Fine metallic particles for magnetic domain observations

Osamu Kitakami, Tomoaki Sakurai, Yoichi Miyashita, Yukio Takeno, Yutaka Shimada, Hisashi Takano, Hiroyuki Awano, Keikichi Ando, Yutaka Sugita

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Fine domain structures of a ferromagnetic specimen can be visualized by deposition of ultrafine ferromagnetic particles onto its surface. We have applied various ferromagnetic particles, such as Co, Fe, Co-Fe alloy and Permalloy, to observation of high-density recording states of thin-film recording media. These studies have revealed that single-domain particles mainly contribute to the domain pattern contrast, while very small superparamagnetic particles are so insensitive to the leakage field from the recording media that they deteriorate the image quality of the domain patterns. Therefore, suppressing the formation of the superparamagnetic particles is effective in improving the resolution and the image quality of the observed domain patterns. In order to suppress the formation of superparamagnetic particles, we have attempted to synthesize hcp-Co particles with large uniaxial anisotropy by alloying Co with some elements which increase the fcc⇔hcp transformation temperature, but all the Co and Co-alloy particles exhibit a pure high-temperature fee phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1724-1728
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Domain observation
  • Fine particle
  • Single-domain particle
  • Superparamagnetic particle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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