Microstructure and intergranular diffusion in exchange-coupled Sm-Co/Fe nanocomposites

TitleMicrostructure and intergranular diffusion in exchange-coupled Sm-Co/Fe nanocomposites
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsZhang Y, Kramer MJ, Rong CB, Liu JP
Journal TitleApplied Physics Letters
Date Published07/19
ISBN Number0003-6951
Accession NumberISI:000280255800062
Keywordsannealing, co, cobalt alloys, diffusion, electron energy loss spectra, energy product, exchange interactions (electron), iron alloys, nanocomposites, nanomagnetics, permanent-magnets, samarium alloys, transmission electron microscopy

We demonstrate homogenous distribution of bcc FeCo soft phase with grain size of 20-30 nm in the annealed Sm-Co/Fe bulk samples by energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM). Quantitative Co/Fe interdiffusion measured using both energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and parallel electron energy loss spectroscopy (PEELS) shows Fe60 +/- 5%Co40 +/- 5% for the magnetically soft bcc phase and Sm-2(Co0.82Fe0.18)(7) and Sm(Co0.80Fe0.20)(5) respectively for the magnetically hard phases in these two alloy systems after optimal annealing. The graded interface develops in both samples due to the Co/Fe interchange between the hard and soft phases and the bcc soft phase was determined. (C) 2010 American Institute of Physics. [doi: 10.1063/1.3467202]

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