Atomic-layer alignment tuning for giant perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy of 3d transition-metal thin films

K. Hotta, K. Nakamura, T. Akiyama, T. Ito, T. Oguchi, A. J. Freeman

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The magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MA) of Fe-based transition-metal thin films, consisting of only magnetic 3d elements, was systematically investigated from full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave calculations. The results predict that giant MA with a perpendicular magnetic easy axis (PMA) can be achieved by tuning the atomic-layer alignments in an Fe-Ni thin film. This giant PMA arises from the spin-orbit coupling interaction between occupied and unoccupied Ni dx2-y2,xy bands crossing the Fermi level. A promising 3d transition-metal thin film for the MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions with the giant PMA was, thus, demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number267206
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - Jun 28 2013


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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