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In this work, we have successfully induced SmCo5-(0001) texture using the Ni4W-(211) underlayer. A tungsten (W) seed layer of 4 nm resulted in a nanocrystalline (211)-textured Ni4W underlayer deposited at room temperature. Highly (0001)-textured SmCo5 was achieved after the sputtering deposition in the temperature range of 500-540Â°C. The crystallinity of the SmCo5 layer was reduced at higher deposition temperature (Â¿ 550Â°C), probably due to W diffusion. The nano-grained SmCo5 thin film deposited at 500Â°C shows an out-of-plane coercivty of 12.7 kOe with a large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The thickness of Ni4 W underlayer can be reduced to 13 nm without a significant change in the large perpendicular magnetic coercivity of the SmCo5 thin film.