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Effects of nanocrystal formation on the soft magnetic properties of Fe-based bulk metallic glasses

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Gao, J.E. ; State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China ; Li, H.X. ; Jiao, Z.B. ; Wu, Y.
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We developed several Fe-based bulk metallic glasses with a unique combination of large glass-forming ability and excellent soft magnetic properties by minor doping of Cu in the Fe76C7.0Si3.3B5.0P8.7 alloy. Proper additions of the non-magnetic copper element which has a positive heat of mixing with Fe, coupled with adequate annealing, can stimulate formation of ∼5 nm αFe ferromagnetic nanocrystals, which results in the increment in the saturation magnetization. Over-annealing which induced coarsening of the α-Fe nanocrystals reduces the ferromagnetic exchange interaction between the nanosized α-Fe crystals and increases the effective magneto-crystalline anisotropy, thereby deteriorating the soft magnetic properties.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:99 ,  Issue: 5 )