CoCrPtTa single layer perpendicular magnetic recording media with carbon underlayer

Takahiro Onoue, Atsunari Takizawa, Toru Asahi, Tetsuya Osaka

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Abstract

Sputter-deposited amorphous carbon was applied as an underlayer for a Co73Cr18Pt6Ta3 single layer perpendicular magnetic recording medium. It is shown that the amorphous carbon underlayer can control the Co [001] preferred orientation of the Co73Cr18Pt6Ta3 magnetic recording layer and that the microcrystalline structure, magnetic properties, and read-write characteristics of Co73Cr18Pt6Ta3 media are greatly dependent on the carbon underlayer thickness. By x-ray diffraction experiments and transmission electron microscopy observations, it was confirmed that the distribution of the c-axis orientation of Co grains becomes broader in the direction perpendicular to the film surface with increasing carbon underlayer thickness. Furthermore, the Co73Cr18Pt6Ta3 medium with a thick carbon underlayer indicated a relatively high perpendicular coercivity of 2800 Oe and an excellent signal to noise ratio in read-write characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6645-6651
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume88
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec

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