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Title: Microstructure and high frequency properties of nanogranular CoAlO thin films
Authors: Liu, Y. 
Tan, C.Y. 
Liu, Z.W. 
Ong, C.K. 
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Liu, Y., Tan, C.Y., Liu, Z.W., Ong, C.K. (2007). Microstructure and high frequency properties of nanogranular CoAlO thin films. Journal of Applied Physics 101 (2) : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Nanogranular CoAlO thin films were fabricated by rf magnetron sputtering using Co target partially covered by Al2 O3 chips in argon atmosphere. The films consist of Co nanograins with a mean diameter of 5-30 nm surrounded by an amorphous Al-O phase. It was found that Co grains of face-centered-cubic and hexagonal-close-packed structures coexist in the films with relatively low (Al,O) content, whereas Co grains of face-centered-cubic structure are preferentially formed in the films with higher (Al,O) content. Due to the microstructure changes with increasing (Al,O) content in the films, coercivity and magnetization decrease but the anisotropy field increases. The high frequency properties of the CoAlO films were experimentally characterized, and the effects of magnetization, anisotropy field, and damping factor on the permeability spectrum are also analyzed using the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. The ferromagnetic resonance frequency was found to increase from 2.1 to 2.8 GHz with the microstructure change in the films. © 2007 American Institute of Physics.
Source Title: Journal of Applied Physics
ISSN: 00218979
DOI: 10.1063/1.2427099
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