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Controlling the switching field in nanomagnets by means of domain-engineered antiferromagnets

  • Author(s): Folven, E
  • Linder, J
  • Gomonay, OV
  • Scholl, A
  • Doran, A
  • Young, AT
  • Retterer, ST
  • Malik, VK
  • Tybell, T
  • Takamura, Y
  • Grepstad, JK
  • et al.

© 2015 American Physical Society. Using soft x-ray spectromicroscopy, we investigate the magnetic domain structure in embedded nanomagnets defined in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 thin films and LaFeO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 bilayers. We find that shape-controlled antiferromagnetic domain states give rise to a significant reduction of the switching field of the rectangular nanomagnets. This is discussed within the framework of competition between an intrinsic spin-flop coupling and shape anisotropy. The data demonstrates that shape effects in antiferromagnets may be used to control the magnetic properties in nanomagnets.

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