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    Folcke, E. Lardé, R. Le Breton, J.M. Gruber, M. Vurpillot, F. Shield, J.E. Rui, X. and Patterson, M.M. 2012. Laser-assisted atom probe tomography investigation of magnetic FePt nanoclusters: First experiments. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 517, p. 40.

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  • January 2008, 1087-V08-08

Plasma ion heating produces L10 FePt nanoclusters

  • Marlann Marinho Patterson (a1), Xiangxin Rui (a2), Xingzhong Li (a3), Jeff E. Shield (a4) and David Sellmyer (a5)
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In this study, cubic and spherical FePt clusters were created by inert gas condensation in an argon-helium dc sputter discharge under different flow and target power conditions. The plasma recipes for spherical and cubic clusters called for high He:Ar ratio, low target power and low He:Ar ratio, high target power, respectively. As expected, Langmuir probe measurements show the recipes led to larger ion density for the cubic case (2 × 108 cm−3 versus 6 × 106 cm−3 for spherical). We conclude that the larger density of argon ions increased the cluster-ion collision probability, heating the clusters in situ to promote atomic rearrangements and the formation of the ordered L10 crystal structure rather than the disordered fcc structure.

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