Spin-orbit induced magnetic phenomena in bulk metals and their surfaces and interfaces

Ruqian Wu, Arthur J Freeman

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Abstract

First-principles electronic structure studies based on local spin density functional theory and performed on extremely complex simulations of ever increasingly realistic systems, play a very important role in explaining and predicting surface and interface magnetism. This review deals with what is a major issue for first-principles theory, namely the theoretical/computational treatment of the weak spin-orbit coupling in magnetic transition metals and their alloys and its important physical consequences: magneto-crystalline anisotropy, magnetostriction, magneto-optical Kerr effects and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism. As is demonstrated, extensive first-principles calculations and model analyses now provide simple physical insights and guidelines to search for new magnetic recording and sensor materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-514
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Volume200
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999

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Spin-orbit induced magnetic phenomena in bulk metals and their surfaces and interfaces. / Wu, Ruqian; Freeman, Arthur J.

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