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Direct Current Effects on High-Frequency Properties of Patterned Permalloy Thin Films

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4 Author(s)
Hanqiao Zhang ; Holcombe Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC, USA ; Axel Hoffmann ; Ralu Divan ; Pingshan Wang

We have investigated experimentally direct current (dc) effects on high-frequency properties of two different permalloy (Py) submicrometer patterns of 0.24 mum and 0.55 mum width, 10 mum length, and 100 nm thickness. The natural ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) frequencies for the two samples are about 8.5 and 11.5 GHz. A 50 mA dc produces a FMR frequency reduction of about 1 GHz in both samples. We extracted susceptibility spectra for the samples from the measurement data. We studied inductance variations of Py embedded transmission lines for different dc levels. With 50 mA dc, the operational frequencies of the inductances decreased by 9% and 12.5%. We also tested effects of magnetic fields generated by external magnets on the submicrometer patterns for comparison. To obtain the same magnetization rotation angle, the external magnetic field needs to be about five times larger than the Ampere field created by the direct current. This behavior is unique and may be associated with the increased thermal energy from the Joule heating effects.

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 12 )