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Magnetic moment investigations of epitaxial magnetite thin films
In this report, we provide an x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) study for 100?nm thick epitaxial magnetite (Fe3O4) films on MgO (001) and Al2O3 (0001) substrates. For XMCD, we recorded the surface sensitive total electron yield and the bulk sensitive transmission spectra. From the analysis of the XMCD data, we find an increased Fe spin moment (10% larger) at the surface of the film on MgO (100) with respect to the corresponding bulk value of the film. Surface and bulk spin moments of the film on Al2O3(0001) are almost equal. For both films, the bulk orbital to spin moments ratio increases from zero at 70?K to 0.03?0.04 at 300?K. For Fe3O4/MgO (001), the surface orbital to spin moment ratio behaves similarly to the bulk value, while the orbital to spin moments ratio is increased at the Fe3O4/Al2O3 (0001) surface to 0.06. The observed differences between films grown on MgO and Al2O3 are explained within the framework of differences in mismatch strain experienced by the films.
Keyword(s): Atomic, molecular and chemical physics; thin films
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Type: Conference item
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Citation(s): M. Kallmayer, K. Hild, H. J. Elmers, S. K. Arora, Han-Chun Wu, R. G. S. Sofin, and I. V. Shvets, Magnetic moment investigations of epitaxial magnetite thin films, Journal of Applied Physics, 52nd Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Tampa, Florida, USA, 05-09 November 2007, Kallmayer, M.; Hild, K.; Elmers, H. J.; Arora, S. K.; Wu, H. C.; Sofin, R. G. S.; Shvets, I. V, 103, 7, AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS, 2008, 07D715
Alternative Title(s): Journal of Applied Physics -52nd Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
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