Structure, exchange stiffness, and magnetic anisotropy of Co 2MnAlxSi1-x Heusler compounds

Takahide Kubota, Jaroslav Hamrle, Yuya Sakuraba, Oksana Gaier, Mikihiko Oogane, Akimasa Sakuma, Burkard Hillebrands, Koki Takanashi, Yasuo Ando

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We have investigated the exchange constant A (exchange stiffness D) and the magnetic anisotropy of Co2MnAlxSi1-x (CMAS) Heusler compounds as a function of the film composition. In case of Co 2 MnSi, A was found to be 23.5 pJ/m (D=5.86 meV nm2). Furthermore, A decreased with an increase in the Al content x. In the case of Co2MnAl, it was found to be 4.8 pJ/m (D=1.90 meV nm2). Finally, the cubic anisotropy constant K1 of CMAS films was found to be small (below 10 kJ/ m3) and did not exhibit simple dependence on x.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113907
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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