20_11/2008Cover Picture: Hybrid Soft-Magnetic Lateral Exchange Spring Films Prepared by Ion Irradiation (Adv. Mater. 11/2008)

The cover shows the distribution of magnetization of a magnetically hybrid film with laterally modulated saturation polarization generated by local ion implantation of chromium into the initial nickel–iron film. Jeffrey McCord and co-workers report on p. 2090 on unique magnetic properties so far only known from magnetic multilayers. The route of preparation provides an extra degree of freedom for the tailoring of functionality of soft-magnetic thin films.

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