Magnetic phases of sputter deposited thin-film erbium

J. D.S. Witt, J. F.K. Cooper, N. Satchell, C. J. Kinane, P. J. Curran, S. J. Bending, S. Langridge, L. J. Heyderman, G. Burnell

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We present a detailed structural and magnetic characterization of sputter deposited thin film erbium, determined by x-ray diffraction, transport measurements, magnetometry and neutron diffraction. This provides information on the onset and change of the magnetic state as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field. Many of the features of bulk material are reproduced. Also of interest is the identification of a conical magnetic state which repeats with a wavevector parallel to the c axis '., c = 4/17 in units of the reciprocal lattice parameter c ∗, which is a state not observed in any other thin film or bulk measurements. The data from the various techniques are combined to construct magnetic field, temperature (H, T)-phase diagrams for the 200 nm-thick Er sample that serves as a foundation for future exploitation of this complex magnetic thin film system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number39021
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2016

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Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the UK EPSRC (grant numbers: EP/J010634/1, EP/J010650/1, EP/J010626/1) for their financial support. Experiments at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source were supported by a beamtime allocation from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (RB 1410611) and we acknowledge the ISIS R532 characterisation laboratory for use of the X-ray equipment. NS acknowledges JEOL Europe and ISIS neutron and muon source for PhD funding.

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