Isolated nanoscale Ni bars with a length of 1 μm, a width from 15 to 300 nm, and interactive bar arrays with a spacing from 200 to 600 nm were fabricated using electron-beam lithography and were studied using magnetic force microscopy. The study showed that the virgin magnetic state of bars with a width smaller than 150 nm was single domain and otherwise multidomain. It also showed that the switching field of isolated bars initially increases with decreasing bar width, then reaches a maximum switching field of 740 Oe at a width of 55 nm, and afterwards decreases with further bar width reduction. Furthermore, it was found that the switching field of the interactive bars decreases almost linearly with reduction of the spacing between the bars.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)