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A structural and FMR study is presented for epitaxial thin films of the Heusler alloy Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 (CFAS) grown on Ge(111) and Si(111) substrates. All films, as-grown and post-annealed, show B2 ordering; full chemical order (L21) is not obtained over the range of anneal temperatures used in this study. As-grown films show a lower Gilbert damping constant, α, when grown on a Si(111) substrate compared to Ge(111). Annealing the films to 450 °C significantly reduces α for CFAS on Ge while increasing α for CFAS on Si. This is related to a substrate dependent competition between improvements in lattice structure and increased interfacial intermixing as a function of anneal temperature. The optimal annealing temperature to minimize α is found to differ by ∼100 K between the two substrates. Above an anneal temperature of 500 °C, films grown on both substrates have increased coercivity, decreased saturation magnetization, and show characteristic two-magnon scattering features.
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This work was partly supported by JSPS KAKENHI (Grant No. 19H05616) and EPSRC under Grant No. EP/K03278X/1.
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1/08/14 → 31/07/15
Project: Research project (funded) › Capital equipment