J. Phys. IV France 08 (1998) Pr2-277-Pr2-280
Coupling of YCo2 thin films in a macroscopic ferrimagnetF.H. Salas1, J.M. Alameda2, R. Morales2, L.M. Alvarez-Prado2 and G.T. Pérez2
1 Bempflinger Str. 16, 72766 Reutlingen-Mittelstadt, Germany
2 Universidad de Oviedo, C/Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo, Spain
We study here the behavior of YCo2 thin films when they are decoupled or when they are 3d-coupled in a macroscopic ferrimagnet (MF). The latter consists of YCo2/GdCo2/YCo2, the thickness of each layer (100 nm) being higher than the optical penetration depth. Such a study was done by means of the transverse magneto optic Kerr effect (TMOKE) hysteresis loops and their evolution upon applying a dc field perpendicularly to the easy axis of magnetization. We observe clear differences between magnetically decoupled layers and layers coupled in the MF. The latter case may be understood taken into account that the exchange interaction in the MF is controlled by the existence of a Bloch-type domain wall extending through the layered system.
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