Coercivity enhancement above the Néel temperature of an antiferromagnet/ferromagnet bilayer

C. Leighton, H. Suhl, Michael J. Pechan, R. Compton, J. Nogués, Ivan K. Schuller

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Abstract

Single-crystal thin films of the antiferromagnet FeF 2 have been used to exchange bias overlayers of Fe. An unexpected coercivity enhancement is observed at temperatures above the Néel temperature of the FeF 2. This coercivity reaches a peak value of over 600 Oe close to the Néel temperature and persists to above 300 K. The coercivity is correlated with the growth of an anisotropy in the ferromagnet, the increase of the antiferromagnetic susceptibility and the increase of the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth. We argue that the growth of spin fluctuations in the antiferromagnet leads to an enhanced ferromagnetic anisotropy, and therefore coercivity, above the Néel temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1483-1488
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume92
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2002

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