Microscopic magnetization reversal in perpendicular anisotropy CoCr thin films

Gottfried Wastlbauer, George D. Skidmore, Chris Merton, Jake Schmidt, E. Dan Dahlberg, Joseph Skorjanec

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Magnetic force microscopy was used to observe the magnetization reversal in a CoCr thin film on a grain/subgrain scale. The combination of high resolution topographic and magnetic images were used to relate microscopic magnetization changes to the microstructure of the sample, Both uniformly and partially magnetized grains and both uniform and partial magnetization reversal were observed. Statistically, the uniform magnetic state was more prevalent. In addition, there was a visualization of the flux closure between grains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-621
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 31 2000

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