Lattice Relaxation Driven Reorientation Transition in Nin/Cu(100)

C. Uiberacker, J. Zabloudil, P. Weinberger, L. Szunyogh, C. Sommers

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1289-1292
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 8 1999


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Uiberacker, C., Zabloudil, J., Weinberger, P., Szunyogh, L., & Sommers, C. (1999). Lattice Relaxation Driven Reorientation Transition in Nin/Cu(100). Physical Review Letters, 82(6), 1289-1292.