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RF Magnetic Properties of FeCoB/Al _{2} O _{3} /FeCoB Structure With Varied Al _{2} O _{3} Thickness

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8 Author(s)
Xing, X. ; Electr. & Comput. Eng., Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA, USA ; Liu, M. ; Shandong Li ; Obi, O.
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Physical vapor deposition prepared FeCoB(100 nm)/Al2O3/FeCoB(100 nm) sandwich structures with different Al2O3 thickness (2 to 15 nm) were studied. The magnetization curves showed that the in-plane coercive field and saturation field along the easy axis decreased with increase in Al2O3 thickness. The saturation magnetization field 4 πMs for all samples is above 1.6 T. The coercive field remained below 0.5 Oe for Al2O3 thickness greater than 6 nm, approximately when the antiferromagnetic coupling switched to ferromagnetic coupling. The existence of optical modes in ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) curves confirmed antiferromagnetic coupling in samples with Al2O3 thickness below 6 nm. At 8.5 GHz, the sandwich structure with a 3 nm Al2O3 layer displayed a narrow linewidth of only 29 Oe, indicating lower magnetic loss in the sandwich structure compared to the single layer FeCoB with a thickness of 200 nm that exhibited a linewidth of 50 Oe. Also, all sandwich structures demonstrated real relative permeability of above 600 up to 1.5 GHz. The FeCoB(100 nm)/Al2O3 (3 nm)/FeCoB(100 nm) structure with low coercive field, high magnetization, and low FMR linewidth presents great potential in RF magnetic application.

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:47 ,  Issue: 10 )