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Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles Prepared by a Micellar Method

Y Gao, XW Zhang*, ZG Yin, S Qu, JB You and NF Chen

Author Affiliations

Key Lab of Semiconductor Materials Science, Institute of Semiconductors, CAS, Beijing, 100083, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 5:1-6  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9433-4

Published: 16 September 2009

Abstract

FePt nanoparticles with average size of 9 nm were synthesized using a diblock polymer micellar method combined with plasma treatment. To prevent from oxidation under ambient conditions, immediately after plasma treatment, the FePt nanoparticle arrays were in situ transferred into the film-growth chamber where they were covered by an SiO2 overlayer. A nearly complete transformation of L10 FePt was achieved for samples annealed at temperatures above 700 °C. The well control on the FePt stoichiometry and avoidance from surface oxidation largely enhanced the coercivity, and a value as high as 10 kOe was obtained in this study. An evaluation of magnetic interactions was made using the so-called isothermal remanence (IRM) and dc-demagnetization (DCD) remanence curves and Kelly–Henkel plots (ΔM measurement). The ΔM measurement reveals that the resultant FePt nanoparticles exhibit a rather weak interparticle dipolar coupling, and the absence of interparticle exchange interaction suggests no significant particle agglomeration occurred during the post-annealing. Additionally, a slight parallel magnetic anisotropy was also observed. The results indicate the micellar method has a high potential in preparing FePt nanoparticle arrays used for ultrahigh density recording media.

Keywords:
FePt nanoparticles; Reverse micelles; Self-assembly; Interparticle exchange coupling; Magnetic recording