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Title: Direct evidence of anomalous interfacial magnetization in metamagnetic Pd doped FeRh thin films

Abstract

Palladium doped iron rhodium is a magnetic material of significant interest for it’s close to room temperature magnetostructural phase transition from antiferromagnetic (AF) to ferromagnetic (FM) ordering. Here we report on the peculiarities of the magnetization distribution in thin films of FeRh(Pd) probed by Polarized Neutron Reflectometry. Remarkably, we’ve found thin interfacial regions with strong magnetization that have unique thermomagnetic properties as compared to the rest of the system. These regions exist at the top and bottom interfaces of the films while the central regions behave similarly to the bulk with a clear AF-FM order transition. Further we explore the impact of an additional Pt interlayer introduced in the middle of the FeRh(Pd) film and reveal that it serves to replicate the strong interfacial magnetization found at the top and bottom interfaces. In conclusion, these results are of great value both in understanding the fundamental physics of such an order transition, and in considering FeRh(Pd) for magnetic media and spintronics applications.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [1]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Quantum Condensed Matter Division
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Research Accelerator Division
  3. Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1259694
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1261419
Grant/Contract Number:  
FG02-08ER46499; AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; information storage; magnetic properties and materials; metamaterials; surfaces, interfaces and thin films; Magnetic properties; materials; Surfaces; interfaces and thin films

Citation Formats

Bennett, S. P., Ambaye, H., Lee, H., LeClair, P., Mankey, G. J., and Lauter, V.. Direct evidence of anomalous interfacial magnetization in metamagnetic Pd doped FeRh thin films. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1038/srep09142.
Bennett, S. P., Ambaye, H., Lee, H., LeClair, P., Mankey, G. J., & Lauter, V.. Direct evidence of anomalous interfacial magnetization in metamagnetic Pd doped FeRh thin films. United States. doi:10.1038/srep09142.
Bennett, S. P., Ambaye, H., Lee, H., LeClair, P., Mankey, G. J., and Lauter, V.. Mon . "Direct evidence of anomalous interfacial magnetization in metamagnetic Pd doped FeRh thin films". United States. doi:10.1038/srep09142. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1259694.
@article{osti_1259694,
title = {Direct evidence of anomalous interfacial magnetization in metamagnetic Pd doped FeRh thin films},
author = {Bennett, S. P. and Ambaye, H. and Lee, H. and LeClair, P. and Mankey, G. J. and Lauter, V.},
abstractNote = {Palladium doped iron rhodium is a magnetic material of significant interest for it’s close to room temperature magnetostructural phase transition from antiferromagnetic (AF) to ferromagnetic (FM) ordering. Here we report on the peculiarities of the magnetization distribution in thin films of FeRh(Pd) probed by Polarized Neutron Reflectometry. Remarkably, we’ve found thin interfacial regions with strong magnetization that have unique thermomagnetic properties as compared to the rest of the system. These regions exist at the top and bottom interfaces of the films while the central regions behave similarly to the bulk with a clear AF-FM order transition. Further we explore the impact of an additional Pt interlayer introduced in the middle of the FeRh(Pd) film and reveal that it serves to replicate the strong interfacial magnetization found at the top and bottom interfaces. In conclusion, these results are of great value both in understanding the fundamental physics of such an order transition, and in considering FeRh(Pd) for magnetic media and spintronics applications.},
doi = {10.1038/srep09142},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
number = ,
volume = 5,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Mar 16 00:00:00 EDT 2015},
month = {Mon Mar 16 00:00:00 EDT 2015}
}

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