Partitioning of Si in a Fe87Zr7Si4B2 nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy

Y. Zhang, K. Hono, A. Inoue, T. Sakurai

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We have studied partitioning of Si in nanocrystalline Fe-Zr-Si-B soft magnetic alloy by atom probe field ion microscopy (APFIM). Unlike our expectation from our previous results in nanocrystalline Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu alloy, we have found that Si atoms are rejected from α-Fe primary crystals and partitioned into the residual amorphous phase. This result suggests that Si addition does not cause reduction in inherent magnetostriction of α-Fe nanoparticles, but it brings the volume fraction of the α-Fe particles to an optimum value so that the average magnetostriction becomes zero. This conclusion has been strengthened by comparing the changes in magnetostriction constants as a function of Si content in Fe-Zr-Si-B and Fe-Si-B-Nb-Cu alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2128-2130
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Sep 30
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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