Magnetic Properties of TbCo/(SiNx/Co)n Films

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The Tb32Co68/(SiNx/Co)n films (n = 0~3) were prepared by magnetron sputtering. The magnetic anisotropy of all Tb32Co68/(SiNx/Co)n films are perpendicular to the film plane. It is found that the saturation magnetization (Ms) and perpendicular coercivity (Hc⊥ ) of the Tb32Co68/(SiNx/Co)3 film are 263 emu/cm3 and 3592 Oe, respectively. This film appears to be a promising material as a heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) medium. The cross-sectional high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) images show that the interface roughness between the (SiNx/Co)n layers and TbCo layer increases as n is increased. The rough surface provides more obstacles and pinning sites that hinder the motion of the domain walls at interface between the (SiNx/Co)n layers and TbCo layer. Therefore, the Hc values are profoundly influenced by the interface roughness.

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Periodical:

Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 47-50)

Edited by:

Alan K.T. Lau, J. Lu, Vijay K. Varadan, F.K. Chang, J.P. Tu and P.M. Lam

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785-788

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.47-50.785

Citation:

G.P. Lin et al., "Magnetic Properties of TbCo/(SiNx/Co)n Films", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 47-50, pp. 785-788, 2008

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June 2008

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