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The growth of FePt films at 450 C on a Pt/Cr buffer layer deposited onto SiO{sub 2} spherical particle arrays and for comparison on flat thermally oxidized Si(001) substrates has been studied. The structural properties of the FePt films, such as the orientation and size of the crystalline grains and the degree of L1{sub 0}-type chemical ordering, were investigated by in-situ RHEED and ex-situ XRD. Magnetic characterization was performed by MFM, polar MOKE and SQUID. Increasing the Cr buffer underlayer thickness favors the formation of the FePt chemically ordered L1{sub 0} phase. An out-of-plane coercivity of the FePt alloy about 4 kOe was thus obtained for a Cr thickness of 50 nm. While the continuous films on oxidized Si(001) substrates show magnetic domain patterns with domain sizes in the range of 50-100 nm, multi-domain states are observed for the FePt alloy grown on the particle arrays. The influence of the Cr underlayer thickness and Pt buffer layer on the magnetic properties of FePt are discussed for various particle arrays and compared to micromagnetic simulations, providing a description of magnetization reversal.
Publication date: 
1 Jul 2007

Christoph Brombacher, Denys Makarov, Guenter Schatz, Manfred Albrecht, Mireille Maret, Fabiola Liscio

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Volume: 42
Verhandlungen der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft