Atomic Migration in Bulk and Thin Film L10 Alloys: Experiments and Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Ferromagnetic L10 ordered alloys are extensively studied nowadays as good candidates for high density magnetic storage media due to their high magnetic anisotropy, related to their chemical order anisotropy. Epitaxial thin bilayers NiPt/FePt/MgO(001) have been grown at 700 K and annealed at 800 K and 900 K. At 800 K, the L10 long-range order increases without measurable interdiffusion. At 900 K, the interdiffusion takes place without destroying the L10 long-range order. This surprising observation can be explained by different diffusion mechanisms that are energetically compared using molecular dynamics simulations in CoPt in the second moment tight binding approximation. In addition, the frequencies of the normal modes of vibration have been measured in FePd, CoPt and FePt single crystals using inelastic neutron scattering. The measurements were performed in the L10 ordered structure at 300 K. From a Born-von Karman fit, we have calculated the phonon densities of states. The migration energies in the 3 systems have been estimated using the model developed by Schober et al. (1981). The phonon densities of states have also been used to calculate several thermodynamic quantities as the vibration entropy and the Debye temperature.
J. Čermák and I. Stloukal
V. Pierron-Bohnes et al., "Atomic Migration in Bulk and Thin Film L10 Alloys: Experiments and Molecular Dynamics Simulations", Defect and Diffusion Forum, Vol. 263, pp. 41-50, 2007