Journal of Applied Physics (American Institute of Physics)
The magnetic force microscope(MFM) was used to study the displacement of domain walls (DW) in amorphous TbFe alloy films and Co/Pd multilayerfilms with high spatial resolution. The reversible bending of domain wall segments pinned to defects and irreversible, jumplike displacement of domain wall segments were imaged with the MFM in an applied magnetic field. The maximum reversible displacement of domain walls was 50–100 nm and the length of the segments which reversibly curved in the field was about 150 nm. Measurement of the change in radius of curvature of a DW segment in response to an applied field allowed estimation of the DW energy density and self-demagnetizing field of the film acting on the DW. The DW energy density for the TbFe films was about 1 erg/cm2. It was shown that the self-demagnetizing field acting on a domain wall depends on the domain structure surrounding the studied DW segment. For instance, for a film with saturation magnetization 100 G and thickness 80 nm, which exhibited a mazelike domain structure, the demagnetizing field varied from 100 G in the center of a mazelike domain to 400 G near the edge of a domain. The irreversible displacement of a DW was not a continuous process. The 200–400 nm long DW segments exhibited jumplike motion over distances of 100–150 nm.
Pokhil, T. G. (1997). "Domain wall displacements in amorphous films and multilayers studied with magnetic force microscope." Journal of Applied Physics 81(8): 5035-5037
Domain wall displacements in amorphous films and multilayers studied with magnetic force microscope.
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