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Influence of initial growth layer and Ti underlayer on magnetic properties and recording characteristics of very thin films of evaporated Co-Cr media

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5 Author(s)
Kitakami, O. ; Hitachi Maxell Ltd., Ibaraki, Japan ; Ogawa, Y. ; Fujiwara, H. ; Kugiya, F.
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A Co-Cr film deposited directly on a substrate has an initial growth layer with low coercivity. However, the existence of a Ti underlayer prevents the formation of such a layer. As a result, Co-Cr film deposited on a Ti underlayer has high perpendicular anisotropy and coercivity even in cases of extremely thin film thickness (200 Å). As for the read-write characteristics of Co-Cr thin-film media, the existence of such an initial growth layer greatly improves the reproduced output level. The cause for this is considered to be that the free charges which appear on the back surface of the perpendicular recording layer are reduced and the demagnetization field acting on the recorded magnetization subsequently decreases due to the existence of the initial growth layer

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