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Nanotechnology. 2009 Nov 4;20(44):445707. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/20/44/445707. Epub 2009 Oct 7.

Asymmetric hysteresis loop in magnetostatic-biased multilayer nanowires.

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Departamento de FĂ­sica, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH), Avenida Ecuador 3493, 917-0124 Santiago, Chile.


The hysteresis of multilayer nanowires composed by a soft magnetic cylindrical wire, a non-magnetic spacer layer and an external hard magnetic shell is investigated. The external magnetic shell originates a non-homogeneous magnetic field on the inner wire, which is responsible for a displacement and a change of the width of the hysteresis curve of the wire. Moreover, different reversal modes occur at each branch of the hysteresis loop, which can be understood by analyzing the interaction magnetostatic field along the wire. Our results open the possibility of controlling two parameters of the hysteresis loop, the coercivity and the bias, providing an interesting system to be investigated.

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