Dipolar interactions in ferromagnetic thin films
CNR-INFM and Dipartimento di Fisica, Università “La Sapienza”, P.le A. Moro 2, 00185 Roma, Italy
We introduce a discrete model describing the motion of a zigzag domain wall in a disordered ferromagnet with in-plane magnetization, driven by an external magnetic field. The main ingredients are dipolar interactions and anisotropy. We investigate the dynamic hysteresis by analyzing the effects of external field frequency on the coercive field by Monte Carlo simulations. Our results are in good agreement with experiments on Fe/GaAs films reported in literature, and we conclude that dynamic hysteresis in this case can be explained by a single propagating domain wall model without invoking domain nucleation.
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