Nano-granular Co-Zr-O magnetic films studied by HRTEM and electron holography

Zheng Liu, Daisuke Shindo, Shigehiro Ohnuma, Hiroyasu Fujimori

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    The microstructures and magnetic domain structures of nano-granular Co-Zr-O thin films (Co71.5Zr9.2O19.3, Co59.9Zr10.3O29.8 and Co52.9Zr12.0O35.1) with different magnetic properties were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) reveals that these Co-Zr-O thin films are all composed of nano-sized Co crystal grains dispersing in the Co-Zr-O amorphous matrix. The detailed distribution of lines of magnetic flux in each specimen is clarified by electron holography. In the specimen of Co59.9Zr10.3O29.8, which has the highest magnetic anisotropy field, the existence of 180° magnetic domain walls is clarified. The Co52.9Zr12.0O35.1, which has the smallest Co grain size, has reticulate domain walls or fluctuated lines of magnetic flux, suggesting the mixed state of ferromagnetic and superparamagnetic states.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)308-315
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun


    • Co-Zr-O thin film
    • Electron holography
    • Magnetic domain
    • Nano-granular
    • TEM

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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