The magnetic and chemical structural property of the epitaxially-grown multilayered thin film

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L10 FePt- and Fe-related alloys such as FePtRh, FeRh and FeRhPd have been studied for the high magnetocrystalline anisotropy and magnetic phase transition property for the future application. In this work, the thin film structural and magnetic property is investigated for the selected FePtRh and FeRhPd alloys. The compositionally-modulated L10 FePtRh multilayered structure is grown epitaxially on a-plane Al2O3 with Cr and Pt buffer layer at 600degC growth temperature by DC sputtering technique and examined for the structural, interfacial and magnetic property. For the epitaxially grown L10 [Fe50Pt45Rh5 (FM) (10nm) / Fe50Pt25Rh25 (AFM) (20nm)]×8 superlattice, the magnetically and chemically sharp interface formation between layers was observed in X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and polarized neutron reflectivity measurements with the negligible exchange bias at room and a slight coupling effect at lower temperature regime. For FeRhPd, the magnetic phase transition of epitaxially-grown 111-oriented Fe46Rh48Pd6 thin film is studied. The applied Rhodium buffer layer on a-plane Al2O3 (1120) at 600degC shows the extraordinarily high quality of epitaxial film in (111) orientation, where two broad and coherent peak in rocking curve, and Laue oscillations are observed. The epitaxially-grown Pd-doped FeRh on Pt (111) grown at 600degC, 700degC exhibits the co-existing stable L10 (111) and B2 (110) structures and magnetic phase transition around 300degC. On the other hand, the partially-ordered FeRhPd structure grown at 400degC, 500degC shows background high ferromagnetic state over 5K~350K temperature. For the reduced thickness of Fe46Rh48Pd6, the ferromagnetic state becomes dominant with a reduced portion of the film undergoing a magnetic phase transition. For some epitaxial FeRhPd film, the spin-glass-like disordered state is also observed in field dependent SQUID measurement. For the tri-layered FeRhPd with thin Pt spacer, the background ferromagnetic state is significantly reduced and spin-glass-like state also disappears. In polarized neutron reflectivity, magnetic depth profiles of tri-layered FeRhPd reveals the asymmetric magnetization between two FeRhPd layers. The asymmetric magnetic profile of FeRhPd tri-layered structure is closely related to the thickness dependent epitaxial film growth of B2 structure.

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Physics, Materials science