Coercivity Enhancement in la Coated Nd-Fe-B Thin Films

Kunihiro Koike, Hiroya Ishikawa, Daisuke Ogawa, Hiroaki Kato, Takamichi Miyazaki, Yasuo Ando, Masaru Itakura

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The Nd-Fe-B/La thin films were deposited on the Al2O3(0001) substrate in order to investigate the effect of rare earth overlayer on the coercivity Hc. Highly textured Nd2Fe14B grains were grown by inserting the Mo(111) single crystal buffer layer. By depositing the La overlayer onto Nd2Fe14B thin films and subsequently post-annealing at 470 °C, the Hc value increased from about 10.5 kOe to 15.0 kOe. The amount of Hc increase by the combination of the La coating and post-annealing was about 4.5 kOe. After the post annealing, La oxide (hcp La2O3) was formed in the La layer, which was confirmed by means of XRD and SIMS depth profile measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1294-1299
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event20th International Conference on Magnetism, ICM 2015 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2015 Jul 52015 Jul 10


  • La overlayer
  • NdFeB
  • coercivity
  • hcp-LaO


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