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Static and dynamic magnetic properties of sputtered Fe-Ga thin films



Daniel B. Gopman, Vimal Sampath, Hasnain Ahmad, Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Jayasimha Atulasimha


We present measurements of the static and dynamic properties of iron-gallium films, ranging from 20~nm to 80~nm and sputtered from an $\mathrm{Fe_{0.8}Ga_{0.2}}$ target. Using a broadband ferromagnetic resonance setup in a wide frequency range, perpendicular standing spin-wave resonances were observed with the external static magnetic field applied in--plane. The field corresponding to the strongest resonance peak at each frequency is used to determine the effective magnetization, the $g$--factor and the Gilbert damping. Furthermore, the dependence of spin- wave mode on field-position is observed for several frequencies. The analysis of broadband dynamic properties allows determination of the exchange stiffness $A = \left ( 18 \pm 4 \right ) \mathrm{pJ/m}$ and Gilbert damping $\alpha = 0.042 \pm 0.005$ for 40~nm and 80~nm thick films. These values are approximately consistent with values seen in epitaxially grown films, indicating the potential for industrial fabrication of magnetostrictive FeGa films for microwave applications.
IEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Created May 3, 2017, Updated November 10, 2018