The magnetic anisotropy energy of Nin/Cu(100) is calculated in terms of the spin-polarized fully relativistic Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method including surface relaxation by using 2D structure constants originally described for low-energy electron diffraction calculations. Investigating different relaxations, an explanation for the reorientation transition from in-plane to perpendicular can be given. For a relaxation of -5.5% (c/a = 0.945) this reorientation occurs at about seven layers of Ni and yields second order terms to the magnetic anisotropy energy that are in excellent agreement with experiment.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 8 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)