Micromachining of magnetic materials is becoming a crucial technology for future magnetic systems/devices such as high-density magnetic recording heads, high-density patterned media, magnetic quantum devices, and micro-magnetic smart systems. NiFe alloy, one of the typical ferromagnetic materials, can be deposited and fabricated using current thin film and micromachining technologies, and it has found various applications in microsensors, microactuators, and microsystems. In our recent work, Ni45Fe 55 alloy with the highest saturation magnetic-flux density was selected as the micro-magnet for an all-silicon quantum computer. The micro-magnet was designed to create a large magnetic field gradient and to distinguish 29Si nuclear spins arranged as chains in a 28Si matrix with Larmor frequencies. This paper reports the micromachining of a Ni45Fe55 alloy mesa structure for an all-silicon quantum computer and the preliminary evaluation of its effectiveness using a magnetic force microscope (MFM) and a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering