Ni/Cu multilayers were grown by RF sputtering. The crystal orientation, the thickness of the elemental layers and the interface quality were analysed by X-ray diffraction in the θ-2θ configuration. Magnetic anisotropy was investigated by both a static and a dynamic technique, namely magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) and Brillouin light scattering (BLS). Longitudinal MOKE loops accounted for the in-plane orientation of the magnetization, while polar loops were used to determine the out-of-plane anisotropy fields, showing the existence of a minor second-order contribution in addition to the first-order one. BLS was then exploited to detect thermal excited spin waves through inelastic scattering of light. The out-of-plane anisotropy fields evaluated by this high-frequency dynamic technique compare well with the first-order values obtained by analysis of polar MOKE hysteresis cycles. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry
Albini, L., Carlotti, G., Dragoni, C., Gubbiotti, G., Verdini, L., Loreti, S., ... Turilli, G. (2001). Magnetic anisotropy of Ni/Cu sputtered multilayers. Surface Science, 482-485(PART 2), 998 - 1003. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0039-6028(00)01087-6