Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy

 

Authors

J. Honolka, Max-Planck-Institut fu¨r Festko¨rperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
T. Y. Lee, Max-Planck-Institut fu¨r Festko¨rperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
K. Kuhnke, Max-Planck-Institut fu¨r Festko¨rperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Axel Enders, University of Nebraska - LincolnFollow
Ralph Skomski, University of Nebraska at LincolnFollow
S. Bornemann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, 81377 Munchen, Germany
S. Mankovsky, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, 81377 Munchen, Germany
J. Minar, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, 81377 Munchen, Germany
J. Staunton, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
H. Ebert, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, 81377 Munchen, Germany
M. Hessler, Max-Planck-Institut fu¨r Metallforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 13, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
K. Fauth, Physikalisches Institut, Universitat Wu¨rzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Wurzburg, Germany
G. Schutz, Max-Planck-Institut fu¨r Metallforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 13, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
A. Buchsbaum, Institut fur Allgemeine Physik, Technische Universitat Wien, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10/134, A 1040 Wien, Austria
M. Schmid, Institut fur Allgemeine Physik, Technische Universitat Wien, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10/134, A 1040 Wien, Austria
P. Varga, Institut fur Allgemeine Physik, Technische Universitat Wien, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10/134, A 1040 Wien, Austria
K. Kern, Max-Planck-Institut fu¨r Festko¨rperforschung, Heisenbergstrasse 1, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany

Date of this Version

2-13-2009

Comments

Published in PRL 102, 067207 (2009). Copyright © 2009 The American Physical Society. Used by permission.

Abstract

The complex correlation of structure and magnetism in highly coercive monoatomic FePt surface alloys is studied using scanning tunneling microscopy, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, and ab initio theory. Depending on the specific lateral atomic coordination of Fe either hard magnetic properties comparable to that of bulk FePt or complex noncollinear magnetism due to Dzyaloshinski-Moriya interactions are observed. Our calculations confirm the subtle dependence of the magnetic anisotropy and spin alignment on the local coordination and suggest that 3D stacking of Fe and Pt layers in bulk L10 magnets is not essential to achieve high-anisotropy values.