Brillouin light scattering from spin waves in epitaxial hcp Co films

Akira Yoshihara, Jun ichi Mawatari, Hidekuni Sato, Satoshi Okamoto, Osamu Kitakami, Yutaka Shimada

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The first and second magnetic anisotropy constants (formula presented) and (formula presented) and the spin wave (SW) stiffness constant (formula presented) of epitaxial (formula presented) Co films of (formula presented) in thickness have been determined by Brillouin light scattering (BLS) at room temperature in magnetic fields of up to 5.0 kOe. We employed three scattering geometries: (A) magnetic fields applied along the in-plane easy direction, (B) magnetic fields applied along the in-plane hard direction, and (C) a constant magnetic field rotated from the in-plane easy direction to the in-plane hard direction. We always examined SW’s propagating perpendicular to the magnetic field. Numerical analyses of the SW frequencies by a continuum dipole-exchange model with the magnetic anisotropy allowed us to obtain values of (formula presented) (formula presented) and (formula presented) These values are in good agreement with the BLS values reported for the (formula presented) epitaxial Co films by M. Grimsditch et al. [Phys. Rev. B 56, 2617 (1997)]. We also measured temperature development of film magnetization using a superconducting quantum inerference device magnetometer in a temperature range between 4.2 and 100 K. The temperature development of magnetization obeys the (formula presented) law and can be well reproduced by SW theory with BLS values of the magnetic constants.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Apr 30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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