Session W14: Focus Session: Magnetic Domains

2:30 PM–5:30 PM, Thursday, March 21, 2013
Room: 316

Sponsoring Units: GMAG DMP
Chair: Andrew Balk, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Abstract ID: BAPS.2013.MAR.W14.7

Abstract: W14.00007 : Mechanical manipulation of magnetic domains in continuous and patterned magnetostrictive FeGa thin films

3:42 PM–3:54 PM

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Authors:

  Paris Alexander
    (University of Maryland - Department of Materials Science and Engineering)

  Sean Fackler
    (University of Maryland - Department of Materials Science and Engineering)

  Ichiro Takeuchi
    (University of Maryland - Department of Materials Science and Engineering)

  John Cumings
    (University of Maryland - Department of Materials Science and Engineering)

The controlled and reversible switching of magnetic domains using static electric fields has been previously demonstrated via magneto-electric (ME) coupling in a multiferroic system [T. Brintlinger, Nano Lett. 10, 1219(2010)]. In these systems, enhanced magnetostriction allows for magnetic switching in response to an electrically induced deformation. Here we demonstrate the nature of magnetic switching using mechanical stress alone. Magnetostrictive iron-gallium (Fe$_{\mathrm{70}}$Ga$_{\mathrm{30}})$ thin films are deposited on flexible free-standing membranes, and patterned to square arrays. Using a mechanically manipulated tip a strain is directly applied to the film. We observe the resulting magnetization dynamics using Lorentz-force transmission electron microscopy (LTEM). The varied hysteretic behaviors under applied magnetic and strain fields will be presented for both continuous and patterned films.

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