Visualizing hydrogen diffusion in magnetic film through magneto-optical Kerr effect

Po Chun Chang, Yun Ying Chang, Wei Hsiang Wang, Fang Yuh Lo, Wen Chin Lin*


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The kinematics of hydrogen diffusion in nontransparent metallic materials is crucial to the hydrogen-sensing and -storage technology and remains a challenge. Alongside the conventional optical investigations, the hydrogen absorption-induced reversible changes of magnetic properties in ferromagnetic thin films provides a new method for visualization of hydrogen in solids. Here we monitor real-time hydrogen diffusion in a cobalt-palladium alloy (Co25Pd75) film using a magneto-optical Kerr microscope. The spatially resolved magneto-optical contrasted images provide a noninvasive method of monitoring hydrogen movement. Hydrogen diffusion follows Fick’s diffusion law, and a diffusion coefficient of 3 ± 2 × 10−12 m2/s is obtained. The diffusion velocity of the 2–4% hydrogen concentration fronts reaches 30 ± 15 nm/s in the uniform film area and increases to 50 ± 20 nm/s near a defect site. These results can be applied in detecting hydrogen diffusion in other spintronic materials, such as magnetic palladium-alloy thin films.

期刊Communications Chemistry
出版狀態已發佈 - 2019 12月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 一般化學
  • 材料化學
  • 環境化學
  • 生物化學


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