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Magnetic, Magneto-optic and Magnetotransport Properties of Nanocrystalline Co/Au Multilayers with Ultrathin Au Interlayers

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A series of nanocrystalline Co/Au multilayers with ultrathin Au interlayers was grown at room temperature by electron beam evaporation on Si(111), glass and polyimide substrates. X-ray diffraction measurements reveal a face centered cubic multilayered structure with very small nanograins within 7–10 nm in diameter. Magneto-optic polar Kerr effect experiments show an enhancement of the Kerr rotation around 3 eV as the Au interlayer thickness increases. The experimental data are interpreted with the help of simulated Kerr spectra. The magnetization curves and magnetic force microscopy images indicate the existence of perpendicularly magnetized stripe-domain structures at remanence. The magnitude of the magnetoresistance ratio reaches values of 0.4%. The investigation of the interplay between magnetic and magnetotransport properties demonstrates the contribution of the domain-wall spin-dependent scattering to the magnetoresistance.

Keywords: COBALT; GIANT MAGNETORESISTANCE; GOLD; MAGNETIC FORCE MICROSCOPY; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES; MAGNETO-OPTIC EFFECTS; MULTILAYERS; THIN FILMS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2008.290

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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