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Journal of Applied Physics
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MnFe structure-exchange anisotropy relation in the NiFe/MnFe/NiFe system

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Abstract

The relation between the MnFe structure and the exchange anisotropy in the Ni80Fe20/Mn50Fe50/Ni 80Fe20 system has been investigated. The samples have a layered structure of glass/NiFe(600 Å)/MnFe(40-400 Å)/NiFe(300 Å)/Ta(200 Å). For the lower interface, NiFe(600 Å)/MnFe, the anisotropy energy falls in the range of 0.00-0.06 erg/cm2 and the critical temperature in the range of 120-160°C; both increase initially with the MnFe thickness but become essentially constant for MnFe thicknesses beyond 80 and 160 Å, respectively. For the upper interface, MnFe/NiFe(300 Å), the anisotropy energy falls in the range of 0.00-0.16 erg/cm 2 and the critical temperature in the range of 110-190°C; again, both increase initially with the MnFe thickness but decrease for MnFe thickness beyond 120 and 360 Å, respectively. The correlations between the exchange anisotropy and the MnFe structure determined by x-ray diffraction are identified.

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01 Dec 1991

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Journal of Applied Physics

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