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Ferromagnetism of ultrathin films.

  • Author(s): Bander, M
  • Mills, DL
  • et al.

We discuss the nature of ferromagnetism in ultrathin films of magnetic ions, here regarded as two-dimensional Heisenberg ferromagnets subject to uniaxial anisotropy with the easy axis normal to the film. We show that a phase transition to ferromagnetism occurs always for arbitrarily small anisotropy. Renormalization-group scaling relations for the transition temperature and the temperature variation of the correlation length are obtained. Implications of these results are discussed. © 1988 The American Physical Society.

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