Angular dependence of the ferromagnetic resonance spectrum in continuous/heterogeneous multilayers

J. Gómez, J. L. Weston, A. Butera

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We present here a study of the angular dependence of the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectra in trilayers formed by two continuous ferromagnetic layers, Fe and Ni80Fe20 (permalloy), separated by a granular film of Fe(x)-SiO2(1-x). The study of the Fe/Fe-SiO2/Ni80Fe20 trilayer was made for an Fe volume concentration x=0.75 and two thicknesses (t=1 and 18 nm) of the granular layer. One microwave absorption line is in general found close to the field expected for Fe, while the other is coincident with the resonance field of permalloy. However, the Fe-like absorption is considerably wider than what is usually observed in pure Fe films, which suggests the presence of a strong exchange interaction between this layer and the granular spacer. The angular dependence of the resonance field and the line width could be very well fitted with a model that assumes an effective in-plane anisotropy for each layer, indicating that the shape anisotropy dominates the angular response of both modes. When the excitation frequency is increased, the line width of the permalloy-like mode increases by a similar factor. The width of the Fe-like mode is very similar at different frequencies because of the effect of the granular layer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e239-e241
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008


  • Exchange coupling
  • Ferromagnetic resonance
  • Magnetic multilayers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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