The process-controlled magnetic properties of nanostructured Co/Ag composite films

S. H. Liou, S. Malhotra, Z. S. Shan, D. J. Sellmyer, S. Nafis, John A. Woollam, C. P. Reed, R. J. Deangelis, G. M. Chow

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Nanostructured Co/Ag composite films were prepared by magnetron sputtering using a single target. The average crystallite sizes of Co and Ag in the films depend on the deposition conditions. As the substrate temperature increases from 100°C to 600°C, the average Ag crystallite size increases from 39 to 452 Å, and the average Co crystallite size increases from <30 to 297 Å in the film with 39 vol. % of Co. The films with 39 vol. % of Co and prepared at 400°C substrate temperature showed a maximum magnetic coercivity of 565 Oe at 6 K. We have studied the correlation between the structure and magnetic properties of these films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5882-5884
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1991

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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