Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Co 2FeAl films grown on MgO substrates for different growth temperatures

Byong Sun Chun, Kyung Ho Kim, Niklas Leibing, Santiago Serrano-Guisan, Hans Werner Schumacher, Mohamed Abid, In Chang Chu, Oleg N. Mryasov, Do Kyun Kim, Han Chun Wu, Chanyong Hwang, Young Keun Kim

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We report the correlation between the crystalline structure, electronic structure and magnetic properties of Co 2FeAl films as a function of growing temperature both experimentally and theoretically. The Co 2FeAl film grown at room temperature is initially in the partially disordered B2 state, but then it gains a much higher ordered structure with increasing growing temperature due to its transition from short-range to long-range crystallographic order by surface diffusion. Electron energy loss spectroscopy measurements reveals that the increase in the I(L3)/I(L2) ratio of Co can be attributed to the enhanced ferromagnetic exchange interaction between neighboring Co atoms and the fact that the Co contribution is more dominant than the Fe contribution. As the growing temperature increases, many more unoccupied 3d states in Co are observed, hence the Gilbert damping constant increases due to a strong spin-orbit interaction. We also present the results of highly accurate quasiparticle self-consistent GW calculations and confirm that Co 2FeAl in an ideal L2 1 structure is indeed a half-metal with a well-defined band gap in the minority spin channel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6714-6719
Number of pages6
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (2012-0005657 and 2010-359-D00033) and by the International Research & Development Program of the National Research Foundation of Korea (2011-00127). M.A. acknowledges the financial support from NPST (No. 11-NAN1466-02). H.C.W. is grateful for the SFI Short Term Travel fellowship support during his stay at PKU, and acknowledges the financial support from SFI under Contract No. 06/IN.1/I91.


  • Co FeAl
  • Epitaxial growth
  • Heusler alloys
  • Magnetic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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