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Applied Physics Letters
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High field-gradient dysprosium tips for magnetic resonance force microscopy

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Magnetic resonance force microscopy (MRFM) is based on measuring the attonewton-scale force between nuclear or electronic spins and a magnetic tip. The force is directly proportional to the magnetic field gradient generated by the tip, making a high moment nanoscale magnet desirable. Dysprosium, with a bulk magnetization 70% higher than iron, is a suitable candidate for such a tip. We have performed MRFM to quantitatively characterize two Dy nanomagnets. We find that magnetic field gradients as high as 6 MT/m (60 G/nm) can be generated, a 40% enhancement compared to our previous FeCo tips. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.

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03 Jan 2012

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Applied Physics Letters

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