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Formation of magnetic domains and domain walls in epitaxial Fe3O4(100) elements (invited)

Magnetic domains and domain walls in epitaxial Fe3O4(100) elements (rings and wires) are imaged using magnetic force microscopy and photoemission electron microscopy. We show that the interplay between the four-fold magnetocrystalline anisotropy and the shape determines the equilibrium domain structure. Domain walls with a characteristic zig-zag structure are observed in Fe3O4(100) elements initially magnetized along one of the magnetocrystalline hard axes. We attribute the formation of zig-zag domain walls to the competition of the four-fold magnetocrystalline anisotropy, the exchange and dipolar coupling. A direct correlation between the wire width and the spin structure of zig-zag domain walls is found. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3540678]

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