Exchange bias in NiFe/IrMn/CoFeB antidot arrays

Chao Hsien Huang, Sheng Yu Lo, Tian Chiuan Wu, Jong Ching Wu, Lance Horng

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A study was made of the exchange bias effect in a structure of SiO 2/Ta (5 nm)/NiFe (7 nm)/IrMn (10 nm)/CoFeB (7 nm)/Ta (5 nm) with nanoscale antidot arrays. The nanostructure comprised rhomboid lattice antidot arrays with antidot diameters from 150 to 300 nm and a rhomboid lattice period of 500 nm. Enhancements of exchange bias HEX and coercivity H C were observed in the nanostructure antidot arrays compared to continuous film. These effects were mainly ascribed to the physical limitations on ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic layers due to the presence of antidots. In antidot arrays, due to the presence of nonmagnetic holes, the ferromagnetic-ferromagnetic interactions in FM layer are reduced, leading to smaller ferromagnetic domains and larger exchange bias with the random-field model. In this paper, the relation between the antidot diameter size and exchange bias was studied.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6027667
Pages (from-to)3494-3496
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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