Overlayer-induced anisotropic alignment of Nd2Fe14B nanograins

T. Shima, A. Kamegawa, K. Hono, H. Fujimori

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Highly anisotropic Nd2Fe14B thin film has been produced by triggering crystallization of sputter-deposited amorphous Nd-Fe-B layer by deposition of crystalline Cr overlayer. A downward growth of strongly textured Nd2Fe14B columnar grains was observed, starting from the interface between the Nd-Fe-B amorphous layer and the Cr overlayer. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscope observation results suggest that the possible mechanism of this peculiar crystallization is the heterogeneous nucleation at the surface of Nd-Fe-B amorphous layer, triggered by the crystalline Cr overlayer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2049-2051
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Apr 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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