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Observation of the Ordered CoPt3 Alloy in Co-Pt Multilayers

  • M.F. Toney (a1), R.F.C. Farrow (a1), R.F. Marks (a1), G. Harp (a1) and T.A. Rabedeau (a1)...

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We report results of a synchrotron X-ray diffraction study of Co-Pt multilayers, with Pt[111] as the growth axis. The multilayers were grown by MBE on Pt seedfilms on basal-plane sapphire substrates at growth temperatures of 100 and 200ºC.The multilayers comprised 15 periods of Co 3Å, Pt 15Å and both exhibited perpendicular anisotropy. Grazing-incidence radial- and phi-scans revealed a set of {110{ peaks indicating doubling of real space periodicity consistent with the presence of the ordered alloy CoPt3. This supports the results of other studies which indicate interdiffused interfaces in Co-Pt multilayers and shows that chemical ordering can occur at much lower temperatures than in bulk alloys where annealing times of several days at ∼ 700ºC are required to stimulate ordering.

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