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Title: Impacts of amorphous and crystalline cobalt ferrite layers on the giant magneto-impedance response of a soft ferromagnetic amorphous ribbon

A systematic study of the effect of depositing CoFe₂O₄ (CFO) films of various thicknesses (d = 0–600 nm) on the giant magneto-impedance (GMI) response of a soft ferromagnetic amorphous ribbon Co₆₅Fe₄Ni₂Si₁₅B₁₄ has been performed. The CFO films were grown on the amorphous ribbons by the pulsed laser deposition technique. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy revealed a structural variation of the CFO film from amorphous to polycrystalline as the thickness of the CFO film exceeded a critical value of 300 nm. Atomic force microscopy evidenced the increase in surface roughness of the CFO film as the thickness of the CFO film was increased. These changes in the crystallinity and morphology of the CFO film were found to have a distinct impact on the GMI response of the ribbon. Relative to the bare ribbon, coating of amorphous CFO films significantly enhanced the GMI response of the ribbon, while polycrystalline CFO films decreased it considerably. The maximum GMI response was achieved near the onset of the structural transition of the CFO film. These findings are of practical importance in developing high-sensitivity magnetic sensors.
Authors:
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  1. Center for Integrated Functional Materials, Department of Physics, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 33620 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22305712
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; AMORPHOUS STATE; ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY; COBALT COMPOUNDS; COBALT OXIDES; CRYSTALS; ENERGY BEAM DEPOSITION; FERRITES; FILMS; IMPEDANCE; LASER RADIATION; LAYERS; MAGNETORESISTANCE; POLYCRYSTALS; PULSED IRRADIATION; ROUGHNESS; SENSITIVITY; SURFACES; THICKNESS; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; X-RAY DIFFRACTION