Unusual ZFC and FC magnetic behavior in thin Co multi-layered structure

Oren Ben-Dor, Shira Yochelis, Israel Felner, Yossi Paltiel*

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The observation of unusual magnetic phenomena in a Ni -based magnetic memory device ([4] O. Ben-Dor et al., 2013) encouraged us to conduct a systematic research on Co based multi-layered structure which contains a α-helix L polyalanine (AHPA-L) organic compound. The constant Co thickness is 7 nm and AHPA-L was also replaced by non-chiral 1-Decanethiol organic molecules. Both organic compounds were chemisorbed on gold by a thiol group. The dc magnetic field (H) was applied parallel and perpendicular to the surface layers. The perpendicular direction is the easy magnetization axis and along this orientation only, the zero-field-cooled (ZFC) plots exhibit a pronounced peak around 55–58 K. This peak is suppressed in the second ZFC and field-cooled (FC) runs performed shortly after the virgin ZFC one. Thus, around the peak position ZFC>FC a phenomenon seldom observed. This peak reappears after measuring the same material six months later. This behavior appears in layers with the non-chiral 1-Decanethiol and it is very similar to that obtained in sulfur doped amorphous carbon. The peak origin and the peculiar ZFC>FC case are qualitatively explained.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)357-361
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2017

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  • Chiral magnetic memory
  • Multi-layered thin Co films
  • Unusual Magnetic behavior
  • ZFC>FC


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