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Chin. Phys. B, 2013, Vol. 22(2): 027104    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/22/2/027104
Special Issue: TOPICAL REVIEW — Magnetism, magnetic materials, and interdisciplinary research
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Exchange couplings in magnetic films

Liu Wei, Liu Xiong-Hua, Cui Wei-Bin, Gong Wen-Jie, Zhang Zhi-Dong
Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science and International Centre for Materials Physics, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, China
Abstract  Recent advances in the study of exchange couplings in magnetic films are introduced. To provide a comprehensive understanding of exchange coupling, we have designed different bilayers, trilayers and multilayers, such as anisotropic hard- /soft-magnetic multilayer films, ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic trilayers, [Pt/Co]/NiFe/NiO heterostructures, Co/NiO and Co/NiO/Fe trilayers on an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template. The exchange-coupling interaction between soft- and hard-magnetic phases, interlayer and interfacial exchange couplings and magnetic and magnetotransport properties in these magnetic films have been investigated in detail by adjusting the magnetic anisotropy of ferromagnetic layers and by changing the thickness of the spacer layer, ferromagnetic layer, and antiferromagnetic layer. Some particular physical phenomena have been observed and explained.
Keywords:  exchange interaction      magnetic anisotropy      magnetic properties of interfaces (multilayers superlattices heterostructures)  
Received:  24 December 2012      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  71.70.Gm (Exchange interactions)  
  75.30.Gw (Magnetic anisotropy)  
  75.70.Cn (Magnetic properties of interfaces (multilayers, superlattices, heterostructures))  
Fund: Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2010CB934603), Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 50931006, 50971123, and 51271177).
Corresponding Authors:  Liu Wei, Zhang Zhi-Dong     E-mail:  wliu@imr.ac.cn; zdzhang@imr.ac.cn

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Liu Wei, Liu Xiong-Hua, Cui Wei-Bin, Gong Wen-Jie, Zhang Zhi-Dong Exchange couplings in magnetic films 2013 Chin. Phys. B 22 027104

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