Department of Physics and Astronomy: Publications and Other Research


Optical and magneto-optical constants of MnPt3s

K. W. Wierman, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
J. N. Hilfiker, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sitaram Jaswal, University of Nebraska
Roger D. Kirby, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
John A. Woollam, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Document Type Article

Published in Phys. Rev. B 55, 3093–3099 (1997) [Issue 5 – 1 February 1997 ] © 1997 The American Physical Society. Used by permission.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.55.3093


Optically thick films of MnPt3 were deposited on quartz using dc magnetron sputtering. The films were covered with an SiOx protective overcoat and annealed in vacuum at 850 °C for 1 h to form the crystalline L12 (Cu3> Au) cubic structure. These films have a high degree of long-range order and are highly textured with the (111) axis along the film normal. Variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements were taken over the spectral range of 1.2–4.2 eV to determine the optical constants of both MnPt3 and the SiOx overcoat. Spectroscopic magneto-optic Kerr rotation and ellipticity measurements at near normal incidence over the spectral range of 1.4–3.6 eV were used to determine the off-diagonal dielectric tensor elements for MnPt3 . First-principles electronic-structure calculations were carried out for the ordered MnPt3 structure and from these the dielectric tensor elements of MnPt3 were calculated. The experimental and theoretical values of the diagonal components of the dielectric tensor components are in good agreement. The agreement for the off-diagonal components of the dielectric tensor is only fair.