Electron Microscopy Investigation of Magnetization Process in Thin Foils and Nanostructures

Abstract : This paper presents an investigation of magnetization configuration evolution during insitu magnetic processes, in materials exhibiting planar and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been used to perform magnetic imaging. Fresnel contrast in Lorentz Transmission Electron Microscopy (LTEM), phase retrieval methods such as Transport of Intensity Equation (TIE) solving and electron holography have all been implemented. These techniques are sensitive to magnetic induction perpendicular to the electron beam, allowing the mapping of magnetic induction distribution with a spatial resolution better than 10nm and can be extended to allow dynamical studies during in-situ observation. Thin foils of FePd alloys with a strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) and self-assembled Fe dots have been examined. Both are studied during magnetization processes, exhibiting the capacities of in-situ magnetic imaging in a TEM.
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Aurélien Masseboeuf, Fabien Cheynis, Jean-Christophe Toussaint, Olivier Fruchart, Christophe Gatel, et al.. Electron Microscopy Investigation of Magnetization Process in Thin Foils and Nanostructures. Materials Research Society Symposia Proceedings, 2007, 1026E, pp.1026-C22-04. ⟨hal-00311374⟩

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