Thickness dependence of magnetic domain formation in La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 epitaxial thin films studied by XMCD-PEEM

Toshiyuki Taniuchi, Ryutaro Yasuhara, Hiroshi Kumigashira, Masato Kubota, Hiroyuki Okazaki, Takanori Wakita, Takanori Yokoya, Kanta Ono, Masaharu Oshima, Mikk Lippmaa, Masashi Kawasaki, Hideomi Koinuma

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    We have used photoelectron emission microscopy (PEEM) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) to study the effect of thin film thickness on the magnetic domain formation in La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 samples that were epitaxially grown on stepped SrTiO3 (0 0 1) substrates. The magnetic image exhibited a stripe structure elongated along the step direction, irrespective of film thickness, suggesting that uniaxial magnetic anisotropy induced by step-and-terrace structures plays an important role in the magnetic domain formation. Additional domains evolved gradually with increasing film thickness. In these domains, the direction of magnetization differed from the step direction due to biaxial magneto-crystalline anisotropy. The evolution of additional magnetic domains with increasing film thickness implies that a competition exists between the two anisotropies in LSMO films.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4690-4693
    Number of pages4
    JournalSurface Science
    Issue number20 SPEC. ISS.
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2007


    • Magnetic domain
    • Manganite
    • PEEM
    • Spintronics
    • Thin film
    • XMCD

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Materials Chemistry


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