Oscillatory interlayer coupling in Co/Au(111)/Co

J. J. de Vries, P. J.H. Bloemen, M. T. Johnson, J. aan de Stegge, A. Reinders, W. J.M. de Jonge

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The antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic interlayer coupling across Au(111) has been investigated employing a 2 Å Co/Au/7 Å Co trilayer with the Au spacer layer in the form of a wedge. The sample was deposited by Molecular Beam Epitaxy on a Cu single crystal substrate covered by a Au base layer. A highly localized magneto-optical Kerr effect hysteresis loop study revealed an oscillatory coupling extending to Au thicknesses of 40 Å. The period was found to increase markedly with increasing Au thickness, whereas a more than quadratic decrease of the coupling strength with increasing Au thickness was observed. © 1994.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L129-L134
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 1994


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