Quantifying interlayer exchange coupling via layer-resolved hysteresis loops in antiferromagnetically coupled manganite/nickelate superlattices

Jihwey Park, Dong Ryeol Lee, Yongseong Choi, John W. Freeland, Ki Bong Lee, Sunil K. Sihna, K. R. Nikolaev, Allen M. Goldman

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Abstract

In superlattices made of a half metallic ferromagnet La 2/3Ba1/3MnO3 (LBMO) and a metallic paramagnet LaNiO3 (LNO), the field dependence of the LBMO magnetization was studied using depth- and element-sensitive x-ray resonant magnetic scattering measurements. The superlattices have ten bilayers of LBMO and LNO, and the LBMO layers were antiferromagnetically coupled across LNO spacer layers. From the x-ray measurements, the magnetic hysteresis loop of each LBMO layer was obtained, and subsequently the obtained layer-resolved LBMO hysteresis loops were utilized to determine the interlayer exchange coupling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102504
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume95
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOEHRD) (Grant No. KRF-2007-313-C00251). Experiment at Advanced Photon Source was supported by U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. A.M.G. was supported by the NSF Materials Science and Engineering Research Center.

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