Magnetization behavior of nanomagnets for patterned media application

S. Okamoto, N. Kikuchi, T. Kato, O. Kitakami, K. Mitsuzuka, T. Shimatsu, H. Muraoka, H. Aoi, J. C. Lodder

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Bit patterned media (BPM) which utilize each magnetic nanostructured dot as one recorded bit has attracted much interest as a promising candidate for future high-density magnetic recording. In this study, the magnetization reversal behaviors of nanostructured L10-FePt, Co/Pt multilayer (ML), and CoPt/Ru dots are investigated. For Co/Pt and CoPt/Ru nanodots, the bi-stable state is maintained in a very wide size range up to several hundred nm, and the magnetization reversal is dominated by the nucleation of a small reversed nucleus with the dimension of domain wall width. On the other hand, the critical size for the bi-stability of L10-FePt is about 60 nm, and its magnetization reversal proceeds via domain wall displacement even for such a small dot size. These reversal behaviors, depending on the magnetic materials, might be attributed to the difference in structural inhomogeneity, such as defects. In addition to the magnetic properties, the structural uniformity of the material could be crucial for the BPM application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2874-2879
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov


  • Bi-stability
  • Bit patterned media
  • Magnetic nanodot
  • Magnetization reversal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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