Volume 68, Number 3, November 2004
|Page(s)||460 - 466|
|Section||Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties|
|Published online||09 October 2004|
Creep motion of a magnetic wall: Avalanche size divergence
Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Université Paris 11, UMR CNRS 8502 Bât. 510, Centre Universitaire - 91405 Orsay Cedex, France
2 Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques, Université Paris 7, FDR CNRS 2437 2 place Jussieu, 75251 Paris Cedex, France
3 Institut d'Electronique Fondamentale, Université Paris 11, CNRS, UMR CNRS 8622 Bât. 220, Centre Universitaire - 91405 Orsay Cedex, France
4 Centre de Spectrométrie Nucléaire et de Spectrométrie de Masse, Université Paris 11 CNRS, UMR CNRS 8609, Bât. 108, Centre Universitaire - 91405 Orsay Cedex, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 6 September 2004
The motion of a magnetic domain wall in a -ion–irradiated (0.5)/ ultrathin film was studied in low applied magnetic fields. The field dependence of the wall velocity displays a creep behaviour, consistently with a critical slowing-down when the field tends to zero. We also show that domain wall motion is induced by large spin reversal avalanches and that the energy barrier increase is directly linked to that of the avalanche size. This observation is in excellent agreement with the theory of elastic manifolds moving in a weakly disordered medium.
PACS: 75.60.Jk – Magnetization reversal mechanisms / 75.70.-i – Magnetic properties of thin films, surfaces, and interfaces / 78.20.Ls – Magnetooptical effects
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