Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published in Journal of Applied Physics, 95:11 (2004), 7414-7416. DOI: 10.1063/1.1676053
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The magnetic properties of collections of three soft magnetic nanodots with various aspect ratios are investigated. Permalloy films are first produced by dc magnetron sputtering. Focused ion beam milling is then used to mill dots, each with different shape anisotropy. We find that each of the three dots in the system has a unique switching field, and that there is significant magnetostatic coupling. Micromagnetic simulations suggest that for dot separations of less than 50 nm there exists strong interdot interaction, leading to the possibility of controlled switching of neighboring dots. This switching behavior is of interest in magnetic information processing.

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