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Growth of Textured Nanocrystalline Cobalt Ferrite Thin Films by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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Cobalt ferrite thin films have been deposited on fused quartz substrates by pulsed laser deposition at various substrate temperatures, TS (25 °C, 300 °C, 550 °C and 750 °C). Single phase, nanocrystalline, spinel cobalt ferrite formation is confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) for TS ≥ 300 °C. Conventional XRD studies reveal strong (111) texturing in the as deposited films with TS ≥ 550 °C. Bulk texture measurements using X-ray orientation distribution function confirmed (111) preferred orientation in the films with TS ≥ 550 °C. Grain size (13–16 nm for TS ≥ 300 °C) estimation using grazing incidence X-ray line broadening analysis shows insignificant grain growth with increasing TS, which is in good agreement with grain size data obtained from transmission electron microscopy.
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Keywords: DIFFRACTIONS; FERRITE THIN FILMS; NANOCRYSTALLINE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 August 2008

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