Friday, July 19, 2013

1307.4869 (Stephan Geprägs et al.)

Comment on "Pt magnetic polarization on Y3Fe5O12 and magnetotransport

Stephan Geprägs, Sebastian T. B. Goennenwein, Marc Schneider, Fabrice Wilhelm, Katharina Ollefs, Andrei Rogalev, Matthias Opel, Rudolf Gross
In a recent Letter [Y.M. Lu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 147207 (2013)], Lu et al. reported on "ferromagneticlike transport properties" of thin films of Pt, deposited ex situ via sputtering on the ferrimagnetic insulator Y3Fe5O12. The authors found a magnetoresistance in Pt displaying a hysteresis corresponding to the coercive field of Y3Fe5O12, consistent with the findings of other groups. While the latter interpreted their data in terms of the recently proposed spin-Hall magnetoresistance, Lu et al. attributed their observation to a magnetic proximity effect. To support this interpretation, they measured the X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) at the Pt L2,3 edges from a Pt/Y3Fe5O12 sample with a Pt thickness of 1.5 nm and derived an average induced magnetic moment of 0.054 Bohr magnetons per Pt atom. This is contradictory to the results of our previous comprehensive XMCD study of three different Pt/Y3Fe5O12 samples with Pt thicknesses of 3, 7, and 10 nm from which we identified an upper limit of (0.003 +/- 0.001) Bohr magnetons per Pt [Gepr\"ags et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 262407 (2012), arXiv:1211.0916].
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