The first-principles calculations within the local density approximation using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method were performed to investigate the structural and magnetic properties of the Ta/NiFe interface for both clean NixFe1-x (001) thin films and with a Ta overlayer. To study the composition dependence, we adopted x=0.5 (L10 structure with either Fe or Ni layers on the surface) and 0.75 (L12 structure with mixed Fe-Ni layers or with Ni on the surface). The equilibrium overlayer/substrate distance and the preferred site position of Ta were obtained by structural optimization employing atomic-force calculations and total energy comparisons for several possible adsorption sites of Ta. By comparing with results for the clean surface of five-layer NixFe1-x (001) films, we found that Ta has a significant detrimental effect on the magnetic properties of NiFe with its induced magnetic moment coupled ferro- or antiferro-magnetically with the substrate depending sensitively on the surface layer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Physics|
|Issue number||9 II|
|State||Published - May 1 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)