The structural and magnetic properties of an Mn rich solid phase epitaxy MnxGe1x alloy grown on a clean 2 · 8- Ge(1 1 1) surface, with a Curie temperature of about 300 K are investigated. Magneto-optical Kerr effect infers the exis- tence of in-plane easy magnetization direction. We describe the epitaxial registry condition, the room temperature—zero field magnetic structure observed by magnetic force microscopy and the magneto-optical properties. The observations are consistent with the formation of epitaxial Mn5Ge3 alloy, with a modulated magnetic structure characterized by asym- metric 180° Bloch walls consisting of a vortex-like configuration of the local magnetization.
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