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Magnetic Contrast at Spin-Flip Excitations: An Advanced X-Ray Spectroscopy Tool to Study Magnetic-Ordering


Komarek,  Alexander
Alexander Komarek, Physics of Correlated Matter, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society;

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Elnaggar, H., Wang, R.-P., Lafuerza, S., Paris, E., Tseng, Y., McNally, D., et al. (2019). Magnetic Contrast at Spin-Flip Excitations: An Advanced X-Ray Spectroscopy Tool to Study Magnetic-Ordering. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 36213-36220. doi:10.1021/acsami.9b10196.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-DAAB-6
The determination of the local orientation and magnitude of the magnetization in spin textures plays a pivotal role in understanding and harnessing magnetic properties for technological applications. Here, we show that by employing the polarization dependence of resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS), we can directly probe the spin ordering with chemical and site selectivity. Applied on the prototypical ferrimagnetic mixed-valence system, magnetite ([Fe3+]_A[Fe3+,Fe2+]BO4), we can distinguish spin-flip excitations at the A and B antiferromagnetically coupled Fe3+ sublattices and quantify the exchange field. Furthermore, it is possible to determine the orbital contribution to the magnetic moment from detailed angular dependence measurements. RIXS dichroism measurements performed at spin-flip excitations with nanometer spatial resolution will offer a powerful mapping contrast suitable for the characterization of magnetic ordering at interfaces and engineered spin textures. Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society.