Synthesis and magnetic properties of Ta/NdFeB-based composite microwires
P. Szary, I. Luciu, D. Duday, E. A. Périgo, T. Wirtz, P. Choquet, and A. Michels
Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 117, no. 17, art. no. 17D134, 2015
Magnetic NdFeB-based microwire composites have been prepared by the direct current magnetron sputtering technique in a specifically designed sputtering chamber for thin-film deposition in wire geometry. As substrate wire material, we have employed steel and Ta. Annealing of the substrate wires during the deposition process was performed by ohmic heating through the application of a direct current. Samples were characterized by means of vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and scanning electron microscopy. Best properties have been encountered when using Ta wires as core (substrate) material. The VSM data show a dramatic impact of the current applied during the deposition process on the magnetic properties. For higher current values, i.e., higher annealing temperatures, the wires exhibit a reversal process that is typical for a two-phase system. Moreover, an increase of the coercive field (and remanent magnetization) is observed, which is ascribed to a modification of the magnetic phase present in the sample due to the annealing. We find an indication for the formation of a magnetic easy-axis direction which is azimuthally oriented around the wire axis.