncheol; Lane, Alan M.

    2016-05-01

    Magnetically exchange coupled SrFe12O19/Fe-Co composites with different mass percentage of Fe-Co were synthesized through an ex situ process. The morphology, magnetic properties, and crystallization of SrFe12O19/Fe-Co composites were investigated. Lower mass percentage of Fe-Co presented an even distribution of Fe-Co nanoparticles on the surface of SrFe12O19, and effective magnetic exchange coupling between Fe-Co and SrFe12O19. Higher mass percentage of Fe-Co leads to an agglomeration of Fe-Co nanoparticles on SrFe12O19 surface, and a weak magnetic exchange coupling between Fe-Co and SrFe12O19. This ex situ process proposed a new method to synthesize magnetically exchange coupled SrFe12O19/Fe-Co core/shell composites with precise control of the magnetic properties. This method can also be potentially used for other hard/soft magnetic composite synthesis.

  8. Effect of lattice deformation on exchange coupling constants in Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Kota, Yohei; Imamura, Hiroshi; Sasaki, Munetaka

    2014-05-07

    We studied lattice deformation effect on exchange interaction in the corundum-type Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} theoretically. First-principles electronic structure calculations were performed to evaluate the total energy and exchange coupling constants of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} under lattice deformation. We found that a few percent elastic deformation is expected via misfit strain and that the first- and second-nearest neighbor exchange coupling constants of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} strongly depend on the lattice deformation. These results imply a possibility for improving the thermal stability of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} based magnetoelectric devices by lattice deformation.

  9. Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of thermally activated magnetization reversal in dual-layer Exchange Coupled Composite recording media

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    Plumer, M. L.; Almudallal, A. M.; Mercer, J. I.; Whitehead, J. P.; Fal, T. J.

    The kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) method developed for thermally activated magnetic reversal processes in single-layer recording media has been extended to study dual-layer Exchange Coupled Composition (ECC) media used in current and next generations of disc drives. The attempt frequency is derived from the Langer formalism with the saddle point determined using a variant of Bellman Ford algorithm. Complication (such as stagnation) arising from coupled grains having metastable states are addressed. MH-hysteresis loops are calculated over a wide range of anisotropy ratios, sweep rates and inter-layer coupling parameter. Results are compared with standard micromagnetics at fast sweep rates and experimental results at slow sweep rates.

  10. Roles of land surface albedo and horizontal resolution on the Indian summer monsoon biases in a coupled ocean-atmosphere tropical-channel model

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    Samson, Guillaume; Masson, Sébastien; Durand, Fabien; Terray, Pascal; Berthet, Sarah; Jullien, Swen

    2016-05-01

    The Indian summer monsoon (ISM) simulated over the 1989-2009 period with a new 0.75° ocean-atmosphere coupled tropical-channel model extending from 45°S to 45°N is presented. The model biases are comparable to those commonly found in coupled global climate models (CGCMs): the Findlater jet is too weak, precipitations are underestimated over India while they are overestimated over the southwestern Indian Ocean, South-East Asia and the Maritime Continent. The ISM onset is delayed by several weeks, an error which is also very common in current CGCMs. We show that land surface temperature errors are a major source of the ISM low-level circulation and rainfall biases in our model: a cold bias over the Middle-East (ME) region weakens the Findlater jet while a warm bias over India strengthens the monsoon circulation over the southern Bay of Bengal. A surface radiative heat budget analysis reveals that the cold bias is due to an overestimated albedo in this desertic ME region. Two new simulations using a satellite-observed land albedo show a significant and robust improvement in terms of ISM circulation and precipitation. Furthermore, the ISM onset is shifted back by 1 month and becomes in phase with observations. Finally, a supplementary set of simulations at 0.25°-resolution confirms the robustness of our results and shows an additional reduction of the warm and dry bias over India. These findings highlight the strong sensitivity of the simulated ISM rainfall and its onset timing to the surface land heating pattern and amplitude, especially in the ME region. It also illustrates the key-role of land surface processes and horizontal resolution for improving the ISM representation, and more generally the monsoons, in current CGCMs.

  11. Cyclic exchanges and level of coupling between environmental media: intermedia feedback in multimedia fate models.

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    Margni, M; Pennington, D W; Bennett, D H; Jolliet, O

    2004-10-15

    The importance of cyclic transport of chemicals between media in the environment can be expressed in terms of the Feedback correction factor--a multiplier that accounts for the fraction of an emission that returns to the medium of release after transfer to other media. This factor is calculated analytically by explicitly solving the appropriate system of mass balance equations or using matrix techniques. It generalizes the concept of stickiness, the ratio between the net and the overall deposition rate constants, to multipathway feedback, while providing a clearer view of the level of coupling between media and analyzing the importance of coupling. This paper first shows the usefulness of the total removal rate coefficient in each media (sum of degradation rate and all intermedia transfer rates) as a baseline to determine the chemical mass in different media, the characteristic travel distance and to understand the cyclic behavior, rather than starting from the degradation lifetimes or the overall persistence in the environment. Starting from this baseline, the importance of feedback is limited for most organic chemicals. The predicted media concentrations are influenced by less than 10% due to the cyclic nature of the intermedia transport for more than 90% of the 317 tested chemicals in a 4-compartment, steady-state, closed-system multimedia model. The Feedback correction factor is always less than a factor of 5 with the greatest values when transfer fractions are important in both directions for adjacent media. This corresponds to a restricted range in the K(AW) and K(OA) space with long chemical lifetimes in both adjacent media. This analysis of the importance of the Feedback correction factor, in conjunction with resultant criteria for when cyclic exchanges between media are likely to be significant, facilitates a more transparent understanding of how substance masses are distributed in the modeled system. It is one of the important criteria to determine to

  12. High magnetic exchange coupling constants: a density functional theory based study of substituted Schlenk diradicals.

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    Latif, Iqbal A; Hansda, Shekhar; Datta, Sambhu N

    2012-08-23

    The Schlenk diradical has been known since 1915. After a detailed experimental work by Rajca, its magnetic nature has remained more or less unexplored. We have investigated by quantum chemical calculations the nature of magnetic coupling in 11 substituted Schlenk diradicals. Substitution has been considered at the fifth carbon atom of the meta-phenylene moiety. The UB3LYP method has been used to study 12 diradicals including the original one. The 6-311G(d,p) basis set has been employed for optimization of molecular geometry in both singlet and triplet states for each species. The singlet optimization has led to the optimization of the broken-symmetry structure for 10 species including the unsubstituted one. This development makes it possible to carry out further broken symmetry calculations in two ways. The triplet calculation has been done using 6-311++G(d,p) basis set and the optimized triplet geometry in both procedures. The broken symmetry calculations have used the optimized geometries of either the triplet states or the broken symmetry solutions. The first method leads to the prediction of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) compatible magnetic exchange coupling constant (J) in the range 517-617 cm(-1). A direct optimization of the broken symmetry geometry gives rise to a lower estimate of J, in the range of 411-525 cm(-1) and compatible with macroscopic Curie studies. The calculated J for the unsubstituted Schlenk diradical is 512 cm(-1) that can be compared with 455 cm(-1) estimated by Rajca. In both cases, introduction of groups with +M and +I effects (Ingold's notation) decreases the J value from that for the unsubstituted Schlenk diradical while -I and -M groups at the same position increases J. These trends have been explained in terms of Hammett constants, atomic spin densities, and dihedral angles.

  13. Recovery and nonrecovery of the untrained state in an exchange-coupled system

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    Jutimoosik, Jaru; Yimnirun, Rattikorn; Setzer, Annette; Esquinazi, Pablo; Stahn, Jochen; Paul, Amitesh

    2015-06-01

    We report depth sensitive investigations of the magnetic interaction between exchange-coupled stacked CoO and ferromagnetic Co bilayers (separated by thick Au layers) as we explore the degree of recovery of the untrained state after the first two field cycles. Such a recovery is expected by field cycling a reorientation field (HRE) along a direction (ΩRE) away from the initial field cooling direction. Measurements as a function of ΩRE and the strength of HRE (along each direction) map the influence of ΩRE on the reversal mechanism in the layers and thereby the degree of recovery. Our results are consistent with the earlier observations in similar systems that was realized with ΩRE=90∘ . We ascribe these partial and/or significant recoveries to the unchanged sense of rotation after initial field cooling of the ferromagnetic magnetization upon each field cycling. Furthermore, in our system, we find that this recovery can be regulated by choosing various other HRE and ΩRE values without changing the rotational sense. The best recipe for recovery is identified for ΩRE=45∘ , that can be achieved partially with HRE=3.0 kOe and remain significant even with HRE=10.0 kOe. In this study we not only understand the fundamental mechanism in the recovery of training, but also instigate its technological prospects by lifting the directional restrictions of the reorientation field.

  14. Characterisation of brewpub beer carbohydrates using high performance anion exchange chromatography coupled with pulsed amperometric detection.

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    Arfelli, Giuseppe; Sartini, Elisa

    2014-01-01

    High performance anion exchange chromatography (HPAEC) coupled with pulsed amperometric detection (PAD) was optimised in order to quantify mannose, maltose, maltotriose, maltotetraose, maltopentaose, maltohexaose and maltoheptaose content of beer. The method allows the determination of above mentioned oligosaccharides, in a single chromatographic run, without any pre-treatment. Limit of detection and limit of quantification were suitable for beer. Accuracy and repeatability were good for the entire amount considered. Once optimised HPAEC PAD for the specific matrix, the second goal of this research was to verify the possibility to discriminate beers, depending on their style. The carbohydrates content of brewpub commercial beers was very variable, ranging from 19.3 to 1469mg/L (mannose), 34.5 to 2882mg/L (maltose), 141.9 to 20731mg/L (maltotriose), 168.5 to 7650mg/L (maltotetraose), 20.1 to 2537mg/L (maltopentaose), 22.9 to 3295mg/L (maltohexaose), 8.5 to 2492mg/L (maltoeptaose), even in the same style of beer. However, the carbohydrates content was useful, jointed with other compounds amount, to discriminate different styles of beer. As a matter of fact, principal component analysis put in evidence beer differences considering some fermentation conditions and colour.

  15. Imaging spin structures of exchange-coupled materials with neutron reflectometry

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    O'Donovan, K. V.; Borchers, J. A.; Majkrzak, C. F.; Fullerton, E. E.; Hellwig, O.

    2001-03-01

    We used polarized neutron reflectometry to examine the spin structure of an Fe_55Pt_45(200 ÅNi_80Fe_20(500 Åexchange-coupled magnetic film in fields up to 630 mT (near saturation) at room temperature. By measuring both the two spin-flip and the two non-spin-flip cross-sections, we can determine the spin structure as a function of depth throughout the entire sample. Magnetometry of the film indicates spring-magnet behavior.(Physical Review B 62), 11 694 (2000) Our measurements in a field of 16 mT (which ostensibly is in the reversible regime) indicate a twist, which begins in the magnetically soft permalloy, extends throughout a significant fraction of the magnetically hard FePt, contrary to theoretical expectations. At larger fields the permalloy is aligned with the external field and the Bloch wall is localized within the FePt. In remanence we see no twist. Instead, the spins are aligned in one direction, canted with respect to the saturation magnetization, but with disorder at the interface. We will discuss fine details of the spin structure near 16 mT and the evolution of the spin structure from 5 mT through 630 mT and in remanence.

  16. Shaping nanoscale magnetic domain memory in exchange-coupled ferromagnets by field cooling

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    Chesnel, Karine; Safsten, Alex; Rytting, Matthew; Fullerton, Eric E.

    2016-01-01

    The advance of magnetic nanotechnologies relies on detailed understanding of nanoscale magnetic mechanisms in materials. Magnetic domain memory (MDM), that is, the tendency for magnetic domains to repeat the same pattern during field cycling, is important for magnetic recording technologies. Here we demonstrate MDM in [Co/Pd]/IrMn films, using coherent X-ray scattering. Under illumination, the magnetic domains in [Co/Pd] produce a speckle pattern, a unique fingerprint of their nanoscale configuration. We measure MDM by cross-correlating speckle patterns throughout magnetization processes. When cooled below its blocking temperature, the film exhibits up to 100% MDM, induced by exchange-coupling with the underlying IrMn layer. The degree of MDM drastically depends on cooling conditions. If the film is cooled under moderate fields, MDM is high throughout the entire magnetization loop. If the film is cooled under nearly saturating field, MDM vanishes, except at nucleation and saturation. Our findings show how to fully control the occurrence of MDM by field cooling. PMID:27248368

  17. Exchange coupling and remanence enhancement in nanocomposite Nd Fe B/FeCo multilayer films

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    Ao, Qi; Zhang, Wali; Wu, Jiansheng

    2006-04-01

    Nd-Fe-B-type hard phase single layer films and nanocomposite Nd 28Fe 66B 6/Fe 50Co 50 multilayer films with Mo underlayers and overlayers have been fabricated on Si substrates by rf sputtering. The hysteresis loops of all films indicated simple single loops for fixed Nd-Fe-B layer thickness (10 nm) and different FeCo layer thickness ( dFeCo=1-50 nm). The remanence of these films is found to increase with increasing dFeCo and the coercivity decrease with increasing dFeCo. It is shown that high remanence is achieved in the nanocomposite multilayer films consisting of the hard magnetic Nd-Fe-B-type phase and soft magnetic phase FeCo with 20 nm⩾ dFeCo⩾3 nm. The sample of maximum energy product is 27 MG Oe for dFeCo=5 nm at room temperature. The enhancement of the remanence and energy products in nanocomposite multilayer films is attributed to the exchange coupling between the magnetically soft and hard phases.

  18. Shaping nanoscale magnetic domain memory in exchange-coupled ferromagnets by field cooling

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    Chesnel, Karine; Safsten, Alex; Rytting, Matthew; Fullerton, Eric E.

    2016-06-01

    The advance of magnetic nanotechnologies relies on detailed understanding of nanoscale magnetic mechanisms in materials. Magnetic domain memory (MDM), that is, the tendency for magnetic domains to repeat the same pattern during field cycling, is important for magnetic recording technologies. Here we demonstrate MDM in [Co/Pd]/IrMn films, using coherent X-ray scattering. Under illumination, the magnetic domains in [Co/Pd] produce a speckle pattern, a unique fingerprint of their nanoscale configuration. We measure MDM by cross-correlating speckle patterns throughout magnetization processes. When cooled below its blocking temperature, the film exhibits up to 100% MDM, induced by exchange-coupling with the underlying IrMn layer.more » The degree of MDM drastically depends on cooling conditions. If the film is cooled under moderate fields, MDM is high throughout the entire magnetization loop. Lastly, if the film is cooled under nearly saturating field, MDM vanishes, except at nucleation and saturation. Our findings show how to fully control the occurrence of MDM by field cooling.« less

  19. Correlation of microstructure, intrinsic magnetization switching properties, and recording performance in exchange-coupled composite media

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    Srinivasan, Kumar; Roddick, Eric; Mardinly, John; Acharya, B. Ramamurthy

    2011-04-01

    The analytical model for the intrinsic coercive squareness parameter, Sint* was applied to hard-soft stacked exchange-coupled composite media, and correlations with the microstructure and switching were studied. Thickening the hard magnetic layer in the composite stack led to a decrease in Sint*, as did thickening the NiW seed layers. However, this decrease was masked by thermal effects at the normal magnetometry time-scales of measurement. Upon thickening the soft layer in the composite stack, Sint* increased sharply at first and then only slightly. In contrast, the extent of incoherent switching, estimated from the peak value of the minor loop slope, increased slowly at first, and then sharply. The changes in Sint* and switching are correlated to the microstructure, particularly, grain size effects for the NiW series and growth effects for the hard-soft composite media series. Media signal-to-noise ratio at low recording frequencies, and adjacent track interference also show correlations with Sint*.

  20. Ultrafast Study of Dynamic interfacial Exchange Coupling in Ferromagnet/Oxide/Semiconductor Heterostructures

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    Ou, Yu-Sheng; Chiu, Yi-Hsin; Harmon, Nicholas; Odenthal, Patrick; Sheffield, Matthew; Chilcote, Michael; Kawakami, Roland; Flatté, Michael; Johnston-Halperin, Ezekiel

    Time-resolved Kerr/Faraday rotation (TRKR/TRFR) is employed to study GaAs spin dynamics in the regime of strong and dynamic exchange coupling to an adjacent MgO/Fe layer. This study reveals a dramatic, resonant suppression in the inhomogeneous spin lifetime (T2*) in the GaAs layer. Further investigation of the magnetization dynamics of the neighboring Fe layer, also using TRKR/TRFR, reveals not only the expected Kittel-dispersion but also additional lower frequency modes with very short lifetime (65 ps) that are not easily observed with conventional ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) techniques. These results suggest the intriguing possibility of resonant dynamic spin transfer between the GaAs and Fe spin systems. We discuss the potential for this work to establish GaAs spin dynamics as an efficient detector of spin dissipation and transport in the regime of dynamically-driven spin injection in ferromagnet/semiconductor heterostructures. Center for Emergent Materials; U.S. Department of Energy.

  1. Effects of impurity states on exchange coupling in Fe/Fe3O4 junctions

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    Inoue, J.; Honda, S.; Itoh, H.; Mibu, K.; Yanagihara, H.; Kita, E.

    2012-05-01

    Exchange coupling (EC) in Fe/Fe3O4 junctions containing magnetic impurities and in-gap states at the interface is calculated using a formula obtained by a cleaved layer method. The model for EC is constructed by performing first-principles calculations of the electronic and magnetic states of Co, Mn, and Cr impurities on the Fe surface and those of in-gap states in a bulk γ-Fe2O3, which has the same lattice structure as Fe3O4 but contains Fe defects. We show that the effect of Co impurities on EC is opposite to that of Cr and Mn impurities and that in-gap states tend to cause parallel magnetization alignment of two ferromagnets. These results are attributed to the change in electronic states caused by the presence of impurities. Further, we compare calculated results with experimental ones obtained in Fe/Fe3O4 junctions and suggest that doping magnetic impurities at the interface could be a useful way to control the magnitude and sign of the EC.

  2. Effect of oxidation on interlayer exchange coupling in Fe|MgO|Fe tunnel junctions

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    Yang, H.-X.; Chshiev, M.; Kalitsov, A.; Schuhl, A.; Butler, W. H.

    2010-03-01

    The interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) in MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ) is a subject of major interest for spintronics community [1,2]. Recent experiments demonstrated that oxydation conditions strongly affect the character of the IEC in Fe/MgO/Fe(001) MTJs [3]. In order to elucidate the effect of over- and under-oxidation on the nature of the IEC in Fe|MgO|Fe MTJs, we performed systematic studies of the influence of O impurities and vacancies on the IEC using ab-initio and tight-binding approaches. We found that the O vacancies cause strong AF IEC in agreement with previous studies [2-4]. Furthermore, an additional O atom at the Fe|MgO interface makes the IEC ferromagnetic in for 3ML and above MgO thicknesses in agreement with experiment [3]. We demonstrate also that the full structural relaxation of ideal Fe|MgO|Fe MTJs may lead to the antiferromagnetic IEC. Tight-binding calculations of the IEC in the framework of the Keldysh formalism were also performed. The results obtained support our first principles calculations. [1] J. Faure-Vincent et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 107206 (2002); [2] T. Katayama et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 112503 (2006); [3] Y.F. Chiang et al, Phys. Rev. B 79, 184410 (2009); [4] M.Y. Zhuravlev et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 026806 (2005).

  3. Exchange bias of CoO1-δ/(NiFe,Fe) system with blocking temperature beyond Néel temperature of bulk CoO

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    Ding, S. L.; Wu, R.; Fu, J. B.; Wen, X.; Du, H. L.; Liu, S. Q.; Han, J. Z.; Yang, Y. C.; Wang, C. S.; Zhou, D.; Yang, J. B.

    2015-10-01

    The exchange bias effects in pulsed laser deposited CoO1-δ/(NiFe,Fe) bilayers were investigated. An anomalously high blocking temperature (TB) of 325 K was obtained for the as-deposited CoO1-δ/ferromagnet bilayers, which is 33 K higher than the Néel temperature of the bulk CoO (TN = 292 K). The amount of oxygen vacancies δ in the CoO1-δ film can be controlled by a post-annealing treatment in the O2 atmosphere. The TB of the CoO1-δ/ferromagnet bilayers increases with an increasing δ from δ = 0 to δ = 0.16. Our results indicate that the high TB of CoO1-δ/ferromagnet bilayers originates from the enhancement of the magnetic interaction in the CoO1-δ layer owing to O2- vacancies.

  4. Exchange bias and magnetic properties induced by intrinsic structural distortion in CaMn{sub 3}O{sub 6} nanoribbons

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    Yu, J. Y. Huang, K.; Wu, H. Y.; Feng, Y.; Tang, Z.; Zhang, L.; Wang, L.

    2014-01-13

    Single-crystalline CaMn{sub 3}O{sub 6} nanoribbons have been synthesized by a molten-salt method. To explore the origin of the magnetism of nanosized antiferromagnetic (AFM) manganites, a comparative study has been conducted for CaMn{sub 3}O{sub 6} (CMO-1) and post-growth vacuum annealed (CMO-2) nanoribbons. A lattice expansion resulting from oxygen release during vacuum annealing is observed. Correspondingly, AFM ordering in CMO-2 is further suppressed, and ferromagnetism and spin-glass (SG)-like behavior are significantly enhanced, which are presumed attributable to the intrinsic structural distortions induced by oxygen vacancies. In this case, side and surface effects are not decisive factors. In addition, this study provided observations of the exchange bias effect in manganite nanoribbons with an AFM-SG-like-ferromagnetic (FM) structure, as compared with the typical AFM-core-FM-shell.

  5. Dependence of BiFeO3 thickness on exchange bias in BiFeO3/ Co2FeAl multiferroic structures

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    Zhang, X.; Zhang, D. L.; Wang, Y. H.; Miao, J.; Xu, X. G.; Jiang, Y.

    2011-01-01

    We have grown BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films with different thickness on Si/SiO2/Ti/Pt(111) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Half-metallic Co2FeAl (CFA) films with a thickness of 5 nm were then grown on the BFO films by magnetron sputtering. Through the magnetic hysteresis loops of the BFO/CFA heterostructure, we observe a direct correlation between the thickness of the BFO film and exchange bias (EB) field. The EB field exhibits fluctuation behavior with a cyclical BFO thickness of 60 nm, which is close to the spiral modulation wavelength (62 nm) of BFO. It indicates the influence of spiral modulation on the EB in the BFO/CFA multiferroic structure.

  6. Phase separation and exchange biasing in the ferromagnetic IV-VI semiconductor Ge{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te

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    Lechner, R. T.; Springholz, G.; Hassan, M.; Groiss, H.; Kirchschlager, R.; Stangl, J.; Hrauda, N.; Bauer, G.

    2010-07-12

    Ferromagnetic Ge{sub 1-x}Mn{sub x}Te grown by molecular beam epitaxy with Mn content of x{sub Mn}approx =0.5 is shown to exhibit a strong tendency for phase separation. At higher growth temperatures apart from the cubic Ge{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}Te, a hexagonal MnTe and a rhombohedral distorted Ge{sub 0.83}Mn{sub 0.17}Te phase is formed. This coexistence of antiferromagnetic MnTe and ferromagnetic Ge{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}Te results in magnetic exchange-bias effects.

  7. Effect of L1{sub 2} ordering in antiferromagnetic Ir-Mn epitaxial layer on exchange bias of FePd films

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    Chang, Y. C.; Duh, J. G. E-mail: lin.yg@nsrrc.org.tw; Hsiao, S. N. E-mail: lin.yg@nsrrc.org.tw; Liu, S. H.; Su, S. H.; Chiu, K. F.; Hsieh, W. C.; Chen, S. K.; Lin, Y. G. E-mail: lin.yg@nsrrc.org.tw; Lee, H. Y.; Sung, C. K.

    2015-05-07

    Two series of samples of single-layer IrMn and IrMn/FePd bilayer films, deposited on a single-crystal MgO substrate at different IrMn deposition temperatures (T{sub s} = 300–700 °C), were investigated using magnetron sputtering. L1{sub 2} ordering was revealed for the 30 nm-thick IrMn epitaxial (001) films with T{sub s} ≥ 400 °C, determined by synchrotron radiation x-ray diffractometry (XRD). XRD results also provide evidence of the epitaxial growth of the IrMn films on MgO substrate. Increasing T{sub s} from 400 to 700 °C monotonically increases the ordering parameter of L1{sub 2} phases from 0.17 to 0.81. An in-plane exchange bias field (H{sub eb}) of 22 Oe is obtained in a 10 nm-thick FePd film that is deposited on the disordered IrMn films. As the L1{sub 2} ordering of the IrMn layers increases, the H{sub eb} gradually decreases to 0 Oe, meaning that the exchange bias behavior vanishes. The increased surface roughness, revealed by atomic force microscopy, of the epitaxial IrMn layers with increasing T{sub s} cannot be the main cause of the decrease in H{sub eb} due to the compensated surface spins regardless of the disordered and ordered (001) IrMn layers. The change of antiferromagnetic structure from the A1 to the L1{sub 2} phase was correlated with the evolution of H{sub eb}.

  8. Investigating the Exchange-Coupling Interaction in Nanostructure Composite Particles of SrFe12O19 and ZnFe2O4

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    Mehdipour, M.; Shokrollahi, H.; Bahadoran, A.

    2014-09-01

    Ferromagnetic SrFe12O19-ZnFe2O4 nanostructure composite particles were synthesized by co-precipitation of chloride salts, in different stoichiometric ratios, by addition of sodium hydroxide solution. The resulting precursors were heat treated at temperatures in the range 800-1200°C for 4 h. Exchange interactions of the nanostructure composite particles were studied by use of exchange-coupling theory and plots of magnetic hysteresis. On the basis of exchange-coupling theory, the exchange interaction can be improved by increasing the soft phase content within the hard matrix. As temperature and soft phase ratio increase, the exchange interaction increases because of exchange length enhancement. The modified Brown's equation was also used to analyze the effects of exchange coupling on coercivity.

  9. Correlation of exchange bias with magneto-structural effects across the compensation temperature of Co(Cr1-xFex)2O4 (x = 0.05 and 0.075)

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    Kumar, Ram; Padam, R.; Rayaprol, S.; Siruguri, Vasudeva; Pal, D.

    2016-03-01

    A small amount of Fe (5% and 7.5%) substitution in the Cr-site of the multiferroic compound CoCr2O4 leads to a magnetization reversal. In these compounds, we report a sign change in the exchange bias across the compensation temperature, accompanied by a non-monotonic change in the local moments across the compensation temperature. Such non-monotonic change in the magnetic moments is triggered by a similar change in the lattice structure. We relate here the sign change of exchange bias with that of the crystalline energy of the lattice and the Zeeman energy term arising from the anti-site disorder.

  10. Divergent transducer-specific molecular efficacies generate biased agonism at a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR).

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    Strachan, Ryan T; Sun, Jin-peng; Rominger, David H; Violin, Jonathan D; Ahn, Seungkirl; Rojas Bie Thomsen, Alex; Zhu, Xiao; Kleist, Andrew; Costa, Tommaso; Lefkowitz, Robert J

    2014-05-16

    The concept of "biased agonism" arises from the recognition that the ability of an agonist to induce a receptor-mediated response (i.e. "efficacy") can differ across the multiple signal transduction pathways (e.g. G protein and β-arrestin (βarr)) emanating from a single GPCR. Despite the therapeutic promise of biased agonism, the molecular mechanism(s) whereby biased agonists selectively engage signaling pathways remain elusive. This is due in large part to the challenges associated with quantifying ligand efficacy in cells. To address this, we developed a cell-free approach to directly quantify the transducer-specific molecular efficacies of balanced and biased ligands for the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R), a prototypic GPCR. Specifically, we defined efficacy in allosteric terms, equating shifts in ligand affinity (i.e. KLo/KHi) at AT1R-Gq and AT1R-βarr2 fusion proteins with their respective molecular efficacies for activating Gq and βarr2. Consistent with ternary complex model predictions, transducer-specific molecular efficacies were strongly correlated with cellular efficacies for activating Gq and βarr2. Subsequent comparisons across transducers revealed that biased AT1R agonists possess biased molecular efficacies that were in strong agreement with the signaling bias observed in cellular assays. These findings not only represent the first measurements of the thermodynamic driving forces underlying differences in ligand efficacy between transducers but also support a molecular mechanism whereby divergent transducer-specific molecular efficacies generate biased agonism at a GPCR.

  11. Divergent transducer-specific molecular efficacies generate biased agonism at a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR).

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    Strachan, Ryan T; Sun, Jin-peng; Rominger, David H; Violin, Jonathan D; Ahn, Seungkirl; Rojas Bie Thomsen, Alex; Zhu, Xiao; Kleist, Andrew; Costa, Tommaso; Lefkowitz, Robert J

    2014-05-16

    The concept of "biased agonism" arises from the recognition that the ability of an agonist to induce a receptor-mediated response (i.e. "efficacy") can differ across the multiple signal transduction pathways (e.g. G protein and β-arrestin (βarr)) emanating from a single GPCR. Despite the therapeutic promise of biased agonism, the molecular mechanism(s) whereby biased agonists selectively engage signaling pathways remain elusive. This is due in large part to the challenges associated with quantifying ligand efficacy in cells. To address this, we developed a cell-free approach to directly quantify the transducer-specific molecular efficacies of balanced and biased ligands for the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R), a prototypic GPCR. Specifically, we defined efficacy in allosteric terms, equating shifts in ligand affinity (i.e. KLo/KHi) at AT1R-Gq and AT1R-βarr2 fusion proteins with their respective molecular efficacies for activating Gq and βarr2. Consistent with ternary complex model predictions, transducer-specific molecular efficacies were strongly correlated with cellular efficacies for activating Gq and βarr2. Subsequent comparisons across transducers revealed that biased AT1R agonists possess biased molecular efficacies that were in strong agreement with the signaling bias observed in cellular assays. These findings not only represent the first measurements of the thermodynamic driving forces underlying differences in ligand efficacy between transducers but also support a molecular mechanism whereby divergent transducer-specific molecular efficacies generate biased agonism at a GPCR. PMID:24668815

  12. Divergent Transducer-specific Molecular Efficacies Generate Biased Agonism at a G Protein-coupled Receptor (GPCR)*

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    Strachan, Ryan T.; Sun, Jin-peng; Rominger, David H.; Violin, Jonathan D.; Ahn, Seungkirl; Rojas Bie Thomsen, Alex; Zhu, Xiao; Kleist, Andrew; Costa, Tommaso; Lefkowitz, Robert J.

    2014-01-01

    The concept of “biased agonism” arises from the recognition that the ability of an agonist to induce a receptor-mediated response (i.e. “efficacy”) can differ across the multiple signal transduction pathways (e.g. G protein and β-arrestin (βarr)) emanating from a single GPCR. Despite the therapeutic promise of biased agonism, the molecular mechanism(s) whereby biased agonists selectively engage signaling pathways remain elusive. This is due in large part to the challenges associated with quantifying ligand efficacy in cells. To address this, we developed a cell-free approach to directly quantify the transducer-specific molecular efficacies of balanced and biased ligands for the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R), a prototypic GPCR. Specifically, we defined efficacy in allosteric terms, equating shifts in ligand affinity (i.e. KLo/KHi) at AT1R-Gq and AT1R-βarr2 fusion proteins with their respective molecular efficacies for activating Gq and βarr2. Consistent with ternary complex model predictions, transducer-specific molecular efficacies were strongly correlated with cellular efficacies for activating Gq and βarr2. Subsequent comparisons across transducers revealed that biased AT1R agonists possess biased molecular efficacies that were in strong agreement with the signaling bias observed in cellular assays. These findings not only represent the first measurements of the thermodynamic driving forces underlying differences in ligand efficacy between transducers but also support a molecular mechanism whereby divergent transducer-specific molecular efficacies generate biased agonism at a GPCR. PMID:24668815

  13. Origin of open recoil curves in L10-A1 FePt exchange coupled nanocomposite thin film

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    Goyal, Rajan; Kapoor, Akanksha; Lamba, S.; Annapoorni, S.

    2016-11-01

    Mixed phase FePt systems with intergranular coupling may be looked upon as natural exchange spring systems. The coupling strength between the soft and hard phase in these systems can be analyzed using recoil curves. However, the origin of open recoil curves depicting the breakdown of exchange coupling or anisotropy variation in hard phase is still an ambiguity and requires an in-depth analysis. In order to investigate this, an analysis of the recoil curves for L10-A1 FePt nanocomposite thin films of varying thickness have been performed. The switching field distribution reveals that the maximum of openness of recoil curve is directly proportional to the amount of uncoupled soft phase present in the system. The coupling between the hard and soft phase is also found to increase with the thickness of the film. Monte Carlo simulations on a model three dimensional array of interacting nanomagnetic grains provide further insight into the effect of inter granular exchange interactions between the soft and hard phases.

  14. Direct Imaging of an Order-to-disorder Transition in an Exchange-coupled CoO/Co Bilayer

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    Eom, Daejin

    2015-11-01

    Exchange bias was discovered in surface-oxidized cobalt particles six decade ago, yet its microscopic mechanism is still being debated because of the lack of atomic-scale measurements at the interfacial region between the CoO and the Co layers. Here, we report our atom-resolved measurements by using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy of an ultrathin CoO layer grown on a Co(0001) single crystal. We have found that the layer undergoes an order-to-disorder transition upon cooling from a crystalline structure at room temperature to a disordered, glassy state at low temperatures. Accordingly, its electronic state changes from a metallic character in the crystalline phase to an Efros-Shklovskii Coulomb gap state in the disordered one. These findings provide direct evidence that exchange bias in the CoO/Co heterostructure is mediated by the atomic-scale disorder in or the spin-glass-like phase of the CoO layer.

  15. Multipeak self-biased magnetoelectric coupling characteristics in four-phase Metglas/Terfenol-D/Be-bronze/PMN-PT structure

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    Huang, Dongyan; Lu, Caijiang; Bing, Han

    2015-04-01

    This letter develops a self-biased magnetoelectric (ME) structure Metglas/Terfenol-D/Be-bronze/PMN-PT (MTBP) consisting of a magnetization-graded Metglas/Terfenol-D layer, a elastic Be-bronze plate, and a piezoelectric 0.67Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.33PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) plate. By using the magnetization-graded Metglas/Terfenol-D layer and the elastic Be-bronze plate, multi-peak self-biased ME responses are obtained in MTBP structure. The experimental results show that the MTBP structure with two layers of Metglas foil has maximum zero-biased ME voltage coefficient (MEVC). As frequency increases from 0.5 to 90 kHz, eleven large peaks of MEVC with magnitudes of 0.75-33 V/(cm Oe) are observed at zero-biased magnetic field. The results demonstrate that the proposed multi-peak self-biased ME structure may be useful for multifunctional devices such as multi-frequency energy harvesters or low-frequency ac magnetic field sensors.

  16. Spin-wave excitations: the main source of the temperature dependence of interlayer exchange coupling in nanostructures.

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    Schwieger, S; Kienert, J; Lenz, K; Lindner, J; Baberschke, K; Nolting, W

    2007-02-01

    Quantum mechanical calculations based on an extended Heisenberg model are compared with ferromagnetic resonance experiments on prototype trilayer systems Ni(7)/Cu(n)/Co(2)/Cu(001) in order to determine and separate for the first time quantitatively the sources of the temperature dependence of interlayer exchange coupling. Magnon excitations are responsible for about 75% of the reduction of the coupling strength from zero to room temperature. The remaining 25% are due to temperature effects in the effective quantum well and the spacer-magnet interfaces.

  17. On the Importance of Exchangeable NH Protons in Creatine for the Magnetic Coupling of Creatine Methyl Protons in Skeletal Muscle

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    Kruiskamp, M. J.; Nicolay, K.

    2001-03-01

    The methyl protons of creatine in skeletal muscle exhibit a strong off-resonance magnetization transfer effect. The mechanism of this process is unknown. We previously hypothesized that the exchangeable amide/amino protons of creatine might be involved. To test this the characteristics of the creatine magnetization transfer effect were investigated in excised rat hindleg skeletal muscle that was equilibrated in either H2O or D2O solutions containing creatine. The efficiency of off-resonance magnetization transfer to the protons of mobile creatine in excised muscle was similar to that previously reported in intact muscle in vivo. Equilibrating the isolated muscle in D2O solution had no effect on the magnetic coupling to the immobile protons. It is concluded that exchangeable protons play a negligible role in the magnetic coupling of creatine methyl protons in muscle.

  18. Tuning of interlayer exchange coupling in Ni80Fe20/Ru/Ni80Fe20 nanowires

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    Liu, X. M.; Lupo, P.; Cottam, M. G.; Adeyeye, A. O.

    2015-09-01

    In this work, we demonstrate how the static and dynamic properties of Ni80Fe20/Ru/Ni80Fe20 nanowires can be tuned by varying the Ru spacer layer thickness. Specifically, changing the Ru thickness we have tuned the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida exchange interaction, and thus the antiferromagnetic (AFM) strength between the Ni80Fe20 layers. We show that there is a strong correlation between the interlayer coupling and features in ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) modes. We found different mode-softening degree of the FMR curves as function of the strength of AFM coupling, together with a clear frequency gap at around zero field. These experimental results are in qualitative agreement with presented micromagnetic simulations that also include biquadratic interface exchange. Understanding these characteristics may offer insights for reconfigurable vertical magnetic logic devices and microwave filters.

  19. Exchange coupling interaction in L10-FePd/α-Fe nanocomposite magnets with large maximum energy products.

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    Sakuma, Noritsugu; Ohshima, Tsubasa; Shoji, Tetsuya; Suzuki, Yoshihito; Sato, Ryota; Wachi, Ayako; Kato, Akira; Kawai, Yoichiro; Manabe, Akira; Teranishi, Toshiharu

    2011-04-26

    Nanocomposite magnets (NCMs) consisting of hard and soft magnetic phases are expected to be instrumental in overcoming the current theoretical limit of magnet performance. In this study, structural analyses were performed on L1(0)-FePd/α-Fe NCMs with various hard/soft volume fractions, which were formed by annealing Pd/γ-Fe(2)O(3) heterostructured nanoparticles and pure Pd nanoparticles. The sample with a hard/soft volume ratio of 82/18 formed by annealing at 773 K had the largest maximum energy product (BH(max) = 10.3 MGOe). In such a sample, the interface between the hard and soft phases was coherent and the phase sizes were optimized, both of which effectively induced exchange coupling. This exchange coupling was directly observed by visualizing the magnetic interaction between the hard and soft phases using a first-order reversal curve diagram, which is a valuable tool to improve the magnetic properties of NCMs.

  20. G-Protein/β-Arrestin-Linked Fluctuating Network of G-Protein-Coupled Receptors for Predicting Drug Efficacy and Bias Using Short-Term Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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    Ichikawa, Osamu; Fujimoto, Kazushi; Yamada, Atsushi; Okazaki, Susumu; Yamazaki, Kazuto

    2016-01-01

    The efficacy and bias of signal transduction induced by a drug at a target protein are closely associated with the benefits and side effects of the drug. In particular, partial agonist activity and G-protein/β-arrestin-biased agonist activity for the G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) family, the family with the most target proteins of launched drugs, are key issues in drug discovery. However, designing GPCR drugs with appropriate efficacy and bias is challenging because the dynamic mechanism of signal transduction induced by ligand—receptor interactions is complicated. Here, we identified the G-protein/β-arrestin-linked fluctuating network, which initiates large-scale conformational changes, using sub-microsecond molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) with a diverse collection of ligands and correlation analysis of their G protein/β-arrestin efficacy. The G-protein-linked fluctuating network extends from the ligand-binding site to the G-protein-binding site through the connector region, and the β-arrestin-linked fluctuating network consists of the NPxxY motif and adjacent regions. We confirmed that the averaged values of fluctuation in the fluctuating network detected are good quantitative indexes for explaining G protein/β-arrestin efficacy. These results indicate that short-term MD simulation is a practical method to predict the efficacy and bias of any compound for GPCRs. PMID:27187591

  1. Cooling field tuned magnetic phase transition and exchange bias-like effect in Y{sub 0.9}Pr{sub 0.1}CrO{sub 3}

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    Deng, Dongmei E-mail: dyu@ansto.gov.au Feng, Zhenjie; Jing, Chao; Ren, Wei; Cao, Shixun; Zhang, Jincang E-mail: dyu@ansto.gov.au; Zheng, Jiashun; Yu, Dehong E-mail: dyu@ansto.gov.au Sun, Dehui; Avdeev, Maxim; Wang, Baomin; Lu, Bo

    2015-09-07

    Cooling magnetic field dependence of magnetic phase transition has been observed in Y{sub 0.9}Pr{sub 0.1}CrO{sub 3}. G{sub z}F{sub x} order (spin structure of PrCrO{sub 3}) is dominant after zero field cooling (ZFC), whereas G{sub x}F{sub z} order (spin structure of YCrO{sub 3}) is dominant after cooling under a field higher than 100 Oe. Positive/negative exchange bias-like effect, with large vertical shift and small horizontal shift, has been observed after FC/ZFC process. The vertical shift can be attributed to the frozen ordered Pr{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} spins in magnetic domains, because of the strong coupling between Pr{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} sublattices; while the horizontal shift is a result of the pinning of spins at the interfaces. The frozen structure is generated by the field used for the measurement of the initial magnetization curve of M(H) for the ZFC cooled sample, while it is generated by the cooling field for the sample cooled under a cooling field higher than 100 Oe.

  2. The influence of interlayer exchange coupling in giant-magnetoresistive devices on spin diode effect in wide frequency range

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    Ziętek, Sławomir Skowroński, Witold; Wiśniowski, Piotr; Czapkiewicz, Maciej; Stobiecki, Tomasz; Ogrodnik, Piotr; Barnaś, Józef

    2015-09-21

    Spin diode effect in a giant magnetoresistive strip is measured in a broad frequency range, including resonance and off-resonance frequencies. The off-resonance dc signal is relatively strong and also significantly dependent on the exchange coupling between magnetic films through the spacer layer. The measured dc signal is described theoretically by taking into account magnetic dynamics induced by Oersted field created by an ac current flowing through the system.

  3. A self-consistent global model of solenoidal-type inductively coupled plasma discharges including the effects of radio-frequency bias power

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    Kwon, D. C.; Chang, W. S.; Song, M. Y.; Yoon, J.-S.; Park, M.; You, D. H.; You, S. J.; Im, Y. H.

    2011-04-01

    We developed a self-consistent global simulator of solenoidal-type inductively coupled plasma discharges and observed the effect of the radio-frequency (rf) bias power on the plasma density and the electron temperature. We numerically solved a set of spatially averaged fluid equations for charged particles, neutrals, and radicals. Absorbed power by electrons is determined by using an analytic electron heating model including the anomalous skin effect. To analyze the effects of rf bias power on the plasma properties, our model also combines the electron heating and global transport modules with an rf sheath module in a self-consistent manner. The simulation results are compared with numerical results by using the commercial software package cfd-ace + (ESI group) and experimental measurements by using a wave cutoff probe and a single Langmuir probe.

  4. 90° magnetic coupling in a NiFe/FeMn/biased NiFe multilayer spin valve component investigated by polarized neutron reflectometry

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    Callori, S. J. Bertinshaw, J.; Cortie, D. L.; Cai, J. W. Zhu, T.; Le Brun, A. P.; Klose, F.

    2014-07-21

    We have observed 90° magnetic coupling in a NiFe/FeMn/biased NiFe multilayer system using polarized neutron reflectometry. Magnetometry results show magnetic switching for both the biased and free NiFe layers, the latter of which reverses at low applied fields. As these measurements are only capable of providing information about the total magnetization within a sample, polarized neutron reflectometry was used to investigate the reversal behavior of the NiFe layers individually. Both the non-spin-flip and spin-flip neutron reflectometry signals were tracked around the free NiFe layer hysteresis loop and were used to detail the evolution of the magnetization during reversal. At low magnetic fields near the free NiFe coercive field, a large spin-flip signal was observed, indicating magnetization aligned perpendicular to both the applied field and pinned layer.

  5. Conformational sampling of oligosaccharides using Hamiltonian replica exchange with two-dimensional dihedral biasing potentials and the weighted histogram analysis method (WHAM).

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    Yang, Mingjun; MacKerel, Alexander D

    2015-02-10

    Oligosaccharides and polysaccharides exert numerous functional roles in biology through their structural diversity and conformational properties. To investigate their conformational properties using computational methods, Hamiltonian replica exchange (H-REX) combined with two-dimensional grid-based correction maps as biasing potentials (bpCMAP) significantly improves the sampling efficiency about glycosidic linkages. In the current study, we extend the application of H-REX with bpCMAP to complex saccharides and establish systematic procedures for bpCMAP construction, determination of replica distribution, and data analysis. Our main findings are that (1) the bpCMAP for each type of glycosidic linkage can be constructed from the corresponding disaccharide using gas-phase umbrella sampling simulations, (2) the replica distribution can be conveniently determined following the exact definition of the average acceptance ratio based on the assigned distribution of biasing potentials, and (3) the extracted free energy surface (or potential of mean force (PMF)) can be improved using the weighted histogram analysis method (WHAM) allowing for the inclusion of data from the excited state replicas in the calculated probability distribution. The method is applied to a branched N-glycan found on the HIV gp120 protein, and a linear N-glycan. Considering the general importance of N-glycans and the wide appreciation of the sampling problem, the present method represents an efficient procedure for the conformational sampling of complex oligo- and polysaccharides under explicit solvent conditions. More generally, the use of WHAM is anticipated to be of general utility for the calculation of PMFs from H-REX simulations in a wide range of macromolecular systems. PMID:25705140

  6. Self-biased magnetoelectric coupling characteristics of three-phase composite transducers with nanocrystallin soft magnetic alloy

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    Huang, Dongyan; Lu, Caijiang; Bing, Han

    2015-07-01

    This paper reports the self-biased magnetoelectric (ME) effects in composites consisting of high-permeability Fe-based nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy Fe73.5Cu1Nb3Si13.5B9 (FeCuNbSiB), pure nickel (Ni) and piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT). The FeCuNbSiB ribbons are fabricated on traditional laminates Ni/PZT/Ni through two modes: the attached mode (F-NPN-F) and the laminated mode (F/NPN/F). The F-NPN-F composite sufficiently reveals that the high-permeability FeCuNbSiB ribbons concentrate more magnetic flux in magnetostrictive Ni, which results in the self-biased ME effects of F-NPN-F. For the F/NPN/F composite, the FeCuNbSiB acts as the dynamic driver to enhance the effective piezomagnetic coefficient of Ni. The giant self-biased ME effects of F/NPN/F are because of the internal magnetic field between Ni and FeCuNbSiB due to their different magnetic characteristics. The influences of the numbers of FeCuNbSiB layers ( L) on the resonant ME voltage coefficients ( α ME ,r ) for F-NPN-F and F/NPN/F composites are investigated in detail. The experiments demonstrate that the maximum α ME ,r at zero-biased field is 80 V/cm Oe for F-NPN-F with L = 2, and 85 V/cm Oe for F/NPN/F with L = 4. This paper demonstrates that these two ME composites are suitable for achieving zero-biased ME transducers, power-free magnetic field sensors and energy harvesters.

  7. Effects of Bias Pulsing on Etching of SiO2 Pattern in Capacitively-Coupled Plasmas for Nano-Scale Patterning of Multi-Level Hard Masks.

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    Kim, Sechan; Choi, Gyuhyun; Chae, Heeyeop; Lee, Nae-Eung

    2016-05-01

    In order to study the effects of bias pulsing on the etching characteristics of a silicon dioxide (SiO2) layer using multi-level hard mask (MLHM) structures of ArF photoresist/bottom anti-reflected coating/SiO2/amorphous carbon layer (ACL)/SiO2, the effects of bias pulsing conditions on the etch characteristics of a SiO2 layer with an ACL mask pattern in C4F8/CH2F2/O2/Ar etch chemistries were investigated in a dual-frequency capacitively-coupled plasma (CCP) etcher. The effects of the pulse frequency, duty ratio, and pulse-bias power in the 2 MHz low-frequency (LF) power source were investigated in plasmas generated by a 27.12 MHz high-frequency (HF) power source. The etch rates of ACL and SiO2 decreased, but the etch selectivity of SiO2/ACL increased with decreasing duty ratio. When the ACL and SiO2 layers were etched with increasing pulse frequency, no significant change was observed in the etch rates and etch selectivity. With increasing LF pulse-bias power, the etch rate of ACL and SiO2 slightly increased, but the etch selectivity of SiO2/ACL decreased. Also, the precise control of the critical dimension (CD) values with decreasing duty ratio can be explained by the protection of sidewall etching of SiO2 by increased passivation. Pulse-biased etching was successfully applied to the patterning of the nano-scale line and space of SiO2 using an ACL pattern. PMID:27483889

  8. Layer-dependent dopant stability and magnetic exchange coupling of iron-doped MoS2 nanosheets.

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    Shu, Haibo; Luo, Pengfei; Liang, Pei; Cao, Dan; Chen, Xiaoshuang

    2015-04-15

    Using density-functional theory calculations including a Hubbard U term we explore structural stability, electronic and magnetic properties of Fe-doped MoS2 nanosheets. Unlike previous reports, the geometry and the stability of Fe dopant atoms in MoS2 nanosheets strongly depend on the chemical potential and the layer number of sheets. The substitution Fe dopant atoms at the Mo sites are energetically favorable in monolayer MoS2 and the formation of intercalated and substitutional Fe complexes are preferred in bilayer and multilayer ones under the S-rich regime that is a popular condition for the synthesis of MoS2 nanosheets. We find that the Fe dopants prefer to the ferromagnetic coupling in monolayer MoS2 and the antiferromagnetic coupling in bilayer and multilayer ones, suggesting the layer dependence of magnetic exchange coupling (MEC). The transition of MEC in Fe-doped MoS2 sheets induced by the change of layer number arises from the competition mechanism between the double-exchange and superexchange couplings. The findings provide a route to facilitate the design of MoS2-based diluted magnetic semiconductors and spintronic devices.

  9. Tailoring the interfacial exchange coupling of perpendicularly magnetized Co/L10-Mn1.5Ga bilayers

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    Xiao, J. X.; Lu, J.; Liu, W. Q.; Zhang, Y. W.; Wang, H. L.; Zhu, L. J.; Deng, H. X.; Wei, D. H.; Xu, Y. B.; Zhao, J. H.

    2016-06-01

    We have studied the magnetic properties of Co (2-12 MLs)/L10-Mn1.5Ga (15 nm) bilayers without and with annealing at 300 °C by a combination of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). We find that the Co layer can remain perpendicularly magnetized when its thickness is less than six monolayers due to the coupling between Co and L10-Mn1.5Ga layers, which is doubly confirmed by both SQUID and XMCD measurements. Such an exchange coupling between L10-Mn1.5Ga and Co layers changes from ferromagnetic coupling to antiferromagnetic coupling after the annealing process. Furthermore, the magnetic coupling can also be tailored from ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic by changing the L10-Mn1.5Ga surface from Mn-rich to Ga-rich. The first-principles calculations show that the interfacial coupling type is ferromagnetic for a Mn-terminated L10-Mn1.5Ga bilayer, while antiferromagnetic for a Ga-terminated bilayer. The spin and orbital moments of Co in the Co/L10-Mn1.5Ga bilayers are calculated according to the sum rules and the ratio of the orbital to spin magnetic moments for Co is not enhanced like other perpendicularly magnetized Co-based multilayers such as Co/Pd and Co/Pt.

  10. Tailoring the interfacial exchange coupling of perpendicularly magnetized Co/L10-Mn1.5Ga bilayers

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    Xiao, J. X.; Lu, J.; Liu, W. Q.; Zhang, Y. W.; Wang, H. L.; Zhu, L. J.; Deng, H. X.; Wei, D. H.; Xu, Y. B.; Zhao, J. H.

    2016-06-01

    We have studied the magnetic properties of Co (2–12 MLs)/L10-Mn1.5Ga (15 nm) bilayers without and with annealing at 300 °C by a combination of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometry and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). We find that the Co layer can remain perpendicularly magnetized when its thickness is less than six monolayers due to the coupling between Co and L10-Mn1.5Ga layers, which is doubly confirmed by both SQUID and XMCD measurements. Such an exchange coupling between L10-Mn1.5Ga and Co layers changes from ferromagnetic coupling to antiferromagnetic coupling after the annealing process. Furthermore, the magnetic coupling can also be tailored from ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic by changing the L10-Mn1.5Ga surface from Mn-rich to Ga-rich. The first-principles calculations show that the interfacial coupling type is ferromagnetic for a Mn-terminated L10-Mn1.5Ga bilayer, while antiferromagnetic for a Ga-terminated bilayer. The spin and orbital moments of Co in the Co/L10-Mn1.5Ga bilayers are calculated according to the sum rules and the ratio of the orbital to spin magnetic moments for Co is not enhanced like other perpendicularly magnetized Co-based multilayers such as Co/Pd and Co/Pt.

  11. Investigations on Ni-Co-Mn-Sn thin films: Effect of substrate temperature and Ar gas pressure on the martensitic transformations and exchange bias properties

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    Machavarapu, Ramudu; Jakob, Gerhard

    2015-03-01

    We report the effect of substrate temperature (TS) and Ar gas pressure (PD) on the martensitic transformations, magnetic and exchange bias (EB) properties in Heusler type Ni-Co-Mn-Sn epitaxial thin films. Martensitic transformation temperatures and EB fields at 5 K were found to increase with increasing TS. The observed maximum EB value of 320 Oe after field cooling in the film deposited at 650 ∘C is high among the values reported for Ni-Mn-Sn thin films which is attributed to the coexistence of ferromagnetic (FM) and antiferromagnetic (AF) phases in the martensitic state. In the case of PD variation, with increase in PD, martensitic transformation temperatures were increased and a sharp transformation was observed in the film deposited at 0.06 mbar. Magnetization values at 5 K were higher for increasing PD. These observations are attributed to the compositional shift. EB effect is also present in these films. Microstructural features observed using atomic force microscopy (AFM) shows a fine twinning and reduced precipitation with increase in PD, which is also confirmed from the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. EB effects in both series were confirmed from the training effect. Target ageing effect has been observed in the films deposited before and after ninety days of time interval. This has been confirmed both on substrate temperature and Ar gas pressure variations.

  12. Hydrostatic pressure tuned magneto-structural transition and occurrence of pressure induced exchange bias effect in Mn0.85Fe0.15NiGe alloy

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    Dutta, P.; Pramanick, S.; Das, D.; Chatterjee, S.

    2016-09-01

    The magnetic and magneto-functional behavior of a Fe-doped MnNiGe alloy with nominal composition Mn0.85Fe0.15NiGe have been investigated in ambient as well as in high pressure conditions. The alloy undergoes a first order martensitic phase transition (MPT) around 200 K and also shows a large conventional magnetocaloric effect (MCE) ( Δ S∼ -21 J kg‑1 K‑1 for magnetic field (H) changing from 0–50 kOe) around the transition in ambient conditions. The application of external hydrostatic pressure (P) results in a shift in MPT towards the lower temperature and a clear decrease in the saturation moment of the alloy at 5 K. The peak value of MCE is also found to decrease with increasing external P (∼18 J kg‑1 K‑1 decrease in Δ S has been observed for P  =  12.5 kbar). The most interesting observation is the occurrence of the exchange bias effect (EBE) on application of external P. The competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interaction in the presence of external P plays the pivotal role towards the observation of P induced EBE.

  13. Hydrostatic pressure tuned magneto-structural transition and occurrence of pressure induced exchange bias effect in Mn0.85Fe0.15NiGe alloy

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    Dutta, P.; Pramanick, S.; Das, D.; Chatterjee, S.

    2016-09-01

    The magnetic and magneto-functional behavior of a Fe-doped MnNiGe alloy with nominal composition Mn0.85Fe0.15NiGe have been investigated in ambient as well as in high pressure conditions. The alloy undergoes a first order martensitic phase transition (MPT) around 200 K and also shows a large conventional magnetocaloric effect (MCE) ( Δ S˜ -21 J kg-1 K-1 for magnetic field (H) changing from 0-50 kOe) around the transition in ambient conditions. The application of external hydrostatic pressure (P) results in a shift in MPT towards the lower temperature and a clear decrease in the saturation moment of the alloy at 5 K. The peak value of MCE is also found to decrease with increasing external P (˜18 J kg-1 K-1 decrease in Δ S has been observed for P  =  12.5 kbar). The most interesting observation is the occurrence of the exchange bias effect (EBE) on application of external P. The competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interaction in the presence of external P plays the pivotal role towards the observation of P induced EBE.

  14. Magnetoresistance and exchange bias in high Mn content melt-spun Mn46Ni42Sn11Sb1 alloy ribbon

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    Qingxue, Huang; Fenghua, Chen; Mingang, Zhang; Xiaohong, Xu

    2016-05-01

    Highly textured Heusler alloy Mn46Ni42Sn11Sb1 ribbons were prepared by melt spinning. The annealed high Mn content Mn46Ni42Sn11Sb1 ribbon cross-section microstructure, crystal structure, martensitic transformation (MT), and magnetoresistance (MR) properties were investigated. The MR in the annealed ribbon was assessed by the magnetic field direction perpendicular to the ribbon surface with the magnetic field up to 30 kOe. The large negative value of 25% for MR was obtained at 244 K. The exchange bias (EB) effects of the as-spun and annealed ribbons were investigated. After annealing, the EB effects have been improved by about 25 Oe at the temperature of 50 K. The magnetizations have increased approximately by 10% more than the as-spun ribbon. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB722801), the Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 2015M571285), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51401140), the Postdoctoral Research Station Foundation of Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, China (Grant Nos. 20142014, 20152041, and 20151082), the Natural Science Foundation of Shanxi Province, China (Grants Nos. 2015021019, 2015091011, and 2015081011), and the Key Team of Scientific and Technological Innovation of Shanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2013131009).

  15. Mixing antiferromagnets to tune NiFe-[IrMn/FeMn] interfacial spin-glasses, grains thermal stability, and related exchange bias properties

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    Akmaldinov, K.; Ducruet, C.; Portemont, C.; Joumard, I.; Prejbeanu, I. L.; Dieny, B.; Baltz, V.

    2014-05-01

    Spintronics devices and in particular thermally assisted magnetic random access memories require a wide range of ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic (F/AF) exchange bias (EB) properties and subsequently of AF materials to fulfil diverse functionality requirements for the reference and storage. For the reference layer, large EB energies and high blocking temperature (TB) are required. In contrast, for the storage layer, mostly moderate TB are needed. One of the present issues is to find a storage layer with properties intermediate between those of IrMn and FeMn and in particular: (i) with a TB larger than FeMn for better stability at rest-T but lower than IrMn to reduce power consumption at write-T and (ii) with improved magnetic interfacial quality, i.e., with reduced interfacial glassy character for lower properties dispersions. To address this issue, the EB properties of F/AF based stacks were studied for various mixed [IrMn/FeMn] AFs. In addition to EB loop shifts, the F/AF magnetic interfacial qualities and the AF grains thermal stability are probed via measurements of the low- and high-temperature contributions to the TB distributions, respectively. A tuning of the above three parameters is observed when evolving from IrMn to FeMn via [IrMn/FeMn] repetitions.

  16. Tuning exchange bias in Fe/γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} core-shell nanoparticles: Impacts of interface and surface spins

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    Khurshid, Hafsa E-mail: phanm@usf.edu Phan, Manh-Huong E-mail: phanm@usf.edu Mukherjee, Pritish; Srikanth, Hariharan E-mail: phanm@usf.edu

    2014-02-17

    A comparative study has been performed of the exchange bias (EB) effect in Fe/γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} core-shell nanoparticles with the same thickness of the γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} shell (∼2 nm) and the diameter of the Fe core varying from 4 nm to 11 nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution TEM confirmed the high quality of the core-shell nanostructures. A systematic analysis of magnetization versus magnetic field measurements under zero-field-cooled and field-cooled regimes using the Meiklejohn-Bean model and deconvoluting superparamagnetic and paramagnetic contribution to the total magnetic moment Langevin function shows that there exists a critical particle size (∼10 nm), above which the spins at the interface between Fe and γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} contribute primarily to the EB, but below which the surface spin effect is dominant. Our finding yields deeper insight into the collective contributions of interface and surface spins to the EB in core-shell nanoparticle systems, knowledge of which is the key to manipulating EB in magnetic nanostructures for spintronics applications.

  17. Mixing antiferromagnets to tune NiFe-[IrMn/FeMn] interfacial spin-glasses, grains thermal stability, and related exchange bias properties

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    Akmaldinov, K.; Ducruet, C.; Portemont, C.; Joumard, I.; Prejbeanu, I. L.; Dieny, B.; Baltz, V.

    2014-05-07

    Spintronics devices and in particular thermally assisted magnetic random access memories require a wide range of ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic (F/AF) exchange bias (EB) properties and subsequently of AF materials to fulfil diverse functionality requirements for the reference and storage. For the reference layer, large EB energies and high blocking temperature (T{sub B}) are required. In contrast, for the storage layer, mostly moderate T{sub B} are needed. One of the present issues is to find a storage layer with properties intermediate between those of IrMn and FeMn and in particular: (i) with a T{sub B} larger than FeMn for better stability at rest-T but lower than IrMn to reduce power consumption at write-T and (ii) with improved magnetic interfacial quality, i.e., with reduced interfacial glassy character for lower properties dispersions. To address this issue, the EB properties of F/AF based stacks were studied for various mixed [IrMn/FeMn] AFs. In addition to EB loop shifts, the F/AF magnetic interfacial qualities and the AF grains thermal stability are probed via measurements of the low- and high-temperature contributions to the T{sub B} distributions, respectively. A tuning of the above three parameters is observed when evolving from IrMn to FeMn via [IrMn/FeMn] repetitions.

  18. Investigations on Ni-Co-Mn-Sn thin films: Effect of substrate temperature and Ar gas pressure on the martensitic transformations and exchange bias properties

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    Machavarapu, Ramudu Jakob, Gerhard

    2015-03-15

    We report the effect of substrate temperature (T{sub S}) and Ar gas pressure (P{sub D}) on the martensitic transformations, magnetic and exchange bias (EB) properties in Heusler type Ni-Co-Mn-Sn epitaxial thin films. Martensitic transformation temperatures and EB fields at 5 K were found to increase with increasing T{sub S}. The observed maximum EB value of 320 Oe after field cooling in the film deposited at 650 {sup ∘}C is high among the values reported for Ni-Mn-Sn thin films which is attributed to the coexistence of ferromagnetic (FM) and antiferromagnetic (AF) phases in the martensitic state. In the case of P{sub D} variation, with increase in P{sub D}, martensitic transformation temperatures were increased and a sharp transformation was observed in the film deposited at 0.06 mbar. Magnetization values at 5 K were higher for increasing P{sub D}. These observations are attributed to the compositional shift. EB effect is also present in these films. Microstructural features observed using atomic force microscopy (AFM) shows a fine twinning and reduced precipitation with increase in P{sub D}, which is also confirmed from the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. EB effects in both series were confirmed from the training effect. Target ageing effect has been observed in the films deposited before and after ninety days of time interval. This has been confirmed both on substrate temperature and Ar gas pressure variations.

  19. Kinetics and stoichiometry of coupled Na efflux and Ca influx (Na/Ca exchange) in barnacle muscle cells

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    1989-01-01

    Coupled Na+ exit/Ca2+ entry (Na/Ca exchange operating in the Ca2+ influx mode) was studied in giant barnacle muscle cells by measuring 22Na+ efflux and 45Ca2+ influx in internally perfused, ATP-fueled cells in which the Na+ pump was poisoned by 0.1 mM ouabain. Internal free Ca2+, [Ca2+]i, was controlled with a Ca-EGTA buffering system containing 8 mM EGTA and varying amounts of Ca2+. Ca2+ sequestration in internal stores was inhibited with caffeine and a mitochondrial uncoupler (FCCP). To maximize conditions for Ca2+ influx mode Na/Ca exchange, and to eliminate tracer Na/Na exchange, all of the external Na+ in the standard Na+ sea water (NaSW) was replaced by Tris or Li+ (Tris-SW or LiSW, respectively). In both Na-free solutions an external Ca2+ (Cao)-dependent Na+ efflux was observed when [Ca2+]i was increased above 10(-8) M; this efflux was half-maximally activated by [Ca2+]i = 0.3 microM (LiSW) to 0.7 microM (Tris-SW). The Cao-dependent Na+ efflux was half-maximally activated by [Ca2+]o = 2.0 mM in LiSW and 7.2 mM in Tris-SW; at saturating [Ca2+]o, [Ca2+]i, and [Na+]i the maximal (calculated) Cao-dependent Na+ efflux was approximately 75 pmol#cm2.s. This efflux was inhibited by external Na+ and La3+ with IC50's of approximately 125 and 0.4 mM, respectively. A Nai-dependent Ca2+ influx was also observed in Tris-SW. This Ca2+ influx also required [Ca2+]i greater than 10(-8) M. Internal Ca2+ activated a Nai-independent Ca2+ influx from LiSW (tracer Ca/Ca exchange), but in Tris-SW virtually all of the Cai-activated Ca2+ influx was Nai-dependent (Na/Ca exchange). Half-maximal activation was observed with [Na+]i = 30 mM. The fact that internal Ca2+ activates both a Cao-dependent Na+ efflux and a Nai- dependent Ca2+ influx in Tris-SW implies that these two fluxes are coupled; the activating (intracellular) Ca2+ does not appear to be transported by the exchanger. The maximal (calculated) Nai-dependent Ca2+ influx was -25 pmol/cm2.s. At various [Na+]i between 6 and 106 m

  20. Interfacial exchange coupling in cubic Heusler Co2FeZ (Z = Al and Si)/tetragonal Mn3Ga bilayers

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    Ranjbar, R.; Suzuki, K.; Sugihara, A.; Ma, Q. L.; Zhang, X. M.; Miyazaki, T.; Ando, Y.; Mizukami, S.

    2015-05-01

    We have fabricated bilayer films of tetragonal Heusler-like D022 Mn3Ga and cubic Heusler Co2FeZ (Z = Si and Al) on (100) single-crystalline MgO substrates and investigated their structural and interfacial exchange coupling. The coupling in the Mn3Ga/Co2FeAl bilayer was either ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic, depending on annealing temperature, whereas only antiferromagnetic exchange coupling was observed in the Mn3Ga/Co2FeSi bilayers. The effects of annealing on the structure and coupling strength in the bilayers are discussed.

  1. Field-free spin Hall effect driven magnetization switching in Pd/Co/IrMn exchange coupling system

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    Kong, W. J.; Ji, Y. R.; Zhang, X.; Wu, H.; Zhang, Q. T.; Yuan, Z. H.; Wan, C. H.; Han, X. F.; Yu, T.; Fukuda, Kenji; Naganuma, Hiroshi; Tung, Mean-Jue

    2016-09-01

    All electrical manipulation of magnetization is crucial and of great important for spintronics devices for the sake of high speed, reliable operation, and low power consumption. Recently, widespread interests have been aroused to manipulate perpendicular magnetization of a ferromagnetic layer using spin-orbit torque (SOT) without field. We report that a commonly used antiferromagnetic material IrMn can be a promising candidate as a functional layer to realize field-free magnetization switching driven by SOT in which IrMn is employed to act as both the source of effective exchange bias field and SOT source. The critical switching current density within our study is Jc = 2.2 × 107 A/cm2, which is the same magnitude as similar materials such as PtMn. A series of measurements based on anomalous Hall effect was systematically implemented to determine the magnetization switching mechanism. This study offers a possible route for IrMn application in similar structures.

  2. Leukemia-Associated Rho Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factor Promotes Gαq-Coupled Activation of RhoA

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    Booden, Michelle A.; Siderovski, David P.; Der, Channing J.

    2002-01-01

    Leukemia-associated Rho guanine-nucleotide exchange factor (LARG) belongs to the subfamily of Dbl homology RhoGEF proteins (including p115 RhoGEF and PDZ-RhoGEF) that possess amino-terminal regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) boxes also found within GTPase-accelerating proteins (GAPs) for heterotrimeric G protein α subunits. p115 RhoGEF stimulates the intrinsic GTP hydrolysis activity of Gα12/13 subunits and acts as an effector for G13-coupled receptors by linking receptor activation to RhoA activation. The presence of RGS box and Dbl homology domains within LARG suggests this protein may also function as a GAP toward specific Gα subunits and couple Gα activation to RhoA-mediating signaling pathways. Unlike the RGS box of p115 RhoGEF, the RGS box of LARG interacts not only with Gα12 and Gα13 but also with Gαq. In cellular coimmunoprecipitation studies, the LARG RGS box formed stable complexes with the transition state mimetic forms of Gαq, Gα12, and Gα13. Expression of the LARG RGS box diminished the transforming activity of oncogenic G protein-coupled receptors (Mas, G2A, and m1-muscarinic cholinergic) coupled to Gαq and Gα13. Activated Gαq, as well as Gα12 and Gα13, cooperated with LARG and caused synergistic activation of RhoA, suggesting that all three Gα subunits stimulate LARG-mediated activation of RhoA. Our findings suggest that the RhoA exchange factor LARG, unlike the related p115 RhoGEF and PDZ-RhoGEF proteins, can serve as an effector for Gq-coupled receptors, mediating their functional linkage to RhoA-dependent signaling pathways. PMID:12024019

  3. Coupling of bias-induced crystallographic shear planes with charged domain walls in ferroelectric oxide thin films

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    Han, Myung-Geun; Garlow, Joseph A.; Bugnet, Matthieu; Divilov, Simon; Marshall, Matthew S. J.; Wu, Lijun; Dawber, Matthew; Fernandez-Serra, Marivi; Botton, Gianluigi A.; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Walker, Frederick J.; Ahn, Charles H.; Zhu, Yimei

    2016-09-01

    Polar discontinuity at interfaces plays deterministic roles in charge transport, magnetism, and even superconductivity of functional oxides. To date, most polar discontinuity problems have been explored in heterointerfaces between two dissimilar materials. Here, we show that charged domain walls (CDWs) in epitaxial thin films of ferroelectric PbZ r0.2T i0.8O3 are strongly coupled to polar interfaces through the formation of 1/2 <101 > {h 0 l } - type crystallographic shear planes (CSPs). Using atomic resolution imaging and spectroscopy we illustrate that the CSPs consist of both conservative and nonconservative segments when coupled to the CDWs where necessary compensating charges for stabilizing the CDWs are associated with vacancies at the CSPs. The CDW/CSP coupling yields an atomically narrow domain wall, consisting of a single atomic layer of oxygen. This study shows that the CDW/CSP coupling is a fascinating venue to develop emergent material properties.

  4. Second-order exchange-induction energy of intermolecular interactions from coupled cluster density matrices and their cumulants.

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    Korona, Tatiana

    2008-11-21

    A new formulation of the second-order exchange-induction energy of symmetry-adapted perturbation theory is presented. In the proposed formalism the exchange-induction energy is expressed through one- and two-particle reduced density matrices of monomers, which are of zeroth and first order with respect to the effective electrostatic potential of another monomer. The resulting expression is further modified by using the partition of two-particle density matrices into the antisymmetrized product of one-particle density matrices and the remaining cumulant part. The proposed formalism has been applied to the case of closed-shell monomers and for density matrices obtained from the expectation-value expression with coupled cluster singles and doubles wave functions. The performance of the new approach has been demonstrated on several benchmark van der Waals systems, including dimers of argon, water, and ethyne.

  5. Low-temperature, non-stoichiometric oxygen isotope exchange coupled to Fe(II)-goethite interactions

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    Frierdich, Andrew J.; Beard, Brian L.; Rosso, Kevin M.; Scherer, Michelle M.; Spicuzza, Michael J.; Valley, John W.; Johnson, Clark M.

    2015-07-01

    The oxygen isotope composition of natural iron oxide minerals has been widely used as a paleoclimate proxy. Interpretation of their stable isotope compositions, however, requires accurate knowledge of isotopic fractionation factors and an understanding of their isotopic exchange kinetics, the latter of which informs us how diagenetic processes may alter their isotopic compositions. Prior work has demonstrated that crystalline iron oxides do not significantly exchange oxygen isotopes with pure water at low temperature, which has restricted studies of isotopic fractionation factors to precipitation experiments or theoretical calculations. Using a double three-isotope method (¹⁸O-¹⁷O-¹⁶O and ⁵⁷Fe-⁵⁶Fe-⁵⁴Fe) we compare O and Fe isotope exchange kinetics, and demonstrate, for the first time, that O isotope exchange between structural O in crystalline goethite and water occurs in the presence of aqueous Fe(II) (Fe(II)aq) at ambient temperature (i.e., 22–50 °C). The three-isotope method was used to extrapolate partial exchange results to infer the equilibrium, mass-dependent isotope fractionations between goethite and water. In addition, this was combined with a reversal approach to equilibrium by reacting goethite in two unique waters that vary in composition by about 16‰ in ¹⁸O/¹⁶O ratios. Our results show that interactions between Fe(II)aq and goethite catalyzes O isotope exchange between the mineral and bulk fluid; no exchange (within error) is observed when goethite is suspended in ¹⁷O-enriched water in the absence of Fe(II)aq. In contrast, Fe(II)-catalyzed O isotope exchange is accompanied by significant changes in ¹⁸O/¹⁶O ratios. Despite significant O exchange, however, we observed disproportionate amounts of Fe versus O exchange, where Fe isotope exchange in goethite was roughly three times that of O. This disparity provides novel insight into the reactivity of oxide minerals in aqueous

  6. Direct analysis of ultra-trace semiconductor gas by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry coupled with gas to particle conversion-gas exchange technique.

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    Ohata, Masaki; Sakurai, Hiromu; Nishiguchi, Kohei; Utani, Keisuke; Günther, Detlef

    2015-09-01

    An inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) coupled with gas to particle conversion-gas exchange technique was applied to the direct analysis of ultra-trace semiconductor gas in ambient air. The ultra-trace semiconductor gases such as arsine (AsH3) and phosphine (PH3) were converted to particles by reaction with ozone (O3) and ammonia (NH3) gases within a gas to particle conversion device (GPD). The converted particles were directly introduced and measured by ICPMS through a gas exchange device (GED), which could penetrate the particles as well as exchange to Ar from either non-reacted gases such as an air or remaining gases of O3 and NH3. The particle size distribution of converted particles was measured by scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS) and the results supported the elucidation of particle agglomeration between the particle converted from semiconductor gas and the particle of ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) which was produced as major particle in GPD. Stable time-resolved signals from AsH3 and PH3 in air were obtained by GPD-GED-ICPMS with continuous gas introduction; however, the slightly larger fluctuation, which could be due to the ionization fluctuation of particles in ICP, was observed compared to that of metal carbonyl gas in Ar introduced directly into ICPMS. The linear regression lines were obtained and the limits of detection (LODs) of 1.5 pL L(-1) and 2.4 nL L(-1) for AsH3 and PH3, respectively, were estimated. Since these LODs revealed sufficiently lower values than the measurement concentrations required from semiconductor industry such as 0.5 nL L(-1) and 30 nL L(-1) for AsH3 and PH3, respectively, the GPD-GED-ICPMS could be useful for direct and high sensitive analysis of ultra-trace semiconductor gas in air.

  7. A G Protein-biased Designer G Protein-coupled Receptor Useful for Studying the Physiological Relevance of Gq/11-dependent Signaling Pathways.

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    Hu, Jianxin; Stern, Matthew; Gimenez, Luis E; Wanka, Lizzy; Zhu, Lu; Rossi, Mario; Meister, Jaroslawna; Inoue, Asuka; Beck-Sickinger, Annette G; Gurevich, Vsevolod V; Wess, Jürgen

    2016-04-01

    Designerreceptorsexclusivelyactivated by adesignerdrug (DREADDs) are clozapine-N-oxide-sensitive designer G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that have emerged as powerful novel chemogenetic tools to study the physiological relevance of GPCR signaling pathways in specific cell types or tissues. Like endogenous GPCRs, clozapine-N-oxide-activated DREADDs do not only activate heterotrimeric G proteins but can also trigger β-arrestin-dependent (G protein-independent) signaling. To dissect the relative physiological relevance of G protein-mediatedversusβ-arrestin-mediated signaling in different cell types or physiological processes, the availability of G protein- and β-arrestin-biased DREADDs would be highly desirable. In this study, we report the development of a mutationally modified version of a non-biased DREADD derived from the M3muscarinic receptor that can activate Gq/11with high efficacy but lacks the ability to interact with β-arrestins. We also demonstrate that this novel DREADD is activein vivoand that cell type-selective expression of this new designer receptor can provide novel insights into the physiological roles of G protein (Gq/11)-dependentversusβ-arrestin-dependent signaling in hepatocytes. Thus, this novel Gq/11-biased DREADD represents a powerful new tool to study the physiological relevance of Gq/11-dependent signaling in distinct tissues and cell types, in the absence of β-arrestin-mediated cellular effects. Such studies should guide the development of novel classes of functionally biased ligands that show high efficacy in various pathophysiological conditions but display a reduced incidence of side effects.

  8. Charge-exchange coupling between pickup ions across the heliopause and its effect on energetic neutral hydrogen flux

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    Zirnstein, E. J.; Heerikhuisen, J.; Zank, G. P.; Pogorelov, N. V.; McComas, D. J.; Desai, M. I.

    2014-03-10

    Pickup ions (PUIs) appear to play an integral role in the multi-component nature of the plasma in the interaction between the solar wind (SW) and local interstellar medium (LISM). Three-dimensional (3D) MHD simulations with a kinetic treatment for neutrals and PUIs are currently still not viable. In light of recent energetic neutral atom (ENA) observations by the Interstellar Boundary EXplorer, the purpose of this paper is to illustrate the complex coupling between PUIs across the heliopause (HP) as facilitated by ENAs using estimates of PUI properties extracted from a 3D MHD simulation of the SW-LISM interaction with kinetic neutrals. First, we improve upon the multi-component treatment of the inner heliosheath (IHS) plasma from Zank et al. by including the extinction of PUIs through charge-exchange. We find a significant amount of energy is transferred away from hot, termination shock-processed PUIs into a colder, 'freshly injected' PUI population. Second, we extend the multi-component approach to estimate ENA flux from the outer heliosheath (OHS), formed from charge-exchange between interstellar hydrogen atoms and energetic PUIs. These PUIs are formed from ENAs in the IHS that crossed the HP and experienced charge-exchange. Our estimates, based on plasma-neutral simulations of the SW-LISM interaction and a post-processing analysis of ENAs and PUIs, suggest the majority of flux visible at 1 AU from the front of the heliosphere, between ∼0.02 and 10 keV, originates from OHS PUIs, indicating strong coupling between the IHS and OHS plasmas through charge-exchange.

  9. Charge-exchange Coupling between Pickup Ions across the Heliopause and its Effect on Energetic Neutral Hydrogen Flux

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    Zirnstein, E. J.; Heerikhuisen, J.; Zank, G. P.; Pogorelov, N. V.; McComas, D. J.; Desai, M. I.

    2014-03-01

    Pickup ions (PUIs) appear to play an integral role in the multi-component nature of the plasma in the interaction between the solar wind (SW) and local interstellar medium (LISM). Three-dimensional (3D) MHD simulations with a kinetic treatment for neutrals and PUIs are currently still not viable. In light of recent energetic neutral atom (ENA) observations by the Interstellar Boundary EXplorer, the purpose of this paper is to illustrate the complex coupling between PUIs across the heliopause (HP) as facilitated by ENAs using estimates of PUI properties extracted from a 3D MHD simulation of the SW-LISM interaction with kinetic neutrals. First, we improve upon the multi-component treatment of the inner heliosheath (IHS) plasma from Zank et al. by including the extinction of PUIs through charge-exchange. We find a significant amount of energy is transferred away from hot, termination shock-processed PUIs into a colder, "freshly injected" PUI population. Second, we extend the multi-component approach to estimate ENA flux from the outer heliosheath (OHS), formed from charge-exchange between interstellar hydrogen atoms and energetic PUIs. These PUIs are formed from ENAs in the IHS that crossed the HP and experienced charge-exchange. Our estimates, based on plasma-neutral simulations of the SW-LISM interaction and a post-processing analysis of ENAs and PUIs, suggest the majority of flux visible at 1 AU from the front of the heliosphere, between ~0.02 and 10 keV, originates from OHS PUIs, indicating strong coupling between the IHS and OHS plasmas through charge-exchange.

  10. Spin spring behavior in exchange coupled soft and high-coercivity hard ferromagnets.

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    Shull, R. D.; Shapiro, A. J.; Gornakov, V. S.; Nikitenko, V. I.; Jiang, J. S.; Kaper, H.; Leaf, G.; Bader, S. D.

    2000-11-01

    The magnetization reversal processes in an epitaxial Fe/Sm{sub 2}Co{sub 7} structure were investigated using the magneto-optical indicator film technique. The dependence of the magnitude and the orientation of the structure average magnetization have been studied on both cycling and rotating the external magnetic field. It was discovered that the magnetization reversal of the soft ferromagnet can proceed by formation of not only one-dimensional, but also two-dimensional, exchange spin springs. Experimental data is compared with a theoretical estimation of the rotational hysteresis loop for a spin system containing a one-dimensional exchange spring.

  11. Microstructure, magnetic properties and exchange-coupling interactions for one-dimensional hard/soft ferrite nanofibers

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    Song Fuzhan; Shen Xiangqian; Liu Mingquan; Xiang Jun

    2012-01-15

    SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (SFO)/Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (NZFO) composite ferrite nanofibers with diameters about 120 nm have been prepared by the electrospinning and calcination process. The SFO/NZFO composite ferrites are formed after calcined at 700 Degree-Sign C for 2 h and the composite nanofibers with various mass ratios obtained at 900 Degree-Sign C are fabricated from NZFO grains about 16-40 nm and SFO grains of 19-45 nm with a uniform phase distribution. With the SFO ferrite content increasing, the coercivity (H{sub c}) and remanence (M{sub r}) for the composite ferrite nanofibers initially increase, reaching maximum values of 379.8 kA/m (297 K) and 242.2 kA/m (77 K), 39.1 Am{sup 2}/kg (297 K) and 53.5 Am{sup 2}/kg (77 K), respectively, at a mass ratio (SFO:NZFO) of 4, and then show a reduction tendency with a further increase of the mass ratio. This enhancement in magnetic properties is attributed to the competition of the exchange-coupling interaction and the dipolar interaction in the composite nanofibers. - Graphical abstract: SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (SFO)/Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (NZFO) composite ferrite nanofibers with a uniform phase distribution show competition of the exchange-coupling interaction and the dipolar interaction in the composite nanofibers. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Composite ferrite nanofibers have been prepared by the electrospinning. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic exchange-coupling interaction for these nanofibers were analyzed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanofibers magnetic properties measured at 297 K and 77 K were discussed.

  12. Stacked Micro Heat Exchange System for Optimized Thermal Coupling of MicroTEGs

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    Wojtas, N.; Grab, M.; Glatz, W.; Hierold, C.

    2013-07-01

    This study presents modeling and experimental results of micro thermoelectric generators (μTEGs) integrated into a multilayer micro heat exchange system. The multilayer configuration benefits from low heat transfer resistances at small fluid flow rates and at the same time from low required pumping powers. The compact stacked power device allows for high net output power per volume, and therefore a reduction in size, weight, and cost compared with conventional large-scale heat exchangers. The influence of the boundary conditions and the system design parameters on the net output power of the micro heat exchange system was investigated by simulation. The theoretical results showed a major impact of the microchannel dimensions and the μTEG thickness on the overall output performance of the system. By adapting the applied fluid flow rate, the system's net power output can be maximized for varying operating temperatures. Experimental measurements of the cross-flow micro heat exchange system were in good agreement with the performed simulations. A net μTEG output power of 62.9 mW/cm2 was measured for a double-layer system at an applied water inlet temperature difference of 60 K with a Bi2Te3 μTEG ( ZT of 0.12), resulting in a net volumetric efficiency factor of 37.2 W/m3/K2.

  13. Correlation between charge transfer and exchange coupling in carbon-based magnetic materials

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    Nguyen, Anh Tuan; Nguyen, Van Thanh; Nguyen, Huy Sinh; Pham, Thi Tuan Anh; Do, Viet Thang; Dam, Hieu Chi

    2015-10-15

    Several forms of carbon-based magnetic materials, i.e. single radicals, radical dimers, and alternating stacks of radicals and diamagnetic molecules, have been investigated using density-functional theory with dispersion correction and full geometry optimization. Our calculated results demonstrate that the C{sub 31}H{sub 15} (R{sub 4}) radical has a spin of ½. However, in its [R{sub 4}]{sub 2} dimer structure, the net spin becomes zero due to antiferromagnetic spin-exchange between radicals. To avoid antiferromagnetic spin-exchange of identical face-to-face radicals, eight alternating stacks, R{sub 4}/D{sub 2m}/R{sub 4} (with m = 3-10), were designed. Our calculated results show that charge transfer (Δn) between R{sub 4} radicals and the diamagnetic molecule D{sub 2m} occurs with a mechanism of spin exchange (J) in stacks. The more electrons that transfer from R{sub 4} to D{sub 2m}, the stronger the ferromagnetic spin-exchange in stacks. In addition, our calculated results show that Δn can be tailored by adjusting the electron affinity (E{sub a}) of D{sub 2m}. The correlation between Δn, E{sub a}, m, and J is discussed. These results give some hints for the design of new ferromagnetic carbon-based materials.

  14. Interplay of Rashba and sp-d exchange couplings in magnetic 2DEGs

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    Mireles, Francisco; Freire, Henrique H. P.; Egues, J. Carlos

    2006-03-01

    In diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) quantum wells the sp-d exchange interaction between the itinerant conduction electrons in the well and the localized electrons in the d orbitals of the Mn impurities gives rise to interesting spin-dependent physics [1]. Recently, the interplay of the Rashba spin-orbit and the sp-d exchange interactions in Mn-based wells has been recognized via Shubnikov-de-Haas measurements [2]. While the Rashba spin-orbit has been extensively studied in non-magnetic 2DEGs, its role in DMS systems with a competing sp-d exchange interaction has not yet been addressed theoretically. In this work we present a k.p derivation of an effective Hamiltonian for a Mn-based quantum well with competing Rashba and sp-d interactions, and show numerical results for the magnetoresistance ρxx of typical magnetic 2DEGs using our effective Hamiltonian model. Our results shows interesting beating patterns of the ρxx as a function of the temperature and carrier density which suggests a significant interplay between the spin-orbit and sp-d exchange interactions, as a recent experiment observes [2]. [1] J. C. Egues, PRL 78, 4578 (1998); H. J. P. Freire and J. C. Egues, cond-mat/0412491. [2] Y. S. Gui et al. EPL. 65, 393 (2004).

  15. Experimental determination of next-nearest-neighbor interlayer exchange coupling in ferromagnetic GaMnAs/GaAs:Be multilayers

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    Lee, Hakjoon; Bac, Seul-Ki; Lee, Sangyeop; Choi, Seonghoon; Yoo, Taehee; Lee, Sanghoon; Liu, Xinyu; Furdyna, Jacek K.

    2015-11-09

    We report direct experimental determination of next-nearest-neighbor (NNN) interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) in antiferromagnetically coupled GaMnAs/GaAs:Be multilayers. Magnetoresistance in such multilayers shows step-like transitions as a function of applied magnetic field that corresponds to abrupt changes of spin configuration. By adjusting the field range, one obtains minor hysteresis loops that allow one to determine spin configurations occurring in the multilayer, which in turn can be used to obtain the ratio of NNN IEC to NN IEC. By using this method on a series of GaMnAs/GaAs:Be with different numbers of GaMnAs layers, we obtain this ratio to be 0.23, in good agreement with theoretical predictions.

  16. Exchange coupling transformations in Cu (II) heterospin complexes of “breathing crystals” under structural phase transitions

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    Morozov, Vitaly A.; Petrova, Marina V.; Lukzen, Nikita N.

    2015-08-15

    Family of “breathing crystals” is the polymer-chain complexes of Cu(hfac){sub 2} with nitroxides. The polymer chains consist of one-, two- or three-spin clusters. The “breathing crystals” experience simultaneous magnetic and Jahn-Teller type structural phase transitions with change of total cluster spin and drastic change of bond lengths (ca. 10-12%). For the first time the intra-cluster magnetic couplings in ”breathing crystals” have been calculated both by band structure methods GGA + U and hybrid DFT (B3LYP and PBE0) for the isolated exchange clusters. The temperature dependence of the magnetic coupling constant was calculated for two polymer-chain compounds of the “breathing crystal” family - C{sub 21}H{sub 19}CuF{sub 12}N{sub 4}O{sub 6} with the chains containing two-spin clusters and C{sub 22}H{sub 21}CuF{sub 12}N{sub 4}O{sub 6} with the chains of alternating three-spin clusters and one-spin sites. It was found that adding a Hubbard-like parameter not only to the copper 3d electrons but also to the oxygen 2p electrons (GGA + U{sub d} + U{sub p} approach) results in an improved description of exchange coupling in the “breathing crystal” compounds. At the same time treatment of the isolated clusters by a large basis hybrid DFT with high computational cost provides a similar quality fit of the experimental magneto-chemical data as that for the GGA + U{sub d} + U{sub p} band structure calculation scheme. Our calculations also showed that in spite of the abrupt transformation of the magnetic coupling constant under the phase transition, the band gap in the “breathing crystals” remains about the same value with temperature decrease.

  17. Domain-wall velocities of up to 750 m s-1 driven by exchange-coupling torque in synthetic antiferromagnets

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    Yang, See-Hun; Ryu, Kwang-Su; Parkin, Stuart

    2015-03-01

    The operation of racetrack memories is based on the motion of domain walls in atomically thin, perpendicularly magnetized nanowires, which are interfaced with adjacent metal layers with high spin-orbit coupling. Such domain walls have a chiral Néel structure and can be moved efficiently by electrical currents. High-capacity racetrack memory requires closely packed domain walls, but their density is limited by dipolar coupling from their fringing magnetic fields. These fields can be eliminated using a synthetic antiferromagnetic structure composed of two magnetic sub-layers, exchange-coupled via an ultrathin antiferromagnetic-coupling spacer layer. Here, we show that nanosecond-long current pulses can move domain walls in synthetic antiferromagnetic racetracks that have almost zero net magnetization. The domain walls can be moved even more efficiently and at much higher speeds (up to ˜750 m s-1) compared with similar racetracks in which the sub-layers are coupled ferromagnetically. This is due to a stabilization of the Néel domain wall structure, and an exchange coupling torque that is directly proportional to the strength of the antiferromagnetic exchange coupling between the two sub-layers. Moreover, the dependence of the wall velocity on the magnetic field applied along the nanowire is distinct from that of the single-layer racetrack due to the exchange coupling torque. The high domain wall velocities in racetracks that have no net magnetization allow for densely packed yet highly efficient domain-wall-based spintronics.

  18. Giant zero field cooled spontaneous exchange bias effect in phase separated La{sub 1.5}Sr{sub 0.5}CoMnO{sub 6}

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    Krishna Murthy, J.; Venimadhav, A.

    2013-12-16

    We report a giant zero field cooled exchange bias (ZEB) effect (∼0.65 T) in La{sub 1.5}Sr{sub 0.5}CoMnO{sub 6} sample. Magnetic study has revealed a reentrant spin glass ∼90 K, phase separation to spin glass and ferromagnetic phases below 50 K and canted antiferromagnetic transition ∼10 K. A small conventional exchange bias (CEB) is established with the advent of spontaneous phase separation down to 10 K. Giant ZEB and enhanced CEB effects are found only below 10 K and are attributed to the large unidirectional anisotropy at the interface of isothermally field induced ferromagnetic phase and canted antiferromagnetic background.

  19. Determining the anisotropic exchange coupling of CrO2 via first-principles density functional theory calculations

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    Sims, H.; Oset, S. J.; Butler, W. H.; MacLaren, James M.; Marsman, Martijn

    2010-06-01

    We report a study of the anisotropic exchange interactions in bulk CrO2 calculated from first principles within density functional theory (DFT) [W. Kohn and L. J. Sham, Phys. Rev. 140, A1133 (1965)10.1103/PhysRev.140.A1133]. We determine the exchange coupling energies, using both the experimental lattice parameters and those obtained within DFT, within a modified Heisenberg model Hamiltonian in two ways. We employ a supercell method in which certain spins within a cell are rotated and the energy dependence is calculated and a spin-spiral method that modifies the periodic boundary conditions of the problem to allow for an overall rotation of the spins between unit cells. Using the results from each of these methods, we calculate the spin-wave stiffness constant D from the exchange energies using the magnon dispersion relation. We employ a Monte Carlo method to determine the DFT-predicted Curie temperature from these calculated energies and compare with accepted values. Finally, we offer an evaluation of the accuracy of the DFT-based methods and suggest implications of the competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interactions.

  20. Origin of spin-glass and exchange bias in La{sub 1∕3}Sr{sub 2∕3}FeO{sub 3−γ} nanoparticles

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    Silva, R. B. da; Araújo, J. H. de; Soares, J. M.; Machado, F. L. A.

    2014-03-21

    The structure and the magnetic properties of nanopowdered samples of La{sub 1∕3}Sr{sub 2∕3}FeO{sub 3−γ} with average particles size d in the range of 67-367 nm prepared by a sol-gel method were investigated in detail. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, specific heat, Mössbauer spectroscopy, ac susceptibility, and magnetization measurements. Exchange bias with vertical magnetization shift was found in all samples. Charge ordering and antiferromagnetism were observed close to 200 K for large particles (d ≥ 304 nm) samples, while for particles with intermediated and smaller values (d ≤ 156 nm) a cluster-glass like behaviour and a short range charge ordering were seen near 115 K and 200 K, respectively. The spin-glass like and exchange bias behaviour in nanopowdered samples of La{sub 1∕3}Sr{sub 2∕3}FeO{sub 3−γ} are associated to compact Fe{sup 3+} antiferromagnetic (AF) clusters caused by an oxygen deficiency, which was found to be higher in the samples with the smallest average particles sizes. The effect of exchange bias and vertical magnetization shifts are explained by a simple model involving the interaction of one AF phase with a canted AF phase.

  1. Preliminary Design of a SP-100/Stirling Radiatively Coupled Heat Exchanger

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    Schmitz, Paul; Tower, Leonard; Dawson, Ronald; Blue, Brian; Dunn, Pat

    1995-01-01

    Several methods for coupling the SP-100 space nuclear reactor to the NASA Lewis Research Center's Free Piston Stirling Power Convertor (FPSPC) are presented. A 25 kWe, dual opposed Stirling convertor configuration is used in these designs. The concepts use radiative coupling between the SP-100 lithium loop and the sodium heat pipe of the Stirling convertor to transfer the heat from the reactor to the convertor. Four separate configurations are presented. Masses for the four designs vary from 41 to 176 kgs. Each design's structure, heat transfer characteristics, and heat pipe performance are analytically modeled.

  2. Dynamic control of substrate bias for highly c-axis textured thin ferromagnetic CoCrTa film in inductively coupled plasma-assisted sputtering

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    Okimura, Kunio; Oyanagi, Junya

    2005-01-01

    This study shows highly c-axis textured thin ferromagnetic Co-based alloy (CoCrTa) film growth in inductively coupled plasma (ICP)-assisted sputtering with an internal coil with an insulated surface. Dynamic control of the substrate bias achieved highly c-axis textured CoCrTa film with a thickness of 70 nm in 3 min depositions on a Si substrate. The prepared film showed a smooth, dense surface consisting of small crystal grains. The film had a perpendicular magnetic coercivity of 1030 Oe and coercive squareness of 0.36. ICP-assisted sputtering with an internal coil with an insulated surface enabled higher-density ({>=}1.0x10{sup 11} cm{sup -3}) plasma with lower space potential ({<=}30 V) compared to ICP-assisted sputtering with bare coil systems. Therefore, the proposed bias control is quite effective for textured growth of thinner Co layers via the effect of a high flux of ions with proper energies. This method can be a candidate for the deposition technique of c-axis textured films as perpendicular magnetic recording media.

  3. First-order exchange coefficient coupling for simulating surface water-groundwater interactions: Parameter sensitivity and consistency with a physics-based approach

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    Ebel, B.A.; Mirus, B.B.; Heppner, C.S.; VanderKwaak, J.E.; Loague, K.

    2009-01-01

    Distributed hydrologic models capable of simulating fully-coupled surface water and groundwater flow are increasingly used to examine problems in the hydrologic sciences. Several techniques are currently available to couple the surface and subsurface; the two most frequently employed approaches are first-order exchange coefficients (a.k.a., the surface conductance method) and enforced continuity of pressure and flux at the surface-subsurface boundary condition. The effort reported here examines the parameter sensitivity of simulated hydrologic response for the first-order exchange coefficients at a well-characterized field site using the fully coupled Integrated Hydrology Model (InHM). This investigation demonstrates that the first-order exchange coefficients can be selected such that the simulated hydrologic response is insensitive to the parameter choice, while simulation time is considerably reduced. Alternatively, the ability to choose a first-order exchange coefficient that intentionally decouples the surface and subsurface facilitates concept-development simulations to examine real-world situations where the surface-subsurface exchange is impaired. While the parameters comprising the first-order exchange coefficient cannot be directly estimated or measured, the insensitivity of the simulated flow system to these parameters (when chosen appropriately) combined with the ability to mimic actual physical processes suggests that the first-order exchange coefficient approach can be consistent with a physics-based framework. Copyright ?? 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  4. Exchange coupling in (111)-oriented La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/ La0.7Sr0.3FeO3 superlattices

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    Jia, Yue; Chopdekar, Rajesh; Arenholz, Elke; Young, Anthony; Marcus, Matthew; Scholl, Andreas; Takamura, Yayoi

    2015-03-01

    Epitaxial La0.7Sr0.3MnO3(LSMO)/La0.7Sr0.3FeO3(LSFO) superlattices serve as ideal systems to explore the magnetic structure and exchange coupling in (111)-oriented perovskite oxides. The (111) orientation offers a buckled honeycomb structure resembling that of graphene with the stacking of highly polar layers. Furthermore, the bulk LSFO magnetic structure predicts that the (111) interface should have fully uncompensated antiferromagnetic (AF) moments leading to exchange bias interactions. Detailed soft x-ray magnetic spectroscopy and microscopy reveal that interfacial effects and the ultrathin nature of the sublayers of the superlattices can stabilize orientations of the LSFO AF spin axis which differ from that of LSFO films and LSMO/LSFO bilayers. A portion of the interfacial AF moments can be reoriented to an arbitrary direction by a moderate external magnetic field through spin-flop coupling with the ferromagnetic LSMO sublayers with low magnetocrystalline anisotropy in the (111) plane. The remaining decoupled moments are pinned by the crystalline anisotropy, displaying 3-fold symmetry consistent with the crystal symmetry of the (111) plane.

  5. Exchange coupling in (111)-oriented L a0.7S r0.3Mn O3/L a0.7S r0.3Fe O3 superlattices

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    Jia, Yue; Chopdekar, Rajesh V.; Arenholz, Elke; Young, Anthony T.; Marcus, Matthew A.; Mehta, Apurva; Takamura, Yayoi

    2015-09-01

    Epitaxial L a0.7S r0.3Mn O3(LSMO ) /L a0.7S r0.3Fe O3 (LSFO) superlattices serve as model systems to explore the magnetic structure and exchange coupling at (111)-oriented perovskite oxide interfaces. The (111) orientation possesses a buckled honeycomb structure resembling that of graphene with the stacking of highly polar layers. Furthermore, the bulk LSFO magnetic structure suggests that an ideal (111) interface should have fully uncompensated antiferromagnetic (AF) moments leading to exchange bias interactions. Detailed soft x-ray magnetic spectroscopy and microscopy reveal that interfacial effects and ultrathin superlattice sublayers can stabilize orientations of the LSFO AF spin axis, which differ from that of LSFO films and LSMO/LSFO bilayers. A portion of the AF moments can be reoriented to an arbitrary direction by a moderate external magnetic field through spin-flop coupling with the ferromagnetic LSMO sublayers that have low magnetocrystalline anisotropy in the (111) plane.

  6. Exchange-coupled fct-FePd/α-Fe nanocomposite magnets converted from Pd/Fe3O4 core/shell nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Fei; Dong, Yunhe; Yang, Wenlong; Yu, Jing; Xu, Zhichuan; Hou, Yanglong

    2014-11-10

    We report the controlled synthesis of exchange-coupled face-centered tetragonal (fct) FePd/α-Fe nanocomposite magnets with variable Fe concentration. The composite was converted from Pd/Fe3O4 core/shell nanoparticles through a high-temperature annealing process in a reducing atmosphere. The shell thickness of core/shell Pd/Fe3O4 nanoparticles could be readily tuned, and subsequently the concentration of Fe in nanocomposite magnets was controlled. Upon annealing reduction, the hard magnetic fct-FePd phase was formed by the interdiffusion between reduced α-Fe and face-centered cubic (fcc) Pd, whereas the excessive α-Fe remained around the fct-FePd grains, realizing exchange coupling between the soft magnetic α-Fe and hard magnetic fct-FePd phases. Magnetic measurements showed variation in the magnetic properties of the nanocomposite magnets with different compositions, indicating distinct exchange coupling at the interfaces. The coercivity of the exchange-coupled nanocomposites could be tuned from 0.7 to 2.8 kOe and the saturation magnetization could be controlled from 93 to 160 emu g(-1). This work provides a bottom-up approach using exchange-coupled nanocomposites for engineering advanced permanent magnets with controllable magnetic properties.

  7. Competition between spin-orbit interaction and exchange coupling within a honeycomb lattice ribbon

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    Su, Yu-Hsin; Chen, Son-Hsien; Hu, C. D.; Chang, Ching-Ray

    2016-01-01

    Spin density patterns of a pinned magnetic impurity that is embedded in a honeycomb lattice with zigzag edges are investigated by employing a mean-field assisted Landauer-Keldysh formalism. Both the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling and the extrinsic localized magnetic moments are considered, and the effects of the pinning directions and the species of the sublattice on the electron spins are analyzed. A local time-reversal symmetry breaking cannot destroy the equilibrium edge-state spin accumulation that is induced by intrinsic spin-orbit coupling when the pinning field lies in the plane of the ribbon and the embedding position is the A-site at the edge. The induced local spin can be either parallel or antiparallel to the localized impurity moment, depending on the location of the pinned impurity, because itinerant electrons are found only at the B-site of the edge, but not at the A-site.

  8. Nutritional stress induces exchange of cell material and energetic coupling between bacterial species.

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    Benomar, Saida; Ranava, David; Cárdenas, María Luz; Trably, Eric; Rafrafi, Yan; Ducret, Adrien; Hamelin, Jérôme; Lojou, Elisabeth; Steyer, Jean-Philippe; Giudici-Orticoni, Marie-Thérèse

    2015-02-23

    Knowledge of the behaviour of bacterial communities is crucial for understanding biogeochemical cycles and developing environmental biotechnology. Here we demonstrate the formation of an artificial consortium between two anaerobic bacteria, Clostridium acetobutylicum (Gram-positive) and Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough (Gram-negative, sulfate-reducing) in which physical interactions between the two partners induce emergent properties. Molecular and cellular approaches show that tight cell-cell interactions are associated with an exchange of molecules, including proteins, which allows the growth of one partner (D. vulgaris) in spite of the shortage of nutrients. This physical interaction induces changes in expression of two genes encoding enzymes at the pyruvate crossroads, with concomitant changes in the distribution of metabolic fluxes, and allows a substantial increase in hydrogen production without requiring genetic engineering. The stress induced by the shortage of nutrients of D. vulgaris appears to trigger the interaction.

  9. Rate enhancement of photocatalytic cyanide oxidation by the application of an anodic bias/coupled semiconductor configuration

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    Munroe, N.D.H.; Tilleux, R.

    1996-12-31

    In this study, photocatalytic cyanide degradation was investigated utilizing ultraviolet light (UV), an increase in titanium (IV) oxide (TiO{sub 2}) photocatalyst surface area, platinization of the photocatalyst, appropriate adjustment of pH, and the immobilization of TiO{sub 2}/ tin (IV) oxide (SnO{sub 2}) coupled semi-conductor film on an optically transparent electrode. The cyanide concentration was monitored using an ion selective electrode. The focus of this study was to explore the possibility of a viable process for the effective and complete photodegradation of cyanide ion. The long-term goal is the application of this process to industry. Cyanide detoxification has been successfully achieved in recent years. Research has shown that photocatalytic oxidation can completely degrade cyanide to nitrate via nitrite. However, the rate at which this oxidation occurs is not yet suitable for application in industry. Therefore, the need for an effective treatment is most urgent.

  10. Exchange coupled SrFe12O19/Fe-Co core/shell particles with different shell thickness

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    Xu, Xia; Hong, Yang-Ki; Park, Jihoon; Lee, Woncheol; Lane, Alan M.

    2015-11-01

    SrFe12O19/Fe-Co core/shell particles with different shell thickness were synthesized by polyol reduction of Fe and Co ions at 180°C with SrFe12O19 particles dispersed in solvent. The core/shell structure is formed by magnetic self-assembly due to the remanent magnetization of SrFe12O19 particles. Within a limited concentration range, the shell thickness could be controlled by regulating the concentration of Fe and Co ions. Core/shell structured SrFe12O19/Fe-Co particles showed more effective exchange coupling effects between hard and soft phases than physically mixed SrFe12O19 and Fe-Co particles. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  11. Effect of adatom deposition on surface magnetism and exchange coupling parameter in (0001) SmCo{sub 5} slabs

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    Selva Chandrasekaran, S.; Murugan, P.; Saravanan, P.; Kamat, S. V.

    2015-04-07

    First principles calculations are performed on 3d-transition metal atom deposited (0001) surface of SmCo{sub 5} to understand the magnetic properties and the improvement of Curie temperature (T{sub c}). Various atomic sites are examined to identify the energetically feasible adsorption of adatom and it is found that the void site of Co-rich (0001) SmCo{sub 5} surface is the most favourable one to deposit. The surface magnetic moments of various adatom deposited SmCo{sub 5} surfaces are larger than the clean surface except for Cu and Zn. Eventually, the surface exchange coupling of clean and adatom deposited surface is found to increase for Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu deposited surfaces and this improvement results in the increase in T{sub c} of SmCo{sub 5} slab.

  12. Electron-phonon coupling and exchange-correlation effects in superconducting H3S under high pressure

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    Komelj, Matej; Krakauer, Henry

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the H3S phase of sulfur hydride under high pressure ≃200 GPa by means of ab initio calculations within the framework of the density-functional theory with the PBE0 hybrid exchange-correlation (Exc) approximation. The choice of Exc has the largest effect on the calculated electron-phonon coupling (EPC) matrix elements; the high-pressure equation of state and phonon frequencies are only slightly modified. Mode-dependent EPC correction factors are determined from PBE0 using a frozen-phonon supercell approach, while standard density-functional perturbation theory is used to determine the EPC with PBE generalized-gradient approximation Exc. Our principle finding is that the calculated PBE 0 Tc is enhanced by 25% compared to PBE. This is similar in magnitude, but in opposite direction, to the proposed suppression of Tc by anharmonic effects [I. Errea et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 157004 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.157004]. Our calculations demonstrate the importance of considering exchange-correlation approximations for calculations of superconducting properties for this class of materials.

  13. Modified ion exchange separation for tungsten isotopic measurements from kimberlite samples using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

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    Sahoo, Yu Vin; Nakai, Shun'ichi; Ali, Arshad

    2006-03-01

    Tungsten isotope composition of a sample of deep-seated rock can record the influence of core-mantle interaction of the parent magma. Samples of kimberlite, which is known as a carrier of diamond, from the deep mantle might exhibit effects of core-mantle interaction. Although tungsten isotope anomaly was reported for kimberlites from South Africa, a subsequent investigation did not verify the anomaly. The magnesium-rich and calcium-rich chemical composition of kimberlite might engender difficulty during chemical separation of tungsten for isotope analyses. This paper presents a simple, one-step anion exchange technique for precise and accurate determination of tungsten isotopes in kimberlites using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). Large quantities of Ca and Mg in kimberlite samples were precipitated and removed with aqueous H(2)SO(4). Highly pure fractions of tungsten for isotopic measurements were obtained following an anion exchange chromatographic procedure involving mixed acids. That procedure enabled efficient removal of high field strength elements (HFSE), such as Hf, Zr and Ti, which are small ions that carry strong charges and develop intense electrostatic fields. The tungsten yields were 85%-95%. Advantages of this system include less time and less use of reagents. Precise and accurate isotopic measurements are possible using fractions of tungsten that are obtained using this method. The accuracy and precision of these measurements were confirmed using various silicate standard rock samples, JB-2, JB-3 and AGV-1.

  14. Modified ion exchange separation for tungsten isotopic measurements from kimberlite samples using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

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    Sahoo, Yu Vin; Nakai, Shun'ichi; Ali, Arshad

    2006-03-01

    Tungsten isotope composition of a sample of deep-seated rock can record the influence of core-mantle interaction of the parent magma. Samples of kimberlite, which is known as a carrier of diamond, from the deep mantle might exhibit effects of core-mantle interaction. Although tungsten isotope anomaly was reported for kimberlites from South Africa, a subsequent investigation did not verify the anomaly. The magnesium-rich and calcium-rich chemical composition of kimberlite might engender difficulty during chemical separation of tungsten for isotope analyses. This paper presents a simple, one-step anion exchange technique for precise and accurate determination of tungsten isotopes in kimberlites using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). Large quantities of Ca and Mg in kimberlite samples were precipitated and removed with aqueous H(2)SO(4). Highly pure fractions of tungsten for isotopic measurements were obtained following an anion exchange chromatographic procedure involving mixed acids. That procedure enabled efficient removal of high field strength elements (HFSE), such as Hf, Zr and Ti, which are small ions that carry strong charges and develop intense electrostatic fields. The tungsten yields were 85%-95%. Advantages of this system include less time and less use of reagents. Precise and accurate isotopic measurements are possible using fractions of tungsten that are obtained using this method. The accuracy and precision of these measurements were confirmed using various silicate standard rock samples, JB-2, JB-3 and AGV-1. PMID:16496054

  15. Parameterization of a coupled CO2 and H2O gas exchange model at the leaf scale of Populus euphratica

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    Zhu, G. F.; Li, X.; Su, Y. H.; Huang, C. L.

    2010-03-01

    The following two models were combined to simultaneously predict CO2 and H2O gas exchange at the leaf scale of Populus euphratica: a Farquhar et al. type biochemical sub-model of photosynthesis (Farquhar et al., 1980) and a Ball et al. type stomatal conductance sub-model (Ball et al., 1987). The photosynthesis parameters [including maximum carboxylation rate allowed by ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) carboxylation rate (Vcmax), potential light-saturated electron transport rate (Jmax), triose phosphate utilization (TPU) and day respiration (Rd)] were determined by using the genetic algorithm (GA) method based on A/Ci data. Values of Vcmax and Jmax standardized at 25 °C were 75.09±1.36 (mean ± standard error), 117.27±2.47, respectively. The stomatal conductance sub-model was calibrated independently. Prediction of net photosynthesis by the coupled model agreed well with the validation data, but the model tended to underestimate transpiration rates. Overall, the combined model generally captured the diurnal patterns of CO2 and H2O exchange resulting from variation in temperature and irradiation.

  16. Non-standard coupled extensional and bending bias tests for planar pantographic lattices. Part II: comparison with experimental evidence

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    Turco, Emilio; Barcz, Katarzyna; Rizzi, Nicola Luigi

    2016-10-01

    In dell'Isola et al. (Zeitschrift für Angewandte Math und Physik 66(6):3473-3498, 2015, Proc R Soc Lond A Math Phys Eng Sci 472(2185):1-23, 2016) pantographic sheets are proposed as a basic constituent for a novel metamaterial. In Part I, see Turco et al. (Zeitschrift für Angewandte Math und Physik, doi: 10.1007/s00033-016-0713-4, 2016), two different numerical models are applied in order to design an experimental setup aimed to prove the effectiveness of introduced concept. The aim of this paper is to prove that the Hencky-type model introduced for planar pantographic sheets allows for the correct prediction, in a large range of imposed displacements, of the experimental measurements concerning specimens undergoing coupled bending and extensional deformations. The four-parameter numerical model introduced is shown to have a large range of applicability: Indeed without changing the values of the material parameters previously attributed in simple extensional tests to a specific specimen by a best-fit procedure, it is possible to forecast its behavior in all the considered type of imposed deformations. The measurements performed include the determination of reactive forces exerted by used hard devices, and the numerical modeling is able to predict very carefully quantitatively and qualitatively also this complex aspect of phenomenology, where previously attempted models seem to have failed.

  17. Non-standard coupled extensional and bending bias tests for planar pantographic lattices. Part I: numerical simulations

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    Turco, Emilio; Barcz, Katarzyna; Pawlikowski, Marek; Rizzi, Nicola Luigi

    2016-10-01

    In dell'Isola et al. (Zeitschrift für Angewandte Math und Physik 66(6):3473-3498, 2015, Proc R Soc Lond A Math Phys Eng Sci 472(2185), 2016), the concept of pantographic sheet is proposed. The aim is to design a metamaterial showing: (i) a large range of elastic response; (ii) an extreme toughness in extensional deformation; (iii) a convenient ratio between toughness and weight. However, these required properties must coexist with non-detrimental mechanical characteristics in the presence of other kinds of imposed displacements. The aim of this paper is to prove via numerical simulations that pantographic sheets may effectively resist to coupled bending and extensional deformations. The four-parameter model introduced shows its versatility as it is able to encompass all the considered types of (large) deformations. The numerical integration scheme which we use is based on the same concepts exploited in Turco et al. (Zeitschrift für Angewandte Math und Physik 67(4):1-28, 2016): They prove that the Hencky-type discretization is very efficient also in nonlinear large deformations and large displacements regimes. In Part II of this paper, we will show that the used models are very effective to describe experimental evidence.

  18. A Sweet Spot for Molecular Diagnostics: Coupling Isothermal Amplification and Strand Exchange Circuits to Glucometers

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    Du, Yan; Hughes, Randall A.; Bhadra, Sanchita; Jiang, Yu Sherry; Ellington, Andrew D.; Li, Bingling

    2015-06-01

    Strand exchange nucleic acid circuitry can be used to transduce isothermal nucleic acid amplification products into signals that can be readable on an off-the-shelf glucometer. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is limited by the accumulation of non-specific products, but nucleic acid circuitry can be used to probe and distinguish specific amplicons. By combining this high temperature isothermal amplification method with a thermostable invertase, we can directly transduce Middle-East respiratory syndrome coronavirus and Zaire Ebolavirus templates into glucose signals, with a sensitivity as low as 20-100 copies/μl, equating to atto-molar (or low zepto-mole). Virus from cell lysates and synthetic templates could be readily amplified and detected even in sputum or saliva. An OR gate that coordinately triggered on viral amplicons further guaranteed fail-safe virus detection. The method describes has potential for accelerating point-of-care applications, in that biological samples could be applied to a transducer that would then directly interface with an off-the-shelf, approved medical device.

  19. A Sweet Spot for Molecular Diagnostics: Coupling Isothermal Amplification and Strand Exchange Circuits to Glucometers

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    Du, Yan; Hughes, Randall A.; Bhadra, Sanchita; Jiang, Yu Sherry; Ellington, Andrew D.; Li, Bingling

    2015-01-01

    Strand exchange nucleic acid circuitry can be used to transduce isothermal nucleic acid amplification products into signals that can be readable on an off-the-shelf glucometer. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is limited by the accumulation of non-specific products, but nucleic acid circuitry can be used to probe and distinguish specific amplicons. By combining this high temperature isothermal amplification method with a thermostable invertase, we can directly transduce Middle-East respiratory syndrome coronavirus and Zaire Ebolavirus templates into glucose signals, with a sensitivity as low as 20–100 copies/μl, equating to atto-molar (or low zepto-mole). Virus from cell lysates and synthetic templates could be readily amplified and detected even in sputum or saliva. An OR gate that coordinately triggered on viral amplicons further guaranteed fail-safe virus detection. The method describes has potential for accelerating point-of-care applications, in that biological samples could be applied to a transducer that would then directly interface with an off-the-shelf, approved medical device. PMID:26050646

  20. Exchange coupling and magnetoresistance in CoFe/NiCu/CoFe spin valves near the Curie point of the spacer

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    Andersson, S.; Korenivski, V.

    2010-05-01

    Thermal control of exchange coupling between two strongly ferromagnetic layers through a weakly ferromagnetic Ni-Cu spacer and the associated magnetoresistance is investigated. The spacer, having a Curie point slightly above room temperature, can be cycled between its paramagnetic and ferromagnetic states by varying the temperature externally or using joule heating. It is shown that the giant magnetoresistance vanishes due to a strong reduction in the mean free path in the spacer at above ˜30% Ni concentration—before the onset of ferromagnetism. Finally, a device is proposed which combines thermally controlled exchange coupling and large magnetoresistance by separating the switching and the readout elements.