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Preferred site occupation of 3$$d$$ atoms in Ni$$_{x}$$Fe$$_{4-x}$$N (${it x}$ = 1 and 3) films revealed by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism

Takata, Fumiya*; Ito, Keita*; Takeda, Yukiharu; Saito, Yuji; Takanashi, Koki*; Kimura, Akio*; Suemasu, Takashi*

X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements were performed at the Ni and Fe $$L_{2,3}$$ absorption edges for Ni$$_{x}$$Fe$$_{4-x}$$N (${it x}$ = 1 and 3) epitaxial films. Shoulders at approximately 2 eV above the Ni $$L_{2,3}$$ main peaks in the XAS spectrum of Ni$$_{3}$$FeN were interpreted to originate from hybridization of orbitals between Ni 3$$d$$ at face-centered (II) sites and N 2$$p$$ at body-centered sites, while such features were missing in NiFe$$_{3}$$N film. Similar shoulders were observed at Fe $$L_{2,3}$$ edges in both films. Hence, Ni atoms preferentially occupied corner (I) sites, where the hybridization was weak because of the relatively long distance between Ni at I sites and N atoms. The relatively large magnetic moment deduced from sum-rule analysis of NiFe$$_{3}$$N also showed a good agreement with the presence of Ni atoms at I sites.



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Category:Materials Science, Multidisciplinary



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