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High frequency magnetic field imaging by frequency modulated magnetic force microscopy

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Saito, Hitoshi ; Center for Geo-Environment Science, Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, Akita University, Akita 010-8502, Japan ; Lu, Wei ; Hatakeyama, Kodai ; Egawa, Genta
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High frequency ac magnetic field from magnetic recording head was successfully imaged by using our newly developed frequency-modulated magnetic force microscopy (FM-MFM), which uses the frequency modulation of cantilever oscillation caused by applying ac magnetic field to a mechanically oscillated cantilever. The FM-MFM has been demonstrated and the experimental results show good agreement with our proposed models for FM-MFM. The amplitude and phase images of an ac magnetic field can be obtained separately by using the FM-MFM technique with a lock-in amplifier. By taking advantage of this technique, the present FM-MFM method opens a possibility to evaluate the magnetic field characteristics of magnetic recording head with high spatial resolution.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:107 ,  Issue: 9 )