Fabrication of monodispersive FePt nanoparticle films stabilized on rigid substrates

Yu, Andrew C. C.; Mizuno, Mikihisa; Sasaki, Yuichi; Inoue, Makoto; Kondo, Hirofumi; Ohta, Ippei; Djayaprawira, David; Takahashi, Migaku
June 2003
Applied Physics Letters;6/16/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 24, p4352
Academic Journal
Monodispersive FePt nanoparticle films can be stabilized firmly on rigid Si substrates using amino-functional silane, such as [3-(2-aminoethlyamino) propyl]trimethoxysilane, as a coupling layer. The Si substrate/SiO[SUB2] /APTS/FePt nanoparticles heterostructure was confirmed using high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM). The HREM result agreed well with the x-ray reflectivity measurement upon the individual layer thickness. The as-made superparamagnetic FePt nanoparticle film transformed from chemically disordered fcc structure to chemically ordered L1[SUB0] phase upon annealing at 800[SUB°]C for 30 min under a vacuum of 10[SUP-8] Torr. Plan-view high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM) observation indicated that under high-vacuum annealing, coalescence of the monodispersive nanoparticle film was not significant. The HRSEM result was consistent with the in-plane x-ray diffractometry measurement, in which sharpening of the diffraction peaks occurred only very slightly for the annealed films.


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