Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials

Controlling jaggedness of magnetic domains with linear defects

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Thin magnetic films with the out-of-plane anisotropy are more robust against thermal flips of nanosized domains than the in-plane spin geometry, and thus promising for ultra-high-density magnetic recording. However, dense packing of the small bits is limited by the domain wall roughness. Here we demonstrate that a correlated (line) defect directs and deroughens a field-driven wall, bringing it to a halt in the defect's vicinity. Scaling analysis of reduced jaggedness points to a simple way to control nanodomains for recording media. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.