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Magneto-optical spectroscopy as a structure- and chemical-order sensitive probe
Author(s): D. K. Weller; Gerald R. Harp; Robin F. C. Farrow; A. Carl; J. Sticht
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Paper Abstract

We use the ex-situ technique of magneto-optical spectroscopy to characterize MBE-grown Co, Co-Pt, and evaporated Co-Ni films and show that subtle changes in the structural and chemical order as well as changes in the crystallographic properties can substantially affect the magneto-optical spectra. These can be viewed as a sensitive probe of the spin-polarized electronic structure of a magnetic material, which in turn is strongly structure dependent. In particular, we discuss the effect of the crystallographic phase on the spectra of 1000 angstrom thick fcc and hcp Co and fcc and hcp Co82Ni18 films in the photon energy range 08 - 5.5 eV. In Co1-xPtx alloys, of compositions x approximately equals 0.75 and approximately equals 0.5, large changes in the magneto-optical spectra are observed if chemical ordering is induced either by annealing below the disorder-order transition temperature or by direct growth near the ordering temperature. Other examples are the discovery of a new chemically ordered, hexagonal Co-Pt phase at the composition x approximately equals 0.25 and an unprecedented large Kerr effect in the chemically ordered Fe1Pt1 (L10) phase.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 May 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2140, Epitaxial Growth Processes, (11 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.175779
Show Author Affiliations
D. K. Weller, IBM Almaden Research Ctr. (United States)
Gerald R. Harp, IBM Almaden Research Ctr. (United States)
Robin F. C. Farrow, IBM Almaden Research Ctr. (United States)
A. Carl, IBM Almaden Research Ctr. (United States)
J. Sticht, Biosym Technologies Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2140:
Epitaxial Growth Processes
Chris J. Palmstrom; Maria C. Tamargo, Editor(s)

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