The evolution of Barkhausen events during the magnetization process in current and furnace annealed Co-based amorphous wire having vanishing magnetostriction, /spl lambda//sub s/, is reported. Their origin is explained using the core-shell model commonly accepted for this class of wire. It is argued that the application of stresses during the annealing process, in wire having slightly negative and slightly positive /spl lambda//sub s/, changes the internal magnetic domain structure. Anisotropy induced by anelastic creep can be used to avoid the formation of these Barkhausen events. The behavior of the coercivity and susceptibility is also reported
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