The influence of the chemical compositions of FePt films on the surface segregations of Pt was investigated by cross-sectional high angle annular dark field (HAADF) scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) of L10-FePt granular films grown on single crystalline MgO substrates. Ab initio atomistic simulations revealed the surface segregation of Pt is detremental for the magentocrystalline anisotropy energy of the L10-FePt grains. This detremental effect is pronounced for the grain size of less than 15 nm. We found that the Pt surface segregation can be suppressed by a trace addition of Ag to the FePt film.
- Atomistic simulation
- Surface segregation