AuthorMüglich, Nicolas DavidMerkel, MaximilianGaul, AlexanderMeyl, MarkusGötz, GerhardReiss, GünterKuschel, TimoEhresmann, Arno
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Preferential weakening of rotational magnetic anisotropy by keV-He ion bombardment in polycrystalline exchange bias layer systems
The consequences of keV light-ion bombardment of polycrystalline exchange bias layer systems on individual magnetic anisotropies composing the effective unidirectional magnetic anisotropy are investigated by vectorial magneto-optic Kerr effect measurements. Preferential reduction of rotatable magnetic anisotropy as compared to the other magnetic anisotropies is observable, disproving the intuitive assumption of an equable weakening of all magnetic anisotropies due to the bombardment. It is concluded that light-ion bombardment has a stronger impact on the magnetic characteristics of smaller grains in a polycrystalline antiferromagnet as compared to those of larger ones.