The relation structural and magnetic properties of Co-Ni-Cr-Al-Y-N thin films deposited by reactive r.f. magnetron sputtering was investigated. A marked change in the magnetic behaviour of the films with the different nitrogen partial pressure in the Ar/N2 deposition atmosphere was observed and qualitatively explained in correlation with the phase composition. The nanocrystalline metal solid-solution obtained at low N2 content and the nanocrystalline nitride/amorphous composite obtained at high N2 content are not magnetic, whereas the amorphous phase produced for intermediate N2 pressures behaves like a ferromagnetic semi-permanent material. The results demonstrate the possibility of modulating the magnetic properties of r.f. magnetron sputtered Co-Ni-Cr-Al-Y-N thin films, thus opening a new route for magnetic multilayer deposition.

Magnetic and structural properties of nanocomposite Co-Ni-Cr-Al-Y-N thin films

AUSANIO, GIOVANNI;IANNOTTI, VINCENZO;LANOTTE, LUCIANO
2005

Abstract

The relation structural and magnetic properties of Co-Ni-Cr-Al-Y-N thin films deposited by reactive r.f. magnetron sputtering was investigated. A marked change in the magnetic behaviour of the films with the different nitrogen partial pressure in the Ar/N2 deposition atmosphere was observed and qualitatively explained in correlation with the phase composition. The nanocrystalline metal solid-solution obtained at low N2 content and the nanocrystalline nitride/amorphous composite obtained at high N2 content are not magnetic, whereas the amorphous phase produced for intermediate N2 pressures behaves like a ferromagnetic semi-permanent material. The results demonstrate the possibility of modulating the magnetic properties of r.f. magnetron sputtered Co-Ni-Cr-Al-Y-N thin films, thus opening a new route for magnetic multilayer deposition.
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