Magneto-optical Kerr effect investigation on magnetoelectric coupling in ferromagnetic/antiferroelectric multilayer thin film structures
Mirshekarloo, Meysam Sharifzadeh
Wong, Meng Fei
Bhatia, Charanjit Singh
Date of Issue2012
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Magnetoelectric (ME) membranes comprising soft ferromagnetic Ni and antiferroelectric (AFE) (Pb,La)(Zr,Sn,Ti)O3 (PLZST) layers were proposed and fabricated through a bulk micro-machining process on silicon wafers. An AC-mode magneto-optical Kerr effect technique was proposed to examine the magnetoelectric coupling in the multilayer membranes, in which the electric field-induced magnetization rotation was analyzed for understanding the underlying coupling mechanisms. The AFE to ferroelectric phase transformation of PLZST induced a rotation of magnetization of about 0.5° in Ni, persuaded by strain-induced anisotropy of about −0.5 kJ/m3.
Applied physics letters
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