Thickness Dependent Magnetic Properties of Polycrystalline Nickel Thin Films
U. Parlaka, M.E. Aközb, S. Tokdemir Öztürkb, M. Erkovanc
aPeter Grünberg Institut, Electronic Properties (PGI-6), Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425, Jülich, Germany
bGebze Technical University, Department of Physics, 41400, Kocaeli, Turkey
cSakarya University, Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, 54187, Sakarya, Turkey
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Magnetization directions of ferromagnetic ultra-thin films can be altered by increasing the thickness. The transition between in-plane and out-of-plane axes is induced by the competition among the magnetostatic, magnetocrystalline and magnetoelastic anisotropy energies. Such an effect has attracted more interest recently, due to the applications in magneto-optical recording technologies. In this study, we have investigated by magneto-optical Kerr effect the magnetization properties of magnetron sputtered nickel thin films.

DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.127.995
PACS numbers: 75.70.Ak, 75.30.Gw