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Growth, characterisation and probing the novel magnetic character of rare earth nitride (HoN, DyN & DyₓHoₓ-1N) thin films

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posted on 2022-03-28, 23:47 authored by Jacob P. Evans
The rare earth nitride (REN) series area has attracted considerable research interest because of the coexistence of semiconducting and ferromagnetic properties. A major goal of this research has been to improve understanding of these materials. Thus, an in-depth study on the growth of holmium nitride (HoN) thin films is presented. The other major goal of this research has been to understand the magnetic structure of REN thin films. HoN thin films were grown via ion-assisted deposition (IAD). A systematic study was performed investigating the effect substrate temperature, nitrogen partial pressure, nitrogen ionisation state, deposition rate and sample thickness have on the sample quality.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction -- 2. Experimental procedures -- 3. Optimising the growth of HoN thin films -- 4. Mixed REN thin films DyₓHo1-ₓN -- 5. Magnetic study on REN films -- 6. Conclusion -- Appendices -- References.


Bibliography: pages 232-248 Empirical thesis.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Department, Centre or School

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

James E. Downes


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