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Exchange-biased Py/CoO vortex structures: Magnetization reversal, cooling-field dependence, and training

 
: Nissen, D.; Klein, O.; Matthes, P.; Albrecht, M.

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Physical Review. B 94 (2016), No.13, Art. 134422
ISSN: 0163-1829
ISSN: 1098-0121
ISSN: 0556-2805
English
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ENAS ()

Abstract
In this paper, the magnetization reversal of exchange-biased Py/CoO vortex structures was investigated. The vortex structures were prepared by film deposition onto closely packed arrays of silica particles. By zero field cooling below the Néel temperature of the antiferromagnetic CoO, a so called circular exchange bias can be imprinted. By completing the same cooling process in an applied magnetic field, either a displaced vortex or even a c state can be stabilized, which depends strongly on the CoO layer thickness. A strong athermal training effect mainly on the descending branch after the second loop is observed, which is accompanied by a strong reduction in loop shift, indicating a rearrangement of the CoO spin configuration during reversal. By analyzing the nucleation and annihilation field of the exchange-biased loops, a strong asymmetry is observed, which hints to a magnetization reversal via formation of a distorted viscous vortex.

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