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Dataset associated with 'Effect of interfacial intermixing on Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in Pt/Co/Pt'

Wells, Adam and Shepley, Philippa and Marrows, Christopher and Moore, Thomas (2016) Dataset associated with 'Effect of interfacial intermixing on Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in Pt/Co/Pt'. University of Leeds. [Dataset]

Dataset description

We study the effect of sputter-deposition conditions, namely substrate temperature and chamber base pressure, upon the interface quality of epitaxial Pt/Co/Pt thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Here we define interface quality to be the inverse of the sum in quadrature of roughness and intermixing. We find that samples with the top Co/Pt layers grown at 250 'C exhibit a local maximum in roughness-intermixing and that the interface quality is better for lower or higher deposition temperatures, up to 400 'C, above which the interface quality degrades. Imaging the expansion of magnetic domains in an in-plane field using wide-field Kerr microscopy, we determine the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) in films in the deposition temperature range 100 'C to 300 'C. The net DMI is linked to the difference in top and bottom Co interface qualities; the net DMI increases as the difference between top and bottom Co interface quality increases. Furthermore, for sufficiently low base pressures, the net DMI increases linearly with the deposition temperature, indicating that fine-tuning of the DMI may be achieved via the deposition conditions.

Keywords: Condensed matter physics
Subjects: F000 - Physical sciences > F300 - Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > School of Physics and Astronomy
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License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Date deposited: 27 Mar 2017 18:09




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