Magnetic characteristics and nanostructures of FePt granular films with GeO2 segregant

Takuya Ono, Tomohiro Moriya, Masatoshi Hatayama, Kaoru Tsumura, Nobuaki Kikuchi, Satoshi Okamoto, Osamu Kitakami, Takehito Shimatsu

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To realize a granular film composed of L10-FePt grains with high uniaxial magnetic anisotropy energy, Ku, and segregants for energy-assisted magnetic recording, a FePt-GeO2/FePt-C stacked film was investigated in the engineering process. The FePt-GeO2/FePt-C stacked film fabricated at a substrate temperature of 450 °C realized uniaxial magnetic anisotropy, Kugrain, of about 2.5 × 107erg/cm3, which is normalized by the volume fraction of FePt grains, and a granular structure with an averaged grain size of 7.7 nm. As the thickness of the FePt-GeO2 upper layer was increased to 9 nm, the Ku values were almost constant. That result differs absolutely from the thickness dependences of the other oxide segregant materials such as SiO2 and TiO2. Such differences on the oxide segregant are attributed to their chemical bond. The strong covalent bond of GeO2 is expected to result in high Ku of the FePt-GeO2/FePt-C stacked films.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022402
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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