Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and structural properties of NiCu/Cu multilayers

A. Ruotolo, C. Bell, Chi Wah Leung, M. G. Blamire

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Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) were investigated at low temperature in dc-magnetron sputtered NiCu/Cu multilayers. The thickness t⊥at which the multilayers change the preferential orientation form perpendicular to in-plane was found to be 55 nm. The experimental results show a strong perpendicular easy direction of magnetization for NiCu layer thickness between 4.2 nm and 34 nm. The structural analysis show that the low magnetostatic energy density is causing the large t⊥value obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-518
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes

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