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Thermally activated reversal in exchange-coupled structures

Wang, Y.G., Petford-Long, A.K., Laidler, H., O'Grady, K. and Kief, M.T. (2002) Thermally activated reversal in exchange-coupled structures. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. pp. 2773-2775. ISSN 1941-0069

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In this paper, we study the thermally activated reversal of IrMn/CoFe exchange-coupled structures using Lorentz microscopy and magnetometry. An asymmetry and a training effect were found on the hysteresis loops both with and without holding the film at negative saturation of the ferromagnetic layer. Holding the film at negative saturation results in the hysteresis loop shifting toward zero field. We believe that, in this system, two energy barrier distributions with different time constants coexist. The large-time-constant thermally activated reversal of the antiferromagnetic layer contributes to a increasing shift of the entire hysteresis loop toward zero field with increased period of time spent at negative saturation of the ferromagnetic layer. The small-time-constant thermal activation contributes to asymmetry in the magnetization reversal and training effects.

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Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Physics (York)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2005
Last Modified: 30 May 2016 18:18
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TMAG.2002.803158
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/644

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