Nanogranular L10 FePt–C–Ta2O5 Composite Media for Perpendicular Recording Applications
In this report, the effect of simultaneously adding two dopants (C and Ta2O5) in FePt was investigated. (Fe55Pt45)79C21−(x vol%) Ta2O5 films (where x = 0% to 20%) were prepared using both low and high power magnetron sputtering on MgO (2 nm)/CrRu (30 nm) underlayers with in-situ heating at 350 °C. Films deposited at low power showed a decrease in exchange coupling with increasing Ta2O5 content. Out-of-plane coercivity of 7.2 kOe was observed even with up to 20 vol% Ta2O5. X-Ray diffraction spectra showed presence of FePt(001) texture for all compositions of Ta2O5 ranging from 0 to 20 vol% suggesting that the perpendicular anisotropy was maintained even with up to 20 vol% of dopant content. Films deposited at high power showed a different behavior with an initial increase in out-of-plane coercivity to 8.2 kOe and a reduction in exchange coupling with loop slope parameter (α) approaching a fully decoupled value of 1. Further increase in doping content led to deterioration in the out-of-plane coercivity, as well as an increase in the exchange coupling.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 March 2011
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