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Magnetism of Thin Films and Multilayers

  • Alberto P. GuimarãesEmail author
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Part of the NanoScience and Technology book series (NANO)

Summary

Magnetic thin films are the most extensively studied magnetic system with nanoscopic dimensions. The study of the properties of magnetic thin films has made the development of film media possible, which is used in magnetic hard disks, and the progress in reading heads. In this chapter, these properties are discussed including the anisotropy of thin films. Multilayers prepared from thin films give rise to a wealth of properties, arising in particular, from the interaction between the magnetic layers, the interlayer exchange coupling. The phenomenon of exchange bias, discovered in granular materials, has been systematically studied in thin films, and finds important applications.

Keywords

Domain Wall Exchange Bias American Physical Society Magnetic Domain Wall Bloch Wall 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (CBPF)Rio de Janeiro - RJBrasil/Brazil

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