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Roy, S,Connell, A,Ludwig, M,Wang, N,O'Donnell, T,Brunet, M,McCloskey, P,OMathuna, C,Barman, A,Hicken, RJ
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Pulse reverse plating for integrated magnetics on Si
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microtransformer cores pulse reverse plating diffusion limited aggregation GRANULAR FILMS ELECTRODEPOSITS CORE
Thin film microtransformers have been fabricated on silicon with Ni45Fe55 as a core material. Fractal/dendritic growths are observed in the patterned cores in DC electroplating due to the enhancement of localized current density at defect/nucleation sites. A 'pulser' device was made in house to produce forward and reverse current of the required amplitude for a particular duration. The combination of a low amplitude long (millisecond) forward pulse and a short (microsecond) high-amplitude reverse pulse gave dendrite-free plated cores with a uniform thickness and alloy composition over a 3D topology of a microrough substrate surface. Finally, we characterized the material in situ by small signal electrical measurements, and with MOKE hysteresis loops measured on a complete device. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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