Shining Soft X-rays on Magnetic Structures

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Science  25 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5423, pp. 2099-2101
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5423.2099

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The investigation of magnetic structures such as multilayers, which are of technological importance especially in magnetic recording media, is greatly facilitated by the use of soft x-rays that are element specific and probe the characteristic length scales of these structures. Hillebrecht (page 2099) discusses the principles of x-ray magneto-optics and describes recent advances, for example, by Dürr et al. (page 2166), in the successful application of these tools to magnetic layers and multilayers.