Local spin-density theory of interface and surface magnetocrystalline anisotropy: Pd/Co/Pd(001) and Cu/Co/Cu(001) sandwiches

Ding Sheng Wang, Ruqian Wu, Arthur J Freeman

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The interface magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) of Cu/Co/Cu(001) and Pd/Co/Pd(001) sandwiches are investigated, employing our recently developed state tracking approach based on the full potential linearized augmented plane wave energy band method. The strong negative MCA energy for the Co monolayer is found to be decreased for Co/Cu, and even becomes positive for Co/Pd due to the interfacial hybridization, which reduces the spin orbit coupling (SOC) between the dxz,yz - dz 2 pair at M̄.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6409-6411
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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