Novel methods for the fabrication of ferromagnetic nickel and nickel boride thin films

D. Zych, A. Patwa, S. S. Kher, J. T. Spencer, J. Kushneir, A. J. Goodby, N. M. Boag, P. A. Dowben

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Abstract

Metal-rich nickel boride thin films fabricated from boron-containing precursor compounds by a cluster deposition process are shown to be ferromagnetic. The metal-rich films fabricated by this approach exhibit hysteresis curves similar to those obtained for pure nickel foils. These films are a mixture of pure nickel and the Ni3B nickel boride phases. It is postulated that the hysteresis curves with smaller remnant magnetizations obtained from these films are a consequence of Ni3B inclusions within the films. Other novel organometallic source compounds for nickel chemical-vapor deposition are briefly reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3684-3687
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume76
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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