Magnetization Reversal in Ferromagnetic Films Patterned with Antiferromagnetic Gratings of Various Sizes

TitleMagnetization Reversal in Ferromagnetic Films Patterned with Antiferromagnetic Gratings of Various Sizes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLiu, F, Ross, CA
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Volume4
Issue5
Pagination054005
Date Published2015/11/18/
Abstract

The magnetic switching behavior in continuous NiFe films patterned with IrMn gratings is investigated experimentally and with micromagnetic simulations. The samples made by a two-step deposition process consist of a 10-nm-thick NiFe layer on which is placed 10-nm-thick IrMn stripes with width from 100 to 500 nm and period from 240 nm to 1 mu m. Exchange bias is introduced by field cooling in directions parallel or perpendicular to the IrMn stripes. The samples display a two-step hysteresis loop for higher stripe width and period, as the pinned and unpinned regions of the NiFe reverse independently but a one-step loop for lower stripe periods. The transition between these regimes is reproduced by micromagnetic modeling.