ABSTRACT: We demonstrate that chemically ordered FePt 3 films can be altered from non-magnetic to ferromagnetic at room temperature by ion-beam irradiation. Both epitaxial and polycrystalline films were grown in the chemically ordered L1 2 phase and are non-magnetic at room temperature. Upon irradiation with 700 keV N + ions at a dose of 1 Â 10 16 ions/ cm 2 the chemical order is destroyed and ferromagnetism is induced. The magnetism of the irradiated film is compared to an as-deposited chemically disordered ferromagnetic FePt 3 film by hysteresis, torque, and moment vs. temperature curves. The present results share a common origin to the ferrimagnetic-to-non-magnetic transition observed in CrPt 3 films and may have potential application for patterned ferromagnetic structures and for studying exchange biasing of laterally patterned ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic structures. r 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 01/2003; 265:1-6. · 1.78 Impact Factor