Tuning the interlayer exchange coupling between single perpendicularly magnetized CoFeB layers

R. Lavrijsen, A. Fernandez-Pacheco, D. Petit, R. Mansell, J. H. Lee, R. P. Cowburn

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We experimentally study the tunability of the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida (RKKY) interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) in Pt/CoFeB/Pt/Ru/Pt/CoFeB/Pt stacks with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). The perpendicular magnetization of a single Pt/Co60Fe20B20/Pt (at. %) shows full remanence and square hysteresis loops for a CoFeB thickness range of 0.60–1.0 nm. By inserting a Pt layer between the Ru and CoFeB, the PMA of the ultrathin CoFeB layers is stabilized and the IEC can be tuned. In particular, we show that the IEC versus Pt thickness exhibits a simple exponential decay with a decay length of 0.16 nm.
Original languageEnglish
Article number052411
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2012

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