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Use of room-temperature bias sputtering to decrease intergranular coupling in magnetic media deposited on polymeric substrates

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4 Author(s)
Hwan-Soo Lee ; Data Storage Syst. Center, Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Lin Wang ; J. A. Bain ; D. E. Laughlin

CoCrPt thin films sputter-deposited on polymeric substrates without explicit heating were investigated as a function of substrate bias. The coercivity and the coercive squareness in the CoCrPt films were strongly dependent on bias voltage. A significant reduction in the coercive squareness S* from a value near unity was observed with increasing bias voltage, implying a decrease in the degree of intergranular exchange coupling. With the addition of explicit substrate heating, S* was further reduced, and was associated with a significant improvement of coercivity. This paper presents a possible approach to achieve media with acceptably low exchange coupling deposited at temperatures well below the glass transition temperature of polymeric substrates.

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 6 )