Structural and magnetic properties of Ce/Fe and Ce/FeCov multilayers

S. Tixier, D. Mannix, P. Böni, W. G. Stirling, G. H. Lander

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Ce/Fe and Ce/FeCoV multilayers have been grown by magnetron sputtering on Si substrates with layer thicknesses in the range 10-40 Å. The influence of the sputtering conditions and design of the multilayers on the crystallinity of the layers and on the quality of the interfaces has been studied by X-ray diffraction and reflection. The interfaces are well defined and the layers are crystalline down to an individual layer thickness of 20 Å. Ce/FeCoV multilayers show sharper interfaces than Ce/Fe ones but some loss of crystallinity is observed. Hysteresis loops obtained by SQUID show different behaviour of the bulk magnetisation as a function of the layer thickness. Fe moments are found by Mössbauer spectroscopy to be perpendicular to the interfaces for small periodicity multilayers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-474
Number of pages2
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
StatePublished - 2 Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Interfaces
  • Multilayers
  • Rare-earth metals
  • Reflectometry


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