Structure and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic nanowires in self-assembled arrays

H. Zeng, R. Skomski, L. Menon, Y. Liu, S. Bandyopadhyay, D. J. Sellmyer

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Static and dynamic aspects of the magnetization reversal in nanowire arrays are investigated. The arrays have been produced by electrodeposition of ferromagnetic metals (Fe, Co, and Ni) into porous anodic alumina templates, with diameters as small as 5 nm. The crystal structures of the nanowires are bcc (Fe) and fcc (Ni) and a mixture of fcc and hcp (Co), with grain sizes of a few nanometers. Magnetic properties as a function of temperature are investigated. The temperature dependence of coercivity can be understood in terms of thermal activation over an energy barrier with a (formula presented)-power dependence on the field. Coercivity as a function of diameter reveals a change of the magnetization reversal mechanism from localized quasicoherent nucleation for small diameters to a localized curlinglike nucleation as the diameter exceeds a critical value determined by the exchange length. The quasicoherent limit is described by a model that yields explicitly real-structure-dependent expressions for coercivity, localization length, and activation volume.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume65
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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Structure and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic nanowires in self-assembled arrays. / Zeng, H.; Skomski, R.; Menon, L.; Liu, Y.; Bandyopadhyay, S.; Sellmyer, D. J.

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