Polarized neutron reflectivity (PNR) studies have been performed on granular multilayers [Co80Fe20(tn)/Al2O3 (3 nm)]m. For a non-percolating superferromagnetic (SFM) sample (tn=1.3 nm) no spin-flip (SF) scattering was observed, measured at various points of the hysteresis, confirming that the magnetization reversal is achieved merely by domain nucleation and growth. For a percolated sample (tn=1.6 nm) an oscillating magnetization depth profile from FeCo layer to FeCo layer along the multilayer stack was observed around the coercive field. The competition between long-range dipolar, short-range Néel and external field interactions apparently give rise to such a modulated magnetization depth profile in these magnetic multilayers.
- Dipolar coupling
- Magnetic thin films
- Magnetization reversal mechanisms
- Polarized neutron reflectometry