Magnetic properties of Co-Ni-Fe-N nanocrystalline thin films

H. J. Kim, S. H. Han, Y. M. Kim, D. Choi, J. Kim

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Co-Ni-Fe-N soft magnetic thin films were fabricated by a N2 reactive RF magnetron sputtering method. The nitrogen partial pressure (PN2) was varied in the range of 0-10%. As PN2 increases in this range, the saturation magnetization Bs linearly decreases from 19.8 to 14 kGs and the electrical resistivity ρ increases from 27 to 155 μΩ cm. The coercivity Hc exhibits the minimum value at 4% PN2. The magnetic anisotropy field Hk is in the range of 20-40 Oe. High frequency characteristics of (Co22.2Ni27.6Fe50.2)100-xN x films are excellent in the range of 3%-5% PN2. Especially, the effective permeability μeff of the film fabricated at 4% PN2 is about 800, which is maintained up to 600 MHz. The corrosion resistance of these films is improved with increase of N concentration. Moreover, the thickness effects on the high frequency characteristics of these films were investigated in the range of 0.01-1.0 μm. It is found that Bs of these films decreases with decrease in film thickness below 0.5 μm, which is due to decrease in Fe content in the film composition, whereas Hc increase largely with the decrease in film thickness. The electrical resistivity ρ also increases with the decrease in film thickness, especially below 0.1 μm, but μeff of Co-Ni-Fe-N thin films maintained up to above 700 MHz below 0.3 μm in thickness. From XRD, TEM and FMR results, these films are formed in an amorphous phase during the initial growth stage and it gradually changes to crystalline structure as the film thickness increases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalRare Metals
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • Corrosion resistance
  • Ferromagnetic resonance
  • High frequency characteristic
  • Soft magnetic thin films
  • Thickness effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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