Interest in van der Waals materials often stems from a desire to miniaturize existing technologies by exploiting their intrinsic layered structures to create near-atomically thin components that do not suffer from surface defects. One appealing property is an easily switchable yet robust magnetic order, which is only sparsely demonstrated in the case of in-plane anisotropy. In this work, we use widefield nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center magnetic imaging to measure the properties of individual flakes of CuCrP2S6, a multiferroic van der Waals magnet known to exhibit weak easy-plane anisotropy in the bulk. We chart the crossover between the in-plane ferromagnetism in thin flakes down to the trilayer and the bulk behavior dominated by a low-field spin-flop transition. Further, by exploiting the directional dependence of NV center magnetometry, we are able to observe an instance of a predominantly out-of-plane ferromagetic phase near zero field, in contrast with our expectation and previous experiments on the bulk material. We attribute this to the presence of surface anisotropies caused by the sample preparation process or exposure to the ambient environment, which is expected to have more general implications for a broader class of weakly anisotropic van der Waals magnets.
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