Thermal effects and in-plane magnetic anisotropy in thin-film recording media

Ajan, Antony; Abarra, E. N.; Acharya, B. R.; Inomata, A.; Okamoto, I.; Shinohara, M.
February 2003
Applied Physics Letters;2/17/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 7, p1075
Academic Journal
The effect of thermal activation on the in-plane magnetic anisotropy [measured as orientation ratio (OR)] of granular longitudinal magnetic recording media is investigated. Temperature and time dependent studies were made on media with different magnetic layer thicknesses. We find that OR is independent of temperature for a stable medium but shows a large increase with temperature for thermally unstable media. At low temperatures and high field sweep rates, the OR values are found to be the same, independent of the magnetic layer thickness. The unique value when thermal activation is reduced is consistent with the high population of the cobalt c axes along the texturing direction as the origin of anisotropy.


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