Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Fabrication of Self-Assembled Nanosphere Templates to Investigate the Magnetic Behavior of Permalloy Cap Layers
by Beach, Alexander R., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 84; 10841251
Abstract (Summary)

The Langmuir-Blodgett deposition process is investigated for creating polystyrene nanosphere monolayers on a hydrophilic silicon substrate. The monolayers are fabricated over areas ~1 cm2 and sputter coated with 100Å of permalloy. The quality of the monolayers is analyzed with optical microscope image processing, and 2D Fourier transforms of electron microscope images. The magnetic switching behavior of the sputtered samples is measured using an alternating gradient magnetometer, and compared to completely flat permalloy. The magnetic hysteresis measurements are done at different angle between the easy and hard axis of the flat permalloy films. The measurements show different hysteresis shapes for nanosphere patterned permalloy and flat permalloy, with the difference becoming greater nearer the hard axis of the flat permalloy samples. The ambiguity of an easy or hard axis on a curved surface is likely to contribute to the difference in magnetic switching behavior between the two sample types.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gu, Jiyeong
Commitee: Kwon, Chuhee, Peterson, Michael
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Physics and Astronomy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Applied physics, Physics, Materials science
Keywords: Hysteresis, Langmuir, Monolayer, Nanoparticle, Nanosphere, Polystyrene
Publication Number: 10841251
ISBN: 978-0-438-60384-4
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