(111) films were epitaxially grown on Pt(111) and Ru(0001) single crystal
supports by sequential iron deposition and oxidation in an ultra-high vacuum chamber. The growth of well-ordered magnetite
films was confirmed by low energy electron diffraction
. The films were covered with a protective Au layer and subjected to magnetic and structural studies in ambient conditions. Magnetic hysteresis loops, recorded using magneto-optical Kerr effect apparatus, confirmed magnetic ordering in both films at room temperature. The Kerr measurements indicated in-plane orientation of magnetization, which was supported by the lack of magnetic contrast in magnetic force microscopy images. Atomic force microscopy revealed significant differences in morphology of the films, tentatively attributed to different lattice mismatch
with Pt(111) and Ru(0001) single crystal supports.