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Title: Growth, structure, and magnetic properties of epitaxial NixMn100-x single layers and Co/NixMn100-x bilayers on Cu3Au(100)
Title of periodic: Physical Review B New York
metadata.dc.title.subtitlejournal: Condensed Matter
Authors: Macedo, Waldemar Augusto de Almeida
Gastelois, Pedro Lana
Martins, Maximiliano Delany
Kuch, W.
Miguel, J.
Khan, M.Y.
Affiliation: Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear/CDTN, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear/CDTN, Belo Horizonte,MG, Brasil
Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear/CDTN, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berlin, Germany, FR
Diamond Light Source Ltd., Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot,Oxfordshire, UK
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berglin, Germany, FR
Issue Date: 2010
Keywords: Thin films;monocrystals;magnetic properties
Abstract: The growth and structure of single-crystalline ultrathin NixMn100-x films on Cu3Au(100), and also the magnetic properties of Co ultrathin films on NixMn100-x /Cu3Au((100) have been investigated by x-ray photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, reflection high-energy electron diffraction, and magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE). For the investigated concentration range , our results reveal good epitaxial layer-by-layer growth at a substrate temperature of 300 K. A weak c(2x2) superstructure was observed at the surface of all NiMn films. The average perpendicular interlayer spacing of the NiMn alloy films decreases from 1.88 at x=10 to 1.69 at x=77. The lattice parameters of equiatomic NiMn films were determined to be 3.52 perpendicular to the sample surface and 3.76 in the sample plane, indicating a face-centered tetragonal (fct) structure as expected for the L10 NiMn phase with the c axis along the film normal ("c-axis growth"). For the Co/NiMn bilayers, MOKE hysteresis loops show a thickness-independent coercivity, suggesting no magnetic coupling at the Co/NiMn interface. Although the structural results indicate the formation of fct NiMn in the equiatomic concentration range, we have no indication of antiferromagnetism for the NiMn films epitaxially grown on Cu3Au(100) at room temperature. This is contrary to the observations on Co/Ni50Mn50 bilayers on Cu(100), where "a-axis growth" of NiMn occurs.
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