Eur. Phys. J. AP
Volume 17, Number 1, January 2002
|Page(s)||11 - 20|
|Section||Organic Materials and Devices|
|Published online||15 January 2002|
On the bulk averaging approach for obtaining the effective parameters of thin magnetic granular films
Department of Physics, State Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics, 197101 St-Petersburg, Russia
2 DIOM Laboratory (Devices and Instrumentation for Optoelectronics and Microwaves), ISTASE, Université Jean Monnet, 42023 St-Etienne, Cedex, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 4 September 2001
Accepted: 4 September 2001
Published online: 15 January 2002
An analytical model for the effective magnetic properties of a thin film consisting of a few layers of particles with arbitrary permeability and the stochastical initial magnetization is presented. The model is magnetostatic and implies the explicit averaging of the true field. It is shown that it works for all possible thicknesses of the film (arbitrary number of particles across the film) and there is no need for surface-to-bulk transition. The surface effect leading to the change of the reflective properties of the thin film compared to the prediction of the traditional theory is significant for a sparse arrangement of the grains and vanishes when these are touching. The method is verified by comparison with the model of the lattice of magnetic scattering centers.
PACS: 75.70.Ak – Magnetic properties of monolayers and thin films / 75.30.Gw – Magnetic anisotropy / 78.66.Sq – Composite materials
© EDP Sciences, 2002
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