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Journal of Applied Physics
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Thermomagnetic writing in Tb-Fe: Modeling and comparison with experiment

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Abstract

Computer model calculations and experimental comparison are presented for thermomagnetic writing in TbFe media. Two models are discussed which are appropriate for two observed types of writing behavior. A "bubble" type writing model is found to give good experimental agreement when wall motion processes dominate and the laser-written marks exhibit single-domain behavior. This model accurately accounts for the writing behavior of Tb 0.23Fe0.77. The gradient of the domain-wall energy is found to be an important factor in the writing process and can cause nucleation to be delayed until some cooling has occurred. This results in written domain sizes which are a strong function of the applied bias field. For compositions which exhibit multiple domain writing behavior, a "nucleation field" model is found to be appropriate. This model predicts the observed weak dependence of mark size on applied bias field. In addition, the nucleation field model is used to calculate the bias fields which correspond to the onset of writing (onset field) and single-domain mark formation (saturation field).

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01 Dec 1988

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Journal of Applied Physics

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