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We report on x-ray and neutron scattering studies that reveal the structure of interfaces of C60 layers with adjacent transition metal layers, in this instance, Cu. Such interfaces produce room-temperature long-range spin order that is not described by conventional theories of metallic magnetism. We use a combination of hard x-ray reflectivity and neutron scattering to investigate the interfacial structure of two C60/Cu layered samples: a superlattice with multiple C60/Cu repeats and a simpler tri-layer structure. For both structures, we develop a consistent structural model for the two scattering techniques, which details the critical interfacial roughness between the layers. We find that while x-ray reflectivity provides a strong contrast between the C60 and Cu layers, the similar neutron scattering length density of the two materials severely reduces the neutron scattering contrast. Our results can be used to design material systems that permit studies of the magnetism of the C60/transition metal interfaces with spin-sensitive scattering probes such as polarized neutron reflectometry.

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AIP Advances, v. 10, issue 2, art. 025312