Zeitschrift für Physik B Condensed Matter

, Volume 101, Issue 3, pp 313–316

Imaging of magnetic domains with the X-ray microscope at BESSY using X-ray magnetic circular dichroism


  • P. Fischer
    • Institut für Experimental Physik IIUniversität Augsburg
  • G. Schütz
    • Institut für Experimental Physik IIUniversität Augsburg
  • G. Schmahl
    • Forschungseinrichtung RöntgenphysikUniversität Göttingen
  • P. Guttmann
    • Forschungseinrichtung RöntgenphysikUniversität Göttingen
  • D. Raasch
    • Philips Res. Lab.
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DOI: 10.1007/s002570050214

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Fischer, P., Schütz, G., Schmahl, G. et al. Z. Phys. B (1997) 101: 313. doi:10.1007/s002570050214


X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism (X-MCD), i.e. the change of the absorption of circular polarized Xrays for reversed sample magnetization amounts at the L2, 3-edges of 3d transition metals up to 50% percent. This can be used to obtain in energy-dispersive X-ray imaging techniques a considerable, element-specific magnetic contrast. On the other hand, with the transmission X-ray microscope (TXM) based on the zone-plate technique spatial resolutions of 30nm can be achieved. In this communication it is shown for the first time that the combination of the TXM with XMCD provides a huge contrast and is therefore a powerful new method to visualize in a quantitative and elementspecific manner magnetic domains. Using soft X-rays with a wavelength of 1:7nm corresponding to the energy of the Fe L3-edge the variation of the shape and magnetization of domains in a magneto-optical GdFe layer system was studied with a lateral resolution of 60nm.

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