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The Effect of Interface Texture on Exchange Biasing in Ni80Fe20/Ir20Mn80 System

Chen, Yuan-Tsung (2009) The Effect of Interface Texture on Exchange Biasing in Ni80Fe20/Ir20Mn80 System. Nanoscale Research Letters, 4 (1). pp. 90-93. ISSN 1931-7573 (Print) 1556-276X (Online)

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Abstract

Exchange-biasing phenomenon can induce an evident unidirectional hysteresis loop shift by spin coupling effect in the ferromagnetic (FM)/antiferromagnetic (AFM) interface which can be applied in magnetoresistance random access memory (MRAM) and recording-head applications. However, magnetic properties are the most important to AFM texturing. In this work, top-configuration exchange-biasing NiFe/IrMn(x Å) systems have been investigated with three different conditions. From the high-resolution cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (HR X-TEM) and X-ray diffraction results, we conclude that the IrMn (111) texture plays an important role in exchange-biasing field (Hex) and interfacial exchange energy (Jk). Hex and Jk tend to saturate when the IrMn thickness increases. Moreover, the coercivity (Hc) dependence on IrMn thickness is explained based on the coupling or decoupling effect between the spins of the NiFe and IrMn layers near the NiFe/IrMn interface. In this work, the optimal values for Hex and Jk are 115 Oe and 0.062 erg/cm2, respectively.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Exchange biasing - Texture - Coupling or decoupling effect
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanomagnetics
Engineering > Nanotechnology applications in ICT
ID Code:3652
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:19 Jan 2009 14:30
Last Modified:19 Jan 2009 14:30

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