Element specific investigation of ultrathin Co2MnGa/GaAs heterostructures

Jill S. Claydon, Sameh Hassan, Christian Danvad Damsgaard, Jørn Bindslev Hansen, Claus Schelde Jacobsen, Yongbing B. Xu, Gerrit van der Laan

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We have used x-ray magnetic circular dichroism to study the element specific magnetic properties of ultrathin films of the Heusler alloy Co2MnGa at room temperature. Nine films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs substrates and engineered to vary in stoichiometry as Co1.86Mn0.99Ga1, Co1.95Mn0.98Ga1, and Co1.97Mn0.96Ga1, with thicknesses of 5.3, 7.6, and 9.7 nm, and were capped with Al to prevent oxidization. Sum rule analysis revealed magnetic moments significantly lower than the values predicted theoretically, especially in the case of the Mn total magnetic moment. The results do not support the hypothesis that a large magnetic moment is transferred from Co to Mn, and may suggest that diffusion and reacted layers at ultrathin thicknesses can effect the establishment of a full Heusler structure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)09J506
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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