Co-Fe films: Effect of Fe content on their properties
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The characterizations of Co-Fe films electrodeposited on Ti substrates under potentiostatic conditions were investigated as a function of the Fe content in the films. The compositional analysis was carried out by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy used to analyze the surface morphology of the films revealed that the film surface became rather smooth with the increase of the Fe contents. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that the crystal structure changed depending on the Co:Fe ratio in the films. It was observed that the crystal structure converted from the predominant face-centered-cubic to the body-centered-cubic with increasing Fe content. All films showed anisotropic magnetic resistance, but their magnitudes decrease as the Fe content increases. Magnetic data obtained from by vibrating sample magnetometer revealed that the changes observed in the saturation magnetization and coercivity values may arise from the Fe content of the films. The different magnetic and magnetotransport properties may come from the structural differences caused by the Fe content.