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Temperature-dependent interlayer coupling in Ni/Co perpendicular pseudo-spin-valve structures

Journal article
Authors SM Mohseni
RK Dumas
Yeyu Fang
JW Lau
SR Sani
J Persson
Johan Åkerman
Published in PHYSICAL REVIEW B
Volume 84
Issue 17
ISSN 1098-0121
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Physics (GU)
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.84.1744...
Subject categories Physical Sciences

Abstract

The temperature-dependent coupling mechanisms in perpendicular pseudo-spin valves based on the following structure, [Ni/Co]5/Cu(tCu)/[Ni/Co]2, are investigated. Despite a thick (tCu≥3 nm) Cu spacer, room-temperature measurements reveal complete coupling of the [Ni/Co]5 and [Ni/Co]2 multilayers. This coupling can be attributed to strong long range magnetostatic stray fields that penetrate the spacer layer. This results in magnetic domain imprinting and vertically correlated domains throughout the reversal process. Surprisingly, when the temperature is reduced, a complete decoupling is observed. This somewhat counterintuitive result can be explained by a large difference in the [Ni/Co]5 and [Ni/Co]2 multilayer coercivities at reduced temperatures, which then impedes domain imprinting and promotes decoupling. Finally, the decoupling temperature is found to increase with spacer thickness.

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