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The interfacial nature of proximity-induced magnetism and the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction at the Pt/Co interface.

Rowan-Robinson, R.M. and Stashkevich, A.A. and Roussigne, Y. and Belmeguenai, M. and Cherif, S-M. and Thiaville, A. and Hase, T.P.A. and Hindmarch, A.T. and Atkinson, D. (2017) 'The interfacial nature of proximity-induced magnetism and the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction at the Pt/Co interface.', Scientific reports., 7 (1). p. 16835.


The Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction has been shown to stabilise Nèel domain walls in magnetic thin films, allowing high domain wall velocities driven by spin current effects. The interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (IDMI) occurs at the interface between ferromagnetic and heavy metal layers with strong spin-orbit coupling, but details of the interaction remain to be understood and the role of proximity induced magnetism (PIM) in the heavy metal is unknown. Here IDMI and PIM are reported in Pt determined as a function of Au and Ir spacer layers in Pt/Co/Au,Ir/Pt. Both interactions are found to be sensitive to sub-nanometre changes in the spacer thickness, correlating over sub-monolayer spacer thicknesses, but not for thicker spacers where IDMI continues to change even after PIM is lost.

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Date accepted:22 November 2017
Date deposited:04 December 2017
Date of first online publication:04 December 2017
Date first made open access:04 December 2017

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