Optical and magneto-optical properties and magnetoresistance of amorphous CoFeNiSiB alloys

V. G. Kravets*, A. K. Petford-Long, X. Portier, L. V. Poperenko, M. Kolesnik

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The optical and magneto-optical properties of amorphous CoFeSiB ribbons were investigated for incident photons in the energy range from 0.05 to 2.2 eV. The diagonal and off-diagonal optical conductivities were determined from the results of spectroscopic ellipsometry and magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements. The Kerr rotation spectra for the amorphous films have a shape in the 0.6-2.2 eV region that is quite similar to that of bulk Co. The optical conductivity of the amorphous CoFe(Ni)SiB alloys increases slowly as a function of frequency (proportional to ω+1/3$/) in the IR region. Such a σ approx. ω+1/3$/ dependence in the IR region suggests an additional localisation of the electron states. A large room-temperature magnetoresistance effect has been demonstrated in thin Co71Fe7Si12B10 and Co59Fe5Ni10Si11B15 amorphous ribbons for AC at applied fields, H < 80 Oe. The peak value of the magnetoresistance ratio is very sensitive to the Co and Fe concentration in the alloys. The dependence of the magnetoresistance for amorphous alloys is consistent with a theoretical model in which the resistivity arises from the scattering of the conduction electrons by a domain wall in the weakly localised regime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-138
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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