Cooperative and noncooperative magnetization reversal in alnicos

Ralph Skomski, Liqin Ke, Matthew J. Kramer, Iver E. Anderson, C. Z. Wang, W. Y. Zhang, Jeff E. Shield, D. J. Sellmyer

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It is investigated how magnetostatic interactions affect the coercivity of alnico-type magnets. Starting from exact micromagnetic relations, we analyze two limits, namely cooperative reversal processes operative on short lengths scales and noncooperative reversal processes on long length scales. In alnicos, intrawire interactions are predominantly cooperative, whereas interwire effects are typically noncooperative. However, the transition between the regimes depends on feature size and hysteresis-loop shape, and interwire cooperative effects are largest for nearly rectangular loops. Our analysis revises the common shape-anisotropy interpretation of alnicos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number056222
JournalAIP Advances
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2017


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Skomski, R., Ke, L., Kramer, M. J., Anderson, I. E., Wang, C. Z., Zhang, W. Y., ... Sellmyer, D. J. (2017). Cooperative and noncooperative magnetization reversal in alnicos. AIP Advances, 7(5), [056222].