Spin structures of an exchange-coupled-bilayer system of expanded-face-centered-tetragonal (e-fct) Mn(001) ultrathin films grown on Co/Cu(001) were resolved by means of spin-polarized scanning-tunneling microscopy. With an in-plane spin-sensitive probe, a layered antiferromagnetic-spin ordering of Mn overlayers was evidenced directly. In addition, the spin frustration across the same Mn layer creating a narrow domain wall down to nanometer scale was also observed along the buried step of Co underlayers. According to the micromagnetic simulation, the step-induced domain-wall width is in agreement with the experimental results. Such in-plane layered antiferromagnetic-spin structures of e-fct Mn(001) provide uncompensated spins at the interface with Co underlayers and elucidate the mechanism of the corresponding exchange-bias field observed in the previous studies.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2012 May 29|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics