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Title: Stable room-temperature ferromagnetic phase at the FeRh(100) surface

Abstract

Interfaces and low dimensionality are sources of strong modifications of electronic, structural, and magnetic properties of materials. FeRh alloys are an excellent example because of the first-order phase transition taking place at ~400 K from an antiferromagnetic phase at room temperature to a high temperature ferromagnetic one. It is accompanied by a resistance change and volume expansion of about 1%. We have investigated the electronic and magnetic properties of FeRh(100) epitaxially grown on MgO by combining spectroscopies characterized by different probing depths, namely X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, we find that the symmetry breaking induced at the Rh-terminated surface stabilizes a surface ferromagnetic layer involving five planes of Fe and Rh atoms in the nominally antiferromagnetic phase at room temperature. First-principles calculations provide a microscopic description of the structural relaxation and the electron spin-density distribution that support the experimental findings.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [1];  [4];  [1]
  1. Synchrotron-SOLEIL, Gif sur Yvette Cedex (France)
  2. Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States)
  3. Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA-DSM-IRAMIS, Univ. Paris-Saclay, Palaiseau (France)
  4. Univ. of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1252726
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0003678
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
electronic structure; information storage; magnetic properties and materials

Citation Formats

Pressacco, Federico, Uhlir, Vojtech, Gatti, Matteo, Bendounan, Azzedine, Fullerton, Eric E., and Sirotti, Fausto. Stable room-temperature ferromagnetic phase at the FeRh(100) surface. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1038/srep22383.
Pressacco, Federico, Uhlir, Vojtech, Gatti, Matteo, Bendounan, Azzedine, Fullerton, Eric E., & Sirotti, Fausto. Stable room-temperature ferromagnetic phase at the FeRh(100) surface. United States. doi:10.1038/srep22383.
Pressacco, Federico, Uhlir, Vojtech, Gatti, Matteo, Bendounan, Azzedine, Fullerton, Eric E., and Sirotti, Fausto. Thu . "Stable room-temperature ferromagnetic phase at the FeRh(100) surface". United States. doi:10.1038/srep22383. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1252726.
@article{osti_1252726,
title = {Stable room-temperature ferromagnetic phase at the FeRh(100) surface},
author = {Pressacco, Federico and Uhlir, Vojtech and Gatti, Matteo and Bendounan, Azzedine and Fullerton, Eric E. and Sirotti, Fausto},
abstractNote = {Interfaces and low dimensionality are sources of strong modifications of electronic, structural, and magnetic properties of materials. FeRh alloys are an excellent example because of the first-order phase transition taking place at ~400 K from an antiferromagnetic phase at room temperature to a high temperature ferromagnetic one. It is accompanied by a resistance change and volume expansion of about 1%. We have investigated the electronic and magnetic properties of FeRh(100) epitaxially grown on MgO by combining spectroscopies characterized by different probing depths, namely X-ray magnetic circular dichroism and photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, we find that the symmetry breaking induced at the Rh-terminated surface stabilizes a surface ferromagnetic layer involving five planes of Fe and Rh atoms in the nominally antiferromagnetic phase at room temperature. First-principles calculations provide a microscopic description of the structural relaxation and the electron spin-density distribution that support the experimental findings.},
doi = {10.1038/srep22383},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
number = ,
volume = 6,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {3}
}

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