MFM observation of micrometer-sized magnetic patterns produced by heavy ion microbeam irradiation in FeRh films
Aiko, Kazuma*; Toki, Atsushi*; Matsui, Toshiyuki*; Iwase, Akihiro*; Sato, Takahiro; Takano, Katsuyoshi*; Koka, Masashi; Saito, Yuichi; Kamiya, Tomihiro
As the irradiation effect appears only within irradiated regions, we have used ion micro-beam irradiation to produce micrometer-sized and two-dimensional magnetic patterns on the surface of FeRh thin films. The thin films nearly show the anti-ferromagnetic state at room temperature. To realize the lateral magnetic modification on the sample surface, the micro-beam irradiation was performed by using 3-MeV tandem accelerator at the TIARA. The focused 10 MeV iodine ion micro-beam, which had a rectangular shape of 2m 4m, was scanned on the FeRh thin film surface. After irradiation, the surface roughness and the magnetic state were observed by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and magnetic force microscopy (MFM), respectively. The AFM images show that the ion micro-beam does not create any topographic modification at the FeRh surface, while an array with 2m 4m bright rectangles at designated regular intervals is seen in the MFM image. The ion micro-beam is a useful tool for the fabrication of two-dimensional and micrometer-sized magnetic patterns on FeRh samples.