Polarized Neutron Reflectometry Study of Depth Dependent Magnetization Variation in Co Thin Film on a PMN-PT Substrate.
We studied the depth dependent magnetization profile of the magnetostrictive Co thin film layer in a PMN-PT (011)/Ta/Co/Ta structure under both zero and nonzero applied electric field using polarized neutron reflectometry. Application of electric field across the PMN-PT substrate generates a strain, which rotates the magnetization of the Co layer consistent with the Villari effect. At low magnetic fields (near remanence and coercive field conditions), we find that the depth dependent magnetization profile is non-uniform, under both zero and nonzero applied electric fields. These variations are attributable to the depth dependent strain profile in the Co film, as determined by finite element analysis simulations.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.08224