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Single-Phase L10-Ordered High Entropy Thin Films with High Magnetic Anisotropy



Willie Beeson, Dinesh Bista, Huairuo Zhang, Sergiy Krylyuk, Albert Davydov, Gen Yin, Kai Liu


The vast high entropy alloy (HEA) composition space is promising for discovery of new material phases with unique properties. We explore the potential to achieve high magnetic anisotropy materials in single-phase HEA thin films. Thin films of FeCoNiMnCu sputtered on thermally oxidized Si/SiO2 substrate at room temperature exhibit soft magnetic properties with a coercivity on the order of 10 Oe. After post-deposition rapid thermal annealing (RTA), the films exhibit a single face-centered cubic (fcc) phase, with an almost 40-fold increase in coercivity. Inclusion of 50 at. % Pt in the film leads to ordering of a single L10 high entropy intermetallic phase after RTA, along with high magnetic anisotropy. These results demonstrate a promising HEA approach to achieve high magnetic anisotropy materials using RTA.
Advanced Materials


high entropy, magnetic anisotropy, rapid thermal annealing


Beeson, W. , Bista, D. , Zhang, H. , Krylyuk, S. , Davydov, A. , Yin, G. and Liu, K. (2023), Single-Phase L10-Ordered High Entropy Thin Films with High Magnetic Anisotropy, Advanced Materials (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created November 11, 2023, Updated November 21, 2023