We investigated the switching of perpendicular exchange bias (PEB) from a negative to a positive value in an exchange-coupled Cr2O3/Pt/Co heterostructure. With varying the Pt spacer layer thickness or the measurement temperature, two types of intermediate states were found during the switching process: a double hysteresis loop indicating a local PEB and a single hysteresis loop indicating an averaged PEB. We propose a way to control the lateral ferromagnetic domain, which is associated with the type of the intermediate state, through the control of the exchange coupling magnitude.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)