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Research Letters in Physical Chemistry
Volume 2008, Article ID 342976, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2008/342976
Research Letter

Ultrasoft and High Magnetic Moment CoFe Films Directly Electrodeposited from a B-Reducer Contained Solution

Data Storage Institute, A-Star, 5 Engineering Drive 1, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 117608

Received 13 March 2008; Accepted 20 May 2008

Academic Editor: Eli Ruckenstein

Copyright © 2008 Baoyu Zong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A methodology to fabricate ultrasoft CoFe nano-/microfilms directly via electrodeposition from a semineutral iron sulfate solution is demonstrated. Using boron-reducer as the additive, the CoFe films become very soft with high magnetic moment. Typically, the film coercivity in the easy and hard axes is 6.5 and 2.5 Oersted, respectively, with a saturation polarization up to an average of 2.45 Tesla. Despite the softness, these shining and smooth films still display a high-anisotropic field of ~45 Oersted with permeability up to 104. This kind of films can potentially be used in current and future magnetic recording systems as well as microelectronic and biotechnological devices.