Trapping of magnetic domain wall in nickel constriction

Junichi Sato, Yasushi Endo, Yu Shiratsuchi, Yoshio Kawamura, Ryoichi Nakatani, Masahiko Yamamoto, Yoshiteru Murakami, Akira Takahashi

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The trapping of a magnetic domain wall in a Ni constriction has been observed using magnetic field sweeping-magnetic force microscopy (MFS-MFM). The Ni constriction is composed of wide and narrow tapered parts connected to each other by a constricted area with a 60 nm width. When the MFS-MFM signal, which is sensitive to the perpendicular component of a stray field, is measured around the constricted area, the signal increases at approximately -25 Oe, and is almost constant between approximately -45 and -125Oe during an applied field swept from 500 to -500Oe. The constant signal between approximately -45 and -125Oe is thought to be caused by domain wall trapping around the constricted area. The width of the domain wall has been estimated to be about 260 nm around the constricted area. It is also confirmed that the domain wallspreads more toward the narrow tapered part than the wide tapered part.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4117-4120
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number7 A
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jul 4


  • Constriction
  • Domain wall
  • Magnetic field sweeping-magnetic force microscopy (MFS-MFM)
  • Nickel


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