Description: Planar, micron-scale ellipses patterned from 700A-thick Co films exhibit nearly complete suppression of hysteresis when magnetized in- plane along their short axes. Using a combination of Magnetic Force Microscopy and Vibrating Sample Magnetometry, we find that the suppression of hysteresis is associated with the continuous deformation of a dipole field configuration. The presence of hysteresis for in-plane, long-axis magnetization is associated with transitions between topologically inequivalent configurations.
Date: February 1, 1998
Creator: Bedrossian, P. J., LLNL
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