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Magnetic properties of sputtered Co-Ni-Fe-Pd films for thin-film heads

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6 Author(s)
K. Nishioka ; Hitachi Ltd., Ibaraki, Japan ; T. Imagawa ; M. Sano ; K. Mitsuoka
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Magnetic properties of Co-Ni-Fe-M (M=Rh, Ir, Pd, Pt) films prepared by sputtering are investigated. It is found that addition of Pd decreases the magnetostriction constant of the films from 1×10-5 to around zero. On the other hand, addition of other elements, such as Rh, Ir, and Pt, increases it. However, coercive forces of Co-Ni-Fe-Pd films become more than 10 Oe when the magnetostriction is less than 2×10-6. Multilayered films are investigated to obtain films with low coercive force. 43Co-27Ni-15Fe-15Pd films of 0.17 μm and Al2O3 films of 0.01 μm in thickness are layered time-sequentially. This multilayered film has saturation induction of 1.4 T, ≈0 magnetostriction, and a low coercive force of 1.5 Oe. Furthermore, Co-Ni-Fe-Pd films are ascertained to be as resistant to corrosion as Permalloy films. Recording heads with multilayered Co-Ni-Fe-Pd films with Al2O3 interlayers as magnetic cores have been fabricated. Recording characteristics were evaluated. These laminated Co-Ni-Fe-Pd/Al2O3 heads exhibit about 6 dB better overwrite than Permalloy heads

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 3 )