Tunable High-Field Magnetization in Strongly Exchange-Coupled Freestanding Co/CoO Core/Shell Coaxial Nanowires
Number of Authors: 7
2016 (English)In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244, E-ISSN 1944-8252, Vol. 8, no 34, 22477-22483 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The exchange bias properties of Co/CoO coaxial core/shell nanowires were investigated with cooling and applied fields perpendicular to the wire axis. This configuration leads to unexpected exchange-bias effects. First, the magnetization value at high fields is found to depend on the field-cooling conditions. This effect arises from the competition between the magnetic anisotropy and the Zeeman energies for cooling fields perpendicular to the wire axis. This allows imprinting predefined magnetization states to the antiferromagnetic (AFM) shell, as corroborated by micromagnetic simulations. Second, the system exhibits a high-field magnetic irreversibility, leading to open hysteresis loops attributed to the AFM easy axis reorientation during the reversal (effect similar to athermal training). A distinct way to manipulate the high-field magnetization in exchange-biased systems, beyond the archetypical effects, was thus experimentally and theoretically demonstrated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 8, no 34, 22477-22483 p.
coaxial nanowires, exchange bias, CoO, uncompensated spins, training effects, high-field irreversibility
Chemical Sciences Materials Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134408DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b05588ISI: 000382514100077PubMedID: 27502034OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-134408DiVA: diva2:1039806