Magnetic anisotropy of Ni/Cu sputtered multilayers

L. Albini, G. Carlotti, C. Dragoni, G. Gubbiotti, L. Verdini, S. Loreti, C. Minarini, L. Pareti, G. Turilli

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)998 - 1003
Number of pages6
JournalSurface Science
Issue numberPART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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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.