The magnetic properties of a set of TbxFe1-x magnetostrictive thin films are measured under applied stress in a cantilever configuration. The 1 μm thick films are produced on 200 μm thick Si (1 0 0) substrates by magnetron sputtering in Ar atmosphere. Magnetic characterization is obtained with complementary fluxmetric and magneto-optic Kerr effect methods. The role of stress-induced anisotropy is discussed, with reference to the intrinsic anisotropy which can lie in-plane or out-of-plane depending on composition. An optimal film composition at x = 54 at % is determined for sensor applications requiring magnetic softness and stress sensitivity.
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- Condensed Matter Physics