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High-wave-vector spin waves in ultrathin Co films on W(110)

Etzkorn, M and Kumar, PS Anil and Tang, W and Zhang, Y and Kirschner, J (2005) High-wave-vector spin waves in ultrathin Co films on W(110). In: Physical Review B, 72 (18). pp. 184420-1.

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Abstract

We present an experimental study of high-wave-vector spin waves in 8 monolayer (ML) thick hexagonal closed-packed (hcp) Co films performed by spin-polarized electron energy loss spectroscopy (SPEELS). Using inelastic electron scattering, we were able to follow the spin wave dispersion up to the surface Brillouin zone boundary ((K) over bar), i.e., up to a wave-vector transfer of 1.64 A(-1). The spin wave dispersion was found to agree surprisingly well with the dispersion relation of a surface spin wave calculated by a nearest-neighbor Heisenberg model. From this description, we obtain a value for the product of the exchange coupling constant (J) and the magnetic moment (S) of JS=14.8 +/- 1 meV. This value, within the error bar, is identical to our results obtained on thin fcc Co films on Cu(001). We also find that the spin wave features measured by SPEELS at high-wave-vectors are strongly broadened. This is in agreement with expectations from nonadiabatic theoretical descriptions in which the broadening is ascribed to a strong damping of these high-wave-vectors spin waves by Stoner excitations. Similar to the observations in previously studied systems, we also observe a strong dependence of the measured spin wave intensities on the kinetic energy of the incident electrons (E-kin). Highest spin wave intensities were found for low kinetic energies (E-kin< 10 eV).

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to The American Physical Society.
Keywords: Energy-Loss Spectroscopy;Hexagonal Cobalt;Fe Films;Electrons;Photoemission;Excitation;Signature;Metals.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 06:50
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 05:05
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/17127

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