Coercivity contributions in epitaxial garnet layers

M. Pardavi-Horváth, M. Balaskó, G. Vértesy

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Various mechanisms leading to coercivity phenomena in near-perfect single crystalline epitaxial magnetic garnet layers with 180° Bloch walls were investigated. It was shown that the contributions from the statistical fluctuations of exchange and anisotropy energies are negligibly small. Due to the very low dislocation density ( <10 cm-2) their summarized effect on the coercive force (Hc) is very small, too. Non-magnetic inclusions have a very low volume fraction, their effect is in the 10-4 Oe range. The transition layer between substrate and epitaxy can cause significant coercivity increase due to magnetostrictive stresses. The as-grown surface relief of the crystals has a definite dependence on composition, giving a surface contribution to Hc up to some Oe. Coercivity changes caused by chemical and mechanical treatment of the surface are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-318
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1984


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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