Nonlinear and linear Kerr studies of Co/Cu multilayers

H.A. Wierenga, W. Jong, de, M.W.J. Prins, T.H.M. Rasing, R. Vollmer, A. Kirilyuk, H. Schwabe, J. Kirschner

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Magnetization induced optical second harmonic generation (MSHG) in combination with the magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) was used to study thin Co films and Cu/Co multilayers of thicknesses between 1 and 20 monolayers (ML) grown on a Cu(001) substrate. From the different dependence of MSHG and MOKE on Co film thickness we get direct information about the interface sensitivity of MSHG. Modifying the vacuum/Co interface by gas adsorption yields the relative contributions of the vacuum/Co and the Co/Cu(001)-substrate interfaces. Both MSHG and MOKE data can be accurately described by a multiple reflection model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1294-1298
Number of pages5
JournalSurface Science
Issue numberPART 2
Publication statusPublished - 1995


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