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Title: Microstructure and microwave permeability of FeCo thin films with Co underlayer
Authors: Wu, Y.P. 
Han, G.-C.
Kong, L.B. 
Keywords: Co underlayer
FeCo film
Ferromagnetic thin film
High-frequency permeability
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Citation: Wu, Y.P., Han, G.-C., Kong, L.B. (2010-11). Microstructure and microwave permeability of FeCo thin films with Co underlayer. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 322 (21) : 3223-3226. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Microstructure, static magnetic properties and microwave permeability of sputtered FeCo films were examined. Fe60Co40 films (100 nm in thickness) deposited on glass substrates exhibited in-plane isotropy and a large coercivity of 161.1 Oe. When same thickness films were deposited on 2.5 nm Co underlayer, well-defined in-plane anisotropy was formed with an anisotropy field of 65 Oe. The sample had a static initial permeability of about 285, maximum imaginary permeability of 1255 and ferromagnetic resonance frequency of 2.71 GHz. Cross-sectional TEM image revealed that the Co underlayer had induced a columnar grain structure with grain diameter of 10 nm in the FeCo films. In comparison, FeCo films without Co underlayer showed larger grains of 70 nm in diameter with fewer distinct vertical grain boundaries. In addition, the Co underlayer changed the preferred orientation of the FeCo from (1 0 0) to (1 1 0). The improvement in soft magnetic properties and microwave behavior originates from the modification of the film microstructure, which can be well understood by the random anisotropy theory. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
ISSN: 03048853
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2010.06.032
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