The magnetization reversal in [Ir20Mn80/Co 80Fe20]10 exchange-biased multilayers is studied by specular reflection and off-specular scattering of polarized neutrons. The reversal proceeds sequentially starting with the bottom (top) CoFe layer for decreasing (increasing) field due to the evolution of the grain size along the stack. Each CoFe layer remagnetizes symmetrically for both field branches in a nonuniform mode. Concomitant in-plane magnetization fluctuations revealed by off-specular spin-flip scattering indicate a more complex reversal mechanism than hitherto considered.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Dec 2004|