Effect of magnetic fullerene on magnetization reversal created at the Fe/C 60 interface.

Research paper by Srijani S Mallik, Stefan S Mattauch, Manas Kumar MK Dalai, Thomas T Brückel, Subhankar S Bedanta

Indexed on: 05 Apr '18Published on: 05 Apr '18Published in: Scientific Reports


Probing the hybridized magnetic interface between organic semiconductor (OSC) and ferromagnetic (FM) layers has drawn significant attention in recent years because of their potential in spintronic applications. Recent studies demonstrate various aspects of organic spintronics such as magnetoresistance, induced interface moment etc. However, not much work has been performed to investigate the implications of such OSC/FM interfaces on the magnetization reversal and domain structure which are the utmost requirements for any applications. Here, we show that non-magnetic Fullerene can obtain non-negligible magnetic moment at the interface of Fe(15 nm)/C(40 nm) bilayer. This leads to substantial effect on both the magnetic domain structure as well as the magnetization reversal when compared to a single layer of Fe(15 nm). This is corroborated by the polarized neutron reflectivity (PNR) data which indicates presence of hybridization at the interface by the reduction of magnetic moment in Fe. Afterwards, upto 1.9 nm of Cnear the interface exhibits magnetic moment. From the PNR measurements it was found that the magnetic Clayer prefers to be aligned anti-parallel with the Fe layer at the remanant state. The later observation has been confirmed by domain imaging via magneto-optic Kerr microscopy.