Effects of annealing and conformal alumina passivation on anisotropy and hysteresis of magneto-optical properties of cobalt slanted columnar thin films

Chad Briley, Alyssa Mock, Rafał Korlacki, Tino Hofmann, Eva Schubert, Mathias Schubert

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Abstract

We present magneto-optical dielectric tensor data of cobalt and cobalt oxide slanted columnar thin films obtained by vector magneto-optical generalized ellipsometry. Room-temperature hysteresis magnetization measurements were performed in longitudinal and polar Kerr geometries on samples prior to and after a heat treatment process with and without a conformal Al 2 O 3 passivation coating. The samples have been characterized by generalized ellipsometry, scanning electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy in conjuncture with density functional theory. We observe strongly anisotropic hysteresis behaviors, which depend on the nanocolumn and magnetizing field orientations. We find that deposited cobalt films that have been exposed to heat treatment and subsequent atmospheric oxidation into Co 3 O 4 , when not conformally passivated, reveal no measurable magneto-optical properties while cobalt films with passivation coatings retain highly anisotropic magneto-optical properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-324
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Surface Science
Volume421
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

Keywords

  • Anisotropic magnetic hysteresis
  • Atomic layer deposition
  • Heat treatment
  • Slanted columnar thin films
  • Vector magneto-optical generalized ellipsometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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