Thermal fluctuation of magnetization in nanocrystalline FePt thin films with high coercivity

T. Shimatsu, J.C. Lodder, Y. Sugita, Y. Nakamura

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    The effect of thermal fluctuations of magnetization on static and dynamic properties is discussed for nanocrystalline FePt films. The large magnetocrystalline anisotropy K/sub u/ of L1/sub 0/ type FePt results in large K/sub u/V/(kT) values of more than 70 even for very fine grain sizes of 7-8 nm, indicating the potential of this alloy film to resist thermal fluctuation of magnetization. It is successfully demonstrated that larger K/sub u/V/(kT) values of these films lead to lower magnetic viscosity. Annealing at higher temperature results in larger K/sub u/V/kT values and smaller V/sub act/. The remanent coercivity measured at high sweep rate by using pulsed magnetic fields indicates the high thermal stability of these alloy films at high frequencies. However, the results indicated that care should be taken to induce an adequate magnitude of K/sub u/ for the FePt alloy to be used as ultrahigh density recording media.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)2697-2699
    Number of pages3
    JournalIEEE transactions on magnetics
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


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