High field ferromagnetic resonance measurements of the anisotropy field of longitudinal recording thin-film media

C. J. Oates*, F. Y. Ogrin, S. L. Lee, P. C. Riedi, G. M. Smith, T. Thomson

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Abstract

The average value of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy field, H k, is an important parameter for the characterization of magnetic recording media but is difficult to measure accurately due in part to the effect of interactions between the grains. In order to evaluate H k we have studied two model CoCrPtTa magnetic films using a number of complementary techniques: high field ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) (35.0-45.0 kOe), low field (<20 kOe) vector vibrating-sample magnetometry and torque magnetometry. The FMR measurements were performed at a number of discrete frequencies in the range 75-93 GHz using a new quasi-optical spectrometer developed at the University of St. Andrews. The values of H k derived by FMR (10.8 kOe) are approximately 10% greater than those obtained from conventional magnetometry (9.6 kOe). This difference is believed to be due to the presence of intergranular exchange coupling which reduces the measured value of anisotropy when the applied field is not sufficiently large to completely align the magnetic moments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1417-1422
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume91
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2002

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