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Effect of capping material on interfacial ferromagnetism in FeRh thin films

  • Author(s): Baldasseroni, C
  • Pálsson, GK
  • Bordel, C
  • Valencia, S
  • Unal, AA
  • Kronast, F
  • Nemsak, S
  • Fadley, CS
  • Borchers, JA
  • Maranville, BB
  • Hellman, F
  • et al.

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© 2014 AIP Publishing LLC. The role of the capping material in stabilizing a thin ferromagnetic layer at the interface between a FeRh film and cap in the nominally antiferromagnetic phase at room temperature was studied by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism in photoemission electron microscopy and polarized neutron reflectivity. These techniques were used to determine the presence or absence of interfacial ferromagnetism (FM) in films capped with different oxides and metals. Chemically stable oxide caps do not generate any interfacial FM while the effect of metallic caps depends on the element, showing that interfacial FM is due to metallic interdiffusion and the formation of a ternary alloy with a modified antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition temperature.

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