Effect of Thicknesses on the Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of CoPt Thin Films
The microstructures and magnetic properties of CoPt thin films with thicknesses between 1 and 20 nm deposited on amorphous glass substrate and post-annealing at 600°C for 30 min were investigated. The morphology of CoPt thin film would change from a discontinuous nano-size CoPt islands into a continuous film gradually as the film thickness was increased from 1 to 20 nm. The formation mechanism of the CoPt islands may be due to the surface energy difference between the glass substrate and CoPt alloy. Each CoPt island could be a single domain particle. This discontinuous nano-island CoPt recording film may increase the recording density and enhance the signal to noise ratio while comparing with the continuous film. The as-deposited 5 nm CoPt film revealed the separated islands morphology after annealing at 600°C for 30 min. This nano-size CoPt thin film may be a candidate for ultra-high density magnetic recording media due to its discontinuous islanded nanostructure.
Joong Hee Lee
C. L. Shen et al., "Effect of Thicknesses on the Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of CoPt Thin Films", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 123-125, pp. 655-658, 2010