We report perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) induced at Co2FeAl/MgAl2O4(001) epitaxial interfaces prepared by magnetron sputtering and post-oxidation of MgAl layers. A PMA energy density of more than 4 Merg/cm3 for 1-nm-thick Co2FeAl layers and an effective interface PMA energy density of 1.6 erg/cm2 were achieved by controlling the interfacial oxidation states through fine-tuning of oxidation processes and annealing temperature. Cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging revealed a lattice-matched Co2FeAl/MgAl2O4 interface, which may be responsible for the large PMA energy due to a reduction of the bulk anisotropy contribution.
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