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Journal of Applied Physics
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Influence of NiFe quality on bubble devices

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Abstract

It is anticipated that as the period of bubble devices decreases, undesired effects due to loss of permeability of the NiFe overlay will become increasingly important, even for half-disk elements. The failure mechanism of "I-bar crossing " in H-I tracks, which leads to high values of the minimum drive field Hxy(min), was studied for both 8 and 20 μm bubble periods as a means of gaining insight into such effects. Direct Ferrofluid observations, along with measurements of the parameter H bb1 which characterizes the coercivity of an individual H bar, confirmed that the I-bar crossing phenomenon originated in high coercivity, and hence high remanence and low permeability of the NiFe. This interpretation was supported by a study of the effects on a sample of a series of annealing treatments at increasing temperatures, a process known to increase NiFe coercivity. The annealing studies demonstrated that for a given NiFe thickness Hbbl was better correlated with Hxy(min) than was the sheet-film coercivity Hc, showing that measurements of Hc must be interpreted with caution. Furthermore it was found that Hbb1 and Hxy(min) decreased with increasing NiFe thickness.

Date

25 Jul 2008

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Journal of Applied Physics

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