Tailoring Fe/Ag superparamagnetic composites by multilayer deposition

J Balogh, D Kaptás, LF Kiss, Tamás Pusztai1, E Szilagyi, A Tunyogi, J Swerts, S Vandezande, K Temst, C Van Haesendonck

1Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, P.O. Box 49, Budapest H-1525, Hungary

Fe/Ag granular multilayers were examined by magnetization and Mossbauer spectroscopy measurements. Very-thin (0.2 nm) discontinuous Fe layers show superparamagnetic properties that can be tailored by the thickness of both the magnetic and the spacer layers. Novel heterostructures, superparamagnetic and ferromagnetic layers stacked in different sequences, were prepared and the specific contribution of the ferromagnetic layers to the low-field magnetic susceptibility was identified. (c) 2005 American Institute of Physics.