Multiferroic NiFe (∼30 nm)/Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O 3-PbTiO3(PMN-PT, ∼220 nm) bilayered thin films were grown on common Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by a combination of off-axis magnetron sputtering and sol-gel spin-coating technique. By using AC-mode magneto-optical Kerr effect technique, the change in the Kerr signal (magnetization) of the NiFe upon applying a low-frequency AC voltage to the PMN-PT film was in situ acquired at zero magnetic field. The obtained Kerr signal versus voltage loop essentially tracks the electromechanical strain curve of the PMN-PT thin film, clearly demonstrating a strain-mediated converse magnetoelectric coupling, i.e., voltage-modulated magnetization, in the NiFe/PMN-PT nanocomposite thin films.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)