A striking multiple-step behavior has been observed in magnetoresistance measurements during magnetization reversal in anti-ferromagnetically coupled GaMnAs/GaAs:Be multilayers. This behavior arises from the splitting of the energy degeneracy of spin configurations established by nearest-neighbor interlayer exchange coupling (NN IEC) with contribution from the next-nearest-neighbor (NNN) IEC. This observation reveals that NNN IEC plays a crucial role in the magnetic behavior of these multilayer structures.
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- General Physics and Astronomy