Asymmetric magnetization reversal in dipolarly coupled spin valve structures with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

Abstract : Magnetization reversal has been studied in a Co 74 Tb 26 /Cu/Co 88 Tb 12 system, which is a perpendicularly magnetized ferrimagnetic bilayer separated by a nonmagnetic layer. The Co 88 Tb 12 (soft) layer (SL) exhibits a switching field much lower than the Co 74 Tb 26 (hard) layer (HL), which enabled us to study the magnetization reversal of the SL for different magnetic states of the HL. We found an asymmetric hysteresis loop for the SL, when the HL is not fully saturated. Using careful analysis of magnetic force microscopy measurements we conclude that the asymmetry originates from magnetic domains formed in the HL that affect the SL reversal. A simple model based on magnetic dipolar interaction between the two layers is found to be in good agreement with the experimental data.
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M Gottwald, M Hehn, D Lacour, Thomas Hauet, F Montaigne, et al.. Asymmetric magnetization reversal in dipolarly coupled spin valve structures with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Physical Review B : Condensed matter and materials physics, American Physical Society, 2012, ⟨10.1103/PhysRevB.85.064403⟩. ⟨hal-01345391⟩

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