Applied Physics Letters

Interface Fe magnetic moment enhancement in MgO/Fe/MgO trilayers

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We model room temperature soft x-ray resonant magnetic reflectivity to determine a 24% increase of the Fe magnetic moment of the 2-3 monolayers next to both MgO interfaces in a MgO(3 nm)/Fe(12 nm)/MgO(001) heterostructure. This direct measurement of such enhanced interface magnetic moments for buried interfaces confirms theoretical predictions and highlights the importance of considering inhomogeneous in-depth magnetic profile in Fe/MgO based magnetic tunnel junctions.