Magnetisation reversal in anisotropy graded Co/Pd multilayers

C W Barton, Thomas Thomson

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    We demonstrate high precision controllability of the magnetization reversal nucleation process in [Co/Pd]8 multilayer films consisting of two sets of bilayers with high and low perpendicular anisotropy respectively. The anisotropy of the entire film is set by the degree of Co/Pd interfacial mixing during deposition which provides fine control of the anisotropy of an individual bilayer in the multilayer stack. The relative number of each type of bilayer is used to select the magnetisation reversal behavior such that changing one bilayer changes the properties of the entire multilayer through anisotropy averaging. A simple extension to the sputtering protocol would provide multilayer films with fully graded anisotropy while maintaining a constant saturation magnetization opening new possibilities for the creation of highly engineered multilayer structures for spin torque devices and future magnetic recording media.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number063901
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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