J. Phys. IV France
Volume 08, Numéro PR2, June 1998
Soft Magnetic Materials 13
Page(s) Pr2-175 - Pr2-178
Soft Magnetic Materials 13

J. Phys. IV France 08 (1998) Pr2-175-Pr2-178

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:1998242

Short-range order effects in amorphous FexSi1-x/Si multilayers induced by preparation conditions

G.T. Pérez1, F.H. Salas2, R. Morales1, L.M. Álvarez-Prado1 and J.M. Alameda1

1  Laboratorio de Magnetoóptica y Láminas Delgadas, Departamento de Física, Universidad de Oviedo, C/Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo, Spain
2  Bempflinger Str. 16, 72766 Reutlingen-Mittelstadt, Germany

Magnetic properties of compositionally modulated FexSi1-x/Si amorphous multilayers are reported. The concentration x was 0.68 ≤ x ≤ 0.82 for two nominal modulation lengths λ of 4 and 8 Å. The samples were prepared by pulsating two-cathode sputtering. From SQUID magnetometry and transverse magneto-optic Kerr effect, we detected a noticeable decrease in both magnetization and relative reflectivity (δ=ΔR/R) as λ increases from 4 to 8 Å. Also, for a fixed value of x, it was found that both coercive field and in-plane uniaxial anisotropy constant decrease systematically for increasing λ. The two pulses used in the preparation method causes slight chemical short range effects, altering also the magnetic properties by changing the number and nature of nearest neighbors of a given Fe atom. The above short-range effects are present even when no multilayer structure is detected by x-ray diffraction.

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