Large moments in bcc FexCoyMnz ternary alloy thin films

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The elemental magnetic moments and the average atomic moment of 10-20 nm thick single crystal bcc (bct) FexCoyMnz films deposited on MgO(001) have been determined as a function of a broad range of compositions. Thin film epitaxy stabilized the bcc structure for 80% of the available ternary compositional space compared to only a 23% stability region for the bulk. The films that display ferromagnetism represent 60% of the available compositional possibilities compared to 25% for the bulk. A maximum average atomic moment of 3.25 +/- 0.3 mu(B)/atom was observed for a bcc Fe9Co62Mn29 film (well above the limit of the Slater-Pauling binary alloy curve of 2.45 mu(B)/atom). The FexCoyMnz ternary alloys that exhibit high moments can only be synthesized as ultrathin films since the bcc structure is not stable in the bulk for those compositions. Published by AIP Publishing.




Snow, Ryan J., Harsh Bhatkar, A. T. N\'Diaye, E. Arenholz, and Yves U. Idzerda. "Large moments in bcc FexCoyMnz ternary alloy thin films." Applied Physics Letters 112, no. 7 (February 2018). DOI:
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