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Title: Magnetic surface domain imaging of uncapped epitaxial FeRh(001) thin films across the temperature-induced metamagnetic transition

The surface magnetic domain structure of uncapped epitaxial FeRh/MgO(001) thin films was imaged by in-situ scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis (SEMPA) at various temperatures between 122 and 450 K. This temperature range covers the temperature-driven antiferromagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transition in the body of the films that was observed in-situ by means of the more depth-sensitive magneto-optical Kerr effect. The SEMPA images confirm that the interfacial ferromagnetism coexisting with the antiferromagnetic phase inside the film is an intrinsic property of the FeRh(001) surface. Furthermore, the SEMPA data display a reduction of the in-plane magnetization occuring well above the phase transition temperature which, thus, is not related to the volume expansion at the phase transition. This observation is interpreted as a spin reorientation of the surface magnetization for which we propose a possible mechanism based on temperature-dependent tetragonal distortion due to different thermal expansion coefficients of MgO and FeRh.
Authors:
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  1. Peter Grünberg Institut, Electronic Properties (PGI-6) and Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, Fundamentals of Future Information Technology (JARA-FIT), Forschungszentrum Jülich, D-52425 Jülich (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22492408
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Advances; Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: (c) 2016 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ANTIFERROMAGNETISM; DOMAIN STRUCTURE; EPITAXY; FERROMAGNETISM; IRON ALLOYS; KERR EFFECT; MAGNESIUM OXIDES; MAGNETIC SURFACES; MAGNETIZATION; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; POLARIZATION; RHODIUM ALLOYS; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SPIN; SURFACES; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; THERMAL EXPANSION; THIN FILMS; TRANSITION TEMPERATURE