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Title: Effect of thermal annealing on Fe40Ni38B18Mo4 thin films: modified Herzer model for magnetic evolution
Authors: Anantharaman, M R
Hysen, T
Saravanan, S
Deepa, S
Ramanujan, R V
Avasthi, D K
Kulkarni, S D
Joy, P A
Issue Date: 5-May-2006
Publisher: IOP Publishing LTD
Abstract: Magnetic properties of nano-crystalline soft magnetic alloys have usually been correlated to structural evolution with heat treatment. However, literature reports pertaining to the study of nano-crystalline thin films are less abundant. Thin films of Fe40Ni38B18Mo4 were deposited on glass substrates under a high vacuum of ≈ 10−6 Torr by employing resistive heating. They were annealed at various temperatures ranging from 373 to 773K based on differential scanning calorimetric studies carried out on the ribbons. The magnetic characteristics were investigated using vibrating sample magnetometry. Morphological characterizations were carried out using atomic force microscopy (AFM), and magnetic force microscopy (MFM) imaging is used to study the domain characteristics. The variation of magnetic properties with thermal annealing is also investigated. From AFM and MFM images it can be inferred that the crystallization temperature of the as-prepared films are lower than their bulk counterparts. Also there is a progressive evolution of coercivity up to 573 K, which is an indication of the lowering of nano-crystallization temperature in thin films. The variation of coercivity with the structural evolution of the thin films with annealing is discussed and a plausible explanation is provided using the modified random anisotropy model
Description: J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 39 (2006) 1993–2000
URI: http://dyuthi.cusat.ac.in/purl/4380
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