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Magnetic Behavior of Surface Nanostructured 50-nm Nickel Thin Films

Prashant Kumar

Author Affiliations

Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit (CPMU), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur P. O., Bangalore, 560064, India

Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:1596-1602  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9682-2

Published: 21 July 2010

Abstract

Thermally evaporated 50-nm nickel thin films coated on borosilicate glass substrates were nanostructured by excimer laser (0.5 J/cm2, single shot), DC electric field (up to 2 kV/cm) and trench-template assisted technique. Nanoparticle arrays (anisotropic growth features) have been observed to form in the direction of electric field for DC electric field treatment case and ruptured thin film (isotropic growth features) growth for excimer laser treatment case. For trench-template assisted technique; nanowires (70–150 nm diameters) have grown along the length of trench template. Coercive field and saturation magnetization are observed to be strongly dependent on nanostructuring techniques.

Keywords:
Magnetic nanostructures; Magnetic properties; Surface treatment