Tuesday, April 30, 2013

1111.3140 (Andrea Benassi et al.)

Barkhausen instabilities from labyrinthine magnetic domains    [PDF]

Andrea Benassi, Stefano Zapperi
Experimental investigations of the scaling behavior of Barkhausen avalanches in out-of-plane ferromagnetic films yield widely different results for the values of the critical exponents despite similar labyrinthine domain structures, suggesting that universality may not hold for this class of materials. Analyzing a phase field model for magnetic reversal, we show that avalanche scaling is bounded by characteristic lengthscales arising from the competition between dipolar forces and exchange interactions. We compare our results with the experiments and find a good qualitative and quantitative agreement, reconciling apparent contradictions. Finally, we make some prediction, amenable to experimental verification, on the dependence of the avalanches behavior from the film thickness and disorder.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1111.3140

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