Tuesday, July 30, 2013

1307.7301 (P. Sinha et al.)

Strain-induced effects on the magnetic and electronic properties of
epitaxial Fe$_{1-x}$Co$_{x}$Si thin films

P. Sinha, N. A. Porter, C. H. Marrows
We have investigated the Co-doping dependence of the structural, transport, and magnetic properties of \epsilon-FeCoSi epilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy on silicon (111) substrates. Low energy electron diffraction, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy studies have confirmed the growth of phase-pure, defect-free \epsilon-FeCoSi epitaxial films with a surface roughness of ~1 nm. These epilayers are strained due to lattice mismatch with the substrate, deforming the cubic B20 lattice so that it becomes rhombohedral. The temperature dependence of the resistivity changes as the Co concentration is increased, being semiconducting-like for low $x$ and metallic-like for x \gtrsim 0.3. The films exhibit the positive linear magnetoresistance that is characteristic of \epsilon-FeCoSi below their magnetic ordering temperatures $T_\mathrm{ord}$, as well as the huge anomalous Hall effect of order several \mu\Omega cm. The ordering temperatures are higher than those observed in bulk, up to 77 K for x = 0.4. The saturation magnetic moment of the films varies as a function of Co doping, with a contribution of ~1 \mu_{B}/ Co atom for x \lesssim 0.25. When taken in combination with the carrier density derived from the ordinary Hall effect, this signifies a highly spin-polarised electron gas in the low x, semiconducting regime.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.7301

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