Large variation of magnetic properties of amorphous Fe-Zr thin films with Ar pressure during sputtering

Miri Kim, Nark Eon Sung, Sang Ho Lim

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Abstract

A large change is observed in the magnetic properties of amorphous Fe-Zr thin films sputtered at different Ar pressures. The change depends on the composition of the alloys and at compositions near 60 at.% Fe, for example, the magnetisation measured at 10 kOe increases 30-fold with an increase in the Ar pressure from 2 to 10 mTorr. The magnetic properties are well explained by a combination of two phenomena - superparamagnetism and spin glass behaviours - and the large change is partly related to the number density of a magnetically correlated region. Examinations of the microstructure by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy reveal no appreciable difference in it as a function of the Ar pressure. This indicates that even a very slight change in the microstructure can greatly affect the magnetic properties of amorphous Fe-Zr thin films, thereby opening up the possibility of employing the magnetic properties of amorphous alloys for the characterisation of amorphous microstructures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number41894
JournalScientific Reports
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 31

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