Prediction and confirmation of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Co/Ni multilayers

G. H.O. Daalderop*, P. J. Kelly, F. J.A. Den Broeder

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Abstract

On the basis of first-principles (local-spin-density-approximation) calculations of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy, we have predicted a perpendicular orientation of the magnetization in a [111]fcc Co1/Ni2 multilayer. This multilayer was then grown by vapor deposition and found to have the predicted properties. The saturation magnetization of 1 T is much larger than that of known magnetic multilayers with perpendicular anisotropy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)682-685
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume68
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 1992
Externally publishedYes

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