Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published by American Institute of Physics. J. Appl. Phys., 95, 7010 (2004). ©2004 American Institute of Physics. Permission to use.


We have successfully fabricated single and paired 300 nm×1.5 µm×32 nm Ni80Fe20 bars on a microcantilever using focused ion beam milling. Magnetic interactions of the paired bars were studied by using magnetic force microscopy, microcantilever torque magnetometry, and micromagnetic simulation. Our results clearly indicate that the magnetic switching behavior of the paired Ni80Fe20 bars is affected by magnetostatic interactions. The magnetic hysteresis curves for a sample with eight pairs of Ni80Fe20 bars consist of a series of stable switching states that are related to the domain wall motion in the bars.

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