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Modification of microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe/Cr multilayers caused by ion irradiation

Authors
Journal
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
0304-8853
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
286
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2004.09.061
Keywords
  • Ion Irradiation
  • Mössbauer Spectroscopy
  • Giant Magnetoresistance
  • Interlayer Coupling
  • Fe/Cr Multilayers
Disciplines
  • Physics

Abstract

Abstract The influence of Ar-ion irradiation on the microstructure, interlayer coupling and giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect in the model Fe/Cr system was studied by the conversion electron Mössbauer spectrometry (CEMS), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), and magnetoresistivity, for the Fe-1.4 nm/Cr- t Cr multilayers with t Cr ranging from 0.73 to 1.85 nm. The loss of antiferromagnetic coupling and the simultaneous degradation of GMR, observed for increasing ion dose, was caused by the formation of pinholes due to the increase of interface roughness and at high ion doses, by the ion-beam mixing leading to the alloying of Fe and Cr at interfaces.

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