Influence of Ag Underlayer on the Microstructure and the Magnetic Properties of Fe Thin Films

Takahiro HANDA  Mitsuru OHTAKE  Masaaki FUTAMOTO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E90-C   No.8   pp.1565-1569
Publication Date: 2007/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e90-c.8.1565
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Recent Progress of High-Density Information Storage)
Fe thin film,  microstructure,  magnetic property,  MgO(100),  single crystal,  

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Fe thin films were deposited directly and via Ag underlayer on glass and MgO(100) substrates by MBE. Polycrystal Fe films grew on the glass substrate while single crystal films grew on the MgO(100) substrate. Fe film growth followed the Volmer-Weber mode for both cases. The Fe film structure was influenced by the surface roughness of Ag underlayer at the early stage of film growth. The relationships between the Fe thin film morphology and the magnetic properties are discussed.