Thermal irreversibility of the magnetization in Mn5Ge3 epitaxial thin films on Ge(111) is reported. The frequency dependence of the ac susceptibility demonstrates a spin-glass-like behavior, despite the fact that the thin film is a single crystal. Such glassy behavior is attributed to the presence of a "ferromagnetically dead" layer with spin-glass-like properties at the Mn5Ge3/Ge interface, which results in frustrated interactions with the ferromagnetic Mn5Ge3. Moreover, it is shown that the magnetic phase diagram in the H-T plane of the glassy state is very sensitive to the growth conditions. Variation in the growth temperature and film thickness changes the spin-glass-like properties and the Curie temperature. The sensitivity of the glassy state to the growth conditions is related to the variation in the properties of the interfacial layer.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2015 Jun 22|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics