Effect of a Ti seed layer on the magnetic properties of CoCrTa double-layered perpendicular media

T. Shimatsu, H. Komagome, I. Watanabe, H. Muraoka, Y. Sugita, Y. Nakamura

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Abstract

The effect of a Ti seed layer on the magnetic properties and microstructure of Co77Cr19Ta4 was studied in Co77Cr19Ta4/Ti/M (M=Co91Zr3Nb6, Fe, Co) double-layered perpendicular recording media. A thin Ti film of ∼5 nm enhanced the c-axis alignment perpendicular to the film plane, resulting in a large perpendicular anisotropy Ku and the best magnetic properties under the present experimental conditions. The coercivity at this Ti thickness (3-3.7 kOe) was approximately half of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy field Hk estimated from the Ku value, even with the present thick 50 nm CoCrTa. The recording performance using a single-pole-type writing head showed that media with a 5 nm Ti layer had higher recording sensitivity compared to media without Ti layers, and a higher SN value at densities greater than 200 kFRPI. No significant loss of recording resolution due to the nonmagnetic Ti space between the CoCrTa and the back layers was observed by the use of the 5 nm Ti film. Moreover, the results for media with Fe back layers indicated that a thinner back layer with a high flux density can be used without any reduction of recording sensitivity and resolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6367-6369
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume87
Issue number9 III
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May 1
Event44th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 1999 Nov 151999 Nov 18

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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