Effects of composition and chemical disorder on the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of FexPt1−x alloys
1 Department of Physics, University of York - York YO10 5DD, UK
2 Department of Theoretical Physics and Condensed Matter Research Group of Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest University of Technology and Economics - Budafoki út 8., H1111 Budapest, Hungary
Received: 8 April 2013
Accepted: 24 May 2013
We perform first-principles calculations of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE) of the L10-like FexPt1−x samples studied experimentally by Barmak and co-workers (see J. Appl. Phys., 98 (2005) 033904). The variation of composition and long-range chemical order in the samples was studied in terms of the coherent potential approximation. In accordance with experimental observations, we find that, in the presence of long-range chemical disorder, Fe-rich samples exhibit a larger MAE than stoichiometric FePt. By considering the site-and species-resolved contributions to the MAE, we infer that the MAE is primarily a function of the degree of completeness of the nominal Fe layers in the L10 FePt structure.
PACS: 75.30.Gw – Magnetic anisotropy / 75.50.Ss – Magnetic recording materials / 71.23.-k – Electronic structure of disordered solids
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