Control of ferromagnetic coupling by in situ interface modification

Janice H. Nickel*, Lung Tran, Xavier Portier, Amanda K. Petford-Long

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A method for controlling the interface roughness which contributed to ferromagnetic coupling was described. A process whereby the amplitude of the roughness could be systematically modified was discussed. The process was equally effective for CoFe and NiFeCo on IrMn though the data was presented for pinned layer systems of NiFe on MnFe. The results show a reduction of the ferromagnetic coupling by a decrease in the offset of the magnetic hysteresis loops from zero field, a reduction of roughness of the films and an improvement in resistance uniformity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7687-7691
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 15 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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