Nanometer-Thick Yttrium Iron Garnet Films with Extremely Low Damping

Houchen Chang, Peng Li, Wei Zhang, Tao Liu, Axel Hoffmann, Longjiang Deng, Mingzhong Wu

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Yttrium iron garnet (YIG) films that are in the nanometer thickness range and show extremely low damping are reported. The films were deposited via sputtering at room temperature and were then annealed in O2 at high temperature. A 22-nm-Thick YIG film showed a Gilbert damping constant α = (8.58±0.21)× 10-5, which represents the lowest damping ever reported for nanometer-Thick magnetic films. The film had a gyromagnetic ratio of γ= 2.83 MHz/Oe and a saturation induction of 4φ Ms = 1766 G, which are both very close to those of single-crystal YIG bulk materials. The film had a very smooth surface, with an rms surface roughness of about 0.13 nm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6882836
JournalIEEE Magnetics Letters
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Damping
  • Films
  • Fitting
  • Magnetic fields
  • Magnetic resonance
  • Sputtering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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