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Title: Influence of an electric field on the spin-reorientation transition in Ni/Cu(100)

Magnetoelectric coupling offers the possibility to change the magnetic state of a material by an applied electric field. Over the last few years, metallic systems have come up as simple prototypes for this interaction. While the previous studies focused on Fe and Co thin films or their alloys, here we demonstrate magnetoelectric coupling in a Ni thin film which is close to a spin-reorientation transition. Our magneto-optic Kerr effect measurements on 10 ML of Ni/Cu(100) show a considerable influence of the applied electric field on the magnetism. This rounds off the range of magnetic metals that exhibit magnetoelectric coupling, and it reveals the possibility of an electric field control of a spin-reorientation transition.
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [4]
  1. Institut für Nanotechnologie, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)
  2. CREST, Japan Science Technology, 4-1-8 Honcho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan)
  3. (Japan)
  4. (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22350909
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 15; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ALLOYS; COPPER; COUPLING; ELECTRIC FIELDS; INTERACTIONS; KERR EFFECT; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES; MAGNETISM; MAGNETO-OPTICAL EFFECTS; METALS; NICKEL; SPIN; THIN FILMS