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標題: Influence of different stoichiometric Cr-oxides created via oxygen ion-beam bombardment on the magnetism of the NiFe/Cr-oxide exchange-biased systems
作者: Chao Zheng
Wen-Tzu Lo
Hsun-Feng Hsu
Yaroslav Wroczynskyj
Ko-Wei Lin
Johan van Lierop
Philip W.T. Pong
關鍵字: Ion-beam bombardment;Cr-oxide;Exchange bias;Coercivity
Project: Physics Letters A, Volume 381, Issue 33, 5 September 2017, Pages 2715-2720
In exchange-biased systems, antiferromagnetic Cr2O3 has drawn intensive attention because of its highly anisotropic structure. However, other Cr-oxide phases can be formed during fabrication. The influence of different stoichiometric Cr-oxides on the magnetism of the NiFe/Cr-oxide bilayers was studied. We find that paramagnetic CrO3 grains could promote the formation of domain states in the Cr-oxide layer by magnetically isolating antiferromagnetic domains. These domain states gave rise to an excess of irreversible magnetic moments at the NiFe/Cr-oxide interface, causing a nontrivial increase in the exchange bias. The presence of ferromagnetic CrO2 grains in the Cr-oxide layer introduced abundant magnetic disorders. These magnetic disorders acted as pinning sites and impeded the domain-wall motion, which resulted in an increase of the coercivity. These results indicate that the magnetism of the NiFe/Cr-oxide bilayers can be remarkably affected by different Cr-oxide phases, enabling control of both the coercivity and exchange bias and providing a possible route to improve the performance of exchange-biased devices.
DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2017.06.011
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