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Title: Origin of the spin reorientation transitions in (Fe 1–xCo x) 2B alloys

Low-temperature measurements of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy K in (Fe 1–xCo x) 2B alloys are reported, and the origin of this anisotropy is elucidated using a first-principles electronic structure analysis. The calculated concentration dependence K(x) with a maximum near x = 0.3 and a minimum near x = 0.8 is in excellent agreement with experiment. This dependence is traced down to spin-orbital selection rules and the filling of electronic bands with increasing electronic concentration. In conclusion, at the optimal Co concentration, K depends strongly on the tetragonality and doubles under a modest 3% increase of the c/a ratio, suggesting that the magnetocrystalline anisotropy can be further enhanced using epitaxial or chemical strain.
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  1. Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (United States)
  2. Ames Lab., Ames, IA (United States)
  3. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  4. Ames Lab., Ames, IA (United States); Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
IS-J-8575; LLNL-JRNL-673802
Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951; APPLAB
Grant/Contract Number:
DMR1308751; Critical Materials Institute; AC02-07CH11358; AC52-07NA27344; DMR-1308751
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States); Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; carbon dioxide; Brillouin scattering; magnetic anisotropy; epitaxy; Fermi levels; 75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1226707; OSTI ID: 1262189