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Magnetic properties and longitudinal recording performance of corrosion-resistant alloy films

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3 Author(s)
R. Fisher ; Seagate Technology, Fremont, CA ; J. Allan ; J. Pressesky

This paper describes the magnetic properties, recording performance and corrosion resistance of sputtered CoCr alloy films and CoCrTa alloy films. The saturation magnetization of CoCr was 525 emu/cc and not affected by substitution of a small amount of Ta. CoCrTa films exhibit greater coercive force values than CoCr films. The maximum coercive force of CoCrTa was 1400 Oe at a thickness of 400A, whereas at a similar thickness the coercive force of CoCr was 900 Oe. The coercive force decreases linearly with temperature (25°C. to 125°C.) at a rate of 3.16 Oe/°C. for CoCrTa and 1.87 Oe/°C. for CoCr. Longitudinal recording performance at -3 dB signal level was 8386 flux reversals/cm (21,300 fci) and 11,063 flux reversals/cm (28,100 fci) for CoCr and CoCrTa respectively. The alloys exhibited corrosion resistance at 80% relative humidity and 65° C. for a two-week period equivalent to at least six years under ambient disc drive conditions.

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 5 )