Galfenol (Fe1-xGax, where x ranges from 0.19 to 0.30) thin films have been successfully fabricated onto thin glasscover slides using RF sputtering. The Ga composition in the thin films was controlled by the forward power. The films had a preferred (110) orientation. The magnetic response as a function of applied magnetic field was examined using vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The crystallography and composition of these films were measured using X-ray (XRD) and electron diffractions, and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), respectively. A capacitance bridge method was used to measure saturation magnetostrictions of up to 147 ppm. Finally, the thin films of Galfenol were integrated with MEMS cantilevers for magnetic actuation.
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This work was supported in part by the office of Naval Research for funding through ETREMA Products, Inc., Ames, IA under N00014-C-0165. The authors would like to thank the Office of Naval Research for funding through ETREMA Products, Inc. The authors also thank Prof. J. Talghader (University of Minnesota) for providing the mask.