physica status solidi (a)
Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Editor: Stefan Hildebrandt (Editor-in-Chief)
Online ISSN: 1862-6319
Observation of the domain structures in ferromagnetically coupled (Fe97Al3)85N15/Al2O3 multilayers
The cover picture of physica status solidi (a), taken from the Editor's Choice paper  of this issue, is a colour representation of a Kerr microscopy image and shows the domain stripes and the ripple structure appearing during magnetization of iron nitride alloy films. This multilyers system exhibits strong ferromagnetic coupling and uniaxial anisotropy with long parallel domains. It is a promising new magnetic material for use in high density thin film heads.The first author, Tomasz Stobecki, is Professor at the University of Mining and Metallurgy, Krakow. His research group at the Department of Electronics works on measurement techniques and structural characterization of magnetic multilayer systems.This paper is a contribution from the European Conference Physics of Magnetism (PM'02), held in Poznan, Poland, 1-5 July 2002. The proceedings of this conference are published in two parts in the present issue of phys. stat. sol. (a) and in phys. stat. sol. (b) 236, No. 2 (2003).