The influence of CO and H2 adsorption on the spin reorientation transition in Ni/Cu(001)

S. van Dijken, R. Vollmer, Bene Poelsema, J. Kirschner

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A strong reduction of the critical thickness of the spin reorientation transition in Ni/Cu(0 0 1) has been observed when covered with CO or H2. For uncovered Ni films a critical thickness of 10.5 ML has been found at T=300 K. The critical thickness is reduced by about 3 and 4 ML after adsorption of 0.5 ML CO and H2, respectively. The observed shift in the spin reorientation transition implies a reduction of the negative surface anisotropy energy by about 50% in both cases.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)316-328
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of magnetism and magnetic materials
Issue number210
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Thin Films
  • Surface anisotropy
  • IR-74343
  • METIS-128678
  • Spin reorientation transition
  • Kerr microscopy

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