Numerical Simulations at Magnetic Reversal in Layered Spring Magnets

TitleNumerical Simulations at Magnetic Reversal in Layered Spring Magnets
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsJiang, JS, Kaper, HG, Leaf, GK
Date Published01/2001
Other NumbersANL/MCS-TM-247
Abstract

This report summarizes the results of numerical investigations of magnetic reversal in layered spring magnets. A one-dimensional model is used of a film consisting of several atomic layers of soft material on top of several atomic layers of hard material. Each atomic layer is taken to be uniformly magnetized, and spatial inhomogeneities within an atomic layer are neglected. The state of such a system is described by a chain of magnetic spin vectors. Each spin vector behaves like a spinning top driven locally by the effective magnetic field and subject to damping (Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation). A numerical integration scheme for the LLG equation is presented that is unconditionally stable and preserves the magnitude of the magnetization vector at all times. The results of numerical investigations for a bilayer in a rotating in-plane magnetic field show hysteresis with a basic period of 2� at moderate fields and hysteresis with a basic period of � (or any multiple thereof) at strong fields.

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