Magnetization reversal of antiferromagnetically coupled (AFC) Co thin film and (Co/Pd) multilayers has been investigated. For 5 Å thick Co layer, a high exchange coupling field (H ex) of 7.8 kOe at room temperature and 8.5 kOe at 5 K was measured from the shift in the hysteresis loop. This high value of Hex was accompanied by a magnetization reorientation from in-plane to out-of-plane of the thin Co. When Co thickness increases, the magnetization reorientation was not possible. This unusual high Hex can be used to stabilize AFC structures when the patterning to nanoscale size is needed.
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