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Structural, Magnetic, and Magneto-Optical Properties of Nanocrystalline Face Centered Cubic Co70Cr30/Pt Multilayers with Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy

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Abstract:

Co70Cr30 alloyed layers are combined with extremely thin Pt layers in order to produce novel face-centered-cubic multilayered films to be considered as a potential perpendicular magnetic recording medium. The films were grown on Si, glass and polyimide substrates by e-beam evaporation at a temperature slightly higher than room temperature. The multilayered structure of the films was verified by X-ray diffraction experiments. Plane-view transmission electron microscopy images have revealed the formation of very small grains in the range of 7–9 nm. Hysteresis loops as a function of temperature were recorded via the magneto-optic Kerr effect in the polar geometry configuration. The system exhibits perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, which enhances with decreasing temperature. Hysteresis loops with a squareness of 1 and a coercivity of 1.45 kOe were obtained at 10 K. Furthermore, complete magneto-optic spectra of the films are recorded, showing a strong magneto-optic enhancement in the ultraviolet region at around 4.5 eV.

Keywords: ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF MONOLAYERS AND THIN FILMS; NANOSCALE THIN FILM STRUCTURE AND MORPHOLOGY; X-RAY DIFFRACTION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2007.901

Publication date: December 1, 2007

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