Magnetic structures and out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy at the exchange bias interface: Co/FeMn

Kohji Nakamura, Tomonori Ito, A. J. Freeman

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The magnetic structures and anisotropy at the compensated ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic Co/FeMn interface are investigated by the highly precise first principles full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method that incorporates intra-atomic noncollinear magnetism in order to understand the magnetic complexity involved in the spin-flop coupling and the presence of intra-atomic noncollinear magnetism. The self-consistent results predict that the Fe moments in the FeMn layer reorient away from their directions in bulk FeMn so as to be parallel to the Co moment direction-a reorientation that induces an out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy. These results appear to support and confirm recent experimental x-ray magnetic circular dichroism findings that rule out spin-flop coupling as the mechanism for exchange bias in this system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)060404-1-060404-4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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