Ferromagnetic resonance study of polycrystalline cobalt ultrathin films

J. M.L. Beaujour, W. Chen, A. D. Kent, J. Z. Sun

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    We present room-temperature ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) studies of polycrystalline ∥Pt10 nm Cut Co10 nm CuPt∥ films as a function of Co layer thickness (1≤t≤10 nm) grown by evaporation and magnetron sputtering. FMR was studied with a high-frequency broadband coplanar waveguide (up to 25 GHz) using a flip-chip method. The resonance field and the linewidth were measured as functions of the ferromagnetic layer thickness. The evaporated films exhibit a lower magnetization density (Ms =1131 emu cm3) compared to the sputtered films (Ms =1333 emu cm3), with practically equal perpendicular surface anisotropy (Ks ≃-0.5 erg cm2). For both series of films, a strong increase of the linewidth was observed for Co layer thickness below 3 nm. For films with a ferromagnetic layer thinner than 4 nm, the damping of the sputtered films is larger than that of the evaporated films. The dependence of the linewidth can be understood in terms of the spin-pumping effect, from which the interface spin-mixing conductance is deduced.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number08N503
    JournalJournal of Applied Physics
    Issue number8
    StatePublished - 2006

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Physics and Astronomy


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