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Defined perpendicular anisotropy gradients in the Co sublayers of a [Co(0.6  nm)/Au(2  nm)](3) sputter-deposited multilayer have been introduced by light ion bombardment through a wedged Au stopper layer. Within such a layer system, domain walls between up- and down-magnetized areas are controllably movable by an external perpendicular homogeneous magnetic(More)
Regularly arranged magnetic out-of-plane patterns in continuous and flat films are promising for applications in data storage technology (bit patterned media) or transport of individual magnetic particles. Whereas topographic magnetic structures are fabricated by standard lithographical techniques, the fabrication of regularly arranged artificial domains in(More)
Currently, much attention is being paid to patterned multilayer systems in which there exists a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, because of their potential applications in spintronics devices and in a new generation of magnetic storage media. To further improve their performance, different patterning techniques can be used, which render them suitable also(More)
Complementary multiscale magneto-optical studies based on the polar Kerr effect are carried out on an ultrathin cobalt wedge covered with a silver wedge and subsequently with the Au thick layer. A few monolayers of Ag are found to have a substantial effect on magnetic anisotropy, the coercivity field, and Kerr rotation. The silver overlayer thickness-driven(More)
A new null ellipsometer is described that uses photoelastic modulator (PEM). The phase modulation adds a good signal-to-noise ratio, high sensitivity, and linearity near null positions to the traditional high-precision nulling system. The ellipsometric angles Delta and psi are obtained by azimuth measurement of the analyzer and the polarizer-PEM system, for(More)
We report a method of imaging of the magnetization reversal process using analysis of real-time images of magnetic domain structures in cylindrically shaped microwires. This method uses wide-field polarizing optical microscopy and is based on the magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE). The aperture diaphragm in MOKE microscope was used to control the incident(More)
We report on magnetization dynamics triggered in a Co/garnet heterostructure by femtosecond laser pulses. Although laser excitation of a bare Co-doped yttrium iron garnet leads to magnetization precession, the phase of which strongly depends on the linear polarization of the light pulses, the deposition of an ultrathin Co layer on a top of a garnet film(More)
We have engineered the magnetic properties of 1-8 nm Co films epitaxially grown on an Au-buffered bifacial W(110)/W(540) single crystal. The surface of Au/W(110) was atomically flat, whereas the Au/W(540) followed the morphology of the vicinal W surface, showing a regular array of monoatomic steps. For Co grown on Au/W(540), the existence of the(More)
Magnetic domains and magnetization reversal in 40 nm thick films of Fe0.6Al0.4, have been studied by longitudinal magneto-optical Kerr effect. By varying the Ne(+) ion-energy E between 2 and 30 keV (keeping a constant fluence), we varied the depth-penetration of the ions, and thereby influenced the homogeneity of the induced saturation magnetization M(s).(More)