High-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis of L10 ordering process in Fe/Pd thin layers

András Kovács, Kazuhisa Sato, Yoshihiko Hirotsu

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    The hard magnetic L 10 ordered phase formation in thin Pd and Fe bilayers prepared on MgO (001) substrate has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy using in situ annealing. The structures of as-deposited Fe/Pd and Pd/MgO interfaces were characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Fast intermixing of Fe and Pd layers and immediate L 10 phase formation within the alloyed area was found at 673 K. The high-resolution observations indicated that the ordered region of the L 10 -FePd phase was formed in dispersed areas without a predetermined nucleation site. At 773 K, the growing ordered areas occasionally formed antiphase boundaries between the adjacent parts. The ordered L 10 -FePd thin layer contained translational domains with tetragonal c axis perpendicular to the substrate.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number123512
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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    • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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