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Structural and antiferromagnetic characterization of noncollinear D019 Mn3Ge polycrystalline film

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JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
DateAccepted/In press - 8 Oct 2018
DatePublished (current) - 9 Oct 2018
Volume473
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)7-11
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Distorted Heusler compound of D019 Mn3Ge polycrystalline films were studied in terms of their crystalline structures and antiferromagnetic behavior by varying
annealing temperature and Mn-Ge composition. Although low temperature growth for 30 nm Mn3Ge showed no diffraction peaks in X-ray diffraction patterns, high
temperature growth over 773 K with Mn-rich composition is found to promote the (0001) orientation of D019 Mn3Ge which resulted in the emergence of an exchange
bias effect in Co0.6Fe0.4 ferromagnetic layer at 120 K. The exchange bias field of 12 Oe in Mn3.16Ge film grown at 773 K were improved to 61 Oe by enriching Mn
composition to Mn3.97Ge. The average blocking temperature was measured to be at 150 K which is not as high as its reported Néel temperature of 390 K in the bulk
state, however, further improvements are expected by doping additional transition elements.

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