Intergranular coupling and recording properties of CoCrTa and CoNiCr thin-film media fabricated using an ultraclean sputtering process

A. Kikuchi, I. Okamoto, J. Nakai, S. Kawakita, T. Shimatsu, M. Takahashi

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Abstract

Magnetic properties, microstructure and their effect on media noise in Co85.5Cr10.5Ta4 and Co62.5Ni30Cr7.5 thin-film media fabricated using an ultraclean (UC) sputtering process are discussed as a function of the thickness of the Cr underlayer. By applying the UC process, high Hc values are realized even in these media with extremely thin Cr underlayers. In UC-CoCrTa, a high Hc of about 1.5 kOe remains even at a Cr thickness of 2.5 nm. The formation of a Cr segregated grain boundary structure is strongly enhanced by applying the UC process, which reduces the intergranular exchange coupling in these media. High S/Nm ratios are obtained even in CoNiCr media due to the remarkable decrease in intergranular exchange coupling. In the media with grains sufficiently separated by the segregated grain boundary, the reduction of the grain size with decreasing Cr thickness is found to be most effective for the improvement of S/Nm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-241
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Volume155
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1995 6th International Conference on Magnetic Recording Media, MRM - Oxford, UK
Duration: 1995 Jul 161995 Jul 19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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