Enhanced coercivity in thermally processed (Nd,Dy) (Fe,Co,Nb,B)5.5 α-Fe nanoscale multilayer magnets

W. Liu, X. Z. Li, J. P. Liu, X. K. Sun, C. L. Chen, R. Skomski, Z. D. Zhang, D. J. Sellmyer

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Structural and magnetic properties of laminated (Nd,Dy) (Fe,Co,Nb,B)5.5 Fe nanocomposites are investigated. Normally, the addition of the soft phase to the hard phase enhances the remanence but deteriorates the permanent-magnet performance of the material by reducing the coercivity. In the present system, the coercivity increases to 1608 kAm (20.2 kOe) in thermally processed Nd-Dy-Fe-Co-Nb-B (15 nm) Fe (4 nm) multilayered nanocomposites, which is higher than that of the single-layer hard-magnetic film. The abnormally high coercivity is achieved by annealing at relatively high temperature, which breaks the laminated structure of the as-deposited multilayer. A likely physical explanation of the enhanced coercivity is the introduction of the domain-wall pinning sites that counteract the inevitable decrease of the nucleation field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104308
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2005

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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