Band-filling effects in the magnetic anisotropy of atomic thin layers of Co

S. Gallego, M. C. Munoz, L. Szunyogh, P. Weinberger

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Abstract

Ultrathin Co layers grown on Ru(0001) form a unique structure, which shows a variety of spin reorientation transitions linked to the completion of atomic layers. The close relation between atomic layer completion and magnetic anisotropy is maintained when Co is covered by thin noble metal films. Here we explore the effect of different metal cappings with unfilled d shell based on fully relativistic calculations within the Screened Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (SKKR) method. The complex interplay of electronic and surface contributions is determined by means of a layer-resolved analysis, which allows us to predict the conditions leading to perpendicular magnetization for ultrathin Co films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2655-2665
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Volume88
Issue number18-20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

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Keywords

  • Capping layers
  • Co
  • Magnetic anisotropy
  • Ultrathin films

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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Band-filling effects in the magnetic anisotropy of atomic thin layers of Co. / Gallego, S.; Munoz, M. C.; Szunyogh, L.; Weinberger, P.

In: Philosophical Magazine, Vol. 88, No. 18-20, 06.2008, p. 2655-2665.

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Gallego, S. ; Munoz, M. C. ; Szunyogh, L. ; Weinberger, P. / Band-filling effects in the magnetic anisotropy of atomic thin layers of Co. In: Philosophical Magazine. 2008 ; Vol. 88, No. 18-20. pp. 2655-2665.
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