Correlation between switching field and microstructure of individual Co/Pt dots

Nobuaki Kikuchi, Yusuke Murayama, Yasukazu Murakami, Satoshi Okamoto, Daisuke Shindo, Osamu Kitakami

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術誌査読

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The correlation between the microstructure and the magnetization switching field of individual Co/Pt multilayer nanodots with Pt or Ta/Pt underlayers has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy and magnetic force microscopy. The insertion of a 2-nm-thick Ta underlayer promoted the Co/Pt [111] crystal axis orientation and improved the mean switching field and the switching field distribution of nanodot arrays with a diameter of 70nm from 1.4 to 6.9 kOe and from 22 to 8%, respectively. Electron microscopy of individual dots has revealed that all the nanodots without the Ta layer contain (200)-oriented grains, which possibly work as nucleation sites owing to a small perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. However, no structural difference is found among the dots having the same underlayers, suggesting the existence of other factors affecting the switching field distribution.

ジャーナルJapanese journal of applied physics
出版ステータス出版済み - 10月 2012

!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 工学(全般)
  • 物理学および天文学(全般)


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