Structural and magnetic properties of CoCrPt perpendicular media grown on different buffer layers

Christopher L. Platt, K. W. Wierman, E. B. Svedberg, T. J. Klemmer, J. K. Howard, David Smith

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The influence of buffer layer characteristics on the structural and magnetic properties of CoCrPt perpendicular media has been investigated. Thin (∼10-15 nm) buffer layers consisting of Ta/Ru, Ta/Hf, or amorphous (CoCrPt)Ta25 produced media layers having high perpendicular coercivity of nearly 3 kOe, but the coercivity was only 1.7 kOe when using a Ta/Ti buffer. X-ray diffraction rocking curves showed the highest degree of (0002) texture for the Ta/Ru buffer. In-plane diffraction indicated that the Ta/Ru buffer also had the smallest lattice mismatch (5.6%) with the CoCrPt. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy showed that the Ta/Ru buffer promoted local epitaxy with the media layer. Amorphous transition regions were observed at the interfaces between the media and the Ta/Hf and Ta/Ti buffer layers. Some small CoCrPt grains were observed at the interface with the amorphous CoCrPtTa buffer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2002


  • Buffer layer
  • Interface
  • Media
  • Microstructure
  • Perpendicular recording

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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