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Golovchanskiy, I. A., Pan, A. V., Fedoseev, S. A. & Higgins, M. (2014). Significant tunability of thin film functionalities enabled by manipulating magnetic and structural nano-domains. Applied Surface Science, 311 549-557.


The influence of laser frequency on the structure and physical properties of thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition has been studied. Different types of thin films, hard ferromagnetic FePt L10 and quasi-single crystal superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO), have been used for demonstration of the effect. Significant structural modifications have been obtained for the films with similar thicknesses. These modifications are shown to dramatically control their corresponding properties, providing an instrumental ability for tuning the practical characteristics of the films by changing the laser frequency of their deposition. In particular, 20-fold increase of coercive field and modification of demagnetization mechanism are obtained for FePt films by varying the frequency from 1 Hz to 6 Hz. Over a similar frequency range, a strong dependence on the laser frequency is discovered for the YBCO films for the critical current density behavior as a function of the applied magnetic field [Jc(Ba)] with the unexpected reversal of Jc(Ba) curves with temperature. The mechanisms of structure modifications and corresponding property variations are proposed.

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