Microstructures of Ta-inserted SmCo5/Fe nanocomposite thick film magnets

Masaru Itakura, Shin ichi Murayama, Masatoshi Mitsuhara, Minoru Nishida, Hiroaki Koga, Masaki Nakano, Hirotoshi Fukunaga

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Ta-inserted SmCo5/Fe nanocomposite thick film magnets were synthesized by high-speed pulsed laser deposition followed by pulse annealing. The microstructures of the film magnets were characterized by high-resolution scanning electron microscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy. The as-deposited thick film possessed a multilayered Sm-Co/Ta/α-Fe/Ta structure with amorphous Sm-Co layers and [110]-oriented crystalline α-Fe layers. After pulse annealing, many fine grains of Laves phase TaCo2 were formed, and then the multilayered structure was converted to a granular nanocomposite thick film magnet composed of fine crystalline grains of Sm(Co, Fe)5, α-(Fe, Co), and TaCo2. The volume fractions and grain sizes of hard magnetic Sm(Co, Fe)5, soft magnetic α-(Fe, Co), and TaCo2 were controlled by the thicknesses of the Ta layer, producing a nanocomposite thick film magnet with good exchange coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1351-1355
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Transactions
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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