The perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of cobalt (0.5-1.8 nm) films capped separately by pentacene (Pc), fullerene (C60), and 8-hydroxyquinoline-aluminum (Alq3) are investigated. For all three series, the thickness of Co is around 0.7 nm for maximum out-of-plane coercivity. It is found that the coercivity of C60-capped films is nearly equal to that for Alq3-capped samples, although both are smaller than for Pc-capped films. The different interface effects of Co/molecules are discussed to explain this observation. This work highlights the PMA of ferromagnetic metal, which can be markedly infected depending on the nature of organic molecule.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)